Roundtable: Non-violent Resistance

The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
620 Belmont Ave
Thursday, October 28
Dinner: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Roundtable: 7:00 p.m.

What do scripture and Catholic social teaching tell us about non-violent resistance?
What price do I pay? What gifts do I receive?

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arguably America’s most famous proponent of non-violence he very much took his cues from Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus of Nazareth. A contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day was staunch in her non-violent stand though she was using the word pacifism in the early days. Whatever the word, Dorothy was adamantly against all forms of violence and found WWII a defining moment as she stood by her principles even when it cost her dearly.
Just as Dorothy stood strong as a practitioner of nonviolence even in the face of adversity, just so non-violence has become a hallmark of the Catholic Worker movement. Catholic Worker’s collectively long ago exposed as fiction the world’s belief that war brings peace. In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus shared an inspiring vision of peace and non-violence, a powerful way of being in the world that replaces violence with a God-centered approach to living that puts the common good of all ahead of this group or that agenda.
Along with practicing the Works of Mercy, non-violent resistance as a means of addressing the numerous social injustices that plague humanity is one of the staples of being a Catholic Worker. Our next Roundtable will focus on non-violence and its meaning for us here at Dorothy Day, Youngstown. So many have shown us that non-violence is an immensely rewarding way of life; we hope you’ll explore all the various expressions of peace and non-violence and embrace their beauty and transformative power.