Announcing : Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership program 2015

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5 Enriching Days.

November 2015.

Life. Changing.

14 – 19 November 2015

There are many inspiring  people actively involved in community organisations and faith communities across Australia, who are working tirelessly to address our current social, political, military, economic and ecological challenges.  This program is designed to cultivate and build capacity in these  leaders to sustain change, go deeper and to bring people together.  This program was developed two years ago and is again open next year as a 5-day residential retreat for 20 people.  It is an outstanding program, one not to be missed and will greatly benefit both the participants and their organisations or faith communities from which they belong.

Participants will GAIN :

  • A deeper commitment to living and working from an interfaith perspective;
  • Knowledge, skills and awareness of nonviolence
  • Leadership skills to help their local communities take action
  • The necessary skills to sustain their nonviolent community leadership
  • New friends and new networks of support and encouragement

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“The PeBA non-violent leadership program is a powerful example of what is possible when religious traditions share their tools for peace. They have clearly succeeded in creating a powerful space for transformation…I have no hesitation offering my endorsement of this program.”

Ven. Freeman Trebilcock, Founder & Chairperson, InterAction

What Past Participants Have SAID :

“…It’s a unique opportunity to critique dominant patterns of violence and control and learn the first steps for imagining nonviolent alternatives.  I don’t know of anyone else offering a similar program.”


“The peace building skills I made doing this course will equip me for the rest of my life to help transform myself and the world into a better place”


“This event was with all honesty life changing for me


“I would definitely recommend this program to others…I believe I can make a real difference now”


“I feel more empowered to understand people from other faiths as well as excited to learn about nonviolence, love for self and others and love for God from their traditions.  The greatest outcome has been the friendships developed with people from other faiths here.”


“This course is highly effective and empowering. I feel significantly more like a leader in nonviolence and believe that all of us are capable and likely to significantly change how our worlds interact and mainstream nonviolence. I think every young (and not so young) everyone who is still interested in learning about themselves with a passion to improve their world should do this program”


QLD Engage Course Beginning July

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What is Engage?
In a world marred by violence and injustice, Engage is a small-group program that introduces a vision and tools for nonviolent living. It uses stories, small group reflections, role-plays and exercises to explore the dynamics of violence, the possibilities for nonviolent living, and actions to effect personal and social change.

How long is the program?
Engage consists of 12, 2-hr sessions, plus an action to be chosen by the group. This group will run on Monday nights, 6:30-8:30pm between:

July 15 – September 16 (10 sessions)
Break (September 23 – October 7)
October 14 – 28 (3 sessions)

To get the most out of the program, we strongly encourage attendance at as many sessions as possible.

Sessions will be held in the Hall at West End Uniting Church, 11 Sussex St.

How much does it cost?
The program costs $50pp – this includes a resource workbook for you to keep, venue hire, and workshop materials.

Who will facilitate the program?
Engage is a resource offered by Pace e Bene Australia ( Pace e Bene is an international network of people committed to building a more just and peaceful world.  This program will be facilitated by four locals – Bek, Bronwyn, Neil and Penny – who have previously completed the Engage program, and are passionate about sharing the experience with others

To register, or for more information, please email:
or call Penny on 0403 721 601

Announcing PeBA 2013 Inspiritors

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Pace e Bene Australia is pleased to announce that this years Inspiritors will be Wes Howard Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson.  Wes and Sue come with many years experience exploring what it means to live nonviolently.  They will be touring Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne July – August 2013.  Pace e Bene Australia is pleased also to announce our tour partners – TEAR, UNOH, Edmund Rice, Waiters Union and Pax Christi – will also be hosting events with Wes and Sue.  To learn more about Wes and Sue click here.  To check out more about the tour click here.  To find events in your city click here.


Pace e Bene Australia has announced the dates for its National Nonviolence Gathering.

‘Engaging Nonviolence – nonviolent living in the 21stCentury’

Friday Nov 30th – Sunday Dec 2nd 2012

The gathering will be held in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Leura NSW at the Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual learning (

All are invited, all are welcome.  We would love to see you there.

Click here for more information and here to download the registration form



Anzac Day Weekend 2010 Conference ‘Putting an End to War’

This conference will be held from 23-26 April, starting with Friday dinner and an evening session and ending probably soon after Monday lunch at the Australian Quaker Centre, “Silver Wattle” 1063 Lake Road Bungendore, NSW.

The conference is entitled “Putting an end to War” – a 3-day workshop on personal resistance to war and military action. We will consider the Beatitudes as a call to radical action, reflect on celebrations of ANZAC Day, and hear about individual witness such as being a human shield, intervening in armed conflict, entering prohibited military areas and refusing to pay war taxes. Recent actions in Pine Gap, Talisman Sabre, Iraq and Palestine will be some of our examples.

Speakers include: Gerry Guitton “Walking the Way of Peace”, Simon Moyle “Radical Action’, Helen Bayes “Getting in the Way – Christian Peacemakers”, Waratah Gillespie “Out of Love Courage Grows”, Helen Gould “War Tax Resistance”, Doug Hynd “Reflections on Anzac day”.

For full details of program, accommodation costs etc check the web site:

Open Invitation to our National Gathering

Adelaide: November 6th – 9th 2008

This is an open invitation to be a part of our National Gathering in Adelaide later this year which seeks to bring together people from around the country to network, share experiences and be further equipped for nonviolent life and action.

Costs will be kept to a minimum with scope for some part-scholarships.

This is the second such national gathering – the first was at Pallotti College in Millgrove, Victoria in December 2006 – from which Pace e Bene Australia emerged.  Click here for further details and registration.

The Pace e Bene AGM will be held on Nov 10th after the Gathering.

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