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Our Advent Journey of Nonviolence:
Preparing for the Nonviolent Jesus;
An Advent Series with Rev. John Dear
December 6, 13, 20, 2020

A three-week online zoom course this Advent, with sessions led by Rev. John Dear on three consecutive Sunday afternoons, Dec. 6, 13, 20. Each online zoom class will start at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST each Sunday and last about an hour and a half. Registration for the course is $60.

On Dec. 6th, we will reflect on Advent, prayer and preparing for the coming of the nonviolent Jesus again in our lives and use Advent readings from the book of Isaiah.

On December 13th, we will reflect on the life and message of John the Baptist for ourselves, how we can repent of our complicity with systemic violence as he says, and how we can prepare to welcome the nonviolent Jesus as he suggests.

On December 20th, we will reflect on Mary’s advent journey in the Annunciation (as contemplative nonviolence) to the Visitation (as active nonviolence) to the Magnificat (as prophetic nonviolence), and where we are on that Advent journey. We’ll conclude with reflections on what the birth and life of the nonviolent Jesus means for us today.

After each presentation, there will be time for questions and reflections. Participants will be asked to read scripture passages and keep an Advent Journal. In each session, John will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on in the week ahead as we prepare for Christmas. 

Paying by check — make payable to John Dear.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. Deadline to register is December 4, 2020.

The Year of Living Nonviolently:
A New Year’s Day Resolution Retreat Session
Friday, January 1, 2021
With Rev. John Dear

John will lead us in prayer and reflection on this New-Year’s day on active loving nonviolence and tell how we can deepen our nonviolence in this new year, to make it for us, a new year of nonviolence. He will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on in the months and year ahead, to help us become more nonviolent. At the end, we will pledge ourselves to deepen our Gospel nonviolence throughout the year.

This online zoom retreat time will start at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, Friday, January 1; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. Deadline to register is December 30, 2020.

The More Excellent Way of Love and Nonviolent Protest:
Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and What it Means for Us Today
Saturday, January 16, 2021.
With Rev. John Dear

John Dear will lead us in a reflection on Dr. King’s famous statement, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” 1963, and what Dr. King’s message means for each one of us today. Participants are asked to read the letter before the event. John will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on in the months ahead so that we can help eradicate racism and violence, and become more nonviolent, loving people.

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, January 16; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

This program is now full. However if you wish to receive a private recording Zoom link of the program immediately afterwards, please go ahead and register.

Blessed are the Peacemakers:
An Introduction to the Nonviolent Jesus
A Saturday Workshop
February 6, 2021
With Rev. John Dear

John will offer a basic introduction to the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of Gandhian/Kingian nonviolence. He will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on in the months ahead to become more mature disciples of the nonviolent Jesus.

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, February 6; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register is January 29, 2021.

Cancellation policy: refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued.

 

 

Jonah and the Whale’s Tale:
An Ash Wednesday Retreat Session on the Book of Jonah,
the call to repent and nonviolent change
February 17, 2021
with Rev. John Dear

We will begin Lent together on Ash Wednesday by reading, studying and reflecting on the short book of Jonah in the Hebrew Bible, and how we can continue Jonah’s prophetic mission by calling for a new culture of nonviolence, and how we can repent of our complicity with systemic violence like the people of Ninevah. John will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on during Lent as we follow the nonviolent Jesus to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST; and last for one and a half hour to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Registration is limited. Deadline to register is February 10, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Following the Nonviolent Jesus:
A Lenten Series Based on John’s book, “Walking the Way.”
Every Monday in Lent for seven weeks thru Easter Monday,
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2021
With Rev. John Dear

This Monday Lenten series will take us through several key episodes in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of Gandhian/Kingian nonviolence, including his baptism; Sermon on the Mount teachings; campaign to Jerusalem; arrival and civil disobedience in Jesus, his last evening, his execution, and on Easter Monday, his resurrection. In preparation for the class, it is recommended that participants read at least one or maybe all of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Questions will be proposed for each class. John will also invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on during Lent as we follow the nonviolent Jesus to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Much of the class will be based on “Walking the Way: Following Jesus on the Lenten Journey of Nonviolence from the Cross to the Resurrection,” by John Dear, available from 23rd publications or amazon.com. It is recommended for the course.

Each online zoom class will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST each Monday and last about an hour and a half, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2021. It will cost $100.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Registration is limited.

Deadline to register is February 15, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Peace Be With You:
The Easter Journey of Nonviolence
An Easter Retreat Day
Saturday April 10, 2021
With Rev. John Dear

As we begin Easter season, we will look at some of the Easter accounts in the Gospels, ponder the nonviolence of the risen Jesus, and reflect on how we can be Easter people of Gospel nonviolence, people who welcome the risen Jesus’ Easter gift of peace. John will invite us to name “stretches,” or doable, concrete challenges, that we can work on during the Easter Season to help us practice resurrection and live in resurrection peace and nonviolence.

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, April 10; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register is April 5, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Daniel Berrigan:
A Retreat Session on the Life and Writings of Daniel Berrigan
Saturday, May 8, 2021
With Rev. John Dear

Sunday May 9th marks the 100th anniversary of the birthday of legendary peacemaker, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, who was John Dear’s lifelong friend and mentor. On Saturday May 8th, John will share reflections on Dan’s life, writings, and challenges for us today, and encourage us to take up anew where Daniel Berrigan left off. He recommends getting and studying the books he edited: “Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings,” and “And the Risen Bread: The Selected Poems of Daniel Berrigan.”

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, May 8; and last three hours with a short break. It will cost $40.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 2, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

The Beatitudes and the Saints
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Robert Ellsberg (with Rev. John Dear)

Publisher of Orbis Books for over 33 years, former editor of the Catholic Worker, longtime editor of the writings of Dorothy Day, and author of many best-selling books, Robert Ellsberg will walk through the Beatitudes in light of well-known saints and lesser-known saints to inspire us to carry on their lives and live out the beatitudes in our own lives. After his 1997 ground-breaking book “All Saints,” and his ten years of daily contributions to “Give Us This Day,” Robert has helped many people to understand the saints in a new light. Recently he received a hand-written thank you letter from Pope Francis for all his writings and leadership. Today, he will guide us deeper into the Beatitudes through the example of the saints and help us become Beatitude people who follow the nonviolent Jesus more and more faithfully. This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, May 22; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $30.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register o be sure of receiving the link is May 14, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Gandhi, Jesus & the Saving Power of Nonviolence
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Terry Rynne (with Rev. John Dear)

Dr. Terry Rynne, founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, author of “Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence,” and president of the Board of Directors of the Beatitudes Center, will reflect on the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi from the perspective of active nonviolence to conclude that nonviolent action on behalf of suffering humanity and peace is the core requirement of Christian discipleship. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the link between Gandhi and Jesus, and expert teacher on the Gospel nonviolence. It is recommended that you purchase and study his book, “Gandhi and Jesus” (Orbis Books) in advance of the program. This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, June 5; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 28, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Pope Francis, the 2017 World Day of Peace Message, and the Catholic Vatican Nonviolence Initiative
Saturday June 19, 2021
Marie Dennis (with Rev. John Dear)

Marie Dennis, former co-president of Pax Christi International and member of the executive committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, will reflect on the campaign to encourage the Vatican promote Gospel nonviolence and invite Pope Francis to write an encyclical on Gospel nonviolence. She will discuss the historic April 2016 Vatican conference on nonviolence; then the Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace Statement, “Nonviolence, A Style of Politics for Peace,” and other efforts to urge the global church to promote Gospel Nonviolence. Participants are urged to read her book, “Choosing Peace” (Orbis Books) beforehand and to study www.nonviolencejustpeace.net. This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, June 19; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is June 11, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Living the Beatitudes
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Rev. Ray East (with Rev. John Dear)

Monsignor Ray East, longtime pastor of inner-city Washington, D.C. parishes and leading African American priest and voice in the U.S., will walk through the Beatitudes with us as a way of life, and point out how we can live them in our ordinary day to day lives. A board member of the Beatitudes Center, he has worked among low-income people in Washington, D.C. for 45 years, yet spoken out consistently for justice and peace. A popular speaker, he will urge us to live the Beatitudes every day from now on and become Beatitude people. This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, July 10; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is July 2, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Jesus, Women and Nonviolence
Saturday July 24, 2021
Sr. Anne McCarthy (with Rev. John Dear)

Long time peacemaker and former national coordinator of Pax Christi USA, Benedictine Sister Anne McCarthy will share the reflections she offered at the Vatican at the historic 2016 Vatican Conference on nonviolence, on “Jesus, women and nonviolence.” She will point to several key stories in the Gospels where the nonviolent Jesus healed, defended, befriended and entered into transformative dialogue with women, acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in those times. Then, she will lead us to reflect on what the nonviolent Jesus’ positive actions towards women mean for us today in our unjust, sexist, and violent world, and how we too can deepen in Gospel nonviolence and Jesus’ all-inclusive nonviolent action. This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, July 24; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is July 16, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

The Psalms of Peace
Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 2021
Rev. John Dear

A Three week summer series, Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 2021

During this three-week course, Rev. John Dear will reflect with us on the ancient Psalms to ground us in faith, peace, and nonviolence during these tumultuous times of war and climate change. Using his most recent book, “Praise Be Peace: The Psalms of Peace and Creation in a Time of War and Climate Change,” he will use the Psalms’ call to trust “the God of peace who stops wars” as we continue to work for peace, and to celebrate the wonders of creation, as we mobilize against environmental destruction.

“Come and behold the works of the God of peace who has done awesome deeds on earth, who stops wars to the ends of the earth, breaks the war bow, shatters the war spear, and burns the shields with fire, who says: ‘Be still and know that I am the God of peace,’” we read in Psalm 46. “The God of peace takes no delight in the strength of the war horse, no pleasure in the stride of the warrior,” we read in Psalm 147. “Rather, the God of peace takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Together, we will explore the psalms of peace, hope and creation to find a path of peace and nonviolence forward, as we do our part to follow the nonviolent Jesus. This online zoom session will start at 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT, Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 2021; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $60.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is August 1, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

The Nonviolent Life: The Three Attributes of Holistic Nonviolence
Saturday September 11, 2021
Rev. John Dear

In this workshop, John Dear will use his best-selling book, “The Nonviolent Life,” to lead us through reflections on his holistic vision of nonviolence—first, how we can be nonviolent to ourselves; second, how we can be nonviolent toward everyone, nonviolent to all creatures and Mother Earth; and third, how we can be part of the growing global movement of nonviolence. The challenge is to balance all three attributes of nonviolence and work for a new world of nonviolence. Together we will ask ourselves: How is your life a journey out of the culture of violence and war into the new life of nonviolence and peace? Where are you on the road to peace, as we journey from violence and war into peace and nonviolence? How have you been a peacemaker during your life and how can you be a peacemaker for the rest of your life? How are you violent and how can you become more and more nonviolent, a person of nonviolence? How do you seek truth, and practice truth and peace and nonviolence in the world? From this day until the day you die: how can you move deeper into peace, into the heart of truth, and make peace with yourself, with others, with the universe, and help promote peace in the world, that your presence and life is a gift of peace for humanity, that you truly are a peacemaker?

This online zoom session will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, Sept 11; and last for one and a half to two hours. It will cost $25.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 3, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Civil Rights Legend Rev. Jim Lawson in Conversation on Nonviolence
with Rev. John Dear
Saturday October 2, 2021
2 p.m. East Coast Time/11 a.m. Pacific Coast Time

Rev. Jim Lawson was one of Dr. King’s closest advisors. Dr. King called him “the greatest theoretician of nonviolence in the world.” Rev. Lawson led the Nashville Sit In Movement, and many other campaigns, including the Memphis Strike which brought Dr. King to Memphis. He has continued for many decades to speak out against racism, violence, and war, and for a new culture of nonviolence. Join us for this very special event, and please help spread the word about it!
$30 fee. This session will last up to two hours.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 24

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

“Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan & Thich Nhat Hanh:” A Two Part Zoom Conference with Jim Forest
(and Rev. John Dear)
Saturday October 23 & October 30, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021 “Part One: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton,” and Saturday October 30, 2021 “Part Two: Daniel Berrigan and Thich Nhat Hanh.”
Both Sessions are early at 12 noon East Coast Time/9 am Pacific Coast Time (because Jim will be “live” in the evening from the Netherlands where he lives).
$50 total fee; each session will last up to two hours.

Jim Forest has written four great biographies of his friends, “All Is Grace” (Day); “Living with Wisdom” (Merton); “At Play in the Lions’ Den” (Berrigan); and “Eyes of Compassion” (Thich Nhat Hanh). He will speak on his friendships with them and lessons for us. Join us for this special event and help spread the word about it!

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is October 15.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

Gandhi on Gandhi: Reflections on Gandhi’s Life and Lessons with Gandhi’s Grandson and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi
(with Rev. John Dear)
Saturday November 13, 2021
2 p.m. East Coast Time/11 a.m. Pacific Coast Time.

Rajmohan Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His biography of his grandfather, “Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire” (Univ. of Cal. Berkeley Press) was hailed as one of the best ever. Please join us for this very special session with the world’s leading expert on Gandhi, hosted by John Dear, and invite your friends to join us too!

$30 Fee; Session will last two hours.

Paying by check – make payable to John Dear.

Payment by check is due by the invoice due date and no later than one week prior to the date of the program.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 5.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be honored after Zoom link is issued. 

More Online Zoom Workshops and Retreats to Come!

And Coming in 2022: In Person Four Day Gatherings on the Nonviolent Jesus

In the heart of the Central Coast of California with Fr. John Dear