Chautauqua-Wawasee is hosting an evening with author and peace-seeker Cliff Kindy, an Indiana organic farmer. His book Resurrection Peacemaking recounts his thirty years working with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), facing violent, unjust regimes in Iraq, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Mexico and other trouble spots around the world. Cliff and other CPT volunteers have repeatedly put their lives on the line as they chose to accompany targeted and beleaguered indigenous people who were striving to end violent occupation and warfare in their own lands. This striving is not only for far-away peoples. It is for us.
Cliff says, “Why will people be willing to risk their lives to confront violence or injustice? For me, that willingness is grounded in the gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection. For others, it will be based in love and goodness. Nonviolence for me is powered by the spirit of resurrection on Easter; it topples empires. But it also exposes the practitioner to transformation; all parties are transformed, or better, ‘plowshared’. Are we willing to nurture our imaginations and take the risks required to replace violence with nonviolence? If so, how would this change America, in terms of policing, politics, wars, family disputes, mass killings, and criminal justice?”
In this workshop, Cliff will…
1. Share some direct encounters that CPTers have had with violence and injustice;
2. Explain why nonviolent tools are better than violent methods, by any measure, including effectiveness, cost, availability and consequences.
What: Presentation, discussion, and workshop
Where: Syracuse, Indiana, Oakwood Resort, Event Center
When: October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend. Registration requested, but not required…helps us plan room size.
To register go to www.CHQW.org or call Debbie at 574-377-7543 or go to Facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee
Or, you may register at Eventbrite BY CLICKING THIS LINK.