Nothing is Cancelled – All Programs Continue

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What We’re Doing

A Step by Step Response

Raise Our Voice

Ongoing.  We need to be loud and ensure the voice of peace is heard.  The K4P community is writing and speaking in the media and at events across the USA and Jerusalem.  Read more in the sidebar.

Gather the Staff

Thursday, October 15 – Our team of Jewish, Christian & Muslim educators met in person, via phone and Skype to support each other and plan the launch of youth programs.

Reach Out to Parents

This Weekend (10/16-19) – The team of educators will call all 200+ Kids4Peace families to offer our support.  A facilitated conference call for parents will give them an opportunity to connect and share.

Connect with Partners

Ongoing – Staff and board members are in touch with Alliance for Middle East Peace partners, to strategize a collective response to the violence and a proactive effort to work for peace.

Launch Youth Programs

Next Week -All programs will continue.  Nothing will be cancelled.  Advisors will contact families with details for the meeting – in person, via video, online, etc.  As always, activities will focus on community, responsibility, interfaith understanding, narrative and identity – allowing youth to express themselves honestly, respect other points of view, and work together for change.

Dialogue to Action

Next Week.  In this new project, young adults (age 18-25) will develop innovative, faith-based responses to violence that confront extreme views, create concrete change, and move their societies toward peace.

Raising Our Voices

A Message from the Kids4Peace Community

In painful times, it can be hard to find words.

We weep.  We pray.  We don’t know what to say or do.  The violence spreading across Jerusalem has filled the streets with suffering and fear.  It can leave us paralyzed and speechless.

As a community of Palestinians and Israelis, together with friends from around the world, we feel the pain of both sides like almost no one else. 

We have learned to trust and respect and love each other.  We cling to our common humanity, our hope for peace, our rejection of violence, and our bedrock commitment to see the holiness – the image of God – in every human person, even our enemy.

This is a blessing and a burden.  

We cannot repeat the simple slogans of our own side.  We cannot demonize the other.  We know that violence will lead only to more suffering and pain.

But we also know that the violence we see now is part of a larger reality of hopelessness and despair.  The lack of security, equality and justice for all the people of Jerusalem is fueling hatred, inciting extremism, and taking us further from the peace we long for.  And most painfully of all, we see children – children so much like our K4P youth – caught up in this cycle of suffering.

We are angry.  We are afraid.  But we will not be drawn into a death spiral of blame and retaliation.

 We must offer an alternative.  

In the face of so much fear, where even to leave our homes is a matter of life and death, we feel called to take leadership in building a new future. The future begins now, as we come together – to talk, to cry, to pray, to listen, and to connect deeply and honestly with each other’s lives.

To understand how the conflict is destroying Palestinian and Israeli families.  To sense the fears and struggles at the root of our pain. To face the evil committed by our own side, not only by the other.

To take responsibility for our future. 

Step One: We will talk with each other. 

1) Over the coming days, Kids4Peace staff and parents will meet – in person and virtually – to reconnect with our sisters and brothers across the lines of conflict.  It will be hard, but we are ready.

2) Next week, no matter what, we will launch our fall youth programs as planned.  More than 120 young peacemakers are scheduled to meet each other to speak, learn, act.  If it is safe, we will gather all in person.  If it is not, we will meet online, on Facebook, in homes, or wherever we are able.

Nothing will be cancelled.  We will not be defeated.  
We will find a way forward together.

Step Two: We will join with our partners.

Together with other peace organizations, we will loudly and powerfully raise our voices in the community – to mobilize for real change. 

While we long for an end to this round of violence, we also cannot return to the status quo.   Division, despair, hatred, fear, injustice – this cannot be our future.

Our young adults will take the lead, through the Dialogue to Action Initiative, our latest effort to put our values into practice through nonviolent social change.

All of us will be working – night and day, heart and soul – in a sustained campaign to influence our peers and our political leaders, and to put forward a vision of the future which reflects our values as Christians, Jews and Muslims, and people of goodwill from all backgrounds, in Jerusalem, and around the world.

We will redevelop our educational programs, to equip youth with skills for advocacy, organizing and nonviolent action – as well as compassionate listening and dialogue.

We will increase our commitment to know – in detail – the reality of the other side, and to take seriously our responsibility to each other.

We will raise our voices.  

One by one and all together, to empower a movement for change.

You can make a difference.  Sponsor a young peacemaker in Jerusalem.  Remind her she is not alone.  Give him courage to continue.  Invest in the leaders who will bring peace.