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Pace e Bene associate Kit Evans, is traveling the country promoting Pace e Bene's powerful new movement for nonviolent change - Campaign Nonviolence. Learn more about Kit below then invite her to speak in your community!

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Pace e Bene speakers are available to speak in your community on the power and principles of nonviolence, as well as on their particular areas of specialization. Generally, a 45-60 minute presentation is followed by a question and answer period with the audience, though Pace e Bene will tailor the event to meet your needs. Check out topics and speaker profiles below.

Topics Our Speakers Cover:

  • Building a World Where Everyone Matters: The Power of Active Nonviolence
  • Nonviolence and the Spiritual Dimension of Human Development
  • Love is the Answer: Love Your Enemies, Love Yourself, Love the World
  • Transforming Lives and Relationships on the Nonviolent Journey
  • From Hurt to Healing: The Process of Healing from a Traumatic Event
  • Living From Your Heart: the Freedom of Nonviolence
  • Peacemaking in a time of drones, war on terror, and the prison industrial complex.
  • Gospel Nonviolence: Living the Nonviolent Life
  • Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence
  • Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace
  • St. Francis of Assisi’s Nonviolent Journey: A Story of Our Time
  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Deepening the Faithful Journey of Gospel Nonviolence In Our Lives and Our World

 

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Kit Evans-Ford, MDIV

Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford is a Pace e Bene associate, speaker and workshop facilitator. She received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Communications Studies and African and Afro-American Studies. She holds a M.A. in Teaching: Special Education and a M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development. Kit also earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Kit is a 2004 Teach for America Washington, DC alumni as well as a 2008 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her studies and work experience have been centered around gender equality, nonviolence and peace, special education, domestic sex tracking, HIV and AIDS, healing, spirituality, and the performing arts.

Speaking Topics Include:

  • Transforming Lives and Relationships on the Nonviolent Journey

    In this talk Kit will discuss ways of resolving conflicts nonviolently and learning how violence can be prevented.  Using various interactive lessons, she will help participants feel motivated to become agents of nonviolent change and get involved in nonviolent social movements.

  • From Hurt to Healing: The Process of Healing from a Traumatic Event

    As a survivor of a violent sexual assault on her life, Kit will bring her personal experience, powerful testimony, and research from her studies at the School for International Training and the Pacific School of Religion to help participants discover practical ways to work through anger, shame, grief, guilt, and fear. Kit will discuss the power of sharing ones storey and help others understand how performing arts can be used as a resource in healing from trauma.

  • John Dear

    John Dear is Pace e Bene's Outreach Coordinator. He is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.”John has two masters degrees in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in California. In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
    Read more about John on Our Team page.
    John Dear's personal website.
    John Dear's Resume.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Gospel Nonviolence: Living the Nonviolent Life

    John has participated in nonviolent campaigns for over three decades resulting in over 75 arrests and more than a year of his life spent in jail. In this talk he will share stories about that journey and help illuminate the path of living a nonviolent life for others as a follower of the God of peace.

  • Ken Butigan

    Pace e Bene Executive Director, Ken has been a peace and justice organizer, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades. He teaches at DePaul University in Chicago, and received his Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union. He has published several books, including Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site (SUNY Press).View Ken's full bio here.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Building a World Where Everyone Matters: The Power of Active Nonviolence

    Drawing on numerous examples of ordinary people who have changed the world to illuminate the path of personal and social transformation, this presentation will explore key dimensions of the culture of active nonviolence.

  • St. Francis of Assisi’s Nonviolent Journey: A Story for Our Time

    This presentation will reflect on how the story of St. Francis of Assisi illuminates our call to put faithful and creative nonviolence today.

  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Deepening the Faithful Journey of Gospel Nonviolence In Our Lives and Our World

    This talk will explore Jesus’ powerful message of Gospel nonviolence; provide tools for putting Gospel nonviolence into practice for a more just and peaceful world; and activating Gospel nonviolence more effectively in our lives, churches and society.

  • Brian Terrell

    Brian is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He lives and works at Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa. He is also a Campaign Nonviolence Promoter in Iowa. Brian travels around Iowa and beyond, speaking and acting with communities that are working for justice and peace. His travels include participation in delegations to Palestine, Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan and he has been invited to speak in many European venues. In recent years, Brian has been active in resistance to remote controlled murders by drones with friends in Nevada, New York and Missouri and In May 2013, he was released from a six month federal prison sentence for participating in a peaceable assembly in protest of drones at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Available to speak about drones, the war on terror, and the prison industrial complex.
  • Veronica Pelicaric

    Veronica Pelicaric is Pace e Bene's International Programs Coordinator. She studied Liberal Arts and Psychosynthesis and has been living in Canada since 1989. She is a past president of the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Montreal. Veronica also helped coordinate the French translation of From Violence to Wholeness and is one of the authors of Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living. Veronica has led Pace e Bene talks and workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Haiti, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago and England, and for several years in Argentina. She is conversant in six languages and studies in the Zen tradition.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Nonviolence and the Spiritual Dimension of Human Development

    This talk will deal with levels of Soulforce, invoking and evoking it from the perspective of Nonviolence and Integral Psychology. Veronica will contribute to this inquiry with her experience of living in a spiritual community, studying transpersonal psychology, practicing Zen and working ten years for Pace e Bene.

  • Terry Rynne

    Terrence J. Rynne is the founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and a teacher of Peace Studies at Marquette. He was founder and president of Rynne Marketing Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm that has served more than 600 leading hospitals and healthcare organizations. He and his wife started The Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation dedicated to peace and to the empowerment of women. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and pursues his passion for peace. He lives with his wife in Winnetka, Illinois.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace

    This is a talk based on his new book coming out August 2014. More details to come in August.

  • Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence

    Gandhi and Jesus is an original exploration of the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi that puts nonviolent action at the very heart of Christian salvation. Dr. Rynne discusses the threefold purposes of this book: “First, to share my understanding and appreciation for Gandhi’s way of satyagraha; second, in the light of Gandhi’s satyagraha, to present the thinking of four Christian theologians who have embraced and make credible a nonviolent Jesus; and third, to reformulate “what it means to be saved” by making, not violent sacrifice, but nonviolent power, the root metaphor.

  • Friar Louie Vitale

    Louie Vitale is Pace e Bene’s Action Advocate and Co-Founder of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. A Franciscan priest who served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars from 1979 to 1988, he also co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience to end nuclear testing. Louie has a Ph.D. in sociology (with a focus on the sociology of religion and social movements) from UCLA. Louie has engaged in nonviolent action for justice and peace for many years and served numerous prison sentences for his nonviolent actions.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Love is the Answer: Love Your Enemies, Love Yourself, Love the World

    In Louie’s talk he will share the many stories from his life of nonviolent activism, placing particular focus on the importance of what it means to truly love our enemies, ourself and the world.

  • Rev. Felicia Helen Parazaider

    Rev. Felicia attended the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministry, and was ordained in March 2012. She holds degrees from University of California Berkeley in both Religious Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. She has completed training programs in Spiritual Psychology as well as Tree of Life Teachings. Rev. Felicia is certified as a Reiki Level II practitioner and is certified by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service in nonviolence training. Rev. Felicia is also the founder of Revolution Of Love (ROL), an interfaith ministry which focuses on inner work of the self and outer work in the world, through the vehicles of agape love and nonviolence.

    Speaking Topics Include:

  • Living From Your Heart: the Freedom of Nonviolence

    Rev. Felicia will share her personal journey from violence to nonviolence, a story of redemption through the grace of nonviolence.

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