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

“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

“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 10th

“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 10th

“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

“Dorothy Day and Gospel Nonviolence” with Martha Hennessy
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

RESCHEDULED:
“Henri Nouwen’s Unlikely Story of Flying, Falling, and Catching” with Carolyn Whitney-Brown
Saturday November 19, 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 14th

RESCHEDULED:
“Henri Nouwen’s Unlikely Story of Flying, Falling, and Catching” with Carolyn Whitney-Brown
Saturday November 19, 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 14th

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

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

“Quiet Prophecy: Another Kind of Protest” Fr. Ron Rolheiser
Saturday January 14, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is January 9th

“Quiet Prophecy: Another Kind of Protest” Fr. Ron Rolheiser
Saturday January 14, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is January 9th

“The Nonviolent Heart: Life Lessons from St. Therese of Lisieux”
Marisa Guerin
Saturday February 18, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is February 13th

“The Nonviolent Heart: Life Lessons from St. Therese of Lisieux”
Marisa Guerin
Saturday February 18, 2023

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

“Walking the Path of Peace with Merton’s Friend Robert Lax” Steve Georgiou
Saturday March 4, 2023

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

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

“Jesus’ Holy Week Journey of Nonviolence”
Fr. John Dear
Saturday April 1, 2023

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

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

Pope Francis’ Call to Peace in ‘Fratelli Tutti’” with Bishop John Stowe, Pres. of Pax Christi USA 

Saturday April 15, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is April 10th

100 Years of Philip Berrigan: Remembering, Honoring and Motivating”
with Frida Berrigan 

Saturday May 6, 2023

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

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

Dr. Cornel West in Conversation with Fr. John Dear
Saturday May 20, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 15th

Following the Nonviolent Jesus in a ‘Pro-Rich, Pro-War, Pro-U.S. Empire’ Church,” with Frank Cordaro
Saturday June 3, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 29th

Following the Nonviolent Jesus and Serving Creation in a Time of Climate Catastrophe with Larry Rasmussen
Saturday June 17, 2023

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

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is June 12th

Wade in the Water: Following the Nonviolent Jesus Means Pursuing Equality and Justice”
with Rev. Joseph Brown

Saturday July 15, 2023

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

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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Thought for the Day: 

“Someone always triggers our violence. What do we do? We make them our teachers. They expose our inner violence, the least desirable aspects of our personality that we often project onto others. Our response to them measures our nonviolence. If we can’t respond nonviolently, we will not grow in the practice of Christian nonviolence. We need to pray for them, ponder what’s going on inside them, and engage in creative, loving nonviolent responses.”
–John Dear, The Nonviolent Life, p. 75 

January 25, 2023

Dear Friends, Christ’s Peace!

I’m looking forward to welcoming Marisa Guerin on February 18th to talk about her beautiful new book, “Life Lessons of St. Therese of Lisieux.” Therese is one of the most beloved saints of all time, but deceptively challenging. She’s been dismissed as a pious young nun who died tragically of Tuberculosis, but she’s a force to be reckoned with, which is why she is a doctor of the church.  

Therese’s “Little Way of Nonviolence,” as I call it, demands constant vigilance against every form of violence within, such as resentment, judgementalism, or anger, so that we might practice the total nonviolence of Jesus. It calls for a “non-reactive” presence of peace so that we can offer loving kindness and selfless service to everyone. Therese practiced post-doctoral inner and interpersonal nonviolence, and she did it by focusing on the most difficult people around her. 

She started with poor old Sister St. Peter, who went around the monastery in a wheelchair, complaining and criticizing everyone. No one liked her. Therese took it as a personal challenge to love her unconditionally. She responded to each snappy, nasty remark with a smile, until she wore the poor nun down. As Therese was dying, the older sister marveled at Therese’s kindness and friendship. Therese shows that anyone in any situation can offer an opportunity to grow and deepen in nonviolent love for others. Please join me as I welcome Marisa to reflect on these life lessons of Therese.