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
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.
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.