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Living Peace: The Practice of Active Nonviolence

In a world in which violence seems to be an everyday occurrence in large and small ways, what can it mean to live nonviolently? What aspects of violence do we take for granted in ourselves and in the world? Are there realistic and fruitful nonviolent options? Is peace just for wimps and an excuse to avoid deep engagement in the real world? What might a disciplined and challenging life of active non-violence mean? This course invites participants to deeper self- and social-understandings, while introducing the many spiritual and indeed practical forms of peaceful behavior, both in daily life and larger venues. Class members will be invited to participate actively in discussions and exercises.

Instructor Bio:

Norvene Vest is a regular OLLI teacher, interested in a broad array of issues of meaning and vitality in life, culled from her graduate studies in political theory, theology, and mythology/depth psychology. She is formed by the wise work of Pace e Bene, a Franciscan peace organization, and has studied and taught peace workshops for many years. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Douglas, and their cat, Lucy.

Recommended Reading:

Vanderhaar, Gerard A. Personal Nonviolence: A Practical Spirituality for Peacemakers, 2006; Hanh, Thich Nhat. Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World, 2003. Pyszczynski, Thomas A., et.al. In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror, 2003.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B25 Norvene Vest May 3, 10, 17, 24 We 1:30-3:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville A

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