Turn Peace with Justice Sunday into a month of peace
Children are invited to make peace a priority this month, both at home and abroad. "Hate Hurts, Peace Heals" is a multi-faceted initiative, led by children, to engage all generations in the United Methodist Peace with Justice Special Sunday, which is May 31 this year, but can be observed at any time amenable to a congregation’s programming schedule.
“Hate Hurts, Peace Heals,” will include, a reading list on peace for children and Sunday school classes, an opportunity to submit original prayers for peace, and gathering offerings for peace. The offerings should be presented during the local church’s Peace with Justice observance.
“Every child deserves to live in communities of peace,” Henry-Crowe said. “This month, we invite families, friends and congregations to read, pray and give towards peace for our communities and around the world,” said the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary of the General Board of Church & Society.
- You can use a downloadable invitation suitable for worship bulletins to help spread the word about this endeavor to engage us all, including the youngest in our communities, to live into God's vision of peace. The invitation describing the aspects of “Hate Hurts, Peace Heals” can be shared in local congregations, Wesley Foundations and United Methodist Women’s circles, for example.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu's God's Dream is the suggested first book to read this month. A companion study guide has been prepared to facilitate discussions.
- A comprehensive reading list is available also with books broken down by subject and age appropriatness, and study guides.
- A "Prayers for Peace Lesson Plan" has been developed with a template to help children write their prayers.
- Peace with Justice Sunday
- Other resources are available such as a Peace with Justice e-book that describes 15 ways to observe the Special Sunday, along with basic information about the Special Sunday itself.
- "Out of the mouths of babes," a reflection on children and peace by the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe