As I look forward to the New Year, the song of the Christmas angels fill my mind. The angels of heaven proclaimed peace on Earth to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Lord (Luke 2:14). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, taught the way of peace to his disciples. This is the way of unselfish love (Luke 6:27-36) and truth seeking (Luke 11:9). Jesus proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) We pray for peace on earth, for peace in our homes, our neighborhoods, our places of work…
But we hear of violence in our world, in our neighborhoods. Youth and young adults fight and kill one another. There have been seven murders in Harrisburg, which is down by almost half from last year, but this is still too many young lives destroyed. Violence seems to be the only way they know how to resolve their conflicts without appearing weak. It does not need to be this way. There is a better way. Youth need a safe place with caring adults who will show them another way of living.
What is peace? It is not the absence of conflict. Peace is wellbeing. Peace is the sense that all is right as God intended it to be. Conflict is a natural part of relationships. Conflict is a disagreement between two or more people. We see things differently. We come at things from different angles. We have competing needs and interests. So we will have conflicts. We cannot do away with conflict, but we can learn to deal with conflicts in ways that have healthy and mutually satisfactory outcomes. We can resolve our conflicts in ways that allows each of us involved to have our needs met and our points of view respected. Our relationships can be set right and we can experience peace.
Brethren Community Ministries’ Agape-Satyagraha Leadership Training in Conflict Resolution helps youth develop the skills and attitudes to resolve conflicts in ways that promote peace. You too can help teach our youth a better way to resolve conflicts and bring peace. With God’s help we will make our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and world more peaceful. It costs to provide the resources to teach the ways of peace. We need your financial assistants to enable us to provide this training. $1,800 will pay for one youth to receive Agape-Satyagraha Training for one year. $150 will pay for one youth to receive Agape-Satyagraha Training for one month. $35 will pay for one youth to receive Agape-Satyagraha Training for one session. You may wish to sponsor some youth or you may want to make regular contributions. You can make out your check to Brethren Community Ministries and mail it to 219 Hummel St., Harrisburg, PA 17104 or you can use PayPal to help us by following the donation link on this page. Thank you and have a Happy New Year!