Bullying: A Spiritual Crisis
His research includes wrestling with the violence found in the history and traditions of our Judeo-Christian faith and also through conversations with Christian adults who were buillied or had been bullies (often both) as children. He examines the roots of violence and how a societal valuing of tolerance leads to bullying. Cram believes that the opposite of intolerance is not tolerance but empathy. According to Cram, children must be encouraged and assisted in developing empathy in order to stop violence.
The final chapter gives resources and suggestions to assist parents, teachers, and pastors as they address bullying in the home, school and parish. He offers four practices that lead to learning and living with empathy:
Writing a bully policy for the school, church or parish; Teaching virtues in school; Engaging in ongoing critical literacy-evaluation of literature and media; Taking inventory of empathy in worship.
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