Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers

A Call to Christ’s Way of Nonviolence
Friday, July 28, 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jesus counsels, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God,” to Palestinian Jews living under an oppressive, Roman occupation. Paul writes to the church in Rome, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone…,” as it is struggling with racial and cultural divisions between Jew and Gentile.
Is the call to nonviolence still a call for us today? What are the alternative methods of engagement, and how can we become aware of them and learn to use them both in our relational and social contexts?
We are happy to announce speakers Ken Butigan, John Dear, and Kit Evans-Ford from Pace e Bene Nonviolence Services, who will be joining us for intentional conversation and training on how to build culture of nonviolence. We hope you can join us for this transforming experience.

Early registrations through July 1. Cost: $95 through July 1. $110 after July 1. 

Ken Butigan

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Ken Butigan is a peace and justice worker, Pace e Bene workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades. Ken joined the Pace e Bene staff in 1990. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s “From Violence To Wholeness” program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living program. Ken has published six books, including Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence, Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site. Ken teaches at DePaul University in Chicago, where he also lives with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their daughter.

Kit Evans-Ford


Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford was born in the small town of Mebane, North Carolina. Her passion for nonviolence and peace stems from her work experience with the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere since the age of 14. Kit is a 2004 Teach for America Washington, DC alumni as well as a 2008 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her studies and work experience have been centered around topics that include gender equality, nonviolence and peace, domestic sex tracking, HIV/AIDS, and healing.While attending seminary, Kit completed a summer fellowship with Pace e Bene. She has since led and co-led many Pace e Bene workshops.Kit is also the founder of Testimonies of Hope an Intercultural Christian Devotional. She lives in Davenport, IA with her husband Dwight Ford and daughter Imani.

John Dear

John Dear

John Dear is the Outreach Coordinator for Pace e Bene. He is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace,” and his latest book, “The Nonviolent Life.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. John has been arrested over seventy-five times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace, and has organized hundreds of demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons at military bases across the country, as well as worked with Mother Teresa and others to stop the death penalty.A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.