Welcome to the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus!

This Center was founded and launched on the feast of All Saints, November 1, 2020, to help teach and promote the nonviolence of Jesus, so that we can deepen our Gospel nonviolence; work for an end to racism, poverty, war, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction; and welcome God’s reign of peace and nonviolence here on earth. We offer online zoom classes, workshops, conferences, and retreats, and will start in person conferences in the heart of the Central Coast of California in 2022. Register now for one of our many upcoming programs, and please help us by telling your friends about this new project and promoting us on social media. May we all become Beatitude peacemakers for the Nonviolent Jesus! –Fr. John Dear

Welcome to the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus!

 

Upcoming Zoom Programs:

“The Nonviolence of St. Francis and St. Clare”
Ken Butigan
Saturday, March 12, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is March 7th

“The Art of Amounting to Nothing: A Poetic Exploration of Poverty of Spirit, Meditation and Peace”
with Br. Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is March 28th

“The Art of Amounting to Nothing: A Poetic Exploration of Poverty of Spirit, Meditation and Peace”
with Br. Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is March 28th

“The Trouble with Our State: The Poetry of Daniel Berrigan” 
Bill Wylie-Kellermann and John Dear
Saturday, May 7th, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 2rd

“The Trouble with Our State: The Poetry of Daniel Berrigan” 
Bill Wylie-Kellermann and John Dear
Saturday, May 7th, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 2rd

“The Mystical Foundations of Nonviolence” 
Jim Finley
Saturday, June 4, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is Monday, May 30th

“The Mystical Foundations of Nonviolence” 
Jim Finley
Saturday, June 4, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is Monday, May 30th

“Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: My New Pastoral Letter on Nuclear Disarmament” with Archbishop John Wester of New Mexico
Saturday, July 2, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is June 27th

“Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: My New Pastoral Letter on Nuclear Disarmament” with Archbishop John Wester of New Mexico
Saturday, July 2, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is June 27th

“On Pilgrimage: Dorothy Day’s CW Writings in the 1960s and 1970s”
Robert Ellsberg
Saturday, July 23, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is July 18th

“On Pilgrimage: Dorothy Day’s CW Writings in the 1960s and 1970s”
Robert Ellsberg
Saturday, July 23, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is July 18th

“The Buddhist Path of Peace and Nonviolence”
Roshi Joan Halifax
Saturday, August 6, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is August 1st.

“A Theology of Peace and Nonviolence” Fr. John Dear
Saturday, August 13, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is August 8th

Revolutionary NonviolenceRev. James Lawson in Conversation About his New Book 
Saturday September 10, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 5th

Revolutionary NonviolenceRev. James Lawson in Conversation About his New Book 
Saturday September 10, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 5th

“Henri Nouwen’s Unlikely Story of Flying, Falling, and Catching” with Carolyn Whitney-Brown
Saturday September 24, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 19th

“The History of Catholic Social Teaching” with Professor David O’Brien
Saturday October 1, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 26th

“Dr. King’s North Star: Exploring His 6 Principles of Nonviolence” with Kazu Haga
Saturday October 15, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is Monday, October 7th

“Dorothy Day and Gospel Nonviolence” with Martha Hennessey
Saturday November 12, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 7th

Nonviolent Resistance in the World TodayMaria Stephan
Saturday December 3, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 28th

“Dorothy Day and Gospel Nonviolence” with Martha Hennessey
Saturday November 12, 2022

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 7th

Upcoming In-Person Retreat With Fr. John Dear

“Blessed Are the Peacemakers:”

Living the Sermon on the Mount with Rev. John Dear, April 25-28, 2022

Inn at Morro Bay
Morro Bay, California

 

An In-Person Retreat/Workshop

“Gandhi, King, Day & Berrigan” with Rev. John Dear, May 23-26, 2022
Inn at Morro Bay
Morro Bay, California

 

An In-Person Retreat/Workshop

Everything Is Emptiness and Everything Is Compassion: A Weekend on the Life and Teachings of Thomas Merton,”  with Rev. John Dear, October 7-9, 2022.

Inn at Morro Bay
Morro Bay, California

An In-Person Retreat/Workshop

“You Are My Witnesses: Following the Nonviolent Jesus for the Rest of Our Lives”

with Rev. John Dear, September 19-22, 2022

Inn at Morro Bay
Morro Bay, California

 

An In-Person Retreat/Workshop

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August 5, 2022

Dear friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace!

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. spent their days calling us to practice nonviolence, organize grassroots movements of nonviolence, and pursue a new vision of a nonviolent world. They insisted that nonviolence was the way of God, and thus, the only way forward for humanity. If we learn the wisdom of nonviolence and pursue a more nonviolent world, human suffering would ease and justice and peace would flourish. 

When I apply their thinking of nonviolence to the questions of theology, it all begins to make sense. For example, when I think about an ecclesiology of nonviolence, I realize the entire church is supposed to be nonviolent, that the church is the nonviolent community of the nonviolent followers of the nonviolent Jesus. That is not how most people would define the church, and that may be why the church has so many problems, because it still espouses violence. What would a church of nonviolence mean and look like? 

Take eschatology—the study of the end times, the last things. Everyone assumes that the end of the world will come in an apocalypse of violence, but if you apply nonviolence, you realize that the world is supposed to be moving deeper into nonviolence, into the abolition of war, weapons, guns, poverty, racism, and every trace of violence, and that as we deepen in nonviolence, God’s reign will be realized more and more on earth. Thus, Gandhi wrote, “The Kingdom of God is nonviolence.”