“…one the most powerful, positive, actively peace-making experiences I have had in a very long time.”
The Need for Skills for Personal and Social Change
Every day, throughout the world people face the daunting challenge and consequences of violence and injustice. Some people confront this violence with violence. Others remain passive in the face of this destructiveness. Neither of these approaches, in our estimation, lead to long-term solutions because they often fail to address the root causes of violence or stop the cycle of destruction, resentment, and retaliation that violence and injustice create.
There are a growing number of people around the world, however, who are using the more effective approach of creative nonviolence, the subject of our study program, to bring about change in their societies. Some current examples include the bringing down of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, the frustrated electoral fraud and restored democracy in the Republic of Georgia in 2003, and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004, which cleared the way for the rightful installation of the popularly elected president.
People are also using nonviolence to challenge personal, interpersonal, and social patterns of violence in their own lives. The more we are equipped with the vision and skills of nonviolence, the greater the chance for the emergence of effective nonviolent solutions in our lives and in the world. Our three programs have been created for this purpose.
Pace e Bene Australia invites you to join us on a journey, exploring nonviolent living…
Through the provision of educational materials and community workshop facilitators, we provide a study and action program that explores nonviolence as a creative, powerful and effective process for addressing and resolving the conflicts in our lives and in the life of the world. Drawing on the vision of Jesus, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Shelley Douglass, John Dear and many others, these programs offer your church, school, community, or group resources to deepen the journey from fear to freedom, from despair to hope, from violence to wholeness.
Pace e Bene Australia facilitates workshops in three related programs:
- From Violence to Wholeness
- Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living
- Travelling with the Turtle: Women’s Spirituality and Peacemaking
We invite you to explore this site, read about the programs, and if you feel led, to contact us to discuss how we can work with your community to be the change you wish to see.
Pace e Bene Flyers
You can download general information flyers to leave or hand out at your church or organisation, with local contact information for each state:
Contact people in each state also send out email notices with upcoming workshops and related events. To sign up for your relevant state email list, send an email to your state contact