A Season for Nonviolence

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A Season for Nonviolence

Program Overview

A 13-week series focused on 13th Annual Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence. The Season’s success relies on the wisdom and competence of a new kind of citizen—one who applies spirituality to community action.

Each week, host Barbara Fields, executive director of the Association for Global New Thought, shared the Season for Nonviolence message through inspiring interviews with spiritual, academic, artistic and activist leaders representing the vanguard of our common mission. The good news of concrete accomplishments in peace and nonviolence will be featured and become visible beyond the individual communities of the SNV task force leaders. So, at the end of the day, you will see that the Season for Nonviolence is possible and real only because our New Thought family is making a world of difference.

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Monday, March 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today A Season for Nonviolence features Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, president of the Association for Global New Thought and co-founder and international chairman of the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence. In recent months, Rev. Beckwith has addressed profound questions raised during times of challenge and change during multiple broadcasts of his PBS special The Answer Is You and the popular talk show, Tavis Smiley. Beckwith explores and celebrates "heart sets" and mind-sets for self-discovery, and his unwavering conviction about creating a world that works for everyone is contagious and encouraging. His unique role as co-founder and international chairman of the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence since it began provides special insight into the spiritually based motivations that are successfully demonstrating our shift to “inner and outer nonviolence” in the New Thought network.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Season for Nonviolence features Stuart Mooney Jr., M.A., the founder of American Buddha. Renowned author, teacher and healer, he is one of the pioneering researchers into the effects of yogic meditation on the human brain and has designed and implemented meditation-based treatment programs for the governments of Canada, the United States and India. For more than 40 years, he has lectured on the “Nature of the Awakened Consciousness.” Stuart’s direct practice of 100 secret spiritual techniques by the gurus of India gives him a unique perspective on the manner in which our brains experience our world and its impact on the way we treat our fellow human beings. Deep nonviolence requires a shift in the mechanism of the brain that allows our sense of "I" to expand and include all others, changing every relationship to one of natural acceptance and compassion.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s guest is Jim Kenney, global director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions from 1995–2002 and a recognized leader in the global movement for interreligious and intercultural understanding. He is co-founder and co-editor of Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, and is about to release his new book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Hope and Clarity in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. Jim’s work with various interreligious and intercultural projects focuses on underlying causes of violence, ranging from top-down globalization to identity crisis and from fundamentalist interpretations of religion and culture to more insidious manipulation of the vulnerable by the organized forces of threatened wealth and power. He feels that the key to the religion-violence connection is the link between Absolutism and Identity Crisis. This important program is not to be missed!
  • Original air date: Monday, March 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s program includes a gathering of task force leaders and other key change-makers from around the country who are actively creating and participating in Season for Nonviolence events. These experienced leaders will share their insights about becoming involved with the SNV program, discuss challenges and breakthroughs in their communities, and offer suggestions for planning successful programs and events for 2010 and future seasons.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Tune in as several facilitators and workshop participants from the Quaker-based Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) join host Barbara Fields. The AVP started in the 1970s in New York and is now a worldwide project that offers personal and spiritual growth workshops in prisons, schools and community centers.
  • Episode: Michael Nagler
    Original air date: Monday, February 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This week Michael Nagler, long-time friend of the Season for Nonviolence, joins host Barbara Fields. Michael is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of many books and articles about peace and spirituality.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Launching our first program in the Season for Nonviolence series, this week’s guest is Kit Miller, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester in New York and former director of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California. In 1998, Dr. Arun Gandhi of the Gandhi Institute partnered with the Association for Global New Thought to found the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence awareness campaign to commemorate the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year AGNT partners with the Association of Unity Churches and the United Center for Spiritual Living in the 13th annual Season for Nonviolence.

Host Bio

Barbara Fields
Barbara Fields is the co-founder and project director for The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, which was established in 1998. She has been involved with the Association for Global New Thought since 1996 in the capacity of executive director, holding primary responsibility for AGNT projects such as the Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence, Awakened World conferences, Parliament of the World’s Religions, and the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

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