Dr. John Reuwer partnered with the Peace & Justice Center to create the Peace is Possible Series, it is designed to offer tools of nonviolence for people to use in their everyday life to make us all safer in a world that profits from perpetuating violence and the myth that violence is the strongest response to hate.
Peace is Possible: A 3 session series to inspire hope. Would you like to think peace is possible, but just don’t see how it can be? Have trouble thinking about world peace when it feels overwhelming just to get through the day, and keep your relationships in order? Discouraged by the seemingly endless violence in the news, and wonder how it can ever end? Looking for new ideas in your desire to make the world more just and peaceful? You are invited to gain a fresh perspective on the things that make for peace across many aspects of the human experience. Join us for these lively multimedia and interactive sessions with Dr. John Reuwer as he shares his experience with medicine, nonviolent communication and nonviolent action to give hope that we can live more peacefully with ourselves, others, and even our enemies. Dr. Reuwer has been studying and teaching alternatives to violence for 30 years. He teaches in the Peace and Justice program at Saint Michael’s College and is an emergency physician currently practicing urgent care and occupational medicine.
- Peace is Possible, Part 1–Wednesday, January 15th, 6pm-7:30pm: Peace from A to Z. Learn a simple model for understanding conflict and its management. Define peace, violence, and nonviolence. See an overview of tools for making peace with your body and mind, your family and community, and your enemies. This session will focus on optimizing your personal power for creating a more peaceful world.
- Peace is Possible, Part 2–Wednesday, January 22nd, 6pm-7:30pm: An introduction to nonviolent communication (NVC), a language of peace. Learn a language of peace! This workshop will teach participants how to think and speak effectively to create the relationships we want with our family, friends, and opponents.
- Peace is Possible, Part 3–Wednesday, January 29th, 6pm-7:30pm: An introduction to nonviolent action (NVA)– peace and justice in a world of physical violence. Learn about standing up for peace and justice in the context of a world of physical violence. Participants will discuss nonviolent activism around the globe, and what makes it powerful. Examining real world conflicts, the group will see what active nonviolence looks like and imagine security without violence in real life situations.