Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Peace activist to speak in Davis on Sunday

By
From page A1 | February 05, 2014 |

John DearW

John Dear. Courtesy photo

Learn more

What: The Rev. John Dear will speak about “The Nonviolent Life”

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St.

“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

John Dear has made the quest for a nonviolent world his life’s work, and King’s saying his motto.

Dear has written 30 books on the subject, traveled the world’s war zones, been arrested 75 times and given thousands of lectures on peace around the country. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu even recently nominated Dear, a Catholic priest based in New Mexico, for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

On Sunday, Dear brings his message to Davis, a place he says is uniquely poised to help lead this quest for a nonviolent world.

“Davis and California are such important places for this,” Dear said Tuesday. “I really hope the people of Davis and Northern California will become leaders in this movement.”

This movement, he said, harkens back to the messages of King and Gandhi — messages Dear says have been increasingly lost in a world marked by mass shootings, war, self-harm and environmental destruction.

“We all have to wake up,” Dear said. “We are very, very sick right now. … Dr. King and Gandhi were right — our only hope is nonviolence.”

Dear says his most recent book, “The Nonviolent Life,” is the culmination of his life’s work and the message he has been spreading.

The book’s thesis, he said, is that nonviolence requires three simultaneous attitudes: nonviolence toward ourselves, nonviolence toward everyone around us and nonviolence globally.

The violence we do to ourselves, he said, is evident in everything from addiction to low self-esteem to suicide; the recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a drug overdose, he said, is evidence of the way we hurt ourselves.

“It’s like an addiction, a plague, the violence we do to ourselves,” Dear said. “There is very little self-love.”

To change that, he said, “we have to let go of hurts and wounds.”

At the same time, Dear said, we have to work to stop the violence going on around us, whether to people in our community, or even our families, or to the planet itself.

That will require action on the part of everybody, he said.

“Nonviolence is not passivity,” Dear explained. “You have to get involved. Everybody has to get involved. It’s way beyond a political party … we’re all called to be peacemakers.”

It is truly a grassroots movement, Dear said, and one he will be promoting as he travels the country for the next six months.

Specifically, Campaign Nonviolence calls on everyone to take a pledge to foster active nonviolence in themselves and the world around them. Learn more at the website http://campaignnonviolence.org.

Dear will speak in Davis at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at Davis Community Church, 421 D St. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book-signings. Copies of “The Nonviolent Life” will be available for purchase and child care will be available during Dear’s talk.

Dear’s appearance in Davis is co-sponsored by Davis Community Church and the Cal Aggie Christian Association. Learn more about Dear at his website, www.fatherjohndear.org.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Suspected Ebola patient being treated at UCD Med Center

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

     
    Town hall focuses on Coordinated Care Initiative

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

    Schools give parents tools to help kids thrive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Two more cases of measles in Northern California in children

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Dartmouth bans hard liquor

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A2

     
    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3Comments are off for this post

    Free tax preparation service begins Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    No bare bottoms, thanks to CommuniCare’s Diaper Drive

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Still time to purchase tickets for DHS Cabaret

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    All voices welcome at sing-along Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Great Chefs Program will feature Mulvaney

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    February science fun set at Explorit

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Take a photo tour of Cuba at Flyway Nights talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    See wigeons, curlews and meadowlarks at city wetlands

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Time for bed … with Grandma

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Weigh quality of life, density

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Olive expert joins St. James event

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We’re grateful for bingo proceeds

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    A ‘new deal’ for the WPA building

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Protect root zone to save trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Mustangs hold off UCD women

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD men set new school D-I era win record

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD has another tough football schedule in 2015

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Gould’s influence felt mightily in recent Super Bowls

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Sharks double up Ducks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Watney, Woods start slow at TPC Scottsdale

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Recall that first Aggie TV game, national title?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Song of the Sea’ is an enchanting fable

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    ‘Artist’s Connection’ launches on DCTV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Gross’ paintings highlight a slice of Northern California

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    February show at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 is ‘Food for Thought’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, January 30, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: A9