We are in for a treat this week on Peace Paradigm Radio, in which we feature Michael’s talk, Gandhi as a Spiritual Force, which was featured at the Vedanta Retreat in Marin County, California this spring. Vedanta is one of the oldest living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda). Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is Spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. Don’t miss this great talk on Universal Spiritual Humanism, followed by a short but sweet episode of Nonviolence in the News. Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
A Conversation About Violence & Healing Do you feel overwhelmed by the recent episodes of violence? Are you wondering whether there could possibly be a silver lining to any of it? You’re certainly not alone. But if we’re going to build the saner society we all want, we cannot stay stuck in despair. It’s time to get constructive. On July 20th, Metta Center hosted and recorded this productive, inspirational conversation about finding our way to mutual healing and reaching for our highest human potential. For those of you who could not make, or for those who could and would like to review, click here to listen or use the audio controls below.
This webinar is the first part of a two-part offering the Metta Center is making primarily to Bernie supporters going to Philadelphia, but essential as well for the long term. In it, Kazu Haga of the Eastpoint Peace Academy offers the basics of nonviolence training. Part two will be a long-term nonviolent strategy. For the latter, those of you at the Philadelphia gatherings can contact Gail Koffman through Metta’s Facebook page or find her at the Progressive Democrats of America booth. And/or have a look at our Roadmap tool and if it interests you sign up to be part of the strategy conversations at this link. CLICK HERE to listen or use the audio controls below!
With the escalation of violence in the news and the world, another force has also been escalating: nonviolence. In order to realize a nonviolent future, we need to continue to escalate our use of nonviolence now. How do we do that? Joining us this week on Peace Paradigm Radio is Jill Carr-Harris, an International Development specialist who has been working with the Gandhian Movement in India for 30 years, to discuss some of the great accomplishments nonviolent direct action has had in India. In this time of debilitating negative news from the media, Jill is a breathe of fresh air! Learn how we can use her stories from the Gandhian Movement as models for movements in the United States and beyond. Afterward, Michael Nagler shares resources, news, and events on “Nonviolence in the News.” Don’t miss it! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
Stephanie and Michael turn a nonviolent analytical lens on the news, namely, the 25 hour sit-in staged by democrats in congress over the weekend. How can nonviolence be used as a response to gun violence? Learn about John Lewis and hear his powerful speech from the house floor. The hosts also analyze the mainstream media’s coverage of this extraordinary story of “nonviolence from above.” Don’t miss this insightful episode of Peace Paradigm Radio! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
What is a peace team and how does it work? This week on Peace Paradigm Radio, Mary Hanna and Reverend Peter Dougherty discuss Meta Peace Teams; how they started, what they do, and how peace teams can help in this time of high tension in society. They tell Michael and Stephanie some amazing success stories and also give an overview of what peace team training looks like. Following the interview, Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook share news, resources, insights, and conversations in Nonviolence in the News. Don’t miss it! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
A restructuring of economic systems, from local to international, are essential to the realization of a nonviolent society. In this episode of Peace Paradigm Radio, Stephanie and Michael speak with Peter Barnes, author of Capitalism 3.0 and With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save out Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, about why he thinks income is a human right, the benefits of a Universal Basic Income, and practical ways to bring about the change, even in a market-based economy. Real-life experiments with unearned income and other aspects of a nonviolent economy are also covered. After this very educational interview, Michael Nagler will present us with resources and real life stories about nonviolence from around the world. An episode not to miss! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
In this episode of Peace Paradigm Radio, William Martin discusses his work translating the Tao Te Ching for activists, which has been published as the book The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution. Don’t miss this great interview, where co-hosts Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler find out more about William’s path and inspiration leading to this project, process, and what how his work contributes to activism and social change. Following the interview is a riveting edition of Nonviolence in the News. Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
This week on Peace Paradigm Radio, we continue the conversation on the Just War Doctrine, and discuss how Nonviolent Peaceforce and activists in the Catholic church are working (with success) to change the face of conflict as we know it. Eli McCarthy, Director of Justice and Peace for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and Mel Duncan, Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, join Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler to report on the recent Vatican conference, “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence” where they presented a document rejecting the church’s just war theory, and outlining a nonviolent alternative to dealing with intense conflict. Don’t miss this discussion of the philosophy of Just War, how nonviolent methods can replace this theory, highlights from the conference, and the process they used to come up with the document that they presented at the conference. Read Michael’s article on the conference and it’s significance on Open Democracy! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)
At the recent Vatican Conference called “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence”, the group Pax Christi International challenged the Just War Doctrine within the Catholic Church.This week on Peace Paradigm Radio, Michael and Stephanie discuss Just War Theory and History, examining the idea that sometimes war and violence in necessary to ensure the greater good and save lives. They also discuss Pax Christi’s and other activists’ proposed changes to the language and policies of just war to better reflect the church’s commitment to Nonviolence. Don’t miss this insightful conversation! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show or listen through our player on this page…)