Return to Article | Print this Page
Dominican Sisters of Houston
Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
August 03, 2016
Corporate Stance

“True peace is far more that the absence of war.  For there to be peace among nations, there must also be peace within them, among groups and individuals.  All of us—young and old, rich and poor, governments and civil society alike, must do our part. Peace is in our hands.  The culture of peace can be ours.”—Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, Co-Recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the United Nations

Whereas Christ call us to be peacemakers (Mt. 5:9) and calls the church to be a reconciling presence for the world (2Cor. 5:18-19), breaking down the dividing walls of hostility among people (Eph. 2:13-22) and proclaiming the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15),

Whereas violence takes many forms-on the streets, in schools, among family members, in our communities, through the media, and between nations-exposing a toxic “culture of violence,”

Whereas twenty Nobel Peace Laureates presented the appeal “for the children of the world” calling for a decade-long effort to “teach the practical meaning and benefits of nonviolence in our daily lives in order to reduce and…build a new culture of noviolence,

Whereas The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the Nobel Peace Appeal designating the years 2001-2010 the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence” and has designated September 21 the International Day of Peace,

    Be it resolved that the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas on June 2, 2002
 
1. Endorse the implementation of the Nobel Laureates’ appeal for a Decade of Nonviolence with special emphasis on children and youth,
2. Support the Decade of Nonviolence initiatives and agree to become a Decade Partner organization,
3. Encourage on another in our local settings and ministries to make a priority to teach, practice, and model nonviolence, making use of available resources.
a. Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
b. Sources suggested by UNICEF (UN Children’s Emergency Fund) and UNESCO’s (UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Culture of Peace web site: www.uneso.org/index.shtml
c. Families against Violence Advocacy Network and other sources
4. Through conversation and the sharing of information, encourage other groups with whom we work to join thins international effort “For the Children of the World.”