Jesus taught us the way of nonviolence, which flows from God's love. St. Francis reiterated this message by his life and announced it with his greeting "May the Lord give you peace!" Because we are all created by one God, we are all interconnected as sisters and brothers. It follows, therefore, that we respect all humankind and seek to live our lives in peace and harmony with one another and all of creation.
The concept of nonviolence continues to be a vital, evolving force in the world. The mass movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in India in the first part of the twentieth century and the struggle for civil rights by African-Americans in the United States under the leadership of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. are inspiring examples of how effective active nonviolence can be. Visit our new monthly feature, Peacemakers in Our Time
, where we celebrate present-day leaders in active nonviolence.
Nonviolent action has nothing to do with passivity, submissiveness or cowardice. Individuals, groups, and movements continue to develop creative, life-affirming ways to resolve conflict, overcome oppression, establish justice, protect the earth, build democracy, and bring resolution to conflict.
As our mission
states, the Clinton Franciscans are committed to the promotion of active nonviolence as a way of life, yet we also appreciate that we must work continually to deepen our understanding of the principles of nonviolence. Along with our Franciscan sisters and brothers worldwide, we are guided by the key dissertation, "Instruments of Peace
" which affirms nonviolence as an intrinsic to Franciscan life.
There are so many opportunities for advocating active nonviolence in our time. We've included information here on the following issues:
TAKE ACTION: Show Your Support for Vatican Peace Document
In April of 2016, the historic "Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence" conference was held in Rome. The gathering included lay people, theologians, members of religious congregations, priests, and bishops. Individuals and groups are now invited to endorse the outcome document, "An appeal to the Catholic church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence."Click HERE to learn more and show your support