The Peace Coalition initiated the Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace as a tribute to Margie’s long service to our community and her commitment to efforts for peace. The Teach-In is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th, during the 11 Days for Compassion. It will take place at 7:00 PM at the SIUC Student Health Center Auditorium, on Grand Avenue, east of the Recreation Center in Carbondale, Illinois. A reception catered by Crustaudo's and book signing will follow the talk.
Presenter John Dear is a world recognized leader in nonviolent action and thinking currently working with Pace e Bene, (paceebene.org) as Outreach Director to initiate a new effort: Campaign Nonviolence . A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace,” and "The Nonviolent Life." In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and again in 2015 by the International Parliament, Intergovernmental Organization of the States.
His work focuses on three important aspects on the path toward becoming people of nonviolence – being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all others (including creation and creatures); and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence.
A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California. From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.
After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, John served as a Red Cross Chaplain, and became one of the coordinators of the chaplain program at the Family Assistance Center.
From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico. He co-founded Pax Christi New Mexico and works on a nonviolent campaign to disarm Los Alamos. These days, he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country and the world.
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.
The Peace Coalition is fortunate to have sponsorship support from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Nonviolent Carbondale, the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, the Covenants Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Carbondale Friends Meeting, the Gaia House, and the United Nations Association-Southern Illinois.
For more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 521-4239 or Hugh Muldoon, 549-1051.