International Peace Activist touring UK – Aug/Sept 2012

The Cost of Peace
Violence or the Non-Violent Jesus?

Fr John Dear, SJ, an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence, is coming to England this summer and will be speaking on this theme in cities in the north of England as well as London and Cheltenham.

A Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, retreat leader, and author, he travels the world teaching the active non-violent message of Jesus as epitomised in the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day.

He served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Centre in New York, and counselled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has travelled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in the high desert of New Mexico. In 2008, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, along with others, nominated John Dear for the Nobel Peace Prize.

John is the author of many books, his latest being Lazarus, Come Forth! He has published his autobiography, A Persistent Peace, and written and presented his own DVD film, The Narrow Path. He writes a weekly online column for the National Catholic Reporter at

Fr John’s talk promises to be a very interesting and thought-provoking evening. The talk venue nearest  to our diocese will be held in Garforth, near Leeds. Please contact the people named below who are organising the individual events for more information.

His talks stand on their own but Fr John’s visit will also be the launch for a series of nationwide initiatives/courses that will be taking place in the future.

A collection will be taken at each talk with the exception of Greenbelt.  Suggested donation £10

Speaking Schedule

Friday 24th August – Monday 27th August: Greenbelt Festival

Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. Visit

Monday 3rd September, 7pm: Birmingham

Grimshaw Room, Birmingham Cathedral, St. Chad’s, Queensway, B4 6EU
Contact: Fr. Gerard Murray:

Tuesday 4th September, 7pm: Wigan

St John’s Church, Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1NX
Contact: Margaret McSherry:

Wednesday 5th September, 7pm: York

Temple Hall, York St. John’s, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX
Contact: Barbara Hungin:

Thursday 6th September, 7pm: Sunderland

St Joseph’s Church, Paxton Terrace, Millfield, Sunderland, SR4 6HP
Contact: Fr. Michael McCoy:

Friday 7th September, 7pm: Leeds

St Benedict’s Church, Aberford Road, Garforth, LS25 1PX
Contact: Fr. Simon

Monday 10th September, 7pm: London

London Catholic Worker, Mattison Road, N4 IBG
Contact: Fr. Martin Newell:

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