The People Vs The Politicians: Building a Culture of Peace Forum
6:30 PM18:30

The People Vs The Politicians: Building a Culture of Peace Forum

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Goodness to you all this new year from the Building a Culture of Peace Forum!

Please join us as we reconvene in 2019.

We are privileged to have Hedrick Smith, with us for the showing of the film he produced: 

The People Vs The Politicians.  

For every flaw in our politics – dark money, voter suppression, gerrymandering, Citizens United, Mega-Donors, hyper-partisanship – grassroots reformers are putting solutions to work at the state level. This is not a story of left vs right., Republicans vs Democrats. It’s a story of the People vs the Politicians, of We the People rising up against fat cats and entrenched power – and winning.

Join us for stories of grassroots heroes making a difference, combating billionaire and corporate money, empowering small donors, fighting for voters rights, mobilizing to make our democracy fairer, more transparent and more inclusive.

Hedrick Smith, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and Emmy Award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS Frontline will join us for a discussion following the film. Hedrick has over five decades as a reporter, editor, producer and author and has established himself as one of America’s premier journalists. 

Arrive at 6:30PM for light refreshments and seating for the program that will begin promptly at 7PM.

As always, Forums are free and open to the public.  However, seating is limited so...

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John Dear & Chris Hedges in Conversation on Peace after "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine"
3:00 PM15:00

John Dear & Chris Hedges in Conversation on Peace after "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine"

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John Dear & Chris Hedges in Conversation on Peace after the Off-Broadway performance of Daniel Berrigan's The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

Join authors Rev. John Dear and former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges in a public conversation on Daniel Berrigan and the movements of peace and nonviolent resistance, following the Sunday afternoon performance of Daniel Berrigan's legendary play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Sunday February 10th at 3:00 p.m., at the Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Centers, 466 Grand Street, in New York City.

For further information, and to purchase tickets, visit:

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5:00 PM17:00


Campaign Nonviolence is hosting a conference call on Thursday February 21, 2019 to bring together current organizers and others interested in participating in the Nonviolent Cities Project.  John Dear will host the call which will take place at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern for one hour.  

To join, RSVP here: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
You'll be able to call in with a phone or via your computer.

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Anne Lamott in Conversation with John Dear
7:00 PM19:00

Anne Lamott in Conversation with John Dear

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

An Evening with Anne Lamott reading from her new book,“Almost Everything” and in conversation on peace & nonviolence with Rev. John Dear

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street

Rev. John Dear

Rev. John Dear

San Francisco, California

Join author Anne Lamott as she reads from her latest book, "Almost Everything". Joining her in conversation will be author and activist Rev. John Dear discussing the topic of peace and nonviolence.

Anne Lamott is the New York Times best-selling author of Almost Everything; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Some Assembly Required; Plan B; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; and other books. She lives in Marin County, California.

Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, priest, teacher of nonviolence, coordinator of Campaign Nonviolence, and author of many books including The Nonviolent Life; The Beatitudes of Peace; Living Peace; They Will Inherit the Earth; The Questions of Jesus; Transfiguration; and The God of Peace. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Books will be on sale in the back of the church. Anne Lamott and John Dear will be available to sign their books after their presentation.


General admission is $25.

A pre-event reception at Grace Cathedral with food and drinks is also being held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. The reception will be hosted by Rev. John Dear, Dr. Ken Butigan, Pace e Bene founder Fr. Louie Vitale and Executive Director Ryan Hall. This ticket is good for general admission as well. Tickets are $75. - Please note, Anne Lamott is invited but not confirmed to attend the reception. The event will be held at Grace Cathedral in the office building, to the right of the church, near the fountain.

All proceeds go to Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and their project Campaign Nonviolence whose mission is to foster justice, peace and the well-being of all through education, resources, and action for nonviolent change. Visit

Co-Sponsors: Grace Cathedral

For info, call: Ryan Hall at 510-268-8765 or email


Please Note: A previous promotion for this event mentioned the date April 29, 2019. The date was changed after those went out. Sorry for any confusion.

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Journey of Peace to Northern Ireland
to Jun 20

Journey of Peace to Northern Ireland

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Join John Dear on a journey of peace to Northern Ireland, June 12-20, 2019 -- places are limited, register now!

Pace e Bene friends are invited to spend eight days immersed in the beautiful Irish landscape, community, music, and poetry as we hear stories of peace and struggle with John Dear and his friend, northern Irish storyteller and activist Gareth Higgins, June 12-20, 2019, in Northern Ireland

Gareth grew up amidst the conflict and eventual peace building process in Northern Ireland, and he hosts these retreats every summer. John lived in Northern Ireland in 1997-1998, and worked at a human rights office in Belfast. Click here to read all the details and register at

"The story we tell shapes the world we live in. “The story of Ireland, north and south, is full of light and shadow, mystery and earthiness, sacred and profane, collaborating to create a land of charm, beauty and inspiration,” writes Gareth. 

“I invite you to take time out to experience the landscape, art, people and story that has captivated so many. Journey with a small group of new friends in the north of Ireland, among people seeking space, rest, challenge and clarity for the next steps in life. On our retreats we hear from politicians, activists, writers, musicians, and other artists; guides who have been immersed in spiritual reflection, peacemaking, and imagining a better world. I'm delighted to welcome my marvelous friend John Dear as special guest on this retreat, and invite you to experience the extraordinary physical landscape, learn from people who made peace with each other after a centuries-old conflict, and go on an inner personal journey that might last a lifetime."

Previous attendees have called these retreats the perfect combination of vacation, retreat, education and sight-seeing and on the short list for best experience of my life

During this pilgrimage, we will stay for four nights in historic cottages in the Mourne Mountain region, and four nights in a Victorian-era country house a few minutes' walk from Belfast Lough; we'll visit Belfast, Kilkeel, Newcastle, Downpatrick and sites associated with St Patrick, and other significant places in the history of spirituality and conflict transformation. We will also spend an afternoon with John’s close friend, Mairead Corrigan Maguire (subject to schedule), winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. John edited her collected writings, The Vision of Peace, available from Folks who have attended these retreats in the past have often extended their trip, or come early, to visit other parts of Ireland, Great Britain, and Europe. We're happy to advise on itineraries. 

All the details are available at - places are extremely limited, so we encourage you to register now. Join us!

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Pace e Bene Peace and Nonviolence Pilgrimage to Assisi
to Jun 30

Pace e Bene Peace and Nonviolence Pilgrimage to Assisi


Pace e Bene’s 30th anniversary is in 2019 and we are taking a powerful pilgrimage to Assisi in June 2019 led by Rev. John Dear and Dr. Ken Butigan!

This is a one-week pilgrimage of peace, prayer and nonviolence to Assisi, Italy June 23-30, 2019, to study the life of St. Francis, pray for peace, build community, celebrate Pace e Bene, and deepen our commitment to Gospel nonviolence for the journey ahead and peace work to come.  Pace e Bene’s Coordinator of International Programs, Veronica Pelicaric, and Executive Director Ryan Hall will join Rev. Dear and Dr. Butigan in this once-in-a-lifetime experience—and we hope you will, too!

For three decades Pace e Bene has promoted active nonviolence in the spirit of St. Francis.  Together, we will walk in the footsteps of this peacemaker whose compassion for others, love for the earth, and work for peace and reconciliation has inspired people everywhere.

If you are interested we encourage your to apply here .


Each pilgrim will pay their own airfare to and from Rome, as well as ground travel from Rome to Assisi and back. Each pilgrim will arrive at Hotel Giotto in Assisi, Italy by 3 pm on Sunday, June 23 and depart the Hotel Giotto on Sunday morning, June 30. Breakfast and dinner will be provided each day at the hotel; lunch is on one’s own.

The Pilgrimage will begin on June 23 with a welcome, introductions and a Catholic Mass, then a social and dinner. Every morning, Fr. John will celebrate a daily Mass and reflect on the Gospel call and life of active nonviolence. Then we will visit a significant site of St. Francis and have a presentation on the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and their lessons of nonviolence, presented by Ken and John.  There will also be time of quiet reflection and group discussion, as well as personal check-ins.

Afternoons will be free for lunch, rest, walking and further sight-seeing. Then we will gather for dinner and an evening check-in and prayer.


  • On Monday, June 24, morning Mass with Fr. John. We will then spend the morning at the basilica, and at the grave of St. Francis, and have reflections in the upper church with Ken and John on the life of St. Francis.

  • On Tuesday, June 25, morning Mass with Fr. John. We will then spend the morning at San Damiano, the church which St. Francis built and where he heard God speak to him through the crucifix, and where St. Clare eventually lived and died, and have reflections from Ken and John.

  • On Wednesday, June 26, morning Mass with Fr. John. We will then spend the morning at the church of St. Clare, and reflect on her life and lessons of nonviolence with John and Ken.

  • On Thursday, June 27, Fr. John will have a morning Mass, but the whole day will be free.

  • On Friday, June 28, morning Mass with Fr. John.  We will then spend the morning at Eremos della Carceri, St. Francis’s hermitage, and have reflections from John and Ken.

  • On Saturday, June 29, we will visit San Maria del Angeli, where St. Francis died, and have reflections from John and Ken.  We will then have a closing Mass that morning at San Maria del Angeli if possible.  That Saturday evening we will have dinner, reflections and party. 

  • Sunday morning, June 30, Pilgrims are on their own to return to Rome for their departing flight or any other personal travel arrangements they may have.


Cost for the pilgrimage is $2600 per person.  This fee covers the hotel stay for seven nights at Hotel Giotto in Assisi along with breakfast and dinner each night at the hotel.  Flight is not included and participants will be responsible to book their own flights and arrive on time.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due within 30 days upon acceptance to the pilgrimage.

To apply: fill out this application and we will be in touch with you.  Keep in mind, we are limited to 30 participants.

To join this pilgrimage all attendees must be 18 years of age or older.  Those under 18 may also be accepted if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Once you have been selected to attend the Pace e Bene Peace and Nonviolence Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy we will ask each participant to prepare for the trip by taking extra time to pray and journal in the months ahead and study the life of St. Francis and the way of nonviolence.

To make the most out of your journey, we recommend that everyone attending read John Dear’s Pace e Bene book, “The Nonviolent Life,” as well as at least one biography of St. Francis. John recommends “Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life, by Adrian House,” We also encourage all participants to join or organize at least one event during the Campaign Nonviolence National Week of Actions Sept. 15-23, 2018 as active nonviolent public preparation for this private pilgrimage and retreat to Assisi.

We encourage everyone on the pilgrimage to enter the week in Assisi as a week of peace, prayer and pilgrimage. To maintain that atmosphere we request that each person attending be respectful of one another especially during prayer and Mass time and during sessions with Ken and John so that we can encourage one another to make this not just a great tourist trip, but a spiritual pilgrimage deeper into Gospel nonviolence and the life and lessons of St. Francis.


Since this is an international trip, all participants must have a passport in order to join us.  If you do not have one, we encourage interested pilgrims to apply for your passport as soon as we have accepted your application.

Please Note: visitors in shorts or sleeveless tops may not be admitted to various churches. Please be sure to dress appropriately.

More details will be provided regarding transportation options and directions from Rome to Assisi as the date approaches.


Rev. John Dear

John Dear is Pace e Bene’s Nonviolence 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,” and his recent book, “The Nonviolent Life.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.

From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, John served as a Red Cross Chaplain, and became one of the coordinators of the chaplain program at the Family Assistance Center.

From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico. He co-founded Pax Christi New Mexico and works on a nonviolent campaign to disarm Los Alamos. These days, he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country and the world.

John has been arrested over seventy-five times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace, and has organized hundreds of demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons at military bases across the country, as well as worked with Mother Teresa and others to stop the death penalty.

John has two masters degrees in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in California.

Dr. Ken Butigan

Ken Butigan is a strategist and consultant for Campaign Nonviolence. A peace and justice worker, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades, Ken also teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.

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. He was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance and a national organizer for the Declaration of Peace. 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.

Ken has published six books, including Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence and Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site.

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

Joining the team on the pilgrimage will also be Pace e Bene staff members Veronica Pelicaric and Ryan Hall.  Veronica is Pace e Bene’s Nonviolence Education Outreach Consultant, international nonviolence trainer and co-author of Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living, she also speaks Italian!   Ryan Hall is Pace e Bene’s Executive Director and a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology.

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Action Week 2019
to Sep 22

Action Week 2019


September 14-22, 2019 Everywhere


Every year, Campaign Nonviolence organizes a national week of action across the United States and around the world, built around the third week of September, near Sept. 21st, International Peace Day. For the last five years, we have organized an unprecedented national grassroots movements with actions in every state where people connect the dots between the issues of injustice and violence, including war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction, and hold public events, actions and marches demanding immediate positive social change.

Join us next September!

Learn more here.

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How We Win Workshop
1:00 PM13:00

How We Win Workshop

How We Win Workshop, led by George Lakey

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“It’s after the election – what shall we do?”
“Let’s win with a direct action campaign!”

Saturday, December 1, 2018

1:00-4:00 PM (Registration at 12:30 PM)

Veterans Building, Room 206

401 Van Ness Avenue, at McAllister

San Francisco, CA 94102

(Close to BART-Civic Center and the 47 Muni line)

Participatory workshop on starting and conducting Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns

including addressing racism, sexism, and other oppressions, and deflating right-wing extremists

George Lakey, author of just published How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent campaigning, has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. He was first arrested in the civil rights movement and was a trainer for the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. In 2018 he was arrested campaigning for Power Local Green Jobs.  He has given leadership to campaigns on neighborhood, city-wide, state, national, and international levels, including cross-race, cross-class coalitions and the LGBTQ movement.   He co-led strategy workshops with César Chavez, and worked with labor unions, Mohawks, high school students, environmentalists, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. He also taught conflict studies at colleges and universities and authored ten books on how to bring about change.

“…If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker, George Lakey has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights--not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual.” -- Bill McKibben, co-founder

Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace and San Francisco Friends Meeting 

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Healing A Broken World: Allies In The Nonviolent Struggle For Justice
1:00 PM13:00

Healing A Broken World: Allies In The Nonviolent Struggle For Justice

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Organized by Pax Christi Illinois – “Healing a Broken World:  Allies in the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice.”

Marie Dennis from Pax Christi International will be the presenter and Ken Butigan, from Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence will be the responder to Marie’s presentation. Followed by an in depth conversation of all the allies present!

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