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Resources on Critical Concern for Nonviolence

Mercy education affirms the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concern for nonviolence: promoting peace in families, in communities, in businesses and among nations.

The following resources are recommended to help students grow in their understanding of our Mercy Critical Concern for nonviolence.

Critical Concerns Bingo

For those seeking new ways to engage students on the Mercy Critical Concerns, we share a new resource: Critical Concerns Bingo cards, a spin on the traditional game of Bingo that offers pathways for engagement with the Critical Concerns through readings, videos, suggested actions and spirituality. Most activities are suitable for in-person and online instruction.

Critical Concerns Summer Reading Lists

The English department at Mercy High School in Burlingame, California, developed a summer reading program that highlights our Mercy Critical Concerns. All files for the summer reading program are available. You an also view them as PDFs: English 1, English 2English 3English 4

Curriculum Guide: Nonviolence

Developed by Mercy educators in 2018. Curriculum guides for all Mercy Critical Concerns are available here.

Curriculum Guide: Nonviolence for Kindergarten

This guide, shared by educators at Colegio Santa Ethnea, includes curriculum ideas for natural and social environments, literature, visual education, personal and social formation / emotional education / integrated sexual education, practices of the use of language and physical expression.

Nonviolence Project for Secondary School Students

This resource is an outline of a 2018 Mercy Day project at Colegio Santa Ethnea which focuses on nonviolence. Accompanied by faculty members, students visit local families to talk about peace, share a blessing and leave a gift of holy water.  Each family is also invited to come to the school later for a student performance. The full project is described in this letter to faculty from Ali Botto, coordinator of catechesis, and can be adapted to meet the needs and locality of your school.

Peacebuilders Project for Primary School Students

This project shared by Colegio Santa Ethnea helps students in grades 1-6 learn about building peace with everyday actions; learn and reflect on the lives of different peacebuilders including Catherine McAuley, Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Ghandi and others; and share the message of peace with the rest of the school through visual displays.

Practicing Nonviolence for Faculty and Administration

This resource from Colegio Santa Ethnea shares tips on identifying and addressing areas of conflict in an educational community.


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