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This may be the first war you've experienced. What do you remember about that war? ) Today we begin, together, trying to understand why we don't go to war. During this war many parents realized that their youth didn't understand the church's peace position. Some families were confused about how to respond to a war which many others thought was good. What do you Page 33 remember our family doing during the war? ) Children and youths were confused. They didn't know what to do when schools told them to wear yellow ribbons and write letters to members of the military.

When possible, I've stayed close to the NRSV reading to help the youths realize that the Bible is not a dreary old book, but full of sparkling life and dark torment. The way was not always clear for those whose stories are recorded. They also had questions and many had to learn their lessons the hard way. Page 23 Projects This list of ideas is included to aid your family as you further integrate peacemaking into your daily life (see appendix 3). Don't overly burden yourself! Projects shouldn't be drudgery, but rather an outgrowth of new understandings.

God claims as children those working for peace. Youth: But what did Jesus even know about war? No one asked him to be in the army! Some say that armies help keep the peace. Adult: Jesus had a chance to be the leader of a Jewish army. Some of Jesus' friends wanted him to get rid of the Romans, who tortured some Jews. The Jews hated the Romans. But Jesus chose a different way. Youth: I never knew that some of Jesus' friends wanted him to start an army! Adult: Many Jews of Jesus' time thought the promised Messiah would be a conquering king, like the famous warrior King David.

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