Pax Christi USA was invited to send in a proposal for a break-out session for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice that took place Nov. 16-18, 2013.
The proposal that was accepted was:
Peace-building in Words, Actions and Behaviors
Facilitated by Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, Program Director for PCUSA, and 2 students from Trinity University in DC: Minette Achankeng and Corinne Helwig
During the session we looked at our use of violent and military language that we use in everyday conversations; examining the effect of language on our behavior and attitudes towards others. The normalcy of the use of violent words is a barrier in taking seriously the words of Jesus, “peace is my gift to you.”
Over 50 students and adults attended this workshop and enjoyed the role play of a “fight” that broke out with the Trinity students as an entry into the presentation. There was personal sharing on the impact of growing up in a violent home as well as examining the lyrics of a popular music video “Blurred Lines” and the hidden violent message hidden under the provocative beat of the song. A discussion was held about the violence in sports, media and daily conversation that leads to attitudes that are destructive.
The two Trinity students, Minette and Corinne, were a delight to work with and an inspiration to those who attended the workshop. They are committed to doing their part in creating a more peace filled world and want to remain connected with Pax Christi USA.
The workshop ended with a Peace Blessing.