21 September – 2 October
Making active nonviolence our way of life
in the Church and the world
You are invited to study, pray, act and celebrate the power of nonviolence.
We are encouraging solidarity actions around the globe to promote and celebrate nonviolence between 21 September (International Day of Peace) and 2 October (International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s birthday). Our hope is that this becomes an annual event. These dates align with the Season of Creation, which extends from 1 September (Day of Prayer for creation) until 4 October (feast of St. Francis of Assisi.)
Here are a range of tools and resources that can be adapted for use in your own community.
→Making active nonviolence our way of life in the Church and the world, a preparatory guide and questionnaire: This resource has been produced primarily as a tool and secondly as means of gathering information.
The introduction and preparatory section are background reading that set the scene, reminding us of the invitation of Pope Francis to shape a Church made of “artisans of peace.” The questions provide a framework for gauging experiences in nonviolence and to help groups and communities map out their response to this invitation.
→Making the vow of nonviolence: We offer this as a focus for prayer and reflection to help individuals and communities affirm their intention and commitment to live a nonviolent life. It was created in the United States by Eileen Egan and Rev. John Dear. It can be used privately, with a local peace community, as part of a parish liturgy, or any other way that suits you. Many have used the prayer at the start of each year as part of their New Year observance. It is available here in English, French, Arabic, Italian, Korean, German, Spanish and Swahili.
Le Vœu de Non-Violence
نذر التعهد بالالعنف
Voto di Nonviolenza
한국어 비폭력 서약
Eid zur Gewaltfreiheit
Voto de Noviolencia
→Framework to celebrate nonviolence: In our effort to encourage solidarity actions around the globe to promote and celebrate nonviolence between 21 September (International Day of Peace) and 2 October (International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s birthday), we offer this document which offers a range of approaches that can be adapted for use in your own context.
Categories include prayer resources, suggestions for public witness, tools to make nonviolence a way of life, creating a nonviolent parish or community, and celebrating nonviolent heroes.
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission of UISG/USG has created a 3-page resource on nonviolence and care for creation:
- Cultivating a life of respect and nonviolence within creation, our common home
- Cultiver une Vie de Respect et de Nonviolence au sein de la Création, notre Maison commune (ressource de 3 pages pour la réflexion et l’action)
- Cultivar una vida de respeto y de no violencia dentro de la Creación, nuestra casa común (recurso de 3 páginas para la reflexión y la acción)
Many thanks to the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative’s People of God committee which has created and compiled the preparatory guide, the vow of nonviolence, and the framework.