December, 2014

After a year of hard work, Campaign Nonviolence will begin on September 21st with seven days of over 160 actions, marches and events across the U.S.A. in every state, where people will speak out against ongoing war, poverty and environmental destruction and uphold Dr. King’s vision of a new culture of peace and nonviolence. Check out:

The peace activities begin for me with an interfaith weekend retreat on compassion, featuring Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, on September 12-14th in Garrison, New York. If you are in the New York area, join us. See:

Afterwards, I will take my friend 93 year old Fr. Daniel Berrigan to Syracuse, New York for a visit with his older brother Jerry. Both are frail, but strong in spirit. My collection of Dan’s writings is probably favorite of all my books; I reread it regularly. If you haven’t got it, get it: Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings (Orbis Books).

Then I travel to Washington, D.C. to host a national press conference to launch Campaign Nonviolence at the National Press Club with my friend Dennis Kucinich, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the HipHop Caucus and others. We hope it will also be broadcast live on the internet.

Afterwards, back to New York City for the historic climate march on Sunday September 21st. I’ve been working all summer on the “Peace Hub” committee of the march. We’re hoping for a million people who will gather at Columbus Circle. We will have a peace movement pre-march rally starting around 10:30 a.m. somewhere in the south of Central Park (the police have not yet given us a starting point. Keep watching for upcoming details.) Bill McKibben and I will speak; Dar Williams, Holly Near and others will sing. Join us!

Then I travel back to Washington, D.C. to join the local Campaign Nonviolence witness at 9 a.m. in Lafayette Park in front of the White house on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd. If you are in D.C., join us for our public stand for justice and peace.

This month, Pace e Bene will release audio cds of my reading of my recent book, The Nonviolent Life. They will be available for sale at My book Walking the Way, about Jesus as a nonviolent resister, will be available in November. My book, Thomas Merton, Peacemaker, will be available from Orbis Books in January, to mark Merton’s 100th birthday.

Thank you everyone for practicing nonviolence, living peacefully, following the nonviolent Jesus, spreading hope and love, and doing what you can to promote justice, disarmament and peace in our poor world! Let us continue to pray for one another and everyone everywhere, and for the coming of God’s nonviolent reign of peace on earth.

God bless you, one and all!

Fr. John