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Jesus and the Mission of Peace, Love and Nonviolence
Location: Conference Center
Category: Weekend Opportunities
Date: Friday September 7, 2018 through Sunday September 9, 2018
Cost: $250.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Jesus and the Mission of Peace, Love and Nonviolence"

Presenter: Rev. John Dear

Please join long time peace activist, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and author Fr. John Dear for a weekend retreat on the life and mission of the nonviolent Jesus who sends us on a mission of peace, love and nonviolence into the world of violence. John will lead us to ponder Luke 10, how Jesus sends us forth “as lambs into the midst of wolves” to announce God’s reign of peace, and then  Jesus’ own campaign of nonviolence to Jerusalem, the cross and the resurrection, and our own part in this ongoing mission today. Through talks, scripture study, quiet time, and small and large group discussion, we will ask: How is Jesus nonviolent, and calling us to become more nonviolent? How have we joined in Jesus’ mission of nonviolence, and where are we being called to take another public step forward on the journey of Gospel nonviolence? What does discipleship to the nonviolent, crucified and risen Jesus mean for you these days, in these times? How can we help transform our culture of violence and war into a new culture of nonviolence and peace? (Much of the weekend will be based on John’s recent book, “Walking the Way: Following Jesus on the Path of Nonviolence.”)

Rev. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence. A priest, activist and author, he served for years as the director of the
Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S.

After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers.  John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 80 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.  He arranged on many occasions for Mother Teresa to speak to various governors to stop an impending execution, and recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is a co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project.  

His thirty five books include: The Beatitudes of Peace; The Nonviolent Life; Walking the Way;
Thomas Merton Peacemaker; A Persistent Peace; Transfiguration; You Will Be 
My Witnesses;
Living Peace; The Questions of Jesus; The God of Peace; Jesus the Rebel; Peace Behind Bars; Lazarus Come Forth! and Disarming the Heart.

He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

He works for, is a priest of the Diocese of Monterey, Cal.,
and lives in New Mexico. See:


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     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155

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Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Friday to Lunch on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
March 2019