Ken Butigan


A peace and justice worker, teacher, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades, Ken Butigan is currently serving as Pace e Bene’s director.

Since the early 1980s, Ken has worked with numerous social movements, including movements for a nuclear-free future, an end to homelessness, and freedom for East Timor.  From 1987 to 1990, he was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance, a network of 100,000 people in 400 local groups that organized coordinated nonviolent action for peace in Central America.

In January 2006, he initiated the Declaration of Peace and has been one of its national organizers. The Declaration of Peace is a nationwide, grassroots nonviolent action campaign to support a comprehensive plan for peace in Iraq.

Ken joined the Pace e Bene staff in 1990. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s From Violence To Wholeness program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living program.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. He has been a lecturer in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s College in Washington State for three years.  He currently teaches  at DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.

Ken has published five books, including Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003).

Ken lives in Chicago with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their beautiful daughter Leah Toyomi.

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