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Grade 7, Following Jesus, Unit 3 Faith In Action
Additional Outreach Project Ideas
Catholic Social Teaching in This Unit: Promotion of Peace
"Peace is built up day after day in the pursuit of an order willed by God and can flourish only when all recognize that everyone is responsible for promoting it. To prevent conflicts and violence, it is absolutely necessary that peace begin to take root as a value rooted deep within the heart of every person. In this way it can spread to families and to the different associations within society until the whole of the political community is involved. In a climate permeated with harmony and respect for justice, an authentic culture of peace can grow and can even pervade the entire international community."
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compedium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2004), #495.
A Shelter from Violence
There are many helpful Web sites that can provide information for your discussion about aiding victims of violence.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
- an important resource offering information on domestic violence, its many types, and what people can do to help
- hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) for people who are experiencing violence in their relationship, or know someone who is
Toys Against Violence
As an alternative to some of the violent entertainment available to young people, encourage them to find creative, nonviolent toys. Check out child development experts such as Walter Drew. Drew is a pioneer in the use of reusable materials for creative play. He recommends that children use simple materials such as wooden blocks, a cardboard box, or fabric because those kinds of "open-ended" toys stimulate children's brains, imagination, and creativity, allowing the children to transform the materials into anything.
Reusable Resource Association and the Institute for Self-Active Education
- an organization founded by Walter Drew that promotes creative play and quality education through reusable resources
- Allison Aubrey interviewed Drew on National Public Radio (NPR)'s Morning Edition show on December 15, 2005.
- Listen to "Making the Season's Toys Last Longer" at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5054593.
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