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The Nonviolent Life – Special Event with John Dear


Event Details

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 27at 7:00pm
  • Location: First Baptist Church, Iowa City
  • Registration: This event is open to the public, but registration is encouraged because it helps promote the event and plan ahead. Click here to register.

Event Description

Fr. John Dear, the author of thirty books and a peace and justice activist who’s been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience some 75 times, will give a public lecture at FBC on Thurs., March 27 at 7:00 p.m. Dear volunteered as a Red Cross chaplain in New York City following 9/11, has participated in peace and justice initiatives worldwide, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 by Desmond Tutu. FBC is partnering with Pax Christi Iowa City, PEACE Iowa, Iowa City Call to Action, and Full Circle Catholic Community to bring Fr. Dear to Iowa City as part of his national book tour for the newly released The Nonviolent Life. This free, public event will include a lecture, book signing and reception, with book sales by Prairie Lights. Please see for more info on John Dear’s work.

Event Poster

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AVP Workshop Schedule at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC)

Typical schedule:

  • Advanced Bullying: May
  • Training for Facilitators (T4F): June
  • Advanced Trauma: July
  • Basic: August
  • Advanced Trauma: Sept.
  • Basic: October
  • Advanced Problem-Solving: Nov.
  • Basic: Dec.

About the Workshops

AVP is an all volunteer organization. The usual method to begin with the Alternatives to Violence Project is to take a Basic Workshop at a prison or at a community workshop when they are offered. We hold 3-day workshops monthly at the prison; generally the 3rd weekend of the month from Friday-Sunday all day. Other workshops that may follow are on topics such as Anger, Forgiveness, Trauma, Bullying, Self Esteem, Communication, and Love and Relationships. After taking 2 advanced workshops, a volunteer may take the Training for Facilitators workshop.

The commitment to learn to facilitate AVP is not entered into lightly. As you can see, the time commitment is substantial.

There are at least 2 outside facilitators and 2 inside facilitators at each workshop and from 16-20 participants. One or two outsiders at a time are usually welcomed to take a Basic when we offer it. The numbers of outsiders are usually dependent on how many insiders are waiting on the list. It works well to take your training in the prison if you intend to facilitate there because one of the purposes of this process is to create community.

The contact person at IMCC is Kevin Weideman at:

In order to volunteer at any prison you must take a volunteer training session and pass certain strict criteria.


Alternatives to Violence Project Event – May 19 at 6:30 pm at the Burlington Art Center – Impact in the Great Lakes region of Africa

20130505su-avp-mandalaSunday May 19 at 6:30 pm at the Burlington Art Center at 301 Jefferson Street in Burlington, Iowa. 

This is an invitation from Carol Bartles, a Friend, a Quaker living in Burlington, Iowa. Many folks in our area have shown an interest in learning about Quakers and the service work Quakers do in the world.

David Zarembka, Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams, will give a  program, Sunday May 19 at 6:30 pm at the Burlington Art Center at 301 Jefferson Street in Burlington, Iowa.  

Please join us to learn about peacemaking. David and his wife, Gladys Kamonya (a peacemaker in her own right) are touring the United States to share what they know about peace building, how peace is possible and alive in our world. A pot luck meal is planned at 5 pm, you are invited to eat with us as well. I have known David for many years and when I learned he and Gladys are touring the US this summer, I invited David to spend the evening talking about his work.

Please call 815-440-9639 if you have any questions. Read on for more details. ~ Carol Bartles

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Are revenge, hatred and violence the only possibilities after deadly conflict? Can healing and reconciliation between enemies occur? Join us to learn about peacemaking activities on the ground in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Zarembka will describe the organization’s work facilitating healing and reconciliation between enemies in in Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo, and Kenya.

Zarembka will describe how the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is used to bring all sides of a conflict back together. From the AVP program the Rwandans and Burundians have developed another program, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC), to deal specifically with personal and community trauma. Zarembka will describe how listening workshops, mediation, inter-community dialogue facilitate positive changes in communities in conflict. He will answer the questions: What are the difficulties? How successful are the programs? Can these techniques be used elsewhere?

The African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams is a Quaker organization that promotes peacemaking activities with local groups in the Great Lakes region.

For more than forty-five years, Zarembka has been deeply involved in the Great Lakes region of Africa. In April 2011, David Zarembka published a book, A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region. The book addresses: Understanding the Context, Understanding the Cultures, Understanding Peacebuilding, and Understanding the Role of the West. Zarembka successfully analyzes current situations and offers bold solutions to make the area prosperous.

Please call 815-440-9639 if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Carol Bartles

telephone (319) 752-7668

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