In Episode 2 of Among The People, Father John Dear joins us to discuss how he has committed his life to promoting world peace, social justice, non-violence and awareness to the extreme dangers we face with climate change.
His empowering message will motivate you to deeply consider your personal role in ending violence, racism and poverty as he shares his own accounts of non-violent activism, incarceration, protest and putting himself in harm’s way for the promotion of peace and justice.
“To be a Christian, is to be a person of non-violence. Which means to be a christian you cannot have anything to do with war, racism, greed, nuclear weapons, environmental destruction … you have to be continuing Jesus’ life of revolutionary non-violence.”
His profound stories range from hitch-hiking through war ravaged Lebanon, where from the Sea of Galilee he witnessed Israeli bombs drop upon the place where Jesus spoke. Father Dear goes on to share his reflections from his life-long work that has taken him around the world, from the most dangerous war-zones to the streets of the largest cities, spreading his message in protest to violence and social injustice.
Father Dear is an author and sought after lecturer on the topics of peace, disarmament and nonviolence throughout the United States, and around the world, including national speaking tours of England, Australia and New Zealand.
Father Dear has received several peace awards, including the 2010 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award and has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In January 2008 he was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and with Leo Rebello in 2015.
Today, Father Dear lives completely off the grid on a remote mountain top in the desert, but continues his busy schedule of education people on the necessity of creating a new culture of peace throughout the world.
“We all have to become activists, we all need to stand in opposition to the culture of war.”