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The Lamb's War: Training for Nonviolent Direct Action
Friends are re-engaging in nonviolent direct action in increasing numbers, and opportunities for training abound. But most of these trainings offer a decidedly secular point of view, even though this nonviolence lies deep in the bones of the Quaker tradition. Modern nonviolence practitioners often look to Gandhi, but he was influenced in his nonviolence by Tolstoy, who was in turn convinced by our Quaker forebearers.
So often our focus on change centers on legislation and putting pressure on the powers that be. Friends from the beginning have focused not on political change, but rather on social change which goes much deeper; hungering to make visible God’s holy power to transform.
In this first-of-its kind training, we will dig into nonviolence from the Quaker and Christian perspective, as well as the practicalities of taking nonviolent direct action. Particular attention will be paid to those working on climate change, but the learnings will be applicable to all engaging in direct action.
Open to Friends and (Friend-curious) from throughout Maine.
Trainers will include Minga Claggett-Borne, Jay O’Hara and Rob Levin