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Pax Christi Florida Lenten Retreat

March 29 and 30, 2014

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“Gandhi and the Unspeakable”

Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?



Jim Douglass

James W. Douglass

Theologian, Author, Activist, and Practitioner of Nonviolence

James W. Douglass is a noted author on nonviolence and Catholic theology, with many books and essays to his credit.

Douglass was a professor of religion at the University of Hawaii when he first  engaged in civil disobedience to protest against the Vietnam War.

In 1975, Jim and Shelley Douglass founded the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action to protest against the construction of a Trident missile nuclear submarine base on the Kitsap Peninsula in the state of Washington.  The Douglasses, joined by other activists seeking to prevent the installation of Trident missiles, formed a small intentional community, the Pacific Life Community, near the submarine base.  Their goal was to “seek the truth of a nonviolent way of life,” both personally and politically.  Personally, we tried to confront our racism, sexism, consumerism—all the isms that allowed us to violate others.  Politically, we chose to experiment with nonviolent actions resisting Trident, a system that seemed to epitomize all the violence of our society.

This nonviolent protest later extended to protesting against the White Train which carried nuclear missile parts to the Bangor Trident Base.

The Douglasses later moved to the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, to establish Mary’s House, a “house of hospitality’ for homeless and indigent people in need of long-term health care.

Douglass traveled to the Middle East on several peace missions.  In 2003, he joined a Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq and stayed with civilians during the U.S.-led invasion.

Douglass is co-founder of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, an organization that questions the official story about the 9/11 attacks.



MARCH 29 AND 30, 2014


DaySpring Conference Center

 Parrish, FL (near Ellenton)

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Jesus died in vain if he did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love.  Living Christ means a living cross, without it life is a living death.         - Mohandas Gandhi



We begin where we are:  on the one hand, deep in denial of the kind of systemic evil Thomas Merton called “the Unspeakable” – assassinations on our doorstep, an unending war of terror, a total-surveillance empire, nuclear weapons poised to destroy humanity, catastrophic climate change…on the other hand, our lack of awareness of what Gandhi called satyagraha — truth-force, love-force, soul-force, the most powerful force in existence.  Truth is God.  Jesus said its reality is as near as our hands.  Will we wake up to nonviolence?  In our time of nonviolence or nonexistence, will we have the faith in our Nonviolent God to go where we don’t want to go?  Are we willing to confront the Unspeakable, as Gandhi did, by our nonviolent experiments with the infinite force of truth and love, losing life to find it in a new world?




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