Closing Ceremony: Commitment to Peace

SAMPLES SESSION 8 PASS IT FORWARD Invite each girl to choose one note that she has placed in her Peacemaker Kit and share with the team why that is the most important thing she has gained on the journey through aMAZE. How will she use it to ?increase the peace? in her life?and the world around her. You might also guide the girls to a discussion of Mohandas K. Gandhi, one of the world?s most influential peacemakers. Perhaps share this quote from Annie, a Girl Scout Senior from North Carolina: ?The leader I admire most is Gandhi. Because he knew what his goals were and he was able to lead people through peace and avoid what everybody thought was inevitable, which was all this violence. That was the ultimate leadership.? Ask the girls how much they know of Gandhi and his views and actions. Depending on their answers, you might explain that Gandhi believed people should show forgiveness to one another and use positive actions to make up for any less-than-positive acts they have committed. One of Gandhi?s most quoted lines is: ?You must be the change you wish to see in the world.? Ask the girls to say one change they wish to see in the world. As peacemakers, how will they be this change? Next, ask all the girls to stand in a circle. Each, in turn, holds a meaningful symbol (peace sign charm, candle, pebble, olive branch) in her hand as she offers her commitment for peace to herself, and to her sister peacemakers: ?I commit to being a peacemaker in the world by ______________ .? After the ceremony and celebration ends, take some time for yourself. Look back at the reflection on page 24?25. Have any of your answers changed since winding through aMAZE? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ How do you commit to being a peacemaker? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 86

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