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2004 Ten steps towards cultivating a culture of peaceThis is a resource for the 2004 Social Justice Statement.

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1. Becoming informed

2. Helpful resources

3. Surfing the net

4. Working for peace

Peace is more than the absence of war.  Peace requires our constructive efforts to overcome violence and to build a culture of peace through our courage and commitment to living justly and with compassion, becoming peacemakers rather than peacekeepers. Working for peace challenges us to overcome the spirit and logic of violence by addressing the practice of violence, both direct and structural, in our homes and communities, nationally and internationally.

5. Starting the journey towards inner peace

Peace is a challenging journey.  It will not happen because we decide to have peace, but requires our conscious action. The journey towards peace begins within our own hearts and lives.  Inner peace is not an end in itself.  Our actions come from our being.

6. Cultivating active non- violence as a way of life

We can promote and practise non-violence as a way of life, being mindful of the consequences of our actions, fostering cooperation and collaboration rather than competition, allowing conflict and its resolution, following up the expression of anger with forgiveness and reconciliation.

7. Participating in family and community peacemaking

It is in the home where most violence occurs in society – assault, rape, incest. Within the family, one learns to resolve conflict either by violence or by seeking resolution.

8. Building relationships of peace2004 Ten steps towards cultivating a culture of peace

To develop peaceful communities we need to develop relationships which affirm and respect the dignity of others.  We are challenged by the many differences between us.  Our individual differences can be seen as gift, as fruit of peace rather than seeds of discrimination and mistrust.

9. Being peaceful caretakers of our planet Earth

How can we protect and care for our planet?  Are we at war with the Earth through human excesses and waste or are we fostering a “green peace”?  There are consequences of pollution and limits to available resources.

10. Prayer

For more information:  The World Peace Prayer Society: www.worldpeace.org.

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