CATHOLIC NONVIOLENCE INITIATIVE: Join us for the third in a series of webinars, "Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving Beyond War”, on 25 October


Join the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative for the third webinar in our series about a ground-shifting conference on the topic of Gospel nonviolence and just peace, which was held in Rome this past April 2016. In addition to Pax Christi International, the Vatican's Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace was a co-sponsor of the conference.
Building off the previous webinar on experiences of nonviolence in violent conflict zones and Jesus’ way of nonviolence, this webinar is about “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving Beyond War”.
  • What are the developments in theological reflection and praxis of just peace and how does this build on the scriptures and trajectory of Catholic social thought?
  • How would a turn to just peace impact our moral analysis of conflicts, practices, and engagement with the broader society, including policy makers?
  • What could be the role of the Church in moving beyond the notion of justified war?
The forthcoming webinar in the series will include the appeal to the Catholic Church and implementation. We hope you will join us for each webinar in the series! Each one will also be recorded for re-use. Previous webinars can be found here.
Moderator: Cory Lockhart
Cory is the program writer for JustFaith Ministries and reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). She has served three times on the CPT Palestine team. She has a MA in Teaching from Bellarmine University and an MA in Spirituality through a joint program between Bellarmine and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition to her work at JustFaith Ministries, Cory gives talks on compassion, nonviolence, and Israel/Palestine and leads workshops on living a life of compassion. 
  • Merwyn De Mello: Merwyn is with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as the Peacebuilding Advisor. He has over 20 years of experience facilitating peacebuilding strategies at local, regional and national levels in India, Japan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the United States and presently Afghanistan. He has a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the United States which includes the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Program. Merwyn developed curriculum and taught peacebuilding, transitional justice, and trauma awareness at universities in Zimbabwe.
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill: Lisa is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology and Ethics at Boston College in the United States. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her works include Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2013), Theological Bioethics: Justice, Participation, and Change (Georgetown, 2005), Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 1996); and Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory (Fortress, 1994, now being revised). She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religious Ethics and the international journal Concilium.
  • Eli S. McCarthy: Eli is the Director of Justice and Peace for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which is the leadership conference of all the U.S. Catholic men’s religious orders. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy, (2012) along with numerous journal articles. He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with the poor, working with the homeless in Boston and Washington, D.C., and monitoring the Palestinian elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Eli also participates in the D.C. Peace Team offering nonviolent conflict intervention and restorative justice training, peace education, and unarmed civilian protection.

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