WHAT: Living the Nonviolent Life
WHERE: Saint Mary’s College Chapel
WHEN: February 25, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Mission and Ministry Center with funds from The Elfenworks Foundation peace initiative www.elfenworks.org/peace.
Don’t miss Fr. John Dear as he reveals insights on living a nonviolent life that he has learned from his lifetime of waging peace, with over three decades speaking to people around the world about the Gospel of Jesus, the way of nonviolence and the call to make peace. A Catholic priest, he has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States, and after September 11, 2001, as one of the Red Cross coordinators of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. He has worked in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and community centers; traveled in warzones around the world, including Iraq, Palestine, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and Colombia; lived in El Salvador, Guatemala and Northern Ireland; been arrested over 75 times in acts of civil disobedience against war; and spent eight months in prison for a Plowshares disarmament action. In the 1990s, he arranged for Mother Teresa to speak to various governors to stop the death penalty. He has two Master’s Degrees in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in California, and has taught theology at Fordham University.
More About Fr. John Dear
“John Dear is the embodiment of a peacemaker,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a few years ago when he nominated John for the Nobel Peace Prize. “He has led by example through his actions and in his writings and in numerous sermons, speeches and demonstrations. He believes that peace is not something static, but rather to make peace is to be engaged, mind, body and spirit. His teaching is to love yourself, to love your neighbor, your enemy, and to love the world and to understand the profound responsibility in doing all of these. He is a man who has the courage of his convictions and who speaks out and acts against war, the manufacture of weapons and any situation where a human being might be at risk through violence. For evil to prevail requires only that good people sit on the sidelines and do nothing. John Dear is compelling all of us to stand up and take responsibility for the suffering of humanity so often caused through selfishness and greed.”
John Dear has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and elsewhere. For many years, he wrote a weekly blog for the National Catholic Reporter, and is featured regularly on the national radio show “Democracy Now!” and the Huffington Post. He is the subject of the DVD documentary, “The Narrow Path” (with music by Joan Baez and Jackson Browne) and is profiled in John Dear On Peace, by Patti Normile (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009). His nearly thirty books, including Living Peace, The Nonviolent Life, Lazarus Come Forth, The God of Peace, Jesus the Rebel, Disarming the Heart, and his autobiography, A Persistent Peace, have been translated into ten languages. John Dear is on the staff of Pace e Bene and www.campaignnonviolence.org and a member of the Diocese of Monterey, Cal. Last month, he was nominated again for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. For further information, see: www.johndear.org.
About St. Mary’s College of California
Saint Mary’s College of California is a Lasallian liberal arts college with a strong commitment to service and social justice. For example, CILSA, Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action, promotes, organizes, and supports service on behalf of social justice by members of the Saint Mary’s community, and ECRB, the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business, promotes inquiry and leadership in responsible business. The High Potential Program is a leader in educating inner-city minority students, and the college has received national recognition for its Katrina relief efforts. The college has signed the California Energy Pledge for energy conservation and is in the process of adopting principles of campus sustainability. For further information, see: www.stmarys-ca.edu
About The Elfenworks Foundation’s Peace Initiative “For Our Time”
Elfenworks “In Harmony with Hope” works to foster intelligent compassion in action and to cultivate hope through creative and technology solutions that advance change. And one change that would be useful is a little more peace, for our time. That’s one reason Elfenworks entitled the new peace-through-collaborative-song project “For Our Time.” The presentation below outlines the entire concept. In a nutshell: because sometimes it can be hard to start a conversation, we’ve offered up a starter verse to a song. Lend your voice to the song, and you never know how far it will carry, and never underestimate your ripple! Elfenworks is looking for songwriters, peace leaders and plain folks who want to build bridges over all sorts of divides. This project’s official launch date was 12/13/14, and looks to really have a groundswell by Monday, September 21, 2015, the United Nations International Day of Peace. For further information, see: www.elfenworks.org/peace :