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Activity 2: Understanding Pacifism (15 minutes), Workshop 5: Just War, Pacifism, and Peacemaking

In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Handout 2 and discuss with your co-facilitator any questions you might have about pacifism.
  • Copy the handout for all participants.
  • Optional: Prearrange for a volunteer to read the handout aloud.

Description of Activity

Distribute Handout 2, Pacifism and either for ask a volunteer to read the handout aloud or invite participants to read the handout silently. Once everyone has finished reading, engage participants in discussion, using these questions:

  • What do you find compelling about pacifist theory and approach?
  • Do you have questions or concerns about this approach?
  • Do you think that pacifism can be a conditional stance (i.e. is it something that works in some situations but not others)?
  • Should Unitarian Universalist congregations advocate pacifism as a response to war?

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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

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