ADVENT RETREAT...We Prepare Our Hearts for a New Beginning


Phillip Bradley, president of NonviolenceWorks, will lead us in reflecting on our own experiences of strife and tumult that prevent the loving kindness of the season from coming forth.

 We will learn how we can transform our hearts and minds into living the way of nonviolence, as Christ taught us Sermon on the Mount.

All are encouraged to attend this important reflection on how we can work towards reducing the violence in our families, our communities, and our world. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

10:00am - 3:00pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Burke Center

17951 S. Dixie Hwy.

Homewood, Il

Free will donations accepted ++ Lunch included

For more information call Agnes  at St. Joe's 1 708 798 0622

or Elfriede at NonviolenceWorks 1 312 730 7379 or

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NonviolenceWorks focuses on violence prevention in our homes, neighborhoods, and wider community. Mr. Bradley has devoted his life's work to the study and practice of nonviolence and is well-known in many Chicago communities for his perseverance and presence. As a community organizer and violence prevention specialist, Bradley has offered education and training in character development and nonviolence in schools, churches, and juvenile detention facilities.


NonviolenceWorks is seeking students, citizens and scientists who wish to study the principles of nonviolence and its practical application.

Nonviolence applies to solving personal life problems and social problems.

Volunteers will assist in community campaigns to stop the violence.

NonviolenceWorks Symposium participants at Loyola University Chicago, Nov. 3, 2018

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