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Episode 2. Father John Dear, Working For A New Culture of Non-Violence

 

Father John Dear joins us to discuss how he has committed his life to promoting world peace, social justice, non-violence and awareness of 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 hitchhiking 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 of violence and social injustice.

Father Dear is an author and sought after lecturer on the topics of peace, disarmament and non-violence 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 mountaintop in the desert, but continues his busy schedule of educating 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.”

 

Father Dear can be personally reached at  www.fatherjohndear.com 

Published work is available from Orbis Books, follow the links below.

Thomas Merton, Peacemaker

Lazarus, Come Forth!

You Will Be My Witnesses

They Will Inherit the Earth

Mohandas Gandhi

Daniel Berrigan