Nobel peace prize nominee to introduce his new book at Lycoming College

Nobel peace prize nominee to introduce his new book at Lycoming College

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The Rev. John Dear, peace activist, priest and author, will visit Lycoming College this March for a reading, reflection and signing of his new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.” Slated for March 27, 7 p.m., in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College campus, the event is free and open to the public.

“They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change,” makes a connection between active nonviolence and solidarity with nature. In his book, Dear shows how a global outbreak of violence could lead to catastrophic climate change, ultimately arguing for the need for a grassroots movement of nonviolence. The book’s title is based upon Jesus’ third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Reading “meekness” as “nonviolence,” Dear notes how Jesus practiced nonviolence and lived at one with creation, suggesting we do the same.

Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and the author of 35 books including “Thomas Merton Peacemaker,” “Living Peace,” “The Beatitudes of Peace” and “Lazarus Come Forth!” Dear now works with Campaign Nonviolence and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate himself.

Learn more about the author: www.johndear.org