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If Only Today You Knew… The Things That Make for Peace
For Christian Elementary Schools & Religious Education K-8

by Dr. James McGinnis with Kevin LaNave



This unique 160-page resource for religious educators on "peacemaking in post-9/11 America" challenges students to put the Gospel call to peace into practice at a critical moment in human history.  Divided into two sections – "Images of Peace and the Pledge of Nonviolence" and "Responding to the Violence of Terrorism & War" - these insightful units provide reflection and activities on the themes of           

  • "The Peacemaking Vision of Jesus," with extensive biblical reflection & compelling visuals; "Other Images of Peace," especially Judaism and Gandhi

  • "Dealing with Children’s Fears," for teachers and parents, especially after 9/11

  • "The Human Consequences of War," a process of helping students sense the real impact of war, including some effective books

  • "Who Are These Terrorists and Why Do They Hate Us," helpful information on Islam and Arab grievances

  • "How Violence Works," an introduction to the "spiral of violence," especially through Dr. Seuss’ THE BUTTER BATTLE BOOK

  • "Cultural Carriers of Violence," reflection plus a variety of activities on alternatives to violent toys and game

  • "Positive Images and Messages of Peacemaking," a variety of stories, songs, visuals, dramas, and interactive peace sites/experiences

  • "Christian Teaching on War and Peace," with excerpts from THE CHALLENGE OF PEACE, the US Catholic Bishops’ letter to President Bush on Iraq, and Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s address to Pax Christi USA on "Living Nonviolence in Today’s Reality"

  • "Patriotism and the Christian," a variety of perspectives and models on this difficult issue

  • "Young Peacemakers," profiles & activities for Sadako Sasaki, Samantha Smith & Anne Frank

  • "Some Other Actions for Peace," with a variety of ways of promoting solidarity with peoples in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere; plus prayers & prayer services for peace

  • "Living as Members of the Global Family," including activities on the UN "Rights of the Child" and "The UN Decade for a Culture of Peace & Nonviolence"

All this is packaged in an attractive binder for only $29.95!


Check out these links for samples from "If Only Today You Knew… The Things That Make for Peace For Christian Elementary Schools and Religious Education K-8"

Check out "Christian Peacemaking Images and Reflections," with photographs and reflections to be used with "If Only Today You Knew...  The Things That Make for Peace"



Note:  This material is also incorporated into the full Teacher Resource Book ($49.95) in the Christian Education & School Alternatives to Violence Kit ($109.95)



See also The Things that Make for Peace for Christian High Schools and Youth Groups