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Religion and Peace – Background


Peacemaking spans religious traditions, as well as social and political beliefs and values. It presents a variety of tools for and approaches to resolving conflicts, promoting harmony, and ending divisiveness that can result, for example, in war. Individuals committed to a conflict-free world are often at the core of peacemaking activities around the globe.

In this lesson, students examine what and who drives various peacemaking efforts, as well as the nature and impact of those efforts. Resources include segments from RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY and Web sites. Students choose from several culminating project-based activities that invite them to apply and/or further their knowledge of peacemaking.

Grade Level:

Grades 9-12
This lesson is intended for high school grades but can be adapted for middle school students.

Time Allotment:

Teachers can implement this lesson plan in a time that fits their class schedules. Activities may take one or several classroom periods. Culminating activities may extend over longer periods of time depending on level of student interest and commitment to the projects.

Subject Matter:

Social studies; English/language arts; religion

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Describe various types of peacemaking efforts/programs and the conflicts they aim to resolve
  • Determine the religious, social, and/or political beliefs and values that undergird peacemaking
  • Create a profile of peacemakers, underscoring their shared interests, commitments, personalities, etc.
  • Identify the value and impact of peacemaking efforts and programs
  • Apply their understanding and appreciation for peacemaking efforts through a student-directed project


This lesson was prepared by: Michele Israel