Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace

This program invites small groups of Christian people to explore peace, nonviolence and their roots in the radical, life-changing teachings of Jesus Christ.

“If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.” – Mairead Corrigan Maguire

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How should Christians respond to violence?

Inspired by a reinvigorated conversation about nonviolence within the Catholic Church, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace is an 8-week JustFaith Ministries program focusing on nonviolence from a Christian perspective. Based on Jesus as model of nonviolence, the program takes participants through explorations from self-focused nonviolence to what nonviolence can look like on a national or global scale. The program includes prayer, mind- and heart-opening readings and videos, spiritual exercises, dialogue, and invitations to action.

This program was developed in partnership with Maryknoll.

Program Overview

Groups are co-facilitated by one or two participants.


Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace consists of eight 2 ½-hour sessions. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building.  Some sessions may include videos and/or a guest speaker.


JustFaith Ministries recommends that a group be approximately eight to fifteen people.


Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading and viewing videos and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the process. Click here for the book list.

Immersion Experience

To broaden perspectives, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace includes an immersion. Participants visit local organizations to learn from those involved with the issue.

Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace Overview, Sample and Flyer Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace Promotion Kit
Joe Graffis in our Pilot Group
Senior Priest, Archdiocese of Louisville
“I remember vividly studying the “non-violent” methodology of Gandhi and MLK Jr in my college and graduate school years, especially in the midst of the Civil Rights and Peace Movements and being so impressed with its Christian principles from Jesus. Over the years we seem to have lost a sense of such principles as if from a by-gone, simpler, idealistic time. But, the older I get, the more I feel drawn to re-preaching/teaching such principles for living for the 21st Century. This JustMatters module has been very reviving! Is it difficult? Yes! Is it practical? Yes! Do we need to live it in our global community? Absolutely! Our children and World are hungry for a Wisdom for Life in the midst of all the divisions of our time. Let’s make our World a better place for people, as God created us to be!”
Sister Mary Lou Kownacki
“The institutional churches aren’t doing it. The government certainly isn’t doing it. No, the promotion of nonviolence as an authentic means of social change and as the desired spiritual stance of those who follow Jesus is left primarily to ordinary people like you and me. It’s up to us not to minimize or flinch from the horror of escalating violence in our time, but to practice and experiment with nonviolence and to articulate its truth. This module on nonviolence by JustFaith Ministries is a gift. Not only do we need help with personal nonviolence, we are desperate for wildly imaginative nonviolent alternatives to injustice and war.”
Gerry Lee
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
“I am excited to be a part of JustFaith Ministries’ module on nonviolence. Serving as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner with my wife and three daughters in a slum on the edge of Caracas, Venezuela, I learned about the power of nonviolent action from the women leaders of base Christian communities. In our ten years in the barrios, we witnessed their creativity, courage, and resilience. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, they discovered while living through the actual experience of protest against structures that offered them nothing but misery and death that nonviolence is more than the approved method for change; it is a commitment to a way of life and a light in the darkness. With nonviolence, we each can be a light today.”

Affordable Pricing for Groups

2020-21 program materials available July 1st.


Churches, Parishes, Organizations


Program Includes:

    • Comprehensive materials for each session
    • Facilitation scripts and guidance
    • Immersion guidance
    • Direct access to program staff for support
    • Additional resources – $17 per participant
      All other materials are web-based
Cultivating Nonviolence,
Harvesting Peace 2019-20
Cultivating Nonviolence,
Harvesting Peace 2020-21

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