Nonviolent Social Change Workshop and Class; and Peace and Non-Violence Service 2.22.15
NOTE: The Feb 22nd Non-violence Social Change Workshop has been cancelled (due to the weather). It will be rescheduled and a new date posted. Sorry for any inconvenience.
FEBRUARY 22, 2015, A DAY DEDICATED TO PEACE & NON-VIOLENCE
Tools for Nonviolent Social Change
“Nonviolence,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts with- out wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” Nonviolence provides a vehicle for social change that empowers people seeking peace, social justice and a stronger community. A workshop on Feb. 22, from 1- 4 p.m., at First Congregational, will explain why nonviolent action for social change has been effective and provide tools for using it.
The workshop will be led by Sr. Paulette Schroeder and Josie Setzler, both members of Project Peace, a Tiffin, Ohio-based group that strives to improve communities through local education and activism using nonviolence principles. Schroeder said she hopes the workshop will be transformation- al for participants. “We want them to experience what the teaching of nonviolence is,” she said. “This is an effort to be in solidarity with people who are being treated unjustly.” Both were involved in re- cent demonstrations in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the group Witness Against Torture, which op- posed police violence against people of color and alleged human rights violations against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Participants in the course will: (1) Explore the ramifications of violence, which encompasses not just physical violence but also social injustice; (2) Assess the effectiveness of different kinds of nonviolence, such as civil disobedience. A clip from the film “A Force More Powerful,” showing the success of nonviolent resistance in overcoming oppression, will be shown; (3) Identify means for achieving successful nonviolent campaigns involving issues of concern to participants; (4) Consider their own objectives in creating community, seeking social justice, and over- coming oppression.
According to a brochure on the workshop, those that might find it helpful include advocates for peace, social justice, the environment, and stronger communities, and “people who want to do more than talk, who want to engage in meaningful actions which are aimed at systemic change.”
Setzler is a certified facilitator in the Creating a Culture of Peace nonviolence training program and is trained in conflict transformation and mediation skills by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Schroeder, a Sister of St. Francis/Tiffin, has taught in elementary and high schools for more than 20 years and was a member of the Christian Peace- maker Team in Hebron, Palestine for three years.
The workshop will be held in the fellowship hall. A donation of $15 is requested from adults; scholarships are available. There is no charge for students. A lunch will be provided free of charge at noon. Pre-registration is required. Call 740-393- 1736 by Feb. 18.