It seems many peoples and many nations are prepared to use violent means to address conflicts. But how might these same peoples and nations prepare for peace? Although violent measures are frequently deployed to defend against attacks or used in response to threats, the track record for violence as a means to attain peace is abysmal. Unfortunately, non-violent resistance and mutually attained accommodations have not been pursued with the energy and tenacity required to make them mainstays of engagement, and so the casualties of violence continue to mount.
In his talk on November 19th, WCEC clergy leader, Bart Worden, will examine a few avenues for developing the commitments and skills needed to pursue pathways to peaceful coexistence. If peace doesn’t begin with you, where will it ever begin?