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Blessed Are the Peacemakers In Huntington

Posted by Erin Bechtol

“We’re addicted to violence. The only healing is nonviolence,” said John Dear, one of three Pace e Bene leaders to speak at the Blessed Are the Peacemakers conference last weekend. He was joined by Ken Butigan and Kit Evans-Ford, working with the Victory Noll Center to educate participants in nonviolent grass-roots movements.

The conference, held July 28-29 in Huntington, Indiana, included a panel discussion, call to pray, and nonviolence training intended to demonstrate to attendees that nonviolence is a powerful choice in a violent world. The Victory Noll Center organized this event in a community scarred by a recent record number of homicides.

Sue Wilhelm, Victory Noll Center director, hopes that this conference will create a ripple effect from the people who attend into their personal lives, their neighborhoods, and on to a global scale.

Read more about the conference here. To get involved, check out the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions and the Nonviolent Training Hub for additional resources.

You can watch the three keynote videos from John Dear, Kit Evans-Ford and Ken Butigan here!

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