Non violence works. That’s the evidence from a study carried out by Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth, which argues that ‘major nonviolent campaigns have achieved success 53 per cent of the time, compared with 26 per cent for violent resistance campaigns.’
For those who are committed to nonviolent methods as a matter of principle, this research lends some practical credence to their beliefs. You can read the entire research paper, which focuses on civil resistance campaigns, here. For those committed to or exploring Christian nonviolence, Fr Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is leading a weekend conference in Dublin on Gospel Nonviolence, 4-6 June 2010, and giving a public lecture on 8 June.
About Fr Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine-Melkite) of the Catholic Church. Formerly a lawyer and university educator, he is the founder and the original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame.
He is also the co-founder, along with Dorothy Day and others, of Pax Christi-USA. He has spoken throughout the world on the relationship of faith and violence, and has written three books and innumerable articles on the subject of violence and religion.
For forty years he has directed educational programs and conducted spiritual retreats throughout the world on the issue of the relationship of faith and violence. He was the keynote speaker at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee for the 25th anniversary memorial of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at that motel. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his life’s work on behalf of peace within people and among people.
Information about the Events
The conference is in Le Chéile Community Centre, Collins Avenues East, Dublin 5 (beside Donnycarney Church). The conference is free and includes tea, coffee and lunch on the Saturday.
The lecture is titled ‘The Nonviolent Jesus: His Way of Nonviolent Love of All,’ and is in Kimmage Manor, Dublin 12, at 7.30 p.m. It will be followed by a question and response time and a short prayer service. It is presented in partnership with the Irish Missionary Union/Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network in Dublin.
For more information or to register your interest in the conference, contact Máirtín Mac Maoláin on +353 (0) 86 103 5091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the evening event, contact Fr Brian O’Toole CSSp on +353 (0) 1 4923325 or email@example.com.
For further information on Gospel Nonviolence, visit the website of the Centre for Christian Nonviolence.