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In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants apply the concepts of just war, pacifism, and peacemaking to a contemporary conflict. If time allows, use this activity to extend the workshop.
If needed, distribute handouts. Invite participants to review them. Allow a few minutes if the group has not seen these handouts before. Explain that the group will apply these three approaches to a current world conflict. Present the positions, as you understand them, of the major antagonists in the conflict. Invite participants to briefly offer their input into the positions of the antagonists. Explain that it not necessary for the purposes of this activity to get the nuances of positions exactly correct. The focus of the activity is to try and imagine how the approaches explored in the workshop might be used to address the conflict. Lead the group to brainstorm ways to apply each approach to the conflict. Ask questions such as:
If the conversation becomes heated, remind participants that the purpose of the activity is not to find right or wrong answers. Rather, it is to explore how the approaches discussed in the workshop might open new possibilities for addressing conflict.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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