Rev. John Dear is a long-time activist, priest, author and lecturer. He served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 80 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S. He recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is a co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. He has authored thirty-five books including: The Beatitudes of Peace and The Nonviolent Life. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (www.johndear.org)
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM LIVING A NONVIOLENT LIFE:
Using his book, The Nonviolent Life, John will guide us in reflections on our individual and shared journeys deeper into the life of creative nonviolence. First, we will have a session about being nonviolent to ourselves, and cultivating inner peace and nonviolence. Then, a session about being nonviolent to all others, all creatures, and Mother Earth, and how we can deepen our interpersonal nonviolence. Finally, we will have a session about our vocation to help build up the global grassroots movement of nonviolence, to work for a new world without racism, poverty, war, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction, a new world of nonviolence. Join us!
John will also be speaking on Sunday March 18th at the 10 am service at Unity of Greater Portland and will be doing a workshop on his book The Beatitudes of Peace from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.Get Directions via Google Maps