Some local Catholics tipped me off to ways that you can learn about non-violent methods of resistance going on today and engage in circles of peace as a means of resolving conflicts:

  • Check out “5 Broken Cameras” — This 90-minute documentary made by Emad Burnat is about the non-violent resistance by Palestinians against the building of an Israeli separation wall. Since 2005, citizens have held weekly demonstrations against the effort in spite of armed, military opposition that has reportedly resulted in many injuries and some deaths. The people don’t want the wall going through agricultural lands or encroaching of illegal settlements. Israeli and international peace activists have joined the effort. Lyad Burnat, the filmmaker’s brother, will speak after the screening. The documentary has won several independent awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Check out the trailer:YouTube Preview Image
    I’m not finding official showing information elsewhere, but was told it will show:
    -6 p.m. Jan. 24 at ASU’s Tempe campus in the Lattie Coor Building Room 170
    -11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road (at Happy Valley Road). Bring lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.
    -3 p.m. Jan. 26-Jan. 27 at St. Francis in the Foothills in Tucson
    Call (602) 793-1448. This link shows ways you might be able to watch it from home.

 

  • Circles of Peace Weekend — Feb. 1-2 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. Learn about how circles of peace have been used for centuries to resolve conflicts. It’s optional, but participants can use this session as part of the “Nonviolence Leadership Certificate Program in the Way of St. Francis” at the Casa. Event page and flyer.

 

  • Ghandi and Jesus: Gospel-based peacemaking — Feb. 16 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. Led by Terry Rynne, author of a book by the same name, the day-long session will cover
    • The Political and Religious World into which Jesus was born
    • Jesus’ Alternative Political and Religious Vision
    • Jesus’ Nonviolent Campaign of Resistance: Why the “Powers that Be” Wanted to Kill Him
    • The Challenge to Us: Following the Nonviolent Way of Jesus

    Event page and flyer.

Ambria Hammel is the staff writer for The Catholic Sun. She began reporting for the award-winning newspaper in 2006.

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