Peace advocate Ken Butigan to present workshop on nonviolent change at Saint Martin’s University
March 31, 2014
LACEY, Wash. — The
Benedictine Institute will welcome back recognized peace advocate, author and educator
Ken Butigan, Ph.D., HS’72, to present a day-long workshop on nonviolent,
transformative change Saturday, April 5, in Cebula Hall at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.
Butigan’s presentation,“Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Activating the Power of Nonviolent Change to Transform Our Lives and Our World,”
will take place 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public; those planning to attend are asked to
register for the event online.
Rooted in the spirituality and practice of Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., the workshop will provide a venue to explore:
- The power of nonviolent options
- Concrete tools for transforming conflict and violence
- Practices for living more peaceful, just and meaningful lives
- Ways that the vision, principles and methods of creative nonviolence can become an integral dimension of our lives, our society, our religious communities and Saint Martin’s University
Butigan, who once directed the
Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s, is the executive director of
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California.
“Pace e Bene” (meaning “peace and all good”) is a phrase St. Francis of Assisi used as a greeting in his time. In this spirit, Pace e Bene Nonviolence
Service’s mission is to foster peace, justice and dignity for all by building the capacity of individuals, religious communities, organizations and social
movements to cultivate nonviolent change through nonviolence education, resources and action. Pace e Bene’s unique approach has been transforming lives around
the globe. Since its founding, more than 30,000 people have participated in Pace e Bene workshops to develop skills and tools for strengthening relationships and society.
Butigan previously visited Saint Martin’s as the spring 2014 distinguished speaker for the second
Benedictine Institute Lecture. This new lecture series provides a forum for the
discussion of faith-related issues.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year,
coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300
acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the
only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University
prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and
seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business,
education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more
than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from
many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300
more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint
Martin’s University website at
For additional information:
Father Marion Nguyen, O.S.B.
Assistant director, Benedictine Institute
Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager