A monthly newsletter
from Fr. John

June, 2017

Dear Friends, Peace be with you!....
On June 1st, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accords and set us on a path of catastrophic climate change that could bring unimaginable extreme weather, rising sea levels, extinctions, famine, mass displacement, countless wars and death. This insanity must be resisted nonviolently. That is the only sane, Christian and human response. Read more

In Court for Protesting---The New Normal (Feb. 2017)

Shackles and Jail for Inauguration Week (Jan. 2017)

Pope Francis' World Day of Peace Message: The Church's First Statement on Nonviolence in Histoy(Dec. 12, 2016)

Taking a Stand at Standing Rock

The Peacemaking Life and Lessons of Daniel Berrigan (November 2016)

"650+Actions During Campaign Nonviolence Week 2016," (Sept. 15 2016)

"The Politics of Nonviolence," (Sept. 2016)

John Dear's keynote address to the Albuquerque Forum on Gun Violence, July 29, 2016

The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan

The Church's Turn Toward Nonviolence

Christmas Celebrates Nonviolence

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind

"Do Unto Others:" Pope Francis' Call to Action

Over 325 Campaign Nonviolence Actions Across the US (September 17, 2015)

"Bob Dylan and America's 70-Year Nuclear Nightmare" (August 6, 2015)

"Nonviolence Confronts Evil: Standing for Peace at Los Alamos" Albuquerque Journal, August 10, 2015

"Peace Activists Descend on Los Alamos,"
The New York Times, August 7, 2015

Prayer for a Nonviolent Life

"Nonviolence, In Response to the Charleston Church Killings" (June 19, 2015)

"Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence Now," May, 2015

Statement at Press Conference/Rally on Immigration, Santa Maria, Cal., May 1, 2015

Podcast Interview from "Beyond the Box"
with John Dear (March, 2015)

Worldwide Magazine Interviews John Dear
(Jan. 2015)

"Resurrection Means Nonviolence"
(April, 2015)

"John Dear's Speech at the National Press Club, Wash. D.C."
Sept. 18, 2014

"Take the High Road to Peace,"
(Sept. 2014)

"A Conversation with John Dear," Summer Series on a Spirituality of Peace
August 24, 2014, here

"With Archbishop Tutu in Cape Town, (South Africa Journey, Part 6)" (Feb. 2014)

"On Robben Island, (South Africa Journey, Part 5)" (Feb. 2014)

"At the National Elephant Park, (South Africa Journey, Part 4)" (Feb. 2014)

"In King William's Town, (South Africa Journey, Part 3)" (Jan. 2014)

"In Pietermaritzburg and Durban, (South Africa Journey, Part 2)" (Jan. 2014)

"In Johannesburg and Soweto, (South Africa Journey, Part 1)" (Jan. 2014)

"Leaving the Jesuits After 32 Years" (Jan. 2014)

"Taking Peacemaking Seriously," National Catholic Reporter (Jan. 21, 2014)

"A Literary's Scholars Voice in the Wilderness," The Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 17, 2014)

"John Dear interviewed on Peace Talks Radio about 'The Nonviolent Life'"(Dec. 2013)

Civil Disobedience and Discipleship to Jesus (Feb. 2013)

"Afghanistan Journal"(December, 2012)

John Dear and John Cusack call for California to End the Death Penalty

In Afghanistan, A Call for Peace (Dec. 12th, 2012)

"Turning Towards Nonviolence: A Response to the Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Massacre" --July 23, 2012

"Jesus Radicals" Interviews John Dear (December, 2010)

"My Last Homily in New Mexico"
(May 22, 2011)

Visit Loyola Press’s new website about John Dear’s autobiography

Revenge Is Not the Way:
On the Killing of Osama bin Laden

What Jesus Would Do: John Dear On Nonviolence, Civil Disobedience, And Doing Time (Sun Magazine, June 2009)

Feb. 1, 2011---"The Verdict: Guilty in a Las Vegas Courtroom"

"John Dear Receives the Pacem In Terris Award," The Catholic Messenger, October, 2010

"A Spirituality of Resistance," John Dear's Speech to the Sabeel Conference of Palestinians, Bethlehem, Palestine, Feb. 28, 2011.

A Peace Movement Victory in Court (September 21, 2010)

Georgetown Welcomes Colombia's Ex-Pres. Uribe (Sept. 2010)

"Obama and the Works of Death" (Feb. 2010)

Prayer Service for the International Day of Nonviolence (Oct. 2) by John Dear, commissioned by the Vatican (July, 2009)

"ROTC at Loyola Univeristy,"
September, 2011

"Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador" (Nov. 2009)

"Sermon at the Mass in Honor of Dr. Paul Farmer," (Oct. 2009)

"St. Therese's Little Way of Nonviolence," (Sept. 2009)

"Anthony de Mello's Jesuit Spirituality" (Nov. 2009)

"The Car and the Pine Cone," (Oct. 2009)

"My Night in the Las Vegas Jail" (April, 2009)

Archbishop Tutu's Nomination of John Dear for the Nobel Peace Prize (Jan., 2008)

"A Letter to Obama," Tikkun, Jan., 2009

Podcast Interview with John Dear, Sept. 2008

"America" magazine podcast interview with John Dear (Nov. 2008)

"New Dimensions" Radio Interview with John Dear (Oct. 2008)

"Interfaith Voices" Radio Interview with John Dear (Dec. 2008)

ABC News Interviews John Dear and Martin Sheen (Dec. 2008) Part I

Santa Cruz Radio Interviews John Dear (Dec. 2008)

"My Statement Before the Judge,"Jan 24, 2008

Dr. King's Last Words
April, 2008

"Peace Activist Vows to Defy Court,"
Santa Fe New Mexican, Jan. 25, 2008

Blessed Franz Jagerstatter
(Nov. 2007)

(September, 2007)

Sermon for Los Alamos Witness, Mass for Peace (Aug. 3, 2007)

Offer No Violent Resistance (The Sermon on the Mount, Part 3)

What's So Unusual About That? (The Sermon on the Mount, Part 2)

Love Your Enemies (Sermon on the Mount, Part 1)

New DVD on Hiroshima, Los Alamos, & Nuclear Disarmament

Resurrection (April, 2007)

The Vow of Nonviolence Revisited (New Year's Day, 2007)

The Trials, and Blessings, of Peacework (Jan. 2007)

Christmas Editorial for "The Santa Fe New Mexican," (12/24/06)

John Dear's book, "The Sound of Listening" republished!

Ohio Diocese Interviews John Dear, Dec. 2006

Order video/audiotape of John Dear's Talk on the Beatitudes ar Call to Action

"Jesus' Last Words to the Church"

"A Weekend with Nobel Peace Laureates"

Joan Baez, Still Singing For Peace (Oct. 2006)

Photos from the Merton-Gandhi Peace Walk

Hiroshima Day Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 5, 2006)

St. Francis and the Way of Nonviolence (May, 2006)

John Dear & Arun Gandhi on Peace Talks Radio

Report From Colombia
(April, 2006)

Colombia Diary (March, 2006)

St. Therese of Lisieux and the Little Way of Nonviolence (1873-1897)

Confessions of Crimes Against the State (Feb. 2006)

Henri Nouwen, Peacemaker

Thomas Merton and the Wisdom of Nonviolence

On Moral Leadership
(Oct. 2005)

Hiroshima Day Speech, Los Alamos, NM, Aug. 6, 2005

Concluding Prayer After the Hiroshima Day Sackcloth and Ashes Action, Aug. 6, 2005

How To Stop Terrorism (July 2005)

Join the "One" Campaign, "Make Poverty History" (June 2005)

A "Prayer of Nonviolence" (June, 2005)

A Prayer for Our Persecutors (May, 2005)

"US Catholic" magazine interviews John Dear

"America" magazine interviews John Dear (Feb. 2005)

Oscar Romero, 25 Years Later

"Remembering Hiroshima at Los Alamos"

Pilgrimage to Gandhi's India

John Dear's Foreword to a new Henri Nouwen Book

"Getting Into Trouble for Peace & Justice"
Call to Action Talk, Nov. 2004,
Order tapes/cds here

The Vision of Peace (Nov. 2004)

John Dear's Plowshares Sentencing Statement Before the Judge, July, 1994

"Remember the Martyrs, Close the SOA"
Talk at the SOA Protest, Nov. 21, 2004

Excerpts from the forthcoming book,
"The Questions of Jesus"

Pax Christi Goes to Los Alamos

Order a CD or Audiotape of John Dear's talk "Gandhi and the Way of Nonviolence"

John Dear's Foreword to Daniel Berrigan's new book, TESTIMONY

In the Name of Peace: Speech at anti-war rally, State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico March 20, 2004

Dr. King's Gauntlet: Nonviolence or Nonexistence

The Soldiers At My Front Door
(December, 2003)

Close Los Alamos Now!

Revolutionary Nonviolence (June, 2003)

If Today You Understood the Things that Make for Peace

Human Rights and Nonviolence:
The Christian Theology and Movement for Peace

Speech at the National March Against the War, January 18, 2003. Washington, D.C.

Sheath Your Sword

The Common Ground of Interfaith Nonviolence

War With Iraq Is Not the Answer

"Love Your Neighbors, Love Your Enemies, "Speech to Call to Action, November 2, 2002

The Road to Emmaus, The Road to Hope

Action for Peace, (March, 2002)

"On the Front Line, Pursuing the God of Peace" New York Times Profile, Thursday October 4, 2001

Remember 9/11 By Speaking Out Against War

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Books by John Dear
"The Beatitudes of Peace "

Meditations on the Beatitudes,
Peacemaking and the Spiritual Life
"The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount are Jesus' blueprint for peace. I urge everyone to study John Dear's beautiful reflections and join his campaign of peace and nonviolence."
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Following Jesus on the Lenten Journey
of Gospel Nonviolence to the
Cross and Resurrection
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Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking &
the Spiritual Life
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Practicing Nonviolence Toward Ourselves, All People, & All Creation, & Joining the Grassroots Movement of Nonviolence Available in paperback book & box set audiobook (5 cds read by the author) To order, to to: www.paceebene.org www.amazon.com or call: 1-510-268-8765
"A Persistent Peace"
"The Autobiography of John Dear"

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Visit the Loyola Press website about John's autobiography: www.persistentpeace.com
"John Dear On Peace: An Introduction to His Life and Work"
By Patricia Normile

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St. Anthony Messenger Press
Or call: 1-800-488-0488
Living Peace Living Peace:
A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action

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Transfiguration Transfiguration

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Read the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Mohandas Gandhi, Essential Writings Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings


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Jesus the Rebel Jesus the Rebel:
Bearer of God's Peace and Justice
Peace Behind Bars
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Peace Behind Bars:
A Peacemaking Priest's Journal From Jail

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Mary of Nazereth

Mary of Nazareth, Prophet of Peace

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The Questions of Jesus

The Questions of Jesus

Foreword by Richard Rohr

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Read Excerpts

By Daniel Berrigan, Edited with a foreword by John Dear

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Testimony Oscar Romero and the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice, by John Dear

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The God of Peace: Toward a Theology of Nonviolence, by John Dear

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Jean Donovan and the Call to Discipleship Jean Donovan and the Call to Discipleship, by John Dear

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"You Will Be My Witnesses"

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"The Sound of Listening"

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The Advent of the God of Peace

"The Advent of the God of Peace"
Available from www.paxchristiusa.org

To view the 4 minute movie trailer, click here.
"Seeds of Nonviolence"

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"Put Down Your Sword"

Order Here

Read the Introduction

"Daniel Berrigan:
Essential Writings"

"Lazarus, Come Forth!"

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"The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland, The Writings of Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate from Northern Ireland, Edited by John Dear, preface by the Dalai Lama, introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu"

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Foreword by John Dear

"The Nonviolent Life"

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Or call: 510-268-8765

Also available from www.amazon.com

"The Nonviolent Life" Audiobook

Read by the author, Box set of 5 cds, Available from: info@paceebene.org

Or call: 510-268-8765

DVD Movie about John Dear:
"The Narrow Path,"
110 minutes.
With music by Jackson Brown & Joan Baez.
Available from www.paceebene.org
Call 1-510-268-8765


Upcoming Events

Join John Dear for a 4 week web class on "Thomas Merton's Lessons of Peace," starting Sept. 12. Sign on at: www.monasteriesoftheheart.org

  • 2017
  • July 14-16.
    Kinnoull, Scotland,
    National Conference on Christianity and Peacemaking,
    contact: dmumford@phonecoop.coop
  • July 28-29.
    Huntington, Indiana,
    The Power of Active Nonviolence,
    (a weekend workshop with Ken Butigan & Kit Evans Ford)
    Victory Noll Retreat Center,
    19090 W. Park Dr., Huntington,
  • Aug. 5.
    Los Alamos, New Mexico,
    Annual Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil
    Ashley Pond, 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20th.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Nonviolent Cincinnati
    Cincinnati Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center,
    215 E. 14th St., 513-579-8547.
  • Oct. 6-7.
    San Diego, Cal.
    Conference on the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative
    (with Cardinal Turkson, Ken Butigan & Marie Dennis)
    Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture,
    University of San Diego,
    Contact: jmburns@sandiego.edu
  • Oct. 19th
    Wilmington, Delaware,
    Pacem in Terris Peace Community,
    50th Anniversary Dinner & Lecture,
    401 N. West St., 302-656-2721,
  • Oct. 30.
    Ossining, New York,
    Day long workshop on Gospel nonviolence,
    Maryknoll Lay Missioner Program
    contact: dnorthern@mklm.org
  • Nov. 2-3.
    Chicago, IL
    DePaul Univ.,
    Conference on the Vatican
    Initiative on Nonviolence
  • Nov. 10-12.
    Tucson, AZ
    "School of the Americas" Border Vigil,
  • Nov. 19-20.
    Morro Bay, Cal.
    Weekend Masses in the Catholic Church
  • Dec. 1-3.
    Phoenix, AZ
    Pace e Bene Staff Retreat,
    Franciscan Renewal Center
  • Dec. 7-10.
    Albuquerque, NM
    Young Christian Writers Retreat,
    (with Shane Claiborne & Richard Rohr)
  • To invite John Dear to speak in your church or school, please send an email letter through the "Email" link above.

Books Featuring John Dear:  
  • Landmark Speeches On U.S. Pacifism, Ed. Susan Schultz Huxman, includes John's "Speech at the National March against the Iraq War, 2003." Texas A & M Univ. Press, 2015.
  • Love, Henri: The Letters of Henri Nouwen, Features letters to John Dear from Henri Nouwen, Penguin Press, Fall, 2016.
  • Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice, By Deena Guzder, Features a chapter on John Dear, Lawrence Hill Books, 2011.
  • We Are Already One: Thomas Merton's Message of Hope, Ed. By Gray Henry and Jonathan Montaldo, Features John's chapter, "Thomas Merton's Hopeful Life of Peace," Fons Vitae, 2014.
  • Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community, Ed. By Rosalie Riegle, Features a chapter on John Dear, Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2012.
  • Waging Peace: a Memoir of David Hartsough, With a foreword by John Dear, PM Press, 2014.
  • Love Is What Matters: Writings of Louie Vitale, With an Afterword by John Dear, Pace e Bene Press, 2015.
  • Lightning East to West by Jim Douglass, With an Afterword by John Dear, Wipf and Stock, 2006.
  • Peacework by Henri Nouwen, With a Foreword by John Dear, Orbis Books, 2006.
  • Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest: Merton's Peace Retreat, by Gordon Oyer, With an afterword by John Dear, Cascade Books, 2014.
  • Remembering Henri, Eds., Gerald Twomey and Claude Pomerleau, With a chapter by John Dear, Orbis Books, 2016
  • A Faith Not Worth Fighting For, Ed. By Tripp York and Justin Barringer, With a chapter by John Dear, Cascade Books, 2012.
  • It's a Sin to Build a Nuclear Weapon, By Richard McSorley, Ed., with an introduction by John Dear, Wipf and Stock, 2010.
  • Challenging Empire (Sabeel Conference, Palestine, 2011) With a chapter by John Dear, Sabeel Center, Jerusalem, 2012
  • The Merton Annual, 2006, With a chapter by John Dear, Ed. Victor Kramer, Fons Vitae, 2006.
  • Witness Against Torture: The Campaign to Close Guantanamo, with a chapter by John Dear, www.yellowbikepress.com, 2008.
  • Peace Is the Way: Writings from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, with a chapter by John Dear, Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, with a chapter by John Dear, Plough Publishing House, 2003.

Full Speaking Schedule

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"THE NARROW PATH: Walking Toward Peace and Nonviolence with John Dear, S.J."
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