(I know the word is taboo to most of society; however it is indispensible to me theologically. If it offends you too much, just go somewhere else.)
Many have read about the crude and vulgar expression called "frightened at an early age by a fundie". In my mind this represents a very large category of 'young' people disenchanted and alienated from a form of Christianity that does not permit a critical faculty in approaching the faith.
A fair number of this kind of person have found their way back to the church, usually in a more enlightend form of the church (such as the Society of Friends).
However many such people remain under the baleful influence of their fundamentalist experiences. Sometimes an exorcism (another taboo!) may bring about fundamental healing. Others will labor with the blight until they die. (If you suffer like this you need to confess (another taboo) it-- to yourself and even more creatively to someone else. Doing this has a liberating and healing effect. (We all need healing!!)
Turning from problems of the faith we note an even more terrible blight on the population at large, the experience of violence.
I know a man who grew up in a benevolent environment; However at the age of 12 he was whipped for some offense. He became introverted and negative toward life in general. With growing awareness he became able to relativize that experience and share it with others, but the experience continued to cast a shadow on his life.
We all know that violence to children is extremely common in our culture. Internalized, it expresses itself in a great many ways, for example the popularity of war. People subjected to violence need a radical form of healing. Does the church exert sufficient spiritual power to address that terrible problem. (Unfortunately the church has almost invariably supported every war that came down the pike. Was it really the Church? Did it represent Christianity?)
Quakers, among the brightest and most enlightened children of God either escaped the bane of violence or were (to some degree at least) healed from the curse.
Peacemaking requires an awareness of these psychic dynamics. We have to address it first within ourselves and then in those whom God has sent to us for healing.
(I sense that some will not find the title of this post appropriate; but I also know that if we can't acknowledge that war is sin and violence is sin, then we don't have very much spiritual power.)