A Unitarian Universalist Multigenerational Ministry Resource

Pathways to Peace

In August, I spent a week with the good people at the UU Fellowship and Fun Conference at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine.  They asked me to serve as their theme speaker for the week, the theme being, Pathways to Peace.  It was a fantastic week, one I’m sure I won’t forget.  Here are some of the notes and insights from our time together:


What comes to mind when you hear the word PEACE?


  • Calm
  • Relaxation
  • No war
  • Compassion
  • Village
  • Non violent communication
  • Togetherness
  • Quiet
  • Being loved
  • Justice
  • Inner serenity
  • A little baby
  • Ghandi
  • Sleep
  • Knitting
  • Playing the harp
  • Singing
  • Harmony
  • Kindness
  • Patience
  • Security
  • Still water
  • Protests
  • River
  • Living your passion
  • Nowy woods
  • Wise mind


What do you think comes to mind when children hear the word PEACE?

  • No war
  • Earring and stickers
  • saying, “Peace out”
  • middle ground
  • white doves
  • salutation
  • quiet
  • sleeping
  • family
  • safety
  • be nice
  • no fighting
  • sharing
  • safety
  • free from turmoil
  • the Golden rule
  • no bullying
  • equality
  • no fear
  • friendships
  • Native American Indians
  • Vacations
  • Fishing
  • Ice cream
  • Teddy bear
  • Nature
  • Ferry Beach


What comes to mind when someone older than you hears the word PEACE?

  • World War II
  • Truce
  • The 1960s
  • Absence of pain
  • RIP
  • armistice Day
  • Victory garden
  • Basic needs
  • Land of plenty
  • No conflict
  • hippies
  • Woodstock
  • End of the depression
  • Family together again
  • Hospice
  • Prosperity
  • Health
  • Healing
  • Understanding
  • Resolution
  • Death
  • Sadness
  • Solemnity
  • Mourning loss
  • Homecoming
  • Canada
  • Flag


“What I cannot bear to think of as lost forever in a war.”


Our children

Hope for future generations

The chance to sit quietly in a canoe on a peaceful lake watching an eagle’s nest

My grandsons

The life of the natural world

The death of a young soldier who died before his time; a life that had no time to live

My children, Community


Hope, innocence

Family and friends

Optimism for life

Family, Safety, Adequate food and shelter

Sustainability for today and tomorrow’s children

Serenity, Friendship

People, community, beautiful trees, birds, animals, music that is happy, the grand canyon, flowers, fields of joy, rivers, mountains, cities

Family and colleagues

No more needles, pain and destruction

Innocence, serenity, possibility

My precious Andrea, Becca, Gymm, Mom, Joyce, Dad, Paul

Flowers, babies, love, home


My sons and my granddaughter

Blue skies and sunshine, birds singing in the trees, freedom

My daughter, an ocean to swim in, Ferry Beach

The life of any human being and all of their relatives

Clean clear rivers

Children, hope, beauty

How far humankinds possibility to evolve

My child

The lives of the people I love

My son in the US army

The future


My family, My children

Lives of children

Newborn baby’s smile

The freedom to connect with family, friends and loved ones

The global, cultural heritage and diversity

Nature, freedom, trust

The natural beauty of the earth (Gaia)

Friends and family, good music

Laughter, music, potential environmental health


It all.






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