During the two and half day conference on nonviolence and just peace, four “fishbowl” sessions were held.
The videos linked below show each fishbowl beginning with short reflections from between 3-4 participants, and then opening more widely to others (shown in the panel discussion portion.) Most of the audio is in English but some is in French and in Italian.
The four topics were:
- Experiences of nonviolence, moderated by Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi British section: Participants shared their experiences of nonviolence as a spiritual commitment of faith and practical strategy in violent situations and different cultural contexts. What might we learn from such experience to provide soil for theological reflection and action planning? Watch the unedited video footage of this session on YouTube:
- Opening [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Bishop Paride Taban, South Sudan [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Pietro Ameglio, Mexico [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Katarina Kruhonja, Croatia [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Panel discussion [Read the transcript of the presentation.]
- Jesus’ way of nonviolence, moderated by Ken Butigan, Pace e Bene: Participants were asked to share how recent experiences of nonviolence help illuminate our understanding of Jesus’ way of nonviolence and engaging conflict. How does Jesus help illuminate the roots of nonviolence? What has the latest scholarship and praxis revealed about Jesus’ approach and practices for nonviolence and engaging conflict? How might we integrate recent theological reflection on nonviolence? How can we appropriate these insights into present day contexts? Watch the entire unedited video here. It includes reflections from
- Fr. John Dear, U.S. (0:00 until 7:44)
- Fr. Jamal Daibes Khader, Palestine (7:44-15:20)
- Sr. Anne McCarthy, U.S. (15:26-23:27)
- Panel discussion (24:00-end)
- Read the transcript of session #2.
- Nonviolence and Just Peace, moderated by Gerry Lee, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: Participants were asked to respond to how Catholic communities already embody and practice just peace. What are the developments in theological reflection on 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? Watch the entire unedited video here. It includes reflections from
- Fr. Francisco de Roux, SJ, Colombia (3:37-10:22)
- Archbishop John Baptist Odama, Uganda (10:35-16:29)
- Jasmin Galace, Philippines (16:38-23:47)
- Eli McCarthy, U.S. (24:00-33:17)
- Panel discussion (34:33-end)
- Read the transcript of session #3.
- Moving beyond unending war, moderated by Sr. Ann Scholz, Leadership Conference of Women Religious: Participants were asked to discuss the reasons for and the ramifications of the Catholic Church making an explicit rejection of the concept of “just war,” and to discuss some key elements of a more fruitful ethical framework for engaging acute conflict and addressing the responsibility to protect by developing the themes and practices of nonviolent conflict transformation, nonviolent intervention and just peace. Watch the entire unedited video here. It includes reflections from
- Jean-Marie Muller, France (en français, 6:17-13:43)
- Ogarit Younan, Lebanon (en français, 14:00-23:27)
- Lisa Sowle Cahill, U.S. (23:48-31:34)
- Panel discussion (31:51-end)
- Read the transcript of session #4.
Sr. Wamuyu Wachira, Sisters of Loreto (Kenya), and Fr. Jamal Daibes Khader, Latin Patriarchate (Palestine), speak during the second session’s panel discussion. Photo by Gerry Lee, Maryknoll