Read Handout 1, Just War Theory; Handout 2, Pacifism; and Handout 3, Peacemaking. Consider these strategic and philosophical approaches to the issue of war. Do any resonate more strongly with you than the others? Why? What values do you think are behind each approach? What is compelling about each approach, and what are its drawbacks? If you strongly agree or disagree with one of these approaches, how do you feel about people who advocate another?
Throughout our liberal religious tradition people have held widely divergent views on war and what we should do about it. Our tradition contains both militant pacifists and strident militarists; people at these poles of thinking often find it difficult to dialogue with others whose views they oppose. As you prepare to lead this workshop, be mindful that participants in the group may have very diverse approaches to issues of peace and war. Make room for everyone to have their say. Be alert for moments when the group seems to prefer one voice over another, and guide them to listen deeply to points of view that differ from their own.
Before you lead the workshop, take time to complete this sentence: "At the end of this workshop, I hope the participants leave feeling... "
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