Fourth part of Vision of Hope speaker series focuses on non-violence

Sr. Alice Gerdeman, Deborah Jordan question whether non-violence is possible | February 1, 2006

Sr. Alice Gerdeman, C.D.P., and Deborah Jordan are speaking at the University on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Schiff Family Conference Center. The two speakers are focusing on non-violence and its place in the world today. This is the fourth-part in the five-part Vision of Hope series. This event is free and open to the public.

Sr. Gerdeman is the coordinator of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center and an adjunct professor of theology at Xavier. Jordan is a peace educator and adjunct faculty in education at the University of Cincinnati who has worked with the Ohio Commission of Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

The 2005-2006 Vision of Hope speakers series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in the video “A Vision of Hope” by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director for Peace and Justice Programs at Xavier University.

The five pillars focused on in the video are a global ethic, economic democracy, human rights, non-violence and democratic world order. The presentation begins with a showing of the video and then proceeds to Sr. Gerdeman and Jordan. They are looking at three questions: Is non-violence necessary? Is non-violence possible? What is the way forward towards non-violence?

Urmston is responding to the program followed by an audience question and answer session.