Quaker Practice: Peace

Peace

Testimony

MMFS strives in all ways to create and maintain a peaceful community. MMFS defines its community broadly: it includes students, staff, faculty, trustees, parents or guardians, and any others with whom the school comes in contact. MMFS celebrates the value and importance of every member. MMFS conceives of a peaceful community, in part, as one in which every member can achieve his/her/their full potential. We embrace the tensions that can occur in a close community with an understanding that shared common goals create an environment in which different opinions, conflicting ideas, and common purpose can allow us to come to shared understandings.

Peace begins with building and fostering strong relationships among the members of the community. If trust, care, and respect underpin relationships, then conflict can be embraced as an opportunity for growth, rather than something to be avoided or feared. Within a peaceful environment, opportunities to take risks are encouraged and occur more readily as students and adults grow and learn.

The study of peace also permeates the curriculum. Coursework, mini-unit studies, read-alouds, school-wide celebrations, and classroom names reflect our active pursuit of peace. In classrooms and homerooms named for Quakers, as well as in advisory groups, coursework, Healthy Choices classes, and even sports teams, students learn to use conflict resolution skills and resolve conflicts peacefully.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

Buddha

Queries

  • How do we address conflicts as soon as they arise?
  • How do we seek ways to make conflict constructive?
  • How do we view conflict as an opportunity to teach, learn, and improve ourselves and our community?
  • What does it mean to speak to one another in a non-violent way?
  • How do we design our curricula to reflect an emphasis on peace?
  • How can we link our students with peacemakers in the city and the world at large?
  • Does our school feel peaceful? When?
  • Where do we encounter violence in our school and in our society? What do we do to address/prevent it?
  • How is our school a safe place for learning?


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