Grade 8 Unit 1

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Grade 8, Celebrating Church, Unit 3 Faith In Action
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Catholic Social Teaching in This Unit: Promotion of Peace

The Catholic tradition has always understood the meaning of peace in positive terms. Peace is both a gift of God and a human work. It must be constructed on the basis of central human values: truth, justice, freedom, and love. The Pastoral Constitution states the traditional conception of peace:
Peace is not merely the absence of war. Nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Nor is it brought about by dictatorship. Instead, it is richly and appropriately called "an enterprise of justice" (Is. 32:17). Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder and actualized by men as they thirst after ever greater justice. [Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, #78]"

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response, #68 (1993)

A Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako Sasaki did not set out to be an international symbol of peace. She did something as simple as folding paper cranes. Help the young people realize that it doesn't take lots of money or big ideas nor does it take “adult status” to work for peace and truly make a difference. It only takes commitment and a willingness do one's small part on behalf of peace.

Here are more resources on Sadako's story:

Hiroshima International School

  • information on the school whose students formed the 1000 Crane Club
  • provides information on Hiroshima, Sadako, the 1000 Crane Club, and links to resources that show how to fold a paper crane

Thousand Cranes Peace Network

  • an international organization connecting people with activities to promote peace
  • links to folding paper cranes, an “Ideas and Inspirations” link that contains case studies, a page on peace symbols throughout history, and a variety of other resources

Cranes for Peace

  • contains educational links and resources related to Sadako's story

The Peacemakers

There are so many ways to work for peace. One way is to address global issues such as terrorism and war among nations, peoples, or religions. Another way is to examine local issues of violence or oppression. The young people may also be aware of situations within their own neighborhood or school in which they need peacemakers or can be one themselves.

Awesome Library: Peace and Children Resources

  • lists thousands of resources designed to promote long term world peace, broaden appreciation for different cultures, and bring information to students and teachers to promote world peace

The Nobel Peace Prize

  •  the official Web site of the Nobel Foundation
  • contains facts about Nobel Peace Prize laureates, articles written by laureates, and educational resources using games and simulations

Peace Games

  • teaches peacemaking skills to children and young people that can be used in their own classrooms and communities, through partnerships with schools, families, and other adults

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