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Partnership for Global Justice PROGRAM:

Creating a Culture of Peace
Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change

The skills and principles of violence are embedded in much of American culture, in language, television, movies, contemporary music, etc.  To become peaceful people, we need understanding and skills of active nonviolence to respond out of our Gospel beliefs and values.

Creating a Culture of Peace is an experiential program that involves participants in active exercises, reflection, discussion, and planning to explore the nature and roots of violence in our culture as well as to develop strategies for engaging in active nonviolence.

The program provides an understanding of the dynamics of both violence and active nonviolence, knowledge of alternatives to violence, and practice in applying this understanding and knowledge in practical situations.

Creating a Culture of Peace was designed by Janet Chisholm, based on Pace e Bene’s From Violence to Wholeness . Janet coordinates the program from Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, Pennsylvania, where she is Coordinator for Peace and Justice.

For whom is the program designed?

  • Religious leaders, teachers, grassroots activists, beginners or experienced activists
  • Anyone interested in creating a world without violence
  • Anyone seeking alternatives to violent responses to violence and injustice

Topics of this workshop:

  • Exploring Violence
  • Exploring Active Nonviolence
  • Social Change Movements
  • Community Building
  • Action Planning


M. Doretta Cornell, RDC, and  Joan O’Kray

M. Doretta Cornell, RDC, PhD, has been a teacher for close to forty years, Doretta is currently a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion and a member of the RDC Social Justice Board.  She is an at-large member of Pax Christi Metro New York, and a committee member of the Westchester Martin Luther King Peacemaking Center. Doretta represents her congregation in the partnership for Global Justice, an NGO at the UN.

Joan O’Kray is a practicing mediator with the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IMCR) in the Bronx and with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID).  She is a Past President of the Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (ACRGNY) and is a former Board Member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA).

Both Joan and Doretta were trained by Janet Chisholm, designer of Creating a Culture of Peace

Workshops will be offered:

at the Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York City  March 23-24, 2009

or at your venue.

The host community will be responsible for inviting participants and for providing adequate meeting space for the group.

Time Frame:

1 day - 3 days (6 to 20 hours)


Transportation and accommodations for two facilitators

Honorarium negotiable, and variable with length of program.

For further information, please contact:

Partnership for Global Justice
Attn: M. Doretta Cornell, RDC
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10017
(Tel) 212 682-6481

This program is sponsored by

Partnership for Global Justice
Director: Lucianne Siers, OP
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 708
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212 682-6481
FAX: 212 682-8013
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