This Creating Peace Journal is designed to help you in your journey to understand the ways of peacemaking and living as a peace maker. We are often asked two questions, “where do I begin?” and “what can I do next?”. This is it!
Use this journal as a personal discovery guide while you navigate learning to be a peacemaker.
Our desire and prayer is that this experience would be deeply personal and uniquely transformational in your life and you will use this journal as something you will refer back to often in your journey of living as a peacemaker, stirring up peace wherever you are.
Here’s a simple template you could use, but please feel free to customize for what works best for you!
Gather a few friends who are interested and curious about the ways of peacemaking in our world.
Have each person purchase their own journal – with the purchase of a hard copy you will also receive access to on online version.
Set a date for an initial gathering. You can always meet online if not everyone is local.
Begin by having each person share “why” they are interested in being a peacemaker and any personal experience with peacemaking. Ask them to elaborate if they have been “othered” in the past, or witnessed “othering.” Allow the conversation to flow from there.
Set parameters such as “what is shared here stays here” to create a safe place where stories are held sacred.
Decide as a group how often you want to connect – once a month, a couple of times, etc. Set dates and times, included a completion or ending date.
Have each person go through the journal at their own pace. This experience doesn’t have to be completed in order. Feel free to jump around. This experience should take approximately two-three months.
During additional gathering times have participants share what they are learning . This can be about themselves, God and others. Allow this to be a conversation, not a time of instruction. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to share different perspectives. The organizer of the group should concentrate on asking questions to facilitate more discussion.