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6 Principles of Nonviolence

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
  2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding 
  3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people
  4. Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform 
  5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate 
  6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice 


I hereby Pledge myself - my person and body - to the nonviolent movement (this was taken from the actual pledge used during the Civil Rights Movement). Therefore I will keep the following commandments:

Our mission

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 social world.   

Nonviolence Works: A Cultural Change

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  

A CALL TO ACTION: Do you want to stop the violence?

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.


Contact Us

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

(312) 723-7741


P.O. Box 490215

Chicago, IL 60649-0215

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