Pat Bader – Seattle Chapter
Ken Butigan, connected with Pace e Bene (http://www.paceebene.org/), gave a lively and inspiring talk on Campaign Nonviolence. He said violence causes racism, poverty and war. We need to say no to violence and respect our adversary as a loving person in God’s eyes. He uses the acronym CLARA when dealing with conflict:
- Center yourself
- Learn your feelings about the situation
- Articulate your truth
- Receive the truth of the other person, and
- Accomplish some dialog by acknowledging both parts of the truth.
We then watched a TED talk on nonviolence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w), by Erica Cenoweth, in which she said nonviolence has been shown to be more effective in campaigns for change in governments than violence. Civil resistance works.
Ken advocated the following key practices: training in nonviolence, working with a community of likeminded people for mutual support, and action (keeping nonviolence in mind during any interactions).
We concluded the morning with one-on-one role-play taking pro and con positions on controversial issues—gun control, environmental issues, etc. Each person had the opportunity to try both sides. A common feedback was that the confrontations were stressful but the CLARA method of conflict resolution was helpful. Denny Duffel of the Seattle Chapter of Pax Christi USA (and organizer of this Workshop) encouraged us to prayerfully consider signing the Vow of Nonviolence, part of our packet of handouts. (https://paxchristiusa.org/resources/vow-of-nonviolence/)
After lunch, as part of Campaign Nonviolence, many participants marched from the St. Joseph Parish social hall to St. James Cathedral (about 2 miles,) advocating for nonviolence and a ban on nuclear weapons.
I didn’t march, but I did sign the Vow of Nonviolence and am sending it to:
Pax Christi, Seattle Chapter
958 16th Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112