JOIN US AS JIM DOUGLASS DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK AT THE VOLUNTOWN PEACE TRUST
VOLUNTOWN PEACE TRUST
539 Beach Pond Road
Voluntown, CT 06384
MONDAY, JUNE 22
5 p.m. Refreshments
6 p.m. Talk by Jim and Conversation
A STORY OF "TURNING"
What does it mean to be transformed? What events transform the life of a political leader, a president? In his new book from Orbis, James Douglass traces the "turning" of President John F. Kennedy from the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis right to the week of his death in Dallas as he is transformed from a conventional Cold Warrior to someone determined to pull the world back from the edge of apocalypse.
Douglass views Kennedy's change from a contemplative perspective, particularly attuned to the grave moral and spiritual issues at stake. President Kennedy, as it turns out, saw his mission in similar terms. Those who plotted his death were determined to kill the vision. Only by unmasking these forces of "The Unspeakable," Douglass argues, can we free ourselves and our country to pursue that vision of peace.
Jim Douglass has written four books on the theory and practice of nonviolence, served as a theological advisor on nuclear war and conscientious objection to the Second Vatican Council, and taught at Bellarmine College, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Shelley founded the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action near Seattle, and Jim served a year and a half in jail for acts of civil resistance at the Trident Submarine Base. He has made numerous peacemaking journeys to the Middle East, and five visits to Iraq. In 1993, Jim and Shelley Douglass founded a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama, for homeless families.
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