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
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.
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.
To broaden perspectives, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace includes an immersion. Participants visit local organizations to learn from those involved with the issue.
Affordable Pricing for Groups
2020-21 program materials available July 1st.
Churches, Parishes, Organizations
- 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
Harvesting Peace 2019-20
Harvesting Peace 2020-21