IJPC is offering the Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living Study Program starting January of 2018 to anyone interested in learning, practicing, and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence to transform our lives and our world. From the Engage book introduction:
“This twelve-part study and action program offers participants a wide variety of principles, stories, exercises, and readings for learning, practicing and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence for personal and social transformation.” The program recognizes that the journey of the nonviolent life is ongoing so this three-month period will be a modest introduction to some tools and techniques with which to experiment. Our work will be guided by four commitments to relationship building, diversity, spiritual practice, and nonviolent action. “Engage seeks to support the deep slow work of becoming more whole human beings.”
Engage is designed to be a small group learning process done each week for 2 to 2.5 hours. For the sake of convenience, we will offer sessions on both Mondays from 1:00-3:00 P.M, and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center. Monday sessions will begin on January 8 and Tuesday sessions on January 9. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions as much as possible, but can do the readings independently for any missed session. For the sake of developing a learning community, it would be best choose one of the scheduled options and stick to it. Please notify IJPC if you have a conflict in your schedule during a particular week so that we can plan accordingly. Readings will be sent to registered participants via email. The program is organized into three parts:
Part I (Sessions 1-5) familiarizes participants with how violence and nonviolence work.
Part II (Sessions 6-8) explores nonviolent responses to structural violence.
Part III (Sessions 9-12) guides participants through the process of developing and carrying out nonviolent action.
Space is limited and we will register people on a first-come-first-served basis. Please sign up for Engage by clicking here.