How do we relate with individuals and countries that believe differently than we do? How do we deal with our so-called enemies? Is torture morally acceptable? How do we respond to terrorism?
Father Louie Vitale has been grappling with these and other related questions for nearly half a century since he began his journey as a young man when he had a conversion to nonviolence after he left the Air Force. A Franciscan priest and former provincial of the California Franciscan Friars, he co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience – a movement to end nuclear testing -- and Pace e Bene. He has also served as pastor of a Catholic church in a low-income neighborhood in
Fr. Louie has been active in anti-torture and faith-based human-rights advocacy in several paths. He served 3 and 6-month sentences for crossing the line twice at the
Fr. Louie Vitale will be appearing at the following North Carolina venues
Asheville, Sunday, June 21, 6:00 pm
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Transforming Us vs. Them Thinking
Lecture Hall at Thomas A. Simpson Administration Building,
Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
340 Victoria Road, Asheville NC
Charlotte, Monday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd , Charlotte
Raleigh, Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm
St. Francis Assisi, 11401 Leesville Rd. Raleigh
Complimentary supper (RSVP) 6:00pm, presentation at 7:30pm
Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliot Rd. Chapel Hill
Pace e Bene’s vision is Dignity, justice, and peace for all. Its mission is to foster a just and peaceful world through nonviolent education, community-building, and action. Formed by a small group of Franciscans and others in 1989, Pace e Bene is a growing community representing a diversity of spiritual traditions and cultural backgrounds that networks with nonviolence practitioners in many parts of the world.
++++++++++++++Asheville's event is sponsored by WNC Veterans for Peace, Asheville Friends Meeting and War Resisters League Asheville.