I came across a shocking statistic the other day. It was part of an article published at the beginning of the year in ‘Psychology Today’ and was written by the US psychologist Ana Nogales. And the statistic is this: ‘When a child becomes a legal adult, they will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts … More Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment
Christianity, whether lived out in the monastery, in the street or in the workplace, is a protest against the status quo and its injustices and violence. Here Thomas Merton makes this point cogently and passionately: “It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war … More Thomas Merton: Christian Life As A Protest.
At the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, I, like so many others, pray for peace. In a world torn apart by conflict and war, peace is sorely needed. And so I pray for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. And then … More A Peaceful New Year With Thomas Merton
The iconic and heroic figure of Sophie Scholl still speaks to those of us who espouse non-violence in the modern age. Scholl, who was a member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany, paid for her activism with her life. Her implacable opposition to the nihilistic ideals of the Nazi party led to … More Examining The Cost of Non-Violent Resistance: The Case Of Sophie Scholl
‘My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is abhorrent. My attitude is not derived from intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.’ So wrote Albert Einstein with his usual clarity. But one may ask the question – … More Einstein, Pacifism & E=mc2
Whether it be from his own hermitage in New Mexico or from his many retreats, lectures and interview statements in the midst of his peace demonstrations, Father John Dear, SJ, interprets and projects the words and witness of the nonviolent Jesus. This he does with consummate skill and searing passion. Peace and non-violence are not … More A Pilgrimage Into Non-Violence: The Narrow Path
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” So said Mohandas Gandhi. But the question still remains: how do you deal with a bully without resorting to violence and becoming a thug? In a superb TEDtalk, peace activist Dr. Scilla Elworthy … More Waging Non-Violence
“One little person giving all her time to peace, can make news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” So said the inspirational ‘Peace Pilgrim’, otherwise know as Mildred Lisette Norman (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981). Between 1953 and 1981, the Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles across the USA spreading her … More Living a Meaningful Life – A Universal Call to Activism
It was Martin Luther King Jr who once remarked: ‘At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love’. This short film by Journeyman Pictures – aptly named ‘Settlers for Peace’ – investigates love in action. The Israeli and Palestinian, Jew and Muslim, seek to understand one another and to explore their different perspectives in … More Settlers for Peace – The Beauty of Non-violence
‘Another world is possible’ – a short sentence rich in meaning which acted as the catalyst for filmmaker Velcrow Ripper to produce another tremendous documentary – Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. Ripper’s inspirational journey is absorbingly thought-provoking as it explores with magnificent skill what Gandhi famously termed ‘soul force’. The backbone of the film … More When Spirit Meets Action.