As committed Catholics, we must find a Christian-based response to the violence in our country, city, neighborhood, and families. I write to offer you and your parishioners and friends an opportunity to learn how to address this violence by “resurrecting nonviolence” as a way of living.
During four Saturdays in July (9, 16, 23, 30), two community organizers will present workshops at Holy Family Church (at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. from 10:00am to 2:00pm) on learning the history of nonviolence, the eight steps to achieving nonviolence developed by Jesus, Gandhi, and King, the effectiveness of nonviolence as a personal and community strategy, and peacebuilding tactics that can be applied to all aspects of our lives.
Phillip Bradley is a violence prevention specialist with FORUM (Fulfilling Our Responsibility Unto Mankind) who has been working with schools, churches, and community groups predominately on the South side for 30 years.
Van Bensett is project director of Life Directions and has been working with youth and young adults on the South and West sides for over 25 years.
We ask that Catholics become active in their parishes and communities to lead the city of Chicago out of this seemingly intractable problem. It can be done.
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