Eli McCarthy from the Justice and Peace Office of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men offers a wonderful blog post on “Opening Wide the Doors of Gospel Nonviolence.” He reflects on the importance of Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace calling us to embrace Jesus’ way of active nonviolence. How might we do this in our faith communities?
- share the World Day of Peace with your communities;
- provide substantial education about active nonviolence in all levels of faith formation;
- provide a regular Gospel-based training program in various nonviolent skills, as they have in the Archdiocese of Chicago;
- join or develop a local peace team to deploy unarmed peacekeepers, provide nonviolent skill training, and scale-up restorative justice.