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Pursuit of Peace (Shalom)

We courageously and generously share the peace of Jesus Christ with others.

Peace from Parables

Ephesians 2:14, 17

“Peace, Salaam, Shalom” CCS 310

Jesus used parables to teach his disciples. Parables use common experiences to challenge the listener’s beliefs about a more complex idea. In small groups, create a worksheet and fill in what Jesus taught about peace in each of these parables: Matthew 7:21–29 (two builders), Matthew 13:31–35 (mustard seed), Matthew 20:1–16 (generous employer), Luke 8:4–15 (sower and seeds), Luke 10:25–37 (Good Samaritan), and Luke 15:4–7 (lost sheep).

Going deeper: What are some common experiences that challenge your beliefs regarding issues of peace in your school, local community, or global community? Consider both sides of the issue and what makes it a complicated peace issue. Make a personal commitment to learn more about the issue. Pray for those on both sides of the issue and for peaceful resolution to conflicts.

Pursuit of Peace (Shalom)

Matthew 5:9

“Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands” CCS 309

Shalom happens. Read Adam Wade’s article “Pursuit of Peace (Shalom) ” where he recounts times he experienced shalom. How are we the pursuers of peace—the leavening influence to create just and peaceful communities? Use the discussion questions and discernment activity, by Kathy Shockley, for further reflection.

Action Challenge
The Children’s Peace Pavilion  uses the phrase “Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, Peace for the Planet” to teach about creating peace. Using each of the phrases, create posters with words and artwork to explain. Post in the congregation, community, or neighborhood with an invitation to come learn what Community of Christ believes about the pursuit of peace.