Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
“How can we become people of nonviolence and help the world become more nonviolent? How can we help build a global grassroots movement of nonviolence to disarm the world, relieve unjust human suffering, make a more just society and protect creation and all creatures?” These are the questions John Dear, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Pace e Bene staff member poses in his latest book, The Nonviolent Life. In this book, John Dear explores the powerful journey of nonviolence rooted in the Christian vision of love.
Dear focuses on three important aspects of the path toward becoming people of nonviolence – being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all others (including creation and creatures); and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence. After thirty years of preaching the Gospel of nonviolence, Dear says to become a fully rounded, three dimensional people of nonviolence we need to do all three simultaneously.
Each participant will need a copy of the book The Nonviolent Life by John Dear, available at www.paceebene.org or Amazon.com. Each week students will read portions of the book and engage in a nonviolence practice.
This course is part of Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week. For more details, visit the Pace e Bene website.
About the Instructor
Bill Lewis came back to Christ after many years of wandering through various belief systems. These experiences, coupled with decades of business experience in not-for-profits and for-profits, has helped him understand and relate to others in various stages of life. Even after Bill settled into a realization that he belongs to God and is loved by God, the journey has continued to be a challenge. Renovare materials have been a significant influence in Bill’s life, bringing together various streams that fit into a life with God. One of Bill’s passions is leading monthly outings exploring natural areas.
Bill has an MBA and a master’s degree in Christian Spiritual Formation, and currently practices Spiritual Direction. In addition to these and various other endeavors, Bill serves on the Spiritual Formation committee at a Presbyterian church. His passion is natural areas, and he leads monthly Sierra Club outings.