Rev. John Dear

Rev. John Dear is an author, activist and lecturer who teaches nonviolence in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day. He is the author of many books, including: Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action; Jesus the Rebel: Bearer of God's Peace and Justice; Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World, and his autobiography, A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World. He writes a weekly online column for the National Catholic Reporter at www.ncronline.org. For further information, see: www.johndear.org

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00am
Take the High Road to Peace
Millions of Americans oppose war as a solution to our problems. Millions were opposed to Bush's war in Iraq, and they remain opposed now to war as a way to bring peace to Iraq. War never brings peace, it always sows the seeds for future wars. War can't stop terrorism because war is terrorism and...
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:41pm
Remembering a Plowshares Action for Peace, Twenty Years Ago
On December 7, 1993, my friends Philip Berrigan, Lynn Fredriksson, Bruce Friedrich, and I walked onto the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina at four in the morning, passed through thousands of soldiers in the middle of full scale national war games, came upon an F-15e nuclear capable fighter bomber, and hammered upon it to fulfill Isaiah’s Advent prophecy that someday “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and study war no more.”
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:25pm
Drone Protesters Acquitted in New York Court
A few weeks ago, sixteen year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban but survived and spoke out globally for peace, met with President Obama and told him to stop the deadly U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan. They are killing innocent civilians and turning many ordinary people against the U.S.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 11:21am
Neema Namadamu, Congo’s Visionary Peacemaker
Since 1996, six million people have been killed by warfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Countless women have been raped.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 8:47am
Accompanying the Hibakusha to Los Alamos
Last week, I returned to Los Alamos, New Mexico, seen of our greatest crime, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, where preparations continue for bigger and better nuclear weapons. Even as the government is shut down and New Mexico has just been ranked worst in the nation for the well being of children, plutonium bomb making carries on at Los Alamos.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 3:37pm
Remembering Hiroshima at Los Alamos, New Mexico
In 1981, while traveling in Europe, some friends and I visited Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp outside of Munich. Most of it was razed to the ground, but the original fences and barbed wire remained, along with a few buildings. That was enough to send chills down the spine. It was too much for me to take in. It’s still too much for me to take in.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 1:53pm
Why the Churches Should Support Bradley Manning
As the long trial of Bradley Manning gets underway this week, I want to add my voice to the millions who stand with him and the thousands who protested his imprisonment over the weekend, and thank him for his brave act, and urge that all charges against him be dropped. Releasing information on war crimes, as the saying goes, is not a war crime. He should be released immediately.
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Monday, April 15, 2013 - 2:58pm
Hungering for Justice at Guantanamo
On Saturday, U.S. military prison guards at Guantanamo fired rubber bullets at prisoners to try and stop their ongoing hunger strike. The prison reaction only exacerbates the situation. Reports indicate that many of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been on hunger strike since February 6th. (Although the U.S. military acknowledges 43, lawyers say the number is well above 100.) At least 13 are so thin and weak that they are being painfully force fed.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:16am
Norway Calls the World to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Last week, an extraordinary, historic event occurred. The government of Norway invited all the nations of the world to a two day conference to discuss the humanitarian effects of nuclear war and to begin the process to ban all nuclear weapons. Over 130 nations showed up. The gathering was full of hope and energy, and at the end, Mexico announced that it will host a follow-up international gathering.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 12:01pm
'Love at Long Distance': A Man in Prison for Protesting US Drones
This week, the president nominated the head of the U.S. drones program, responsible for killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be his new head of the CIA That is appropriate, because the CIA runs the U.S. torture, rendition, assassination and mass murder program in conjunction with the Pentagon. Of course, all of this pure evil goes contrary to everything the nonviolent Jesus taught. What do we do? We protest the ongoing killings by these evil U.S.
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