Family Pledge Of Non-Violence

Making peace must start within ourselves and in our families. Each of us, members of the _______________________ family, commits ourselves as best we can to become non-violent and peaceable people.

To Respect Self and Others:
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks, and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better:
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work in solving problems peacefully.

To Listen:
To listen carefully to others, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive:
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature:
To treat the environment and all living things, including our pets, with respect and care.

To Play Creatively:
To select entertainment and toys that support our family’s values and to avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny, or acceptable.

To Be Courageous: 
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is our pledge. These are our goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month on _______________________ for the next 12 months so we can help each other become more peaceful people.

(Pledge is to be signed by members of the family after careful and prayerful discussion of each point.)

Family Pledge of Non-Violence
Institute for Peace and Justice
St. Louis, MO

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