The Compassion Course Online 2019
to Jun 19

The Compassion Course Online 2019

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Organized by  our friends at The New York Center for Nonviolent Communication (NYCNVC)

As we humans have developed other technologies, the technology of compassion has been developed too. This course provides the “how to” of creating more connection, understanding, and compassion in our daily lives – a way to create a world we will be happy to leave our children’s children. The work is challenging, at times confronting, and with perseverance, practice, focus, and dedication, it works.

For the last 8 years this course has served more 19,000 participants from over 110 countries in 4 languages, making the skills of compassionate living available to anyone, regardless of time and money constraints. For eight years running, this course has proven to be “life-changing”, “fun” and “transformational” (check out the quotes below).

Starts on June 19

Learn More Here // Register Here 

Weekly Messages

The course starts with foundational concepts and practices that help us understand what engenders compassion and what blocks it. As the year progresses, we work with more advanced practices and processes that help us bring more compassion into our everyday lives. All weekly messages include:

  • A concept to learn

  • A story to illustrate the concept

  • Practices to integrate the concept into your life

  • Links to previous weeks, videos, exercises and more

Throughout the course, we work on progressively deepening levels with self-empathy, empathy, emotional triggers, anger, beliefs, dialog, appreciation, requests and more. By the end of the year, the course covers over 50 concepts and differentiations.

Monthly Conferences

As part of the course, Thom Bond hosts 12, monthly 1-1/2 hour conferences (which participants can join either via video conference or a telephone line) for the English speaking Community.

All conferences are recorded and may be listened to at any time throughout the course. Recording links are posted within the weekly messages for those who don’t attend or those who would like to review.

Carefully trained and supported Course Facilitators host the conferences where it is offered in other languages.

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Peace Power Summer Program
to Aug 24

Peace Power Summer Program

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Would you like to get some practical experience and tools to become a peacebuilder? And you’d love to come together with like minded people over summer and dive into this topic and the Mediterranean Sea? Then join Peace Power, train your peacebuilding muscles and learn, work, and have fun in Thessaloniki, the 2nd city of Greece, based on Pace e Bene’s new study program, Engaging Nonviolence. Find more information here.

Peace Power is a month long summer program (taking place in Greece July 25-August 24) with workshops and volunteering meant for young people who want to become or improve being a peacebuilder. Participants follow the curriculum of the Study Program “Engaging Nonviolence. Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World”, during an introduction weekend and weekly workshops. And they will volunteer with local NGOs to gain work experience and apply their new skills.

The program starts with an introduction weekend, in which we follow the curriculum of Pace e Bene’s study program Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World. To give you practical experiences, the rest of the month you will be volunteering and following workshops. You will volunteer at a local organisation of your choice for 4 days a week. The group will meet Thursday afternoon for reflection, knowledge exchange, and designing a collective project. The workshops will be on Fridays, where you will learn more Peacebuilder skills. There will also be opportunities for community-building gatherings.

This summer program will give young people across the globe the opportunity to:

  • Gain practical skills to become effective peacebuilders in their local communities, as well as internationally;

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the necessary elements of developing a culture of peace and nonviolence;

  • Immerse in volunteering to get hands-on working experience;

  • Expand horizons by spending time in a diverse group with people from different backgrounds.


  • practical skills to become effective peacebuilders, such as conflict prevention, management and resolution, nonviolent communication, allyship and other anti-oppression work, emotional resilience and self-care, caring for the Earth, and social movement dynamics and organisation.

  • knowledge and understanding of structural and cultural violence and nonviolence.

  • work experience in the non-profit sector, such as refugee support.

  • increased open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity.

  • a support network of international peacebuilders; practitioners who share a common commitment to nonviolent social change, that inspire and encourage each other and sustain the motivation to be socially engaged.

FOR WHOM? This summer program will give young people across the globe the opportunity to: The program is meant for young people (between around 21 and 31) who have been engaged with something relevant to peacebuilding through study, (volunteering) work or social activities, so that they can apply and share what they've learned and enhance and grow in the process of becoming a peacebuilder.

HOW TO APPLY? Please fill out our online application form, and email us your CV (max. 2 pages). We will have 10 to 14 spots. Applications open until June 10.

ORGANISATIONS Please check the website for an updated list of participating organisations for volunteering.

The participation costs of the program are 350 euro*, for which we will cover housing, workshop materials and lunch+dinner on the introduction weekend. Travel expenses are for your own account, but for those that live far and need assistance we organise a crowdfunding campaign. Please help us share it, to make the program accessible to more people.

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Rally, Dinner, and a Movie for Racial & Criminal Justice Reform
5:00 PM17:00

Rally, Dinner, and a Movie for Racial & Criminal Justice Reform


Campaign Nonviolence NC Sponsors Rally, Dinner, and a Movie for Racial & Criminal Justice Reform on Jones St.

During both the pre- & post-Civil War eras, lynching was used with impunity by patrols of KKK members to intimidate, terrorize, incarcerate & kill black people.  Then as now, unpunished acts of racial intimidation & violence by citizens and officers sworn to protect and serve the people, perpetuate racism in today’s Criminal Justice System.  On August 24 please join Campaign Nonviolence NC on Raleigh’s Bi-Centennial Mall. At 5 p.m. Dr. Kimberly Muktarian, DC lobbyist & President of Save Our Sons of Raleigh will lead a Rally for Racial & Criminal Justice Reform on Jones St.  At 6 p.m. those interested in joining us for dinner & discussion of the film “Wilmington on Fire,” are invited to march with Dr. Kimberly & CNV members to First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 101 S. Wilmington St.

Following the film, Dr. Kimberly will answer questions re: “Modern Day Lynching” and her involvement in a state-to-state anti-lynching initiative.  A Love Offering will be collected to offset costs for this event. For QUESTIONS and/or to make RESERVATIONS, please CALL 919-559-5549 or TEXT “DINNER & A MOVIE” to the same iPhone, in order to LEAVE NAMES of ATTENDEES w/ CNV Event Coordinator, Barbara Smalley-McMahan.  

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Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Conference Call
5:00 PM17:00

Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Conference Call


If you are planning an action during the Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, Sept 14-22, 2019 join us to share your plans or hear what others have planned.

When: August 29, 2019 5:00 PM Pacific Time / 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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 this September!

Learn more here.

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The Psalms of Peace: A Weekend Retreat with Rev. John Dear
to Oct 13

The Psalms of Peace: A Weekend Retreat with Rev. John Dear

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“Seek Peace and Pursue It:”

A weekend retreat with Fr. John Dear on the Psalms of Peace, Nonviolence & Creation, based on his forthcoming new book.

October 11-13, 2019

Kirkridge Retreat Center,

East Stroudsburg, PA

Join longtime peace activist, author and retreat leader Rev. John Dear for a weekend of prayer, peace and meditation on the psalms, focusing on their call for peace, justice and celebration of creation.

Together, we will read through many psalms, pray over them, discuss them, and let them lead us closer to the God of peace, as we struggle with the divisions, hatreds and wars of the world, and our own brokenness and 

We will have time for small group reflection, large group discussion, presentations, quiet time, journaling, a Saturday evening party and a Sunday closing liturgy.

Cost $435 includes double occupancy room, board and tuition 
For more information, please contact Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center 
at or 610-588-1793


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Walking in the Holy Land  Thru the Lens of the Beatitudes
to Jan 25

Walking in the Holy Land Thru the Lens of the Beatitudes


Walking in the Holy Land : Thru the Lens of the Beatitudes

11-Days: January 15 to 25, 2020

Under the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Chris Ponnet, MA, MDiv, BCC
St. Camillus Center/Pax Christi SoCal in Los Angeles, California

Learn more here

Questions: Contact Gino Yambao, Tel: (323) 225-4461 x221 • Email:

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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
to Aug 9

Campaign Nonviolence National Conference

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Pace e Bene announces:

The Campaign Nonviolence National Conference,
Albuquerque, New Mexico,
August 6-9, 2020

In partnership with the August 6 and 9 peace vigils at Los Alamos, NM
Marking the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Featuring Martin Sheen, Dolores Huerta, Richard Rohr, John Dear, Erica Chenoweth, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Roshi Joan Halifax, Ira Helfand, Frida Berrigan and others. Hosted by Pace e Bene’s Kit Evans-Ford and George Martin.

The Campaign Nonviolence National Conference takes place Friday evening and Saturday at the Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico in their main ballroom, walking distance from the Old Town Plaza.

Space will be limited so mark your calendars and buy your tickets early!

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 4-8 p.m., in Los Alamos, NM, there will be a sackcloth and ashes silent contemplative sitting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, followed by a march down the main street to Ashley Pond Park, the exact place where the Hiroshima bomb was built, for a rally with speakers and singers. By 8 p.m., candles will be lit and released on the pond in solidarity with the people of Hiroshima, Japan.

On Sunday August 9, 2020, buses will leave the Hotel Albuquerque at 8 a.m. and go to Los Alamos, NM, for the 11 a.m. sackcloth and ashes contemplative sitting followed by the march to Ashley Pond Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, featuring Dolores Huerta, Martin Sheen, Kit Evans-Ford, George Martin, John Dear, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ken Butigan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., and local anti-nuclear and indigenous leaders. Buses will return to Albuquerque by 6 p.m.

Buses transportation will be provided on both August 6th and 9th.

For questions, contact or call 510-268-8765

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Peace Education Conference Melbourne
to Aug 16

Peace Education Conference Melbourne

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Peace Education Symposium: Teaching the Theology and Practice of Peace and Nonviolence

Organized by Pace e Bene Australia.

Join passionate educators from around Australia to learn the fundamentals of peace and nonviolence education and ways to embed these principles into your curriculum and teaching practice.

Symposium participants will have the opportunity to:

• learn about peace and nonviolence education

• reflect on how the Gospel inspires work for nonviolence

• network with other teachers and educators

• explore and share resources and experiences to assist with embedding nonviolence principles in curriculum and practice.


Three day symposium

14th - 16th August 2019

Early bird price: $440*

Full price: $490*

First day only

14th August 2019

Early bird price: $140*

Full price: $160*

*Includes GST. Please note: Catholic organisations will be invoiced the cost less GST. Early bird discount will apply when you register before 31st May 2019. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Visit to register your place.

Contact us

For program enquiries, please email Michael Wood at

For registration enquiries, please email Bessie Mutusva at


During 2018, a group of keen educators and peace-practitioners from Australia and New Zealand, mainly from the Anglican and Catholic traditions, met to discuss, develop resources and teach the ‘theology and practice of peace and nonviolence’ in Christian schools. This included the development of a pilot, senior-school religious education (RE) unit by the Anglican Schools Commission (Western Australia) and the incorporation of nonviolence principles, and content, in a number of Catholic education systems and schools.

The feedback from students and staff has been very positive, with teachers observing the holistic nature of the material, which is helpful in engaging students at intellectual/theological, spiritual/prayerful, and practical (nonviolent peacemaking) levels.

Our vision

To promote and provide gospel-based peace and nonviolence resources to all Christian educational systems and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand by 2021.

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for [humanity] to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Symposium program

Wednesday 14th August

9am - 4:30pm at St Joseph’s Centre

During the course of this one-day professional learning workshop, participants will:

• explore the theological principles and Gospel-based practices that underpin the teaching of

peace and nonviolence

• identify and reflect on connections between the inner life and the outer practices of nonviolence

• learn a range of introductory skills in nonviolent conflict transformation

• consider how to integrate peace education within their teaching roles.

Please note: this first day of the program can be attended as a standalone workshop, if you are unable to attend the full three-day symposium but would still like the opportunity to learn about Jesus and nonviolence.

Thursday 15th - Friday 16th August

9am - 4:30pm on Thursday at St Joseph’s Centre

9am - 2:30pm on Friday at St Joseph’s Centre

Two days of input, ideas and teaching resources from educators and peace facilitators, including those who have taught ‘the theology and practice of peace and nonviolence’ in Catholic and Anglican schools over the last 18-months.

Using a ‘community of practice’ ethos, the program will include space for self-organised conversations, giving participants the opportunity to convene conversations of personal relevance and importance to their own teaching practice.

Key topics include:

• the theology of peace and nonviolence, particularly drawing on the work of cultural/literary

anthropologist Rene Girard and theologians in the emerging field of peace-theology

• the practice of contemplative prayer (Christian meditation) and its significance in personal and

communal transformation

• the integration of peace and nonviolence principles in the broader design of religious

education curriculum

• Restorative Justice as an approach to growing a culture of peace in schools and its relationship to


• stories of nonviolence in action.

We invite you to join us on the Thursday evening for an optional dinner (not included in registration



Please note that accommodation is not included in your registration and we invite you to make your own arrangements. The venue is well located and easily accessible on public transport, enabling you to select from a wide variety of accommodation options in Melbourne’s central business district or eastern suburbs.

Environmental impact

We aim to make this symposium as environmentally friendly as possible and encourage you to consider offsetting your flights using an accredited carbon offset scheme such as atmosfair.


Brendan McKeague

Brendan grew up in the ‘troubled’ north of Ireland, surrounded by widespread cultural conditioning, scapegoating and violent conflict. He has since devoted much of his life to learning about nonviolent conflict transformation. For the past twenty-five years, he has been an Associate Staff Member with the international Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and a co-founder of Pace e Bene Australia.

Brendan works as an adult educator and facilitator, and enjoys integrating his native Irish spirit with his passion for teaching peace.

Jo Hart

Jo is a member of the Identity and Liberating Education Mission Team at Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). Part of her role is to support EREA schools to be educators for justice and peace through facilitating a variety of staff formation and professional learning experiences.

She has a Master of Arts (Theology) from the University of Divinity and throughout her thirteen years as a teacher in two Victorian Catholic schools has held the positions of Director of Identity, Religious Education Coordinator and Service Learning Coordinator.

Sally Morgan

Sally has been an educator for the past seventeen years. She has been involved in writing and implementing a wide range of curriculum, including around Rwanda’s post-genocide recovery, film and radio story-telling training, and intercultural youth-led community projects.

At St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre in North Melbourne, she co-led and taught within the Maree program for young people seeking asylum and developed the Asylum Seeker Pathways Project.

Sally is an Action Research doctoral student at Monash University and secretary of the recently established HOPE Co-Op, owned by and for asylum-seeking students.

Michael Wood

Michael is an Anglican priest, leadership coach, facilitator and teacher of dialogic (nonviolent) processes such as Talking Circles and Open Space Technology. As Anglican Chaplain at the University of Western Australia, Michael convenes a staff community of practice working on the implementation of Restorative Justice principles and practices within the university.

With colleague Brendan McKeague, Michael continues to help enable the development of teaching ‘The Theology and Practice of Peace and Nonviolence’ in schools and is actively involved in teaching nonviolence approaches to leadership in the church.

Simon Reeves

Simon lives in Norlane, Geelong with his wife Kaylene and three children and has worked as a community leader, nonviolent facilitator, peace educator and activist for many years. Simon holds a degree in Social Work and Masters in Social Change and Sustainability.

He has been involved in providing activist training and formation programs to prepare people for engaging in civil disobedience/arrestible offences such as Love Makes a Way.

Over the past twenty years, Simon has lived in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable and inclusive communities as pathways to a peaceful world.

Anne van Gend

Anne is the director of the Anglican Schools’ Office of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. She came to the role after working as the Ministry Educator for the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory (including, memorably, Arnhem Land).

Previously, she worked as a priest and teacher in a variety of roles. She has degrees in music, education, theology and a cross-disciplinary PhD (Religious Studies and Literature).

One aspect of her work across the schools of her province is encouraging them to embed restorative practices in their Christian foundation, through staff professional development and most recently through a year 11 term-long work unit, developed in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington.

Carly Osborn

Dr Carly Osborn is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and the Learning Manager for educational company Makers Empire. She is the author of ‘The Theory of Rene Girard: A Very Simple Introduction’, and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury series ‘Violence, Desire & the Sacred’.

Her first monograph, a Girardian reading of the American Dream and its narrative tragedies, will be released in late 2019. Carly’s passion is taking the deep insights of Girard and making them accessible to a broad community audience.

Michael Lincoln

Michael taught history and religion from 1994-1996 at Christian Brothers College, Adelaide. After holding Religion Education Coordinator roles at Cardijn College and St Mary’s College he was appointed as Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing at St. Mary’s where he introduced Restorative Justice as a school-wide approach for student wellbeing, conflict resolution and behaviour education.

Michael joined the RE team at Catholic Education South Australia in 2011 and currently works as a Behaviour Education Consultant. In this role he divides his time between supporting teachers working with children in struggle and facilitating professional learning in the areas of developmental trauma and Restorative Practices.

Michael Vial

Michael is the Coordinator of Religious Education for Catholic Education South Australia (SA). He has been an educator for almost thirty years, a member of the Religious Education (RE) team in Adelaide for seventeen years, and its team leader for the past ten. Michael was involved in the development of Crossways: the Religious Education Framework for SA Catholic Schools and is leading its current redesign.

Michael has also been a Catholic Studies lecturer for University of South Australia undergraduate education programs, in the areas of theology and curriculum design in RE. Some of Michael’s professional interests include supporting school leaders in their religious leadership, fostering the spiritual and religious formation of staff, and promoting pedagogies which honour the agency of the learner for the world that God desires.

Philip Goldsworthy

Philip has been the Director, Mission and Planning at the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) in Perth, Western Australia, since mid-2010. Philip oversees the ASC’s Religious Studies Curriculum and convenes a range of networks from across the ASC and the Western Australian Anglican Schools Association (WAASA) of which he has been the Executive Officer since February 2012. During terms 2-4 of 2012, he was Interim Principal of Swan Valley Anglican Community School, following eleven years as the foundation Principal of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, Newcastle, NSW.

Philip holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Ministry from Charles Sturt University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. One of Philip’s great passions is equipping religious educators and chaplains in their roles of nurturing and challenging young people to explore faith and spirituality and how that interacts with the complexities of their lives.

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 Livermore Lab Demonstration on Hiroshima Day
8:00 AM08:00

Livermore Lab Demonstration on Hiroshima Day

Bay Area groups will jointly mark the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Livermore Lab, where the Trump Administration is presently spending billions to create new nuclear warheads. This is an annual event organized by Tri Valley Cares.

The Tuesday, August 6, 2019 commemoration is titled, “Designing Armageddon at Livermore Lab: Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action for Nuclear Disarmament.”Participants will gather at the northwest corner of the Livermore Lab (Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road). The rally will begin at 8 AM and will feature music, speakers, poetry, art and more. There is free parking at the event site.

Daniel Ellsberg will deliver the keynote address.  Ellsberg is the military analyst and whistleblower who shone a bright light on U.S. policy and helped end the Vietnam War when he released the Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg published an award-winning memoir in 2017, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.” He remains a brilliant analyst, commentator and sought-after speaker.

Nobuaki Hanaoka, an atomic bomb survivor, will be the rally’s special guest speaker. Hanaoka was an infant when the bomb fell on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. His mother and sister died from illnesses linked to radiation poisoning and his brother died at age 39 from premature aging associated with fallout from the bomb. Hanaoka is a retired minister in the United Methodist Church, who came to the U.S. following seminary training in Japan. He has settled in the Bay Area where he speaks, writes and teaches on topics of peace and human rights.

Also featured will be Dr. Sharat G. Lin, who will share analysis and insights from personal visits to Iran and North Korea and Rafael Jesús González, the first poet-laureate of Berkeley and an organizer of the 1983 International Day of Nuclear Disarmament.

Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley CAREs will present timely knowledge of nuclear weapons activities being carried out today at Livermore Lab and Roxanne, a retired Judge, will discuss Code Pink’s divest from the war machine campaign.

Andrew Kodama and Julia Malakiman are co-emcees this year. Kodama and Malakiman represent the fresh, dynamic leadership of young adults in the peace movement and are the directors of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, respectively. Michael Rufo and Daniel Zwickel will provide music.

Immediately following the rally program, at approximately 9:15 AM, will be a "call to action," in which participants will be invited to march a short distance to the Livermore Lab West Gate. At the gate, Chizu Hamada and Japanese activists will lead a traditional bon dance. Everyone is invited to participate.

Following the dance will be a commemorative die-in and symbolic chalking of the bodies to mimic the “shadows” left by men, women and children vaporized by the A-bomb blast. Those who choose will then peaceably risk arrest. Others will conduct a legal witness and support.

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2019 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk
to Aug 6

2019 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk

For A Nuclear Free World 
-In Respect of All Life 7/26 – 8/6

“The religious basis of the nonviolent movement was laid as far back as 2000 years”-Ven.Nichidatsu Fujii 
Na Mu Ho Ren Ge Kyo

7/26 Fri. Gathering Eugene 
27 Sat. Walk Eugene 
28 Sun. Corvallis  - See flyers here and join the public discussion at the Corvallis library at 2pm. See local press release here.
29 Mon. Salem 
30 Tue. Portland/Vancouver 
31 Wed. Tacoma

8/1 Thur. Seattle/Bainbridge Island
2 Fri. Bainbridge Island Squamish 
3 Sat. Poulsbo-Ground Zero 
4 Sun. Ground Zero 
5 Mon. Ground Zero 
6 Tue. Seattle “Hiroshima to Hope Lantern Ceremony”

This annual Peace Walk is sponsored by Nipponzan Myoji Buddhist Order, Eugene, Tacoma, Vancouver Catholic Workers, Ground Zero Ctr. For Non Violent Action and Peace, Lake Forest Park for Peace, American Indian Organization for Change, Foot Prints for Peace, Bainbridge Isaland- N. Kitsap Interfaith Council and more.

Contact Rev. Senji Kanaeda 
(206) 780-6739 (206) 724-7632 (cell)
Nipponzan Myohojii Buddist Temple 
6154 Lynwood Ctr RD NE Bainbridge Island WA 98110

This will the 15th Peace Walk in the North West. We walk listen share the voices of the victims of Warfare. For the past 15 years, we have walked in OR, WA,CA, NM & BC. Our ties to the Marshallese Community in Salem, OR has been strengthen through walking and praying with them. The steps we take are small just like a ripple in a pond, yet, it is certainly a way to teach the promise of peace on this earth. We will walk 11-16 miles per day. Work for peace by walking with us for the entire walk, just one day or even for a few hours. or just joining us for our evening potluck dinner and program. Bring personal gear and a smile and experience an experience of a lifetime. All are Welcome.

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Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Conference Call
5:00 PM17:00

Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Conference Call


If you are planning an action during the Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, Sept 14-22, 2019 join us to share your plans or hear what others have planned.

When: Jul 25, 2019 5:00 PM Pacific Time / 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mark your calendars for the next call as well on August 29, 2019 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.

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Nonviolent Cities Conference Call
5:00 PM17:00

Nonviolent Cities Conference Call

Join us for our next Nonviolent Cities Conference Call as we hear from local organizers spreading nonviolence throughout their community. Hear ideas from others or share your own.

WHEN: July 23, 2019 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern

Register in advance for this call:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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.



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.


We are no longer accepting applications.

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 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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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 

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!

Questions: Email - or write to the organizers here:

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Anne Lamott in Conversation with John Dear on Peace and Nonviolence
7:00 PM19:00

Anne Lamott in Conversation with John Dear on Peace and Nonviolence

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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

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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:
7:00pm-9:00pm - $25.

Pre-event reception with Anne Lamott and John Dear:
5:00pm-6:30pm - $75 Space is limited (Reception ticket is also good for general admission)

Online ticket sales ends at 2pm on May 20th, but tickets will still be available for purchase at the door for General Admission. Keep in mind: space is limited for the reception at 5pm so if you don't purchase those tickets ahead of time there may not be tickets available.

Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service to meet Anne and John, as well as Ryan Hall, our executive director, Dr. Ken Butigan and Fr. Louie Vitale our founder. The reception will include snacks and soft drinks. This ticket is good for general admission as well. The reception will be held at Grace Cathedral in the office building. (Go up the steps to the front door of the cathedral, turn right, walk past the fountain to the front door of the office and present your ticket there.)

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-sponsored by Grace Cathedral , KFPA Radio 94.1 FM , World Beyond War, Grandmothers for Peace, Multifaith Voices for Peace, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Pacific Life Community.

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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Nonviolence Training at Villanova University
9:00 AM09:00

Nonviolence Training at Villanova University

Pace e Bene trainer, Veronica Pelicaric will be leading a Blessed are the Peacemakers nonviolence training at Villanova University for faculty and staff from Student Involvement, Philosophy, Campus Ministry, Gender and Women Studies, Peace and Justice, Intercultural Affairs, Mission and Ministry, Service Learning, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program.

The training is closed to the public.

Contact: Michelle Sherman

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Put Away Your Sword:  Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World
to May 5

Put Away Your Sword: Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World

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DePaul University’s World Catholicism Week:

Put Away Your Sword: 
Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World

May 3-5, 2019
Keynote session moderated by Pace e Bene’s Dr. Ken Butigan

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In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's first World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis issued the groundbreaking statement, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace." It was perhaps the Vatican's first official statement on active nonviolence, and it raises a number of important questions for the world Church: Is God nonviolent, and does God want us to renounce violence as well? In a violent world, does nonviolence work?

In this conference, speakers from around the world will explore these questions through five different lenses, each a different roundtable discussion:

  • theologies of nonviolence

  • martyrdom and the cross

  • practices of nonviolent peacebuilding and the "responsibility to protect"

  • gender and nonviolence

  • grassroots church formation of people in the practice of nonviolence

Speakers include the following Catholic Nonviolence Initiative Roundtable Participants:

Maria Clara Bingemer (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro—Brazil), MT Dávila (Merrimack College—North Andover, MA, U.S.A.), Jasmin Nario-Galace (Miriam College and Pax Christi Pilipinas—Quezon City, Philippines), Teresia Wamũyũ Wachira (St. Paul's University & Pax Christi International—Nairobi), Michael L. Budde (DePaul University—Chicago), Fr. Elias Omondi Opongo, SJ (Hekima Institute of Peace Studies & International Relations—Nairobi), Elizabeth Kanini Kimau (Horn of Africa Grassroots Peace Forum—Kenya), and Ana Raffai (Regional Address for Nonviolent Action—Zagreb):

Martha Inés Romero (Pax Christi International—Bogotá) will also be speaking.

See full list of speakers here.

Learn more about this event here.

The Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology was founded at DePaul University in 2008 to produce research that will serve the church and the academy. To fulfill this mission, we have paid special attention to the World Church that has emerged since the Second Vatican Council and its growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Pilgrimage for Peace 2019
2:00 PM14:00

Pilgrimage for Peace 2019

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Pilgrimage for Peace 2019 Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Little Rock, AR is a regular part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions and they are still keeping up their work for nonviolence throughout the year. The 6th annual Pilgrimage for Peace 2019, organized by a coalition of ecumenical faith and community organizations, will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 2 p.m. Walkers will gather in the circle outside Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, where the walk begins. Participants will pass the Clinton Presidential Library and the River Market and cross the Junction Bridge to the Beacon of Peace and Hope, located at 120 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock.

At the Beacon, walkers and others will gather for a Remembrance Service at 3 p.m. to “mourn the violence committed in our community, nation, and world, and to walk together as active peacemakers.” The ecumenical service will be led by young people offering prayers, reflections from literature and scriptures, songs, and the reading of names of homicide victims in Pulaski County in the past year.

All ages are welcome. Plenty of parking available in the area between the Beacon of Peace and Hope and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Seating will be available and bottled water will be provided.

For more information, call Caroline Stevenson at (501) 232-7283, or Devin Hancock at (423) 416-3128 and by email at Please also visit the website,, where you’ll find a list of sponsoring groups, the Pilgrimage for Peace program, and photos. Information can also be found on Facebook at

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James Lawson Institute 2019: Learning from Historical Cases
to Apr 28

James Lawson Institute 2019: Learning from Historical Cases

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As a small nonprofit teaching institute, the Lawson Institute sponsors periodic learning opportunities for individuals who are already involved in contemporary nonviolent struggles in the United States or have purpose and reason to learn its theories and methods.

The forthcoming institute convenes in Portland, Oregon, April 24 – April 28, 2019.

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How We Win: Making Progressive Change in a Polarized Society
7:00 PM19:00

How We Win: Making Progressive Change in a Polarized Society

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Dr. George Lakey Speaking at DePaul University, Chicago

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Legendary activist George Lakey was involved in some of the greatest movements of the 20th century — and is still going strong.  He is now on a nationwide book tour sharing with audiences key strategies for effective social change from his new book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

Pace e Bene’s Ken Butigan — who teaches at DePaul University — will welcome Dr. Lakey to campus to hear how we can change the world by confronting injustice and mobilizing nonviolent people power.

Dr. Lakey’s books — How We Win and Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too  will be on sale and available for signing.

This event is free and open to the public  refreshments will be served!

The Guardian: "Civil rights legend George Lakey on how progressives can win  

Waging Nonviolence: George Lakey’s Columns

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Keeping Faith in the Face of Empire
6:45 AM06:45

Keeping Faith in the Face of Empire


On April 19, Good Friday, 7:00 AM, an interfaith service of worship and witness calls for an end to U.S. development of nuclear weapons.  Gathering is at Vasco & Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, outside the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

Rev. Will McGarvey will speak on the theme of “Keeping Faith in the Face of Empire”.  Procession to the gate with Stations of the Cross of empire.   Liturgical dance at the Main Gate.  Opportunity for nonviolent acts of witness.

Community gathering follows in nearby Asbury United Methodist Church.

Event is wheelchair accessible.


For more information visit or call 510-990-0374.

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NDE Sacred Peace Walk: 2019
to Apr 19

NDE Sacred Peace Walk: 2019

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We walk in the footsteps of a long legacy of peace walkers and spiritual leaders to draw attention to the nuclear dangers that continue to threaten our planet, and the violent robots (RPAs or drones) continuing to kill people monthly, damaging the community of life in the desert. We also focus on the threats of nuclear waste to the Sacred Yucca Mountain. Please join us in transforming fears into compassion and apathy into action during NDE's annual Sacred Peace Walk!

For more information, see

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John Dear speaks at Friday Forum
12:00 PM12:00

John Dear speaks at Friday Forum

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Friday Forum with Rev. John Dear, the University YMCA

Contact: Nancy Dietrich,

Learn more here:

*Please note: an earlier post said the event started at 1:30, that was incorrect. It begins at 12pm.

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Round Table Discussion with Yes We Can Peacebuilders
5:00 PM17:00

Round Table Discussion with Yes We Can Peacebuilders


Are you concerned with the way things are going in the world? Do you wish you could explore solutions and express your concerns in a safe, nonviolent atmosphere? Then the new discussion group “Talk Around the Table” is for you.

Join with Yes We Can Peacebuilders (YWCP) on Wednesday, March 27th at 5:00 P.M. at the Wine Seller in the Marina Square 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay Ca., Suite 5 for a relaxed and interesting conversation on a variety of social justice topics.

“We will utilize the principles of nonviolence as put forth by Martin Luther King, Jr. to guide our conversations,” commented Paula Hulet, Associate Director of YWCP, “and touch on social justice topics that are prominent in our daily lives.”

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Screening of And Then They Came for Us
6:30 PM18:30

Screening of And Then They Came for Us

CNV Action Week organizers Pax Christi San Diego invite you to a community screening of the film:


Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.  Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.  Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times.

Special Guest Speaker: Professor Lorraine Bannai served as the attorney for the legal team of Fred Korematsu when his case was re-opened (coram nobis) and his conviction was overturned.  Korematsu was an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II. He resisted the orders and challenged his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Professor Bannai is also author of Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (2015).  

Please join us on Wednesday March 20, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at St. James Catholic Church Parish Hall 625 S. Nardo Ave. Solana Beach CA 92705

Film will be shown promptly at 6:40 PM.  Light Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Christy at or 760.652.4035.

“If you want peace, work for justice.” Pope Paul VI

For information about our organization: &

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Join the Nonviolent Cities Conference Call
5:00 PM17:00

Join the Nonviolent Cities Conference Call

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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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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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...

Please RSVP for this Forum at:

For weather updates on February 7th please go to:

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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 

BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE WORKSHOP                                                                                                                                                   

Contact with questions, or to RSVP

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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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