NonviolenceWorks is a community-based organization whose mission is to teach nonviolence principles and practice. Our goal is to assist youth, families, churches and other religious organizations, community groups, police agencies, and schools in developing personal and social responsibility for changing the culture of violence in our troubled world.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
As a Chicago Fund Grantee, NonviolenceWorks will hold initial trainings for developing a Nonviolence Zone in South Shore. Watch this space for details to be announced shortly. Call us at 312.513.7876 for immediate response.
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The current public health crisis has exposed the faultlines present in our society. These faultlines have existed for many decades but could be overlooked on a moment's notice. Not any more. NonviolenceWorks focuses on fundamental social changes, not band-aid approaches. If you want to create a nonviolent society, please pay attention to these recommendations.
Unlearn violence in your personal, familial, and professional lives.
Learn how to create personal, family, and career-centered nonviolent forms of life.
See our training sessions.
The long-term goal of NonviolenceWorks is to establish a Center that will be a permanent resource for education, training, and consultation on how to create a nonviolent world.
A symposium to bring academic, practical, and spiritual dimensions of nonviolence together to create sustaining social and cultural change.
This symposium is free and open to the public.
Loyola University Chicago
November 3, 2017 – McCormick Lounge
Welcome – Elfriede Wedam, Loyola University Chicago
Introduction: 5:30pm: Janet Sisler, Gannon Center, Loyola University Chicago
Opening Prayer: 5:45pm: Keynote Address: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Kathy Kelly, Center for Creative Nonviolence, “Imagine a Nonviolent World”
Small reception with cello: 7:30pm
November 4, 2017 – Damen/Crown Center
Registration: 8:30am, Crown Center Lobby
Welcome- Crown Center Auditorium, Elfriede Wedam, Loyola University Chicago
First panel: 9:00am – 11:00am, moderated by Kathleen Maas Weigert Panelists: Art Lurigio, Loyola University Chicago, “The Etiology of Violent Behavior: Person, Place, and Time” Noni Gaylord-Harden, Loyola University Chicago, "“Livin’ Like We’re Bulletproof”: Violence Exposure and Trauma in Urban Adolescents." Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University; “Love Your Enemies”
First workshops: 11:15am – 12:45pm – Phillip Bradley, Crown Center 201 & Ken Butigan, Crown Center 202
Lunch: 12:45pm – 1:30pm – Damen cafeteria/ film in Damen cinema
Second panel: 1:45pm – 3:45pm, Crown Center Auditorium, moderated by Peter K.B. St. Jean Panelists: Peter K.B. St. Jean, North Park University; “The Epistemology and Practice of Peace” Fr. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha Catholic Church; Michael P. McGillicuddy, Untying Knots; Carlos Lopez, HOPE at St. Pius V Catholic Church Fr. David Jones, Black Catholic Initiative Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Second workshops: 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Phillip Bradley, Crown Center 201 & Ken Butigan, Crown Center 202 Call to action and closing ritual, Crown Center Lobby: 6:00pm - Homily: “The Nonviolent Jesus” - Fr. George Clements
Small reception with cello: 7:00pm
Meet with participants of NonviolenceWorks on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from noon to 3:00pm in Cuneo Hall 203 at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus 1023 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660.
For more information see the Events page.
Office hours are generally held on weekends and weeknights and also by appointment. Please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
7351 S Coles Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60649, United States