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Dr. Paul Farmer Was My Friend

I knew Dr. Paul Farmer for 44 years, beginning with the three years we lived together in a fraternity at Duke University. His room was next to mine. 

 From the day I met him, I knew he was a genius. He did astonishing things from getting straight A’s in Pre-Med while writing the culture column for the Duke paper, to putting on massive displays in glass cases at the entrance to the Duke library…

My Conversation with Rev. James Lawson

(I first met my friend Civil Rights leader Rev. James Lawson in the L.A. Jail in January, 1990 after protesting US military aid to El Salvador. In 1998, he hired me to be the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Over the years we have spoken at many events together, including on “Democracy Now.” This is an edited transcript of a zoom conversation we had on October 2, 2021 for the Beatitudes Center. Jim Lawson recently published his first book, “Revolutionary Nonviolence”)

My Long Lost Conversation with John Lewis

Last summer, after Congressman John Lewis died, I posted a photo on social media of me and John from a memorable afternoon we spent together in his congressional office. It was 26 years ago. We had talked for a while, and then filmed a formal conversation on nonviolence.

Needless to say, it was one of the greatest days of my exciting life.

Recent News

John Dear on “Democracy Now” talking about Thich Nhat Hanh and Archbishop Tutu 

John Dear on the 25th Anniversary of Henri Nouwen’s Death [film on youtube]

“Jesus was totally nonviolent and calls us to practice and teach Gospel nonviolence and welcome God’s reign of peace and nonviolence, which means from now on, we work for the abolition of war, poverty, racism, gun violence, the death penalty, nuclear weapons, environmental destruction, and all violence.” – Fr. John Dear

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