Webinar #3, Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving beyond war

Merwyn de Mello and Fr. Pat Cunningham on the final evening of the Nonviolence & Just Peace conference; photo by Gerry Lee, Maryknoll

The third in our series of four webinars about the ground-shifting Nonviolence & Just Peace conference, held in Rome in April 2016, was held on Tuesday, October 25.

Listen to and watch slides from the webinar here.

You can also view the PowerPoint presentations here:
Cory Lockhart (introduction)
Merwyn de Mello *
Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill
Eli McCarthy

Due to a faulty internet connection, the piece from Merwyn de Mello (who spoke after Lisa in the webinar)  was cut short. You can watch his entire piece here.

Building off the previous webinar on experiences of nonviolence in violent conflict zones and Jesus’ way of nonviolence, this webinar addressed “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving beyond war.”

  • What are the developments in theological reflection and praxis of just peace and how does this build on the scriptures and trajectory of Catholic social thought?
  • How would a turn to just peace impact our moral analysis of conflicts, practices, and engagement with the broader society, including policy makers?
  • What could be the role of the Church in moving beyond the notion of justified war?

The final webinar in the series will include the Appeal to the Catholic Church and its implementation, and will be held on Friday, November 18, 9-10 am Eastern time (U.S.) Registration information will be posted soon. Previous webinars can be found here.


Cory Lockhart is the program writer for JustFaith Ministries and reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). She has served three times on the CPT Palestine team. She has a MA in Teaching from Bellarmine University and an MA in Spirituality through a joint program between Bellarmine and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition to her work at JustFaith Ministries, Cory gives talks on compassion, nonviolence, and Israel/Palestine, and leads workshops on living a life of compassion.


Merwyn De Mello serves with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as the Peacebuilding Advisor. He has over 20 years of experience facilitating peacebuilding strategies at local, regional and national levels in India, Japan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the United States and presently Afghanistan. He has a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg VA) which includes the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Program. Merwyn developed curriculum and taught peacebuilding, transitional justice, and trauma awareness at universities in Zimbabwe.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology and Ethics at Boston College in the United States. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her works include Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2013), Theological Bioethics: Justice, Participation, and Change (Georgetown, 2005), Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 1996) and Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory (Fortress, 1994, now being revised). She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religious Ethics and the international journal Concilium.

Eli S. McCarthy is the Director of Justice and Peace for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which is the leadership conference of all the U.S. Catholic men’s religious orders. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy, (2012) along with numerous journal articles. He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with people who are living in poverty, working with people who are homeless in Boston and Washington, D.C., and monitoring the Palestinian elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Eli also participates in the DC Peace Team offering nonviolent conflict intervention and restorative justice training, peace education, and unarmed civilian protection.

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