Moving Forward Together – A Message to the Community

Fr. Josh Thomas —  November 23, 2016 — Leave a comment



11078071_10100879549208157_1799555395257608746_nOver the last week, the deep divisions in American society have risen to the surface, and a wave of hate speech, intimidation and bullying has affected our community personally.

I know a Muslim girl who had a rock thrown through her window, a rabbi whose daughter had swastikas painted on her dorm, and an Episcopal church defaced by racist vandalism.

But we know that love is stronger than hate. I’ve seen an outpouring of love from our Kids4Peace youth, who came together in Boston, Seattle, Vermont and New Hampshire – to reaffirm their friendships, support each other, and prepare for what’s next.

As an interfaith peace organization, our work is more important than ever – and for us, dialogue and action go hand in hand.


In the coming months, Kids4Peace will equip all our youth with skills to stand up against hate, educate peers about other religions, and facilitate hard conversations across difference.

We will work with community partners on campaigns to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, and we’ll help congregations and community organizations develop capacity to address deep conflict among youth and engage them with campaigns for justice.

I know we can rise to this challenge, because I see our inspiring young peace leaders – now more than a thousand strong – who are lighting the way to a better future.


Kids4Peace’s mission has suddenly become more urgent, and dozens of new communities want to start local chapters. To make this happen, we will need your help.

Would you consider a special gift this year, to help expand our work in the USA? We’ll need to train local youth leaders and educators, hire community organizers, and design cutting-edge curriculum to most effectively engage youth.

And if you know congregations, universities, organizations, denominations, foundations or donors who might want to partner with Kids4Peace, please introduce us!

Let’s make interfaith cooperation, respect and understanding the norms in our society. And let’s partner with inspiring young leaders to create a more just and peaceful world.

Fr. Josh Thomas

PS – If you donate between now and #GivingTuesday (Nov 29), your gift will be doubled!  And check out the inspiring video from Kids4Peace Jerusalem youth, talking about what your gift means to then.

Fr. Josh Thomas


Executive Director (USA) of Kids4Peace International. Presbyter, The Episcopal Church.

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