In February, Pax Christi USA launched Peace Pairs, a program initiated by the Pax Christi Young Adult Caucus (PCYAC) as a mutual co-learning program between generations of peacemakers. The intergenerational program was crafted to incorporate and embody Pope Francis’s Message for the 2022 World Day of Peace, Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace.

Peace Pairs is organized to connect seasoned peacemakers, like Pax Christi USA’s Ambassadors of Peace, on a one-to-one basis with a younger peacemaker (in their 20s and 30s). In mid-February, Peace Pairs began with a pilot program of nine Peace Pairs for 2022.

Some of the hopes and goals for the program include:

  • Mutual co-learning and accompaniment.
  • An opportunity to meet and grow closer with someone who has more experience in peace and nonviolence work within Pax Christi USA. (Sharing what experiences have prepared you for peacebuilding in your own life, and supporting each other’s endeavors…)
  • Intentional pairing around geographic location or issue.
  • Naming a small “ask” from both perspectives, such as planning an outcome together that can be shared with the larger Pax Christi membership (for example: co-hosting a webinar, co-facilitating a retreat, running a blog, planning an action together, hosting a StoryCorps-style interview, etc…)

The program is being co-coordinated by Pax Christi USA staff members, Lauren Bailey and Michelle Sherman, with the the hope that it strengthens and grows Pax Christi USA’s “witness to reciprocal learning between the first-generation of our movement and upcoming generations.”

If you are interested in participating in future cohorts, please email Lauren Bailey at lbailey@paxchristiusa.org.

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