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Parish Pledge of Nonviolence

Making peace must start within ourselves, in our families, and in our parish.  Each of us, members of   ____________________________________, commit ourselves as best we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people.

To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger,
and to work at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me,
and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things with respect and care.

To Recreate Nonviolently
To promote athletic and recreational activities that encourage cooperation
and to avoid social activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at work, in the parish, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is our pledge.  These are our goals.  We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a year on ________________________________ so that we can help each other become more peaceable people.

"Eliminating violence, one parish at a time, starting with our own."

Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone:  (314) 918-2630 --- Fax:  (314) 918-2643
ppjn@aol.com  www.ipj-ppj.org