Peace Education

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Some Past Peace Education Events:

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict, Conflict is something that we are often told to avoid. It may seem that this avoidance is peace but if conflict is not addressed it will persist. This program explores the idea that addressing conflict nonviolently can be an exciting and effective way of making change and grow as individuals and even as a culture, society, and community. Participants will explore violence, types of power and practice diffusing heated interpersonal conflicts nonviolently. The program seeks to encourage participants to actively engage in conflicts as a way to build connection and lasting peace.

mindfulnessMindfulness Workshops, at the Peace & Justice CenterMindfulness means being alert, in a non-judgmental way, to what is happening in the present moment, both within yourself and with other people. It holds out the promise of getting beyond the dead end of Us vs. Them thinking. The first of these workshops, which we call Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, emphasized making connections within ourselves. The second, entitled Mindfulness in Interpersonal and Difficult Relationships, offered possible ways to act on a sense of common humanity which lies deeper than conflict. There was a natural progression from one to the other.

KidsClubPJC Kids Club: Learning about Nonviolence at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Kids from the Burlington Area joined in the fun of Compliment tag, Feelings Orchestra, and practiced Empathy with Kyle and Gabi. Together we learned to identify feelings and brainstormed needs we all have. We also talked about conflict, violence, nonviolence, some really cool ways kids have contributed to movements for social justice in the past and what each person in the group is passionate about and how they are making a positive change in the world.

peace-dove-262x300Nonviolent Action for Youth at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street. In this workshop participants (middle school age through college) explored just a few techniques of nonviolent action and had hearty conversation about the cycle of violence and oppression.

Children in Nonviolence Movements for Peace at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Nonviolence education, whether for kids or adults, is an essential building block for peace building. Students may know a bit about Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Cesar Chavez but what about the strategy of the movements they were a part of? What is nonviolence in action? This program included singing together, showing video excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, and discussing how young people can be, and have been, leaders in social justice movements. This program is put on as part of a partnership between the Peace & Justice Center and ECHO as part of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness.

activism101headerNonviolent Activism 101 at several different locations. This program is designed to help people in the community access and explore the strategy of nonviolence in the hopes that this information will be used in movements locally. The first part of the workshop focuses on exploring violence and systems of oppression in order to have a meaningful understanding of how a nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on violence. In the second half of the day, participants will work together to practice developing a coordinated nonviolent response to a particular oppressive policy, institution, structure, and/or practice within the community. We always look forward to learning with all participants and building skills and strategy to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world.