Professor Nel Noddings has been an advocate for peace education since the 1980s. Examining our contradictory attitudes and moral codes in relation to war and peace, she discusses in her book- Peace Education: How We Come to Hate and Love War – how and why this conflicting morality persists in today’s world. This prevailing confusion, she suggested, still permeates political thinking and action and infiltrates our educational programmes. It reveals our muddled morality not only at a political level, but within community attitudes towards war and how we are to work to create peace in our everyday lives. She has written extensively about the importance of incorporating ‘an ethics of care’ into any teaching and learning programmes, as one means of tackling this inconsistency.
Nel Noddings’ tireless and highly pertinent research and writings are honoured in the story – Caring Nel – with the hope that it will introduce any story sharers to her ideas and be inspired to become peace-builders.
The story Donald the Drake now has a different ending, one that needed to be altered in order to support and honour the journeys of those many remarkable peace-builders who are responding to a changing and challenging political environment in the US. Americans know the power of nonviolent peaceful change processes.
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be exceedingly well.” Julian of Norwich
Keep the faith. Peace is possible. Peace-builders all know that peace is a process not just an outcome.
Recent events have troubled many people throughout the world. Perhaps by sharing an uplifting peace-building story with a friend or child then together you can both find peace, if only momentarily. But the positive experience may remind you and your loved ones that peace begins with us and we can have it whenever we want……just as John Lennon reminded us many years ago. It is simple and easy to share a peace-building story and focus upon the good things in life, the ones for which we are grateful.
Thank you dear Marsha for inspiring me to share a gift of peace-
the story Donald the Drake.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s peace movements began to appear across Europe and North America. The significant voices were those of the women such as Jane Addams and Berta Von Suttner. They were influential to the processes of peace-making and their peace-building activities were aligned with anti-war strategies that aimed to establish peace-through-justice and peace-through-politics. Several organisations devoted to peace were formed in the United States as a result of the work of the American, Jane Addams, and internationally the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Feminist movements, focussing upon care, compassion and collaboration, have positively changed the way peace is defined and created. They challenged the prevailing political beliefs by seeking nonviolent resolution to conflict.
It seems that Mother Nature is wanting us to listen to her. Severe weather and unseasonal rains and storms seem to be happening across the world. I wonder what she is wanting us to do? Perhaps sharing the story Tree might be a timely activity to do with the children and young people in your life.
The new story now uploaded – Live Simply – is one that has been restructured from a story I wrote many years ago when I was stirred by Gandhi’s words – ‘Live simply so others can simply live’. This story expands upon this idea and hopefully links it with the importance of also respecting Mother Nature.
We have been very fortunate to have the support of Jeanne Moracinni, the founder of The Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World. The Fall newsletter highlights stories from our website. Thank you Jeanne for your wonderful support and belief in our work. The story guide, which is available as a free PDF download, has been created to help interested people choose stories anyone could use with children or young people. Peace-building is multi-faceted and the stories reflect these variations. Being open-minded is an essential peace-building attribute. Angelo Listen to Your Heart, is a story that introduces this peace-building idea that is associated with the willingness to change one’s thinking. Please return regularly to the website as new stories will be available every two weeks. Just a reminder- The International Day of Peace is on September 21st. The BMP Facebook page is up and running. We want to hear from you. Let us know what you think of the stories and how you have used them.