Our 6th UU Principle calls us to affirm and promote “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” This, while a very worthy goal, can sometimes seem out of reach. The good news is that, as Lao Tzu famously said, “If there is to be peace in the world…there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.” The seeds of peace, indeed, are planted in our hearts, so it makes sense to begin the hard work at peace where our hearts reside; at home.
Try some of these tips to bring a little peace into your heart and home each and everyday:
Start simple: have a discussion about peace.
- What would a peaceful world look like?
- A peaceful home?
Take advantage of “teachable moments”
- make a commitment to finding peaceful solutions to everyday problems.
- For young children simple reminders such as “Hands are for helping, not for hurting” can be helpful.
Pledges for Peace
- Make a Peace pledge as a family; what is one thing that you each can do to make our world a more peaceful place?
- Take turns signing this pledge and make a commitment to revisit it and note your progress.
- Check out Kids for Peace and think about joining or starting a local chapter.
Peace can be a hard concept for small children to understand; luckily, there are some awesome picture books available!
What Does Peace Feel Like? By Vladimir Radunsky
The Golden Rule By Ilene Cooper and Illustrated By Gabi Swiatowska