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Thursday, June 13 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Storming the Vatican: Moving the Catholic Church Beyond Just War to Active Nonviolence

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The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is a global popular process mainstreaming a fuller concept of nonviolence as an active force in the world and as the central Christian response to armed conflict and military engagement. Grassroots initiatives as well as empirical data show that adopting a stance of nonviolence toward what would usually be thought of as situations where violence was the answer has in fact resulted in better, more humane, longer-lasting, and more just outcomes. This popular process is requesting an encyclical from Pope Francis that teaches Christian nonviolence as effective, theologically sound, and morally robust—moving the church beyond a limiting ethic to a transformative one. The Catholic Church may move at a glacial pace, but when glaciers move they change the face of the earth.

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Rose Marie Berger

Senior Associate Editor, Sojourners
My roots are in California; my wings in D.C. I'm a Catholic feminist. I'm a student of nonviolence--strategic and Christian--and part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. I live in the Anacostia watershed in D.C. I've been at Sojourners for more than 30 years. I'm a poet and writer... Read More →

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Faithful Advocacy (FA)

This program track will examine the some of the most pressing justice issues of our time—including immigrant and refugee protection, climate change, #metoo, voting rights, and racialized policing. Guided by policy experts, activists and organizers, participants will learn how faith... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room 6C