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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.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is September 9, 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.

Registration is limited

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!

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is October 17.

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.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 8.

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

“The River of Fire”: A Special Advent Session with Sr. Helen Prejean
Saturday December 4, 2021

Celebrated author and activist Sr. Helen Prejean will join us for a special session as we begin Advent to reflect on our life journeys as followers of the nonviolent Jesus. Sr. Helen is the best-selling author of Dead Man Walking, an account of her work with prisoners on death row, the families of their victims, and her efforts to abolish the death penalty. That book was made into an Oscar winning movie. During our time, Sr. Helen will share her spiritual journey, from her new book, River of Fire, and invite us to reflect on our own spiritual journeys, reenergize our discipleship to the nonviolent Jesus and redouble our work as his disciples and apostles to end poverty, racism, executions, war and environmental destruction. A great way to start Advent together! 

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is November 29.

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

“The Epiphany of Christmas” 
With Rev. John Dear, reflections on Christmas, nonviolence,
and the story of the Magi as civil disobedience to empire.
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, 11 am Pacific time, 12 PM Mountain time, 1 PM Central time, 2 PM Eastern time

 

Join Rev. John Dear just before Christmas for a Sunday afternoon Christmas retreat zoom session to reflect together on the meaning of Christmas, nonviolence, and in particular, Matthew’s famous story of the Magi, the three wise men who follow the star to Bethlehem and meet the holy family. John will point out the radical lesson of this Christmas nonviolence story: once we encounter the nonviolent Jesus, we do nonviolent civil disobedience to empire, turn away from the ruling war making authorities, change our course, and head off in a new direction as peacemakers seeking the God of peace. Bring your Bible and a journal.

11 AM Pacific time, 12 PM Mountain time, 1 PM Central time and 2 PM Eastern time.  Fee $30. Approximately one and a half hours. A recording of the program will be sent afterwards to all those who register.

$30 Fee; Session will last two hours.

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is December 13.

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

 “We Still Have a Choice Today:  

Nonviolent Co-existence or Violent Co-Annihilation:” 

Reflections on Dr. King’s April 4, 1967 Riverside Church Speech against the Vietnam War,” with Rev. John Dear,


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Join Rev. John Dear to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday by studying his famous speech against the Vietnam War, given at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, one year to the day of his assassination. Many consider it his greatest speech, and one of the most important speeches in world history.  

John suggests you get a copy of the speech, (see for example, “A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” edited by James Washington). Also, you can listen to a full audio recording of the one hour speech AND read the text at:  www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm 

Last year, many of us read Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” This year, John suggests we read, listen to and study this text in anticipation of John’s presentation and discussion about Dr. King’s prophetic anti-war stand. Together we can ask: how does Dr. King’s warning about racism, poverty and militarism apply today? How can we pursue his extraordinary vision of universal love and nonviolence today? What can we learn from this great speech? How does it apply to our lives now? What words, phrases, teachings touch you the most from Dr. King’s great speech?  

Please join us for an inspiring afternoon together reflecting on the Dr. King’s prophetic statement against war. Invite your friends, relatives, and church members as well. Together, with Dr. King’s guidance, let’s choose nonviolent co-existence!

11 AM Pacific time, 12 PM Mountain time, 1 PM Central time and 2 PM Eastern time.  Fee $30. Approximately one and a half hours. A recording of the program will be sent afterwards to all those who register. 

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is January 10.

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

Subverting Violence: Following the Nonviolent Jesus” 

Shane Claiborne

Jan. 29, 2022
11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
Deadline to Register is Jan. 25th. 

“In a world filled with so much violence and death, Jesus points us towards the narrow way that leads to life,” Shane writes. “The cross offers us an alternative to the sword, the gun, and the bomb. Let’s talk about the way of Jesus, the way of the cross, the way of nonviolence and how we can live it in the world today.”

That’s what we’ll do in this zoom session with the celebrated charismatic author and activist Shane Claiborne. After his talk, we’ll have time for a good discussion.

Shane Claiborne is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a Catholic Worker-type community in the inner city of Philadelphia. He is the author of the best-selling books, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical; Beating Guns; Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence; Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Kill Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us; and Jesus For President. While living and working in inner city Philly, he travels the nation and the world speaking out for justice and an end to poverty, war and killing. He and John Dear spent time together in Afghanistan a few years ago, and were arrested in 2017 at the Supreme Court marking the 40th anniversary of the death penalty in the US. As a college student, Shane spent time with Mother Teresa working in Calcutta, and spent three weeks in Baghdad in 2003 in Iraq with the Iraq Peace Team.

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is January 25.

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

Abolish War: Another Way of Saying ‘Blessings’” 

Kathy Kelly

Feb. 12, 2022
11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
Deadline to Register is Feb. 8th. 

John Dear considers Kathy Kelly the greatest living peacemaker in the United States. For forty years, she has been speaking out, traveling the world and taking action against war and nuclear weapons. She was imprisoned for an anti-nuclear action in the early 1990s, and then started traveling regularly to Iraq to speak against the US war and bring North Americans to meet Iraqis. She coordinated the Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation of Nobel Peace Prize winners led by John Dear to Iraq in 1998.

Later, she started to travel regularly to Afghanistan, and coordinated the trips of John Dear, Mairead Maguire and Shane Claiborne to Kabul. She is an author and well-known public speaker. She and John were part of the Creech 14, the first protest against the US drone warfare system, at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. She has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the founder of “Voices in the Wilderness” and “Voices for Creative Nonviolence,” the author of Other Lands Have Dreams and lives in Chicago.

In this session, she will share stories about her friends in Afghanistan who have suffered under US bombs and drones, as a way to reflect on Jesus’ commandment to “Love our enemies.” Together, we will reflect on what it means to live the Beatitudes, to be peacemakers, and to follow the nonviolent Jesus while our nation wages war around the world.

“It’s always a challenge to look ahead and imagine what stories might be relevant and needed a few months from now,” Kathy writes. “If it’s possible to think about ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice’ and ‘Blessed are the meek,’ maybe those beatitudes would allow for stories about people seeking refuge from war and those who arrogantly perpetuate it.”

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

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

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

“The Nonviolence of St. Francis and St. Claire” 

Ken Butigan

March 12, 2022
11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
Deadline to Register is March 8th. 

In 2019, John Dear and Ken Butigan led forty people on an inspiring, powerful Pace e Bene pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy to study and pray in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Claire. It was one of the highlights of our lives.

John considers Ken one of the world’s experts on active nonviolence, as well as one of the world’s experts on the nonviolence of St. Francis and St. Claire.

For many years, Ken has been teaching thousands of college students about nonviolence, as well as about St. Francis and St. Claire, at DePaul University in Chicago, and elsewhere. He has led many delegations to Assisi over the years.

Dr. Ken Butigan is a longtime staff person at www.paceebene.org, the “Franciscan nonviolence service.” He is the co-founder and strategist for the annual Campaign Nonviolence program, as well one of the coordinators of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, which coordinated the historic 2016 Vatican Conference on Nonviolence.

Since the early 1980s, Ken has worked with numerous social movements, including movements for a nuclear-free future, an end to homelessness, and freedom for East Timor. He was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance in the 1980s, joined the staff of Pace e Bene in 1990, and was the national organizer for the Declaration of Peace in the 2000s. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s “From Violence To Wholeness” program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s “Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living” program.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, in 2000. He has been a lecturer in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s College in Washington State for three years. Ken has published six books, including Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence and Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site. He lives in Chicago with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their daughter Leah. See: www.paceebene.org

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

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

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

“The Trouble with Our State: The Poetry of Daniel Berrigan” 

Bill Wylie-Kellermann and John Dear

May 7, 2022
11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
Deadline to Register is May 3rd. 

In this special zoom session, John Dear and Bill Wylie-Kellermann will celebrate Daniel Berrigan’s 101st birthday on May 9th, by reading from and commenting on their new collection of Daniel Berrigan’s most political poems called The Trouble with Our State (www.wipfandstock.com, edited by John Dear with an introduction by Bill Wylie-Kellermann).

Jesuit priest Rev. Daniel Berrigan was one of the leading voices against the Vietnam war, spent years in prison, was on the cover of “Time” magazine, helped found the Plowshares disarmament movement and wrote some fifty books. But he was first and foremost a poet. He first attracted international fame when he won the Lamont Poetry Award in the late 1950s for his first book of poetry, “Time Without Number.” In 1997, John Dear edited “And the Risen Bread: The Poems of Daniel Berrigan.” Dan died in April 2016.

This session will be a celebration of Dan’s poems of peace and resistance. We recommend that participants buy and read ahead of time their new collection “The Trouble with Our State,” and maybe even “And the Risen Bread.” John and Bill will take turns reading a Dan poem and commenting on it. After a while, they will open up the zoom to others to share their favorite Dan poems, comments and reflections. Together, we will be inspired by Daniel Berrigan’s poems to carry on our work for peace! This zoom session will be a time to enjoy the Dan’s word of peace, that we might take it to heart and become better peacemakers.

In that spirit, here is one of Bill’s favorite short Dan poems:

For every 10,000 words
there’s a deed
floating somewhere
head down, unborn

Words can’t make it happen
They only wave it away
unwanted.
Yet Child, necessary one
Unless you come home to my hands
Why hands at all?
Your season your cries
are their skill
their reason.

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

Deadline to register to be sure of receiving the link is May 3rd.

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

“On Pilgrimage: Dorothy Day’s CW Writings in the 1960s and 1970s” 

Robert Ellsberg

July 23, 2022
11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
Deadline to Register is July 19th. 

Last year, author, editor and publisher of Orbis Books, Robert Ellsberg led a memorable zoom session on “The Beatitudes and the Saints,” based on his best-selling book, All Saints. But long ago in the 1970s, Dorothy Day asked young Robert Ellsberg to edit the Catholic Worker. Since then, Robert has edited her diaries, letters, writings, and now, her famous “On Pilgrimage” columns in two volumes, “Dorothy Day: On Pilgrimage: The Sixties,” and “Dorothy Day: On Pilgrimage: The Seventies,” (both available from Orbis Books). These two great books gather her best writings from those last two turbulent decades in her life.

In these writings, Dorothy Day shared her work among on the poor in New York City, as well as her reflections on the times, her opposition to the Vietnam war, and Thomas Merton, the Berrigans and Dr. King. These days, Dorothy Day is on track to be beatified. She is considered one of the greatest modern saints. Robert Ellsberg was not only her friend, but is considered the greatest living expert on her writings and thinking, and has been working with the Vatican on her upcoming canonization.

In this zoom session, Robert will read and reflect on some of Dorothy Day’s most inspiring and important entries in the Catholic Worker over the last two decades of the life. This session will inspire anyone who cares about peace and justice and serving the poor, and the historic witness of Dorothy Day; it will inspire all of us to do our part for peace and justice.

The session will last one and a half hours; cost: $30. 

Registration is limited

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

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

“Gandhi, King, Day & Berrigan” with Rev. John Dear, May 23-26, 2022

Inn at Morro Bay, Morro Bay, California

A four-day retreat/workshop on the lives, writings and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan, with Rev. John Dear.

John Dear has spent his life writing and teaching about these great peacemakers. During our time, he will offer two reflection and discussion sessions on each of these four great peacemakers. Together, we will study and ponder their inspiring lives and teachings, and reflect on how we can take new steps to learn from them and act for peace, justice and nonviolence as they did.

Monday-Thursday noon, May 23 -26, 2022, $500 total fee. This does not include a hotel room, breakfast or any travel expenses. It does include coffee and snacks in the morning, Monday through Thursday; lunch Monday-Wednesday; and a special evening wine social and full dinner Wednesday night. Ends Thursday at noon. All events held in the beautiful Alcove Room with a big glass window looking out at the Morro Bay harbor, the rock and the ocean. Space is limited and we recommend you register early.

“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

A four-day retreat/workshop on the life, death and resurrection of the nonviolent Jesus, focusing mainly on the Synoptic Gospels, beginning with his baptism and his teachings, then his campaign to Jerusalem, then his civil disobedience in the Temple, Last supper, arrest, trial, execution and resurrection—all from a Gandhian/Kingian hermeneutic of nonviolence. As we study his life from the perspective of nonviolence, we will gain new insights and new strength to go forward as his disciples and apostles of nonviolence in our culture of violence and war. Along the way, we will focus on key teachings such as: “Blessed are the peacemakers; the reign of God is at hand; Love your enemies; Seek first God’s reign and God’s justice; Do not be afraid; Put down the sword; peace be with you.” By the end, he will say to each of us as he said to the first disciples, “I am sending you out as lambs into the midst of wolves. Go and proclaim God’s reign of peace.” For newcomers to Gospel nonviolence, and those who have been struggling to practice it all their lives.

Monday-Thursday noon, September 19 – 22, 2022, $500 total fee. This does not include a hotel room, breakfast or any travel expenses. It does include coffee and snacks in the morning, Monday through Thursday; lunch Monday-Wednesday; and a special evening wine social and full dinner Wednesday night. Ends Thursday at noon. All events held in the beautiful Alcove Room with a big glass window looking out at the Morro Bay harbor, the rock and the ocean. Space is limited and we recommend you register early.

“Everything Is Emptiness and Everything Is Compassion:

A Weekend Retreat on the Life and Teachings of Thomas Merton,”

with Rev. John Dear, October 7-9, 2022.

Inn at Morro Bay, Morro Bay, California

A week before he died on December 10, 1968, legendary Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton had a profound spiritual experience before the statues of Buddha in Polonarruwa, Sri Lanka. There, he wrote a few days later, he realized the meaning of life: “Everything is emptiness and everything is compassion.”

This weekend, we will reflect on the life, writings and teachings of Thomas Merton, especially in light of contemplative nonviolence, based on John Dear’s recent best-selling book, “Thomas Merton Peacemaker.” John will offer presentations, followed by small group and large group discussions on his writings, Friday night through Sunday morning. We will pursue his spiritual insights and practice, especially about meditation, nonviolence, emptiness and compassion, so that like Merton, will become full time seekers of the God of peace.

Friday evening, 7 p.m., to Sunday noon, October 7 – 9, 2022, $400 total fee. Includes wine and cheese social Friday evening after the first presentation; coffee and snacks during the Saturday morning break (but not breakfast), lunch on Saturday, and a full dinner, and at 9 p.m., another wine and cheese social Saturday evening. Ends at noon on Sunday. Held in the beautiful Alcove Room with a big glass window looking out at Morro Bay Morro Bay harbor, the rock and the ocean. Space is limited and we recommend you register early.

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