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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
“The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. It’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than one dozen countries around the world.”

Conflict Mediation Training
Lancaster Mediation Center, Lancaster, PA

Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA

Good Shepard Mediation Program, Philadelphia, PA

Death Penalty

Domestic Violence

Amnesty International
“Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.”

Catholic Worker Movement
“The Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.

Today over 185 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken.[sic] Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.”

Christian Peacemaker Teams
“Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.

CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of its constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT peacemaking ministries.”

Every Church a Peace Church
“Our GOAL and MISSION is to invite churches to make this AFFIRMATION and to act upon it:

‘Following Jesus in nonviolent struggle for justice and peace, we love our neighbors and enemies as God loves us all, becoming a peace church to share in God’s work to save the world.’”

Fellowship of Reconciliation
“FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. We educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.”

International Justice Mission
“International Justice Mission helps people suffering injustice and oppression who cannot rely on local authorities for relief. The agency documents and monitors conditions of abuse and oppression, educates the church and public about the abuses, and mobilizes intervention on behalf of the victims.”

Mennonite Central Committee
“Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. MCC reflects the biblical call to care for the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the sick and those in prison.” (Washington D.C. office)

Pax Christi International
“Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, security and disarmament, economic justice and ecology.”

Peacemaker Ministries
“The mission of Peacemaker Ministries is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically.”

School of the Americas Watch
“SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.”

“Sojourners,, is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.”

Third Way Café
“Third Way Café is produced by Mennonite Media, on behalf of the Mennonite Churches of the U.S. and Canada, under the sponsorship of Mennonite Mission Network. The Mennonite Church exists in many countries around the world.

Mennonite Media produces

  • Documentaries for national television : Journey Toward Forgiveness and Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide
  • Public service radio and TV spots, most recently on issues like peacemaking, racism, and violence
  • Educational videos for discussion in church and school for children, youth, and adults
  • Another Way newspaper column syndicated by Globe Syndicate.
  • Information on the Mennonite church
  • Music CDs and cassettes”

United for Peace and Justice
“United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 800 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.

We welcome the participation of any and all national, regional and local groups who share our goals and wish to work with others.”

Voices in the Wilderness
“Since its founding in 1996, Voices in the Wilderness has campaigned to end economic and military warfare against the Iraqi people.”

For a much longer list of websites of organizations involved in peace work see:

Peace Studies Programs
For a listing of the post-secondary educational institutions worldwide which offer either a major or minor in peace studies, see

MCC’s Peace Office Newsletter
“Mennonite Central Committee's Overseas Peace Office addresses and interprets international peace and justice issues from a peace church perspective. MCC Peace Office serves as a resource on peace and justice issues to the international ministries of the MCC Overseas Department. The Peace Office promotes discussion of peace issues within the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ constiuency [sic] and also encourages interchurch peace theology dialogue. The Peace Office produces the Peace Office Newsletter quarterly and distributes Occasional Papers and other statements as the issues arise.” (downloadable in PDF format)

“Shalom! is a quarterly publication that strives to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of contemporary issues. Each issue deals with a single topic approached in different ways by mostly Brethren in Christ writers.

Produced by the Board for Brotherhood Concerns and edited by Harriet Bicksler for more than 20 years, Shalom! has become a respected forum where Brethren in Christ people can discuss the complex social issues that we face in the contemporary world.” (downloadable in PDF format)

MCC’s online catalog

Sunday School Curriculum
Second Mile
“Second Mile is a peace curriculum that invites congregations and small groups to enter a journey of worship, study, action and reflection that will help them become active signs of Christ’s peace in a broken world.”

“Second Mile is as an educational tool for congregations who want to proclaim Christ’s peace in a broken world. The project is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canadian offices.”

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Sunday School Lessons
“This unit of four lessons was designed for groups who wish to study the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) within the context of the biblical witness. Accordingly, each lesson is tied to a passage from the Book of Acts. Participants will study both the first century church described in Acts and the history of Christian Peacemaker Teams. They will then evaluate the connections between the two.

The structure of the lessons follows the model of the Good Ground series, curriculum developed by the Mennonite Churches and the Church of the Brethren.”

Violent Toys and Media
The Lion & Lamb Project
“The mission of The Lion & Lamb Project is to stop the marketing of violence to children.”

War in Iraq
Cost of the War
“War affects everyone, not just those directly involved in the fighting. This webpage is a simple attempt to demonstrate one of the more quantifiable effects of war: the financial burden it places on our tax dollars.”

Iraq Body Count
“The worldwide update of reported civilian deaths in the Iraq war and occupation.”