June 21 - 25: Fr. Louie Vitale Circle of Peace NC Speaking Tour

Circle of Peace NC Speaking Tour
June 21, 2009 through June 25, 2009

The Circle of Peace NC Speaking Tour will feature Fr. Louie Vitale in several locations during the week.

Asheville, Sunday, June 21, 6:00 pm

Charlotte, Monday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Park Road Baptist Church
3900 Park Road
Charlotte, NC

Raleigh, Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm

Greensboro, Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 pm (Stonevile)

Durham, Thursday, June 25, 12:00 Noon

Chapel Hill, Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm

For more info North Carolina Peace Action

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 San Francisco, CA for more than a decade. He is the Pax Christi 2009 Teacher of the Year. He and other Pace e Bene facilitators have led faith communities of many traditions in the practice and spirituality of peacemaking.

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 School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA, where the U.S. trains Latin American soldiers in torture techniques. Then Louie served 5 months for crossing the line and praying at FortHuachuca (the military installation in Arizona where the U.S. trains American Intelligence Officers in "Enhanced Interrogation" tactics such as the much- publicized water boarding, among other torture methods).

Fr. Louie also recently traveled to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation as part of an Iran Civilian Diplomacy Delegation to dialogue with the government and people of Iran.

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