“Together, we are standing up against those who say peace is impossible, who say violence and injustice will never end. Together, we’re showing the world that youth have power; that religion can be a source of unity; and that Jerusalem can be a city of peace once again.”
This Thanksgiving week, I’m thankful for you: our strong, growing, community of peacemakers around the world.
Together, we’re building a movement based on respect and understanding. Together, we’re taking courageous steps for change.
Together, we are standing up against those who say peace is impossible, who say violence and injustice will never end.
Together, we’re showing the world that youth have power; that religion can be a source of unity; and that Jerusalem can be a city of peace once again.
In a time of uncertainty and fear, we remain a beacon of hope that there is another way.
Over the next few weeks, I invite you to watch your email for stories about what we are achieving together.
In photos and videos, reports and testimonials, you will see the impact of your support: Lives changed. Attitudes shifted. Friendships forged against all odds.
Because of you, Kids4Peace has become a powerful global movement and a force for good in this world.
Every day, I’m grateful to be part of Kids4Peace.
Grateful for Palestinian and Israeli parents courageous enough to send their beloved daughters and sons to a camp with children that society calls their enemy.
Grateful for chapters across North America who nurture interfaith networks of youth, families and volunteers: both local peace leaders and global citizens.
Grateful for skilled adult advisors and dialogue facilitators, who help youth share painful stories and learn difficult truths, in an atmosphere of respect and love.
Grateful for more than 25 educators in Jerusalem, women and men from the three religions, who work together as our Kids4Peace staff team: a powerful witness to what can be achieved together.
Grateful for youth who stand up to peer pressure and embrace the identity “peacemaker.”
Grateful for the generosity of friends whose financial support makes this possible.
Grateful for you.
Thanks for believing that peace is possible.
It makes all the difference.
Fr. Josh Thomas