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  • Important to come to know the nonviolent Jesus Wisdom House = a SCHOOL of peace and nonviolence Culture of violence and war “ Gospel of Jesus is a call to become people of peace and nonviolence” World is a world of violence (lots of forms—poverty, hunger, sexism, environmental damage, capital punishment, nuclear weapons etc.) We’re surrounded by violence We’re people of violence Violence doesn’t work, violence always leads to further violence War doesn’t lead to peace—it always sows seeds for further wars War can’t stop terrorism, because war IS terrorism Nonviolence is breaking down the structures of violence Peaceful means  peaceful future Begins with the truth that we’re all ONE—every human being is our sister and brother Nonviolence is active love, seeking the truth of our active unity No cause, however noble, for which we will support the taking of a single human life Have to begin with ourselves Billions of people around the world practice nonviolence Nonviolence is at the heart of our lives because JESUS WAS NONVIOLENT Jesus was actively nonviolent The only people who don’t know this are Christians If we’re going to follow him, we have to be nonviolent “ The most political teaching of all is to love your enemies” We make peace because we’re children of God and God is a God of peace Jesus goes to Jerusalem and confronts the institutions of violence via nonviolent civil disobedience And he forgives those who kill him Resurrects and says “Peace be with you” I don’t think you can be a Christian and make war or work for war To be a Christian is to be a follower of the nonviolent Jesus, and therefore to be a practitioner of nonviolence Spirituality of nonviolence—how do we cultivate interior peace and nonviolence How can we help the Church become a community of nonviolence God’s reign, which is at hand, calls us to create not war or poverty but all new kinds of structures and communities of nonviolence and love and justice
  • Dear in the video Important to come to know the nonviolent Jesus Wisdom House = a SCHOOL of peace and nonviolence Culture of violence and war “ Gospel of Jesus is a call to become people of peace and nonviolence” World is a world of violence (lots of forms—poverty, hunger, sexism, environmental damage, capital punishment, nuclear weapons etc.) We’re surrounded by violence We’re people of violence Addiction to violence shown by assumption that violence works Violence doesn’t work, violence always leads to further violence War doesn’t lead to peace—it always sows seeds for further wars War can’t stop terrorism, because war IS terrorism Nonviolence is breaking down the structures of violence Peaceful means  peaceful future Begins with the truth that we’re all ONE—every human being is our sister and brother Nonviolence is active love, seeking the truth of our active unity No cause, however noble, for which we will support the taking of a single human life Have to begin with ourselves Billions of people around the world practice nonviolence Nonviolence is at the heart of our lives because JESUS WAS NONVIOLENT Jesus was actively nonviolent The only people who don’t know this are Christians If we’re going to follow him, we have to be people of nonviolence “ The most political teaching of all: love your enemies. That’s what it means to be a Christian—to be a person of nonviolence.” Immediate dismissal of this claim might indicate to him just how ‘addicted’ we are to violence. We make peace because we’re children of God and God is a God of peace Jesus goes to Jerusalem and confronts the institutions of violence via nonviolent civil disobedience And he forgives those who kill him Resurrects and says “Peace be with you” I don’t think you can be a Christian and make war or work for war To be a Christian is to be a follower of the nonviolent Jesus, and therefore to be a practitioner of nonviolence Spirituality of nonviolence—how do we cultivate interior peace and nonviolence How can we help the Church become a community of nonviolence God’s reign, which is at hand, calls us to create not war or poverty but all new kinds of structures and communities of nonviolence and love and justice
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    • 1.
      • “ You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you , Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.... You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you , Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?... You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
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    • 3.
      • I. Christian Pacifism in historical context
        • A. The Church before Constantine (~280-337)
        • B. The Church after Constantine
        • C. Should Christians be like everybody else?
        • II. Violence, community, and “ultimate loyalty”
        • A. “we cannot imagine that some of us are ‘us,’ while others are ‘them’”
        • B. “A loyal American? Of course not. I’m a Christian!”
    • 4. Nonviolence for Fr. John Dear is so integral to what it means to be a Christian, and what it means to be truly pro-life, that any Christian who thinks any kind of violence is justified has ceased to follow the Jesus of the Gospels. Dear says: “That’s what it means to be a Christian—to be a person of nonviolence.” How would you respond to what you just saw in this video in light of the other readings for Tuesday? vt
    • 5.
      • explore the origins and motivations of Christian nonviolence,
      • assess its implications and response to the “cycle of violence,”
      • address its relationship to wider culture and the challenges to pacifism’s practicality and effectiveness, and
      • hear what those who participated in the Take Ten project learned about teaching nonviolence.
    • 6.
      • Peacebuilding vs. ‘Addiction’ to Violence
      • Objections to Christian Pacifism
        • Did Jesus really mean it?
      • Response to those objections?
      • Implications if Fr. Dear is right that followers of Jesus have to be nonviolent
        • Fr. Dear: “The most political teaching of all: ‘love your enemies.’”
        • Christians as citizens: wherein lies ultimate loyalty?

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