As part of the World Council of Churches “A Decade to Overcome Violence,” Germany’s Protestant churches are distributing thousands of postcards in 16 languages to schools and bars. The postcards are part of a new campaign, “Respect! Youth for Peace,” to encourage young people to promote tolerance through initiatives such as videos, rap songs, multicultural parties and poetry.
“If you are not able to stick up for nonviolence when you are young, you will probably never find a way of doing so when you get older,” said Margot Kaessmann, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover. “Young people often have a bad image in our society and in our media. We don’t agree. We’re appealing to young people: Show us your creativity and interest in living with respect together in a Europe that is continually getting bigger.”
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