a conference and training on nonviolence

Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Huntington Church of the Nazarene
1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Jesus counsels, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God,” to Palestinian Jews living under an oppressive Roman occupation. Is the call to nonviolence still a call for us today? Join us for two days of intentional conversation and training as we examine the call of nonviolence and alternative methods of engagement.

COST: $95 through July 1, $110 after July 1
Friday only $25 – Saturday only $75 – Students $30

conference schedule

Friday, July 28

7pm – Opening Session with John Dear, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Why Nonviolence Today”

9pm – Post-Session Social Time


Saturday, July 29

8:30am – Centering Prayer with Sue Wilhelm, Director of Victory Noll Center

9am – Morning Keynote with Kit Evans-Ford, “Why I Choose the Path of Nonviolence”

9:30am – 12:15pm – Nonviolence Training with Ken Butigan & Kit Evans-Ford

10:45am – Break

12:30pm – Lunch on Site

1:30pm – Reflection and Small Group Time with John Dear

2pm – Panel Discussion with Ken Butigan, Kit Evans-Ford and John Dear

3pm – Final Keynote with Ken Butigan, “Bringing Gospel Nonviolence Home”

*Conference Attendees are welcome to join the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters for a Mass at 5:00pm led by John Dear. Mass will take place on the Victory Noll Campus, Saint Anne’s Chapel. Maps are provided at the registration table.

overnight accommodations

The City of Huntington has a number of budget-friendly options for accommodations.

  • Comfort Inn – 2205 N Jefferson St – (260) 356-3434.
  • Super 8 – 2801 Guilford St – (260) 358-8888.
  • Quality Inn – 2820 Hotel Ave – (260) 359-9000.
  • Purviance House B&B – 326 S Jefferson St – (260) 224-1545.

sponsorship and exhibitor packages

featured speakers

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.

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