An introductory workshop to introduce and deepen an understanding of Jesus and nonviolence. This will explore implications for conflict transformation, peace-building, mercy, forgiveness and restorative practices grounded in Gospel values. The workshop invites both a personal and professional exploration of the nature of violence and how attitudes and behaviours can be challenged.
As educators, you will be encouraged to consider your own practices, curriculum materials and school wide policies. This material uses a dialogical methodology to explore ideas, questions, initiatives and promptings of the Spirit to make social justice a more deeply lived reality in our Catholic school communities.
Session 1: Gathering and Grounding
Session 2: Jesus and the Myth of Redemptive Violence
Session 3: Skills for Teaching Gospel-Based Nonviolence About the facilitators - Brendan McKeague and Michael Wood
Brendan grew up in the 'troubled' north of Ireland and is currently an Associate Staff Member with the international Pace E Bene Nonviolence Service (www.paceebene.org). Brendan has been involved in adult education, group facilitation and nonviolent social transformation for the past twenty-five years. He enjoys combining his Irish spirit with a passion for peace.
Michael is the Anglican Chaplain at the University of Western Australia and also works in private practice as a leadership coach, facilitator and spiritual director. He is particularly interested in the contribution of dialogic processes, such as Open Space Technology and Talking Circles, in supporting collaborative outcomes in churches. Michael has used circle processes extensively in his own parish and chaplaincy work, as well as in many other churches, NCOs, government, education and community settings around Australia. He is also a member of Pace e Bene Australia, a national peace education community.
Facilitators: Brendan McKeague and Michael Wood
Intended for: APRIM/REC/Religious Leaders; Early Years, Primary, Middle and Secondary Teachers