Pace e Bene

  • Sign Up for Email Updates

    Pace e Bene on FacebookPace e Bene on Facebook

South Bend’s Electricity Fast for Peace

Posted by Erin Bechtol

On September 23rd, a group gathered at Sibley House, an intentional community in South Bend, IN, to fast from electricity and reflect on our complicity in the unjust use of energy resources.  We encouraged people to spend the day fasting from their electronics, keep their lights turned off, hang dry clothes instead of using a dryer (amongst other things)  with the purpose of developing the spiritual practice of being mindful of our relationship with electricity and technology.

In the evening we gathered by candlelight to share reflections on the connections between care for creation and peacebuilding. We took note of the high percentage of energy in Indiana that comes from coal and the fact that in the USA we use more than our fair share of energy. We reflected on the Gaza blackout. Most people in Gaza have less than four hours of electricity a day due to politics, not lack of resources, a reality that the media has hardly covered. As the restrictive Israeli blockade on Gaza continues, the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza deepens.

Participants shared songs and poetry throughout the evening. We concluded by praying for our community and world.

Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017

Recent Posts

Spotlight Stories arrow

Think Outside the Protest Box

by Erin Bechtol // Campaign Nonviolence

by Rivera Sun Protest. Petition. Call your senators. Nothing changes, right? No matter how large our demonstrations get, no matter how many millions of people write and petition politicians, no matter how many people get arrested in front of the … read more

Read More

They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares

by Erin Bechtol // Campaign Nonviolence

They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares: The Story of the Plowshares Eight and Their Quest for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament Below is a link to a short ten minute documentary about the Plowshares 8 made by two 7th graders … read more

Read More

Center for Action and Contemplation Interview with John Dear

by Erin Bechtol // Pace e Bene

As part of his book tour around the US to launch his new work, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, John Dear stopped by the Center for Action and Contemplation for a Facebook Live … read more

Read More
Image 01 Image 02