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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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Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly
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Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly

Please consider joining this event organized by our friends at Pax Christi Northern California

Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly

Saturday October 12, 2019

Choosing Peace: Is the Catholic Church Returning to Gospel Nonviolence

Marie Dennis will give her keynote address on how various nonviolent approaches can effectively transform conflict and how the institutional Catholic Church can foster peaceful solutions by adopting active nonviolence as it's Gospel-based default approach.

Marie Dennis serves on the executive committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. She was on the board of the of Pax Christi International for 20 years, 12 as co-president.

Break-out Sessions:

LET"S STEP BACK TO STEP FORWARD: a TIMELINE ON RACE, FAITH & IMMIGRATION IN THE U.S., Miriam Noriega, program director for the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will analyze the history of the intersections between racism and U.S. immigration law, and the role of the faith community.

HOW TO MAKE NUCLEAR ABOLITION A REALITY, Nick Mele, a retired U.S. diplomat and longtime Pax Christi member, will lead an interactive discussion on how best to present Catholic teaching on war and the urgency of nuclear abolition.

THE SPIRITUALITY OF NONVIOLENCE, Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P., the executive director of the Interfaith Peace Project, will use the Samaritan parable to explore the philosophy of nonviolence as a practical way of life and to show how to control violence while not engaging in it..


TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m, Registration and continental breakfast 9:00 to 9:30

LOCATION: Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Church, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA (at College Avenue). Parking nearby. BART and AC Transit accessible. Handicapped accessible parking.

DONATIONS APPRECIATED Preregistration check can be made out to Pax Christi Northern California and mailed to Pax Christi Northern California c/o Stan Taylor, Treasurer, 421 Sautner Dr. San Jose, CA 95123.

LUNCH: Provided by St. Vincent de Paul, Program of Champions for $10.00

For more information please visit or call Sets, (510) 489-8096


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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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The Gandhi-King Global Initiative with Pace e Bene's Ken Butigan
to Oct 13

The Gandhi-King Global Initiative with Pace e Bene's Ken Butigan

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Please consider joining this event organized by Stanford Univ. with our colleague Ken Butigan speaking about nonviolence and environmental justice.

The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth by presenting a major, international Gandhi-King conference from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13, 2019. This conference will feature three days of lectures and panel discussions at Stanford University by prominent scholars and activists who will reassess the legacies of Gandhi and King in a contemporary global context. Ela Gandhi and Rajmohan Gandhi (grandchildren of Mahatma Gandhi), Martin Luther King III and his family, Anthony Chavez and Juanita Chavez (the grandson of Cesar Chavez and the daughter of Dolores Huerta, respectively), as well as Sister Helen Prejean will be honored guests.  

Although Gandhi and King are widely celebrated and revered for their role in twentieth century struggles for citizenship rights, many admirers give insufficient attention to their broader concerns, such as poverty, war, environmental degradation, and the denial of human rights. Such twenty-first century issues are as urgent as ever, taking on forms such as catastrophic climate change, extreme wealth inequality, and the migrant refugee crisis. Gandhi once proclaimed that "There is no limit to extending our services to our neighbours across State-made frontiers. God never made those frontiers." King prophesied that "All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." These global visions are at the heart of our October conference.

This historic gathering will be the first event of the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI), an effort to build an international network of institutions, organizations, and activists committed to the nonviolent struggle for human rights. This network will seek to enhance the rich history of intellectual and political collaboration between activists inspired by Gandhi and King.

We invite you to participate in our October conference and join a global network of people dedicated to the human rights and social justice ideals of Gandhi and King.

Attendance of the conference will cost $100 for early-bird registration (by September 15) and $150 for general registration (after September 16). This cost will be waived for students (ID required for verification) and all Stanford affiliates (SUNet required for verification). Admission to a banquet on the evening of Friday, October 11 will cost an additional $100 for non-students and $25 for students.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 11:

  • Banquet in the Tresidder Oak Lounge (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)

  • Symposium at CEMEX Auditorium with Anthony Chavez, Juanita Chavez, Ela Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi, and Martin Luther King III (7:30 - 9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, October 12:

  • Panel Discussions (8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

  • Break (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

  • Panel Discussions (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • Lunch (12:00 - 1:30 p.m.)

  • Panel Discussions (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

  • Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

  • Panel Discussions (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

  • Dinner (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)

  • Cultural Programming and Entertainment (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)

Sunday, October 13:

  • River of Firebook talk and signing with Sister Helen Prejean at the Center for Inter-religious Community, Learning and Experiences, Old Union, 3rd Floor (9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., Free and Open to the Public)

  • University Public Worship with Sister Prejean at the Stanford Memorial Church (10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Free and Open to the Public)

  • "Where Do We Go From Here?" Networking and Organizing Session at the Tresidder Oak Lounge (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

See the List of Speakers

Proposed panel discussion topics include: Nonviolence in theory and practice, interfaith dialogue, immigration and asylum, environmental justice, wealth inequality, and the history of the connections between the Indian and African American freedom struggles. We will update this page as we finalize the panels and the speakers involved.

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Just Peacemaking Through Nonviolence with Pace e Bene's Ken Butigan
to Oct 1

Just Peacemaking Through Nonviolence with Pace e Bene's Ken Butigan

Please consider joining this event organized by Seton Hall Univ. with our colleague Ken Butigan speaking about the Catholic Nonviolence Project that Pace e Bene is a part of.

Just Peacemaking Through Nonviolence

September 30-October 1, 2019

"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34.

While deeply rooted in its commitment to Jesus' words and actions, the Catholic Church has also been challenged by the complexities of war and peace, and has at times condoned, ignored and even encouraged violence.

Since the papacy of Leo XIII (1878-1903), however, popes have emphatically, and consistently, advocated for peace, addressing issues as diverse as immigration, racism, gun violence, the arms race and climate change - which play out in the modern political arena.

This fall, an interdisciplinary group of scholars will will use Pope Francis's teachings as a guidepost for examining what it means to live and promote peace in the context of today's cultural and social currents.

Participation in Seton Hall's Peace Conference is open to the public, and free of charge.

Discussions will also be informed by the church's teaching on aspects of social and cultural life including war, economics, education, inter-religious dialogues and health care. Veterans, families of veterans and members of parishes are warmly welcome.

Pope Francis has addressed peace and nonviolence formally through Church encyclicals and has appealed to all in his annual message to the world. He has spoken out on behalf of migrants and refugees, calling for a "spirit of compassion" for those who are forced to leave their homelands amid war, hunger, poverty and persecution.

His teachings on nonviolence have been heard in parishes around the world and in the United Nations General Assembly, where Pope Francis has addressed heads of state and international diplomats. "Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ's disciples," Pope Francis said, speaking on World Peace Day last January. "That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history."

Highlights of the Program:

Peter Cardinal Turkson will deliver the opening address on the integration of peace and human development. A Ghanaian Cardinal, Turkson has played a leading role in spreading the Pope's concern for justice, peace and human rights.

Turkson was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from October 2009 until January 2017, when the competencies of that office and three other dicasteries were merged into one new department within the Roman Curia, entitled The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Pope Francis named him the first prefect of that new dicastery.

In addition to Cardinal Turkson, speakers will include members of Seton Hall's faculty and administration joined by scholars from outside the University.

  • Maria Stephan of the U.S. Institute of Peace will provide the keynote on October 1st on the effectiveness of nonviolent action.

  • Ken Butigan, Director of Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies at DePaul University will explore the topic of the responsibility of higher education for peace, nonviolence and human development.

Thank You to the Sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (a project of Pax Christi International), the Center for Catholic Studies, the Community of Sant ‘Egidio, the University Core, the Department of Religion, the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Jewish-Christian Studies, the Program in Catholic Studies, and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

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Webinar: Promoting Civil Resistance as Part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative
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Webinar: Promoting Civil Resistance as Part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Please consider joining this event organized by our friends at the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict.

A Free Webinar

Presented by Marie Dennis, Sharon Erickson Nepstad, and Eli McCarthy

Thursday, September 5

12pm to 1pm (Eastern Time-US)

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Webinar Summary:

Join ICNC and Marie Dennis, Sharon Erickson Nepstad, and Eli McCarthy for a free webinar on civil resistance and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

In its Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence, the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative states its goal to help promote the skills of effective “nonviolent resistance, restorative justice, trauma healing, unarmed civilian protection, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding” throughout the worldwide Catholic Church. This statement was issued at the conclusion of the Vatican-approved “Nonviolence and Just Peace” conference held in Rome on April 11-13, 2016. The conference, co-sponsored by Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, included more than eighty scholars, theologians, priests, bishops, lay leaders, and congregational members from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The conference discussions have now been made widely available in the book Choosing Peace published this year by Orbis Books.

In this webinar, we will hear from a scholar and two members of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative as they describe CNI’s efforts to deepen the Catholic Church’s understanding of and commitment to “active nonviolence” with a particular focus on civil resistance as a key tool in promoting social justice. Marie Dennis will introduce the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and its engagement through two major conferences with the Vatican. Sharon Nepstad will give more context on the historical role of Catholics in civil resistance movements. Eli McCarthy will share about what the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is doing now to increase the understandings and skills of nonviolent resistance among Catholics. The live webinar viewers will then have a chance to ask questions about this faith-based initiative to promote nonviolent tools, including popular civil resistance as a means to win rights, freedom, and justice.

About the Presenters:

Marie Dennis serves on the executive committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International. She was on the Board of Pax Christi International for 20 years and served as co-president from 2007 to 2019. She is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. Marie was director for 15 years of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. She is author or co-author of seven books and editor of the award-winning Orbis Book, Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence. Marie was named person of the year by the National Catholic Reporter in 2016 and received honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University.

Sharon Erickson Nepstad is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. At UNM, she has served as both Chair of Sociology and as Director of Religious Studies. She has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion and at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She is the author of five books: Catholic Social Activism: Progressive Movements in the United States (2019, New York University Press), Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics (2015, Oxford University Press), Nonviolent Revolutions: Civil Resistance in the Late 20th Century (2011, Oxford University Press), Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement (2008, Cambridge University Press), and Convictions of the Soul: Religion, Culture, and Agency in the Central America Solidarity Movement (2004, Oxford University Press).

Eli McCarthy teaches at Georgetown University in Washington DC in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called “Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy,” (2012) and has a forthcoming book “A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Breaking Cycles of Violence and Building Sustainable Peace (2020). He has published numerous journal articles and published online in The Hill, Huffington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and America Magazine. He also serves as the Director of Justice and Peace for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which is the leadership conference of all the U.S. Catholic men’s religious orders. This enables him direct advocacy experience on influencing U.S. policy and organizing collective actions of strategic nonviolent resistance. He serves on the global steering committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and also chairs the CNI educational committee.

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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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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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The Compassion Course Online 2019
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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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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

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:
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

  • DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus (map)
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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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How We Win: Making Progressive Change in a Polarized Society
7:00 PM19:00

How We Win: Making Progressive Change in a Polarized Society

  • DePaul University, Levan Hall, Room 100 (map)
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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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John Dear speaks at Friday Forum
12:00 PM12:00

John Dear speaks at Friday Forum

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign YMCA (map)
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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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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"

  • Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Centers (map)
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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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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

  • St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church (map)
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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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