Peace Literacy for Navigating Struggle, Uncertainty, and Crisis2020-03-27T09:40:16-07:00

Peace Literacy for Navigating Struggle, Uncertainty, and Crisis

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, everyone is properly worried about making sure that people’s physical needs are met. But our research in Peace Literacy shows that people have many non-physical needs that are as important, if not more important, than their physical needs, especially during times of crisis. We’ve put together this series to discuss what these non-physical needs are, how people can meet them (and help others meet them) in healthy ways, how people during a crisis can become more vulnerable to tangles of trauma such as mistrust, rage, alienation, and helplessness, and how we can deal with trauma constructively rather than destructively. Each entry in this series will focus on one of humanity’s non-physical needs, along with practical ideas to help us create stronger relationships and communities as we navigate through this struggle together.

Part One: Purpose and Meaning

What is your higher purpose during this crisis, or in life? Do you have more than one higher purpose? How can your higher purpose strengthen the relationships and communities that you are a part of?

Part Two: Nurturing Relationships

Nurturing relationships consist of being listened to, respected, and treated with kindness and compassion. A vital way to nurture each other and build trust is by giving people our attention.

Part Three: Explanations

Coming April 3, 2020.

Part Four: Expression

Coming April 10, 2020.

Part Five: Inspiration

Coming April 17, 2020.

Part Six: Belonging

Coming April 24, 2020.

Part Seven: Self-Worth

Coming May 1, 2020.

Part Eight: Challenge

Coming May 8, 2020.

Part Nine: Transcendence

Coming May 15, 2020.


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