Put Away Your Sword:
Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World
May 3-5, 2019
In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's first World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis issued the groundbreaking statement, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace." It was perhaps the Vatican's first official statement on active nonviolence, and it raises a number of important questions for the world Church: Is God nonviolent, and does God want us to renounce violence as well? In a violent world, does nonviolence work?
In this conference, speakers from around the world will explore these questions through five different lenses: theologies of nonviolence; martyrdom and the cross; the practices of nonviolent peacebuilding and the "responsibility to protect"; gender and nonviolence; and the grassroots formation of people in the practice of nonviolence.
Robert Emmett Meagher
Professor of humanities, Hampshire College | Author of Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War
(Amherst, MA, U.S.A.)
Head of International Relations
Community of Sant'Egidio
More about the Conference
Organized by DePaul
University's Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology
(CWCIT), World Catholicism Week
is now in its 11th year; it is an annual event, gathering scholars from around the world to explore a single topic. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: