2021 “Engaging Nonviolence” Study Groups


Nonviolent Wilmington currently has a good-sized cohort working through Part II of “Engaging Nonviolence.” In all, there are 20 of us studying Nonviolence in Practice—10 in each group. Thanks to group facilitators George and Alice (Sunday) and Judy and Melissa (Wednesday) for continuing the work. There’s a sense that all participants are eager and engaged in this new part of the curriculum.

We’re planning a considerable expansion of our nonviolence education program in 2021.

Although it would be great to meet in person, holding the workshops online has clearly increased the number of folks we are reaching. So we think we’ll be continuing distance learning for some time to come. 

In January, we will offer a full range of classes — all three parts of the book at once.

Ideally we will start two new Part I groups. And there are a good number of folks who have completed Part I who did not go on to Part II in October. We should be able to form a Part II workshop from this cohort. And we believe that up to 20 current Part II people will move on to Part III in January.

Note that students must complete each part in order to move onto the next section. The beginning workshop requires the purchase of the workbook Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Ourselves and Our World. ($25 from Nonviolent Wilmington or from Pace e Bene Press). Subsequent workshops are free, using the same book.

Here’s the proposed schedule.

Part I – Exploring Nonviolent Power
Six weekly 2-hour sessions
Sunday or Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Starts Jan. 10 / 13 — Ends Feb. 14 / 17

Part II – Nonviolence in Practice
Five weekly 2-hour sessions
Sunday only, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Starts Jan. 10 – Ends Feb. 7

Part III – Planning and Strategy
Four 2-Hour Sessions, 2x per week
Sunday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 10, 13, 17, 20

Registration will open in mid-December. To receive further information at that time, please submit this Google form with your contact information. If you have questions, email nonviolentwilm@gmail.com.

Join Part II of “Engaging Nonviolence”

Part II workshop series will begin week of Oct. 25. — Open to students who have participated in Part I during 2020.

We now have four cohorts of “Engaging Nonviolence” participants who will ready to move on to Part II of the study guide in October. Two of these groups will complete Part I during the week of Oct. 18. The other two studied the first section in February, just before … well, you know.

We invite all who participated in Part I to register for Part II
“Nonviolence in Practice”
—which consists of five meetings.

We’ll continue with our Sunday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon schedule. (Additional days and times may be offered if registration warrants.) We will also merge folks from last winter with those who are currently finishing Part I.

Part II – Nonviolence in Practice
1. Forms of Power (10/25 & 10/28)
2. Nonviolence in Action (11/1 & 11/4)
3. Nonviolence and Emotional Awareness (11/8 & 11/11)
4. Communication and Compassion (11/15 & 11/18)
5. Environmental Action (11/22 & 11/25)

Note that you may register for Part II only if you participated in Part I. When you register, please indicate your preferred day. If you can meet on either day, your flexibility may help balance the composition of the groups. There is also an opportunity to volunteer as a facilitator.

To register, open and complete this Google formhttps://forms.gle/A1APaDWoRMhwnKkB7

We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Your friends at Nonviolent Wilmington,
Andy, Alice, Judy, Dorothy, Linda, Jeff, LaVaida, June, and Melissa

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nonviolentwilmington/

Special Peace Week Nonviolence Workshop

“From Spirit to Action—
Nonviolence and Social Change”

Free Virtual Workshop
Sunday, October 4
4:00 to 6:00 pm

Nonviolent Wilmington and Pacem in Terris, through special arrangement with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, present a rare opportunity for a free 2-hour virtual workshop with noted nonviolence trainers, authors, and advocates Veronica Pelicaric and Rivera Sun.

Advance registration is required. To register, click here .
Limited to 50 participants.


Learn to exercise nonviolence to self, nonviolence to all others, and nonviolence to the entire earth and its creatures in pursuit of peace and change.  Through exercises and examples, this virtual workshop will give you an overview of different aspects of the journey and how nonviolent practices specifically speak to the times we are living in.  Participants will get a glimpse of how to delve deeper into their particular areas of interest.


Veronica Pelicaric is co-author, with Nina Koevoets, of Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Ourselves and Our World (Pace e Bene Press, 2019). She is training coordinator at Pace e Bene and has led nonviolence workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Haiti, Australia, Britain, and the Netherlands.

Rivera Sun is a change-maker, cultural creative, protest novelist, and advocate for nonviolence and social justice. She is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and other novels. She is the editor of Nonviolence News. She travels nationwide offering workshops in writing and making change through nonviolent action. 

Advance registration is required. To register, click here.
Limited to 50 participants.
Questions? Our email is nonviolentwilm@gmail.com
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“Engaging Nonviolence” Workshops Will Resume in September

Nonviolent Wilmington announces the resumption of its popular workshops based on the study guide Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolence in Our Lives and Our World by Veronica Pelicaric and Nina Koevoets. Our original in-person workshops were suspended in March due to the pandemic, but we have now developed a virtual curriculum that can be shared on Zoom.

The Workshops

The Engaging Nonviolence study program is composed of fifteen two-hour small-group sessions. In September, we will resume our sequence with Part I. Each group will have 10 to 15 oarticipants, including two experienced facilitators.

Then in October, we’ll invite all who have completed Part I—including two previous cohorts from February—to join Part II workshops. And in early 2021, we hope to create a large cadre to engage with Part III.

Part I (sessions 1–6) explores aspects of violence and nonviolence as a power for change. Part II (sessions 7–11) explores the impact of nonviolence in the life of the person and society. Finally, Part III (sessions 12–15) guides participants in learning about nonviolent strategic response and action organizing.

To register, fill out this form, indicating
your best day and time for a two-hour meeting.

Build a Basic Understanding—Gain Skills & Strategies

Engaging Nonviolence workshops are experiential.The three-part curriculum is structured so that people start by building a basic understanding of nonviolence, then gain skills and knowledge, and lastly learn to strategize to put what they have learned into action. Participants are encouraged to develop not only a philosophical understanding of the subject, but also gain basic skills and make the material their own.

The workshops are free, but beginning participants are asked to purchase a copy of Engaging Nonviolence ($25 from Nonviolent Wilmington) for use during each session. Copies will be available at the first session (cash or check). If you cannot afford the book, free or reduced-price copies will be available.

To register, fill out this form, indicating
your best day and time for a two-hour meeting.

Questions? Email info@nonviolentwilmington.org
or contact any member of the steering committee.

New “Engaging Nonviolence” Workshops

two New series starting in April.
Info meeting Sat. March 7.

In January, Nonviolent Wilmington launched a new study-action groups to actively engage in the creative power and practice of nonviolence. These short series of weekly two-hour workshops are based on the new workbook Engaging Nonviolence. There are currently two Wilmington groups studying Part One of the book: “Engaging Nonviolence.” 

We invite you to learn more about our peacemaking movement on Saturday, March 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 1801 N. Jefferson Street, Wilmington 19802.

We’ll discuss ways that we can work together to create a nonviolent city through the active application of principles of nonviolence from Thoreau, Gandhi, King and others. And we will invite you to join a workshop series.

Participating in an Engaging Nonviolence workshop series will offer you the opportunity to:

  • learn how to respond to violence
  • find ways to live a more just and peaceful life
  • deepen your relationship with yourself and others
  • experience the power of nonviolent social change

New workshops will begin in April.

New participants should begin with Part 1.
Those who have completed Part 1 are encouraged to continue with Part 2.
Part 1 is “Exploring Nonviolent Power” (6 sessions).
Part 2 is “Nonviolence in Practice” (5 sessions).
You may sign up at the March 7 meeting (recommended) or by email at nonviolentwilmington@gmail.com.

Please put our March 7 meeting on your calendar. It’s time for peace-loving folks to join together and begin a campaign for a new society—and a new culture of peace—in our city and state.

PS: New workshop participants will need a copy of “Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World.” This workbook contains all three parts of the study-action. Copies will be available for $20 at the March 7 meeting, or you may reserve a book by registering for Part 1. Reduced price or free copies are available for those who cannot pay $20. No questions asked.

Creating Nonviolent Wilmington

January 18 – 8:00 am

We intend to hold the Nonviolent Wilmington meeting at 3:00 p.m. today despite the weather forecast. Please drive safely if you decide to attend. Parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the church. If you cannot attend, be assured that there will be other opportunities to become involved in our Nonviolent Cities program.

To leave a message, go to our contact form. https://nonviolentwilmington.org/contact/

Public Meeting and Campaign launch
Saturday, Jan. 18, 3:00 to 4:30

Hanover Presbyterian Church
1801 N. Jefferson St.
Wilmington DE 1980

Forming ENGAGING NONVIOLENCE study/action groups

Begin a new year of peacemaking on Saturday, January 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, when we’ll inaugurate our campaign for Nonviolent Wilmington.

We’ll also introduce you to Engaging Nonviolence, a brand-new study-action program that will actively engage us in the creative power and practice of nonviolence. 

Participating in an Engaging Nonviolence small-group workshop will offer you the opportunity to:

  • learn how to respond to violence
  • find ways to live a more just and peaceful life
  • deepen your relationship with yourself and others
  • experience the power of nonviolent social change

At this meeting we will also discuss additional ways that you can directly participate in creating Nonviolent Wilmington through the active practice of nonviolence.

Please put January 18 on your calendar.

We’ve been preparing the way for Nonviolent Wilmington for several years through efforts such as the Movement for a Culture of Peace and Peace Week Delaware. Wilmington is one of nine cities where an active Nonviolent Cities program is under way. The burgeoning Nonviolent Cities movement is described in detail at the
Pace e Bene website.

 Now it’s time for peace-loving folks to join together and begin a campaign for a new society—and a new culture of peace—in our city and state. We hope to see you on January 18. Can you think of a better way to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Nonviolent Wilmington Steering Committee
Judy Butler, Alice Davis, June Eisley, Rev. Melissa Lemons,
Rev. Andy Jacob, Jeffrey Lott, Dorothy Medieros, LaVaida Owens-White

PS: We’ll have a few copies of
Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World for purchase at the group discount price of $20. You may purchase or reserve a book at the same time you sign up for the workshop series.

March Today 3:00 – Helen Chambers Playground

Today’s March for a Culture of Peace will begin at 3:00 pm at the Helen Chambers Playground, at Sixth & Madison Streets in Wilmington. An earlier draft version of the march poster was included by mistake in yesterday’s email.


The march will proceed as planned through West Center City to the Wilmington Friends Meeting House at Fourth & West Streets, where we will call for Nonviolent Wilmington.

We apologize for any confusion caused by this error.

Call for a Nonviolent Wilmington

sunday, september 29, 4:00 pm
wilmington friends meeting house

March for a Culture of Peace will be followed by the call for Nonviolent Wilmington.

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 29 for our public call for a Nonviolent Wilmington. We are inviting all citizens and community leaders to come together as one. 

First, we’ll participate in the sixth annual March for a Culture of Peace, starting at the Helen Chambers Playground (6th & Madison( at 3:00 pm. The brief march will take us to the historic Wilmington Friends Meeting at 401 N. West St.

There, we will learn more about Nonviolent Wilmington and pledge ourselves to be its creators.

This event will be the culmination of Peace Week Delaware 2019. Let us know you are coming by completing our contact form.

Peace is possible!