• Pope Francis and Nonviolent Parenting: A Personal Reflection – by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    In remarks during a general audience at the Vatican in February, devoted to “the role of fathers in the family,” Pope Francis spoke of correcting children “with firmness” commenting on a father who shared that he sometimes had to “smack” his children, but “never in the face”, to which Francis remarked “How beautiful. …He has […]

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  • Tribute to Juanita Morrow Nelson – August 17, 1923 – March 9, 2015 – By Brayton Shanley

    I do not remember the first time that I met Juanita Nelson and her husband Wally.  In the world of peacemaking, the names and tax refusal actions of these most tenacious, nonviolent warriors just always seemed to be around.  Wally died in 2002 and Juanita just passed last March after 91 remarkable years. We invited […]

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  • The Call Goes Out for Agape Community Members

    Thirty-three years of co-mentoring Agape as a school for nonviolence and simple living have been a great fulfillment and joy. As the community and its co-founders age, we find that Agape needs to evolve. We are making a specific and concrete effort to find people to become community members, who have moved beyond their college […]

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  • Book Review: Seizing the Nonviolent Moments by Nancy Small

    Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small has just published a new book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflections on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture, available from Wipf and Stock. Life is filled with opportunities to practice nonviolence. If we kept track, we’d be surprised at how often we get to […]

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  • “Blessed Are the Merciful” – By Pat Ferrone

    Armed only with banners advocating mercy, and signs decrying the death penalty, nonviolent peacemakers from Agape, Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace and elsewhere, regularly stand vigil in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. In the early morning, a stream of employees, visitors, victims and lawyers pass before us, some with averted eyes […]

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  • The Death Penalty rears its ugly head in Massachusetts

    Dear Friends,   As you may know by now, the Death Penalty is rearing its ugly head in Massachusetts, and anti-death penalty state.  We have seen and heard the sorrowful testimonies of victims and the eloquent pleas of the defense for the young and troubled life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   Throughout the trial, Pax Christi, […]

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  • WBGH Covers Agape Vigil During Tsarnaev Trial

    Full Article:  http://wgbhnews.org/post/anti-death-penalty-activists-last-minute-scramble-keep-tsarnaev-alive By PHILLIP MARTIN – May 12, 2015. The jury in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial begins deliberating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘s fate the the next day or two. Meanwhile, anti-death penalty activists are using petitions to the court, demonstrations, calls to the Cardinal and a nun named Helen Prejean to try to sway juror’s […]

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  • Pioneering activist for peace, civil rights and local farming Juanita Nelson dies at 91.

    Juanita Nelson worked for peace, civil rights and local farming. She walked the walk, living simply and sustainably and dreamed up the idea for the Greenfield Free Harvest Supper, which has drawn hundreds each year to eat together downtown in Court Square. She died Monday at age 91. Juanita Morrow Nelson From Wikipedia, the free […]

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  • Statement in Opposition to the Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Call to Communities of Faith in Massachusetts and the United States

    In these violent times, we must insist on the sacredness of all life, including the lives of those deemed dangerous killers. Given this urgent necessity:  We ask your support in building a stronger community of witness, prayer and resistance to the Death Penalty in the United States: Join this national campaign of Christians Against the […]

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  • Ecology and Religion – by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker

    What might be the contribution of religions to the long-term flourishing of the Earth community? If Earth’s life support systems are critically endangered, as the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Report suggests; if climate change is diminishing the prospect of a sustainable future, as the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change observes; and if species […]

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