Rev. John Dear

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:15am
The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan
Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renown anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95 th birthday. He died of natural causes at the Jesuit...
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Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:45am
Building New 'Nonviolent Cities'
Last year, I was invited to give a talk on peace in Carbondale, Illinois. I was surprised to discover that in recent years, activists from across Carbondale had come together with a broad vision of what their community could one day become—a nonviolent city. They wanted a new holistic approach to...
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Friday, December 25, 2015 - 3:30pm
War is Over! - If You Want It: Christmas Celebrates Nonviolence
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” That’s the question which John Lennon puts to us in his famous Christmas song. In the chorus, he gets right to the point, to the heart of Christmas: “War is over, if you want it.” For some, that might seem like a leap of faith, but I think John...
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Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 11:45am
An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind
Millions of Americans believe that war doesn’t work, that war cannot end terrorism because war is terrorism, and that U.S. war-making is breeding a new generation of terrorists around the world. Millions also want the senseless killing to stop and they realize we must begin with ending our own...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00pm
'Do Unto Others': Pope Francis’ Call to Action
“Hope and healing, peace and justice!” That’s what Pope Francis called us to this morning as he addressed Congress. “Summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises,” he said. “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 1:45pm
Over 325 Actions for Peace and Justice Across the US Next Week
Starting this weekend, over 325 demonstrations, marches, vigils and other public events will be held all across the U.S., covering every state, as part of the second annual “Campaign Nonviolence” week of action. Tens of thousands of people will be gathering and taking to the streets to “connect the...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 1:15pm
Bob Dylan and America’s 70-Year Nuclear Nightmare
A few years ago, Bob Dylan gave a powerful interview to Rolling Stone. The editor asked about his recent music, but also about our political predicament and how we got into this global mess. Dylan seemed a bit cantankerous—forgive me, Bob!—and kept hemming and hawing. “What gets in your blood?” the...
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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 7:15am
Grieve, But Then Teach and Organize Nonviolence
Like millions of others, I'm grieving the death of the nine church folk killed in the unthinkable massacre inside Charleston's Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the dead, and the church members, and I offer all my condolences, prayers, blessings...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:00pm
Honoring Oscar Romero of El Salvador
This week, I’m in El Salvador to join the national celebration on Saturday, May 23rd, for the beatification ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the great peacemaker who was shot dead while saying Mass and preaching for peace on March 24, 1980. After thirty five years, 75,000 dead, countless...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:30am
Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence. Now.
The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence. Everyone has to practice nonviolence. Everyone. From the people...
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