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The Pax Christi Texas 2018 State Conference
with support from
The Foreign and Military Policy Workgroup,
Houston Peace and Justice Center
Paul K. Chappell
Peace Leadership Director
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
“Warrior Strategies for Waging Peace
In a Time of Nuclear Weapons”
With a Follow-up to Pax Christi International’s
Pope Francis’ 11/10/17 Statement on
Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century
Speaking at The Dominican Center for Spirituality
6501 Almeda, Houston, TX 77021
Saturday, March 24 2018
Gathering 8:00; Program 8:45 – 3:45; Closing liturgy 4:00
1. Please pre-register for the conference so we know how much food to have for the included lunch.
Suggested donation: $40.00 individual or $50.00 per couple/family. No one turned away. All are welcome! Mail registration check for the conference to Pax Christi TX 3901 Mattie St., Austin, TX 78723 by March 1, 2018. Late registration will be available at the door.
2. A limited number of single rooms w/ shared bath are available at the Center for $40.00 per night (Fri, Sat. opt.), breakfast included. Prepay or on-site. Room reservations: Sr. Adrian Dover email@example.com 713-440-3708.
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Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace.. Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on peace leadership and peace literacy.
Chappell grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Having grown up in a violent household, Chappell has forged a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.
“’Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century…why war must end and how together we can end it.’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate”
The Foreign and Military Policy Workgroup of the Houston Peace and Justice Center works to build support across the political spectrum for a U.S. foreign policy that emphasizes diplomatic law and cooperation rather than costly and counterproductive military intervention that needlessly puts U.S. military personnel and innocent civilians in harm’s way: https://www.hpjc.org/foreign-military-policy
Pax Christi International: Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement working worldwide to establish: Peace, Respect for Human Rights, and Justice and Reconciliation. Pax Christi was founded in Europe in 1945 as a reconciliation movement bringing together French and Germans after World War II. Today, the movement has 120 Member Organisations active in more than 50 countries worldwide. Pax Christi is a member organisation led movement, comprised of national sections and local groups, all carrying the Pax Christi name, and also of affiliated organisations that work under their own names.
Pax Christi-Texas: We are a fellowship of Pax Christi groups in Texas. A regional branch of Pax Christi USA and affiliated with Pax Christi International Catholic peace movement. Steeped in the Catholic tradition, our advocacy for peace and justice is based on the Church’s social teaching and on Jesus Christ’s lived example of prayer, nonviolence and solidarity with the poor. We are working to increase Pax Christi membership in Texas and assist in the formation of local groups. In a world that settles differences by armed violence or the threat of it, Pax Christi offers a nonviolent alternative. In a world that too often defines “revenge” as “justice”, Pax Christi breaks the cycle of violence by fostering reconciliation. In a world where countries invest more money in weapons than in the well-being of their people, Pax Christi calls individuals to disarm their hearts and work toward a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons. http://paxchristitexas.org.
Paul K. Chappell Army Captain, Peace Activist, Writer: b. 1980
“When people in a democracy are not educated in the art of living — to strengthen their conscience, compassion, and ability to question and think critically — they can be easily manipulated by fear and propaganda. A democracy is only as wise as its citizens, and a democracy of ignorant citizens can be as dangerous as a dictatorship.”
Paul K. Chappell is the son of a Korean mother and a half African American and half Caucasian father whose thirty years of military service included combat duty in Korea and Vietnam. Following in his father´s military footsteps, Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002 and served as a captain in Iraq.
While on active duty, Chappell wrote two books, Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century and The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future. He is also the author of Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival (February, 2012).
After leaving active duty in November 2009, he began serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. He speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.
Chappell´s books offer compelling insights on how we might end war. Based on his personal experience, military training, and research into human nature and the myths that perpetuate war, Chappell avoids blaming any particular political group; his ideas have found traction with liberals, conservatives, veterans, and civilians.
It’s too simple to say that Chappell is a soldier turned peace leader. Growing up in a violent household in Alabama, his character was forged by violence, rage, and racism. Chappell´s struggle with war and peace began when he was four and his shell-shocked father started beating him. Chappell grew up believing that humans are by nature violent and that war is inevitable. As a cadet at West Point, he learned that neither of these is true. And as a soldier in Iraq, he decided to dedicate his life to helping others understand why.
Chappell believes that peace activists should be highly trained in the art of waging peace, just as soldiers are highly trained for war. He offers “peace leadership training” that educates and empowers students and people of all ages to create positive change, and he believes – like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Lawson – that many of the warrior ideals are vital for a nonviolent campaign to be effective. T hese warrior ideals include courage, discipline, determination, resilience, strategic thinking, selflessness, teamwork, and working for the common good rather than personal glory.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of Chappell’s second book, “Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century. The End of War can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it.”
Despite the many problems occurring around us, Chappell believes that the 21st century is an exciting and hopeful era when a new “peaceful revolution” has the potential to reduce war and injustice around the world. He says, “The peaceful revolution is a revolution of mind, heart, and spirit. But it is also a scientific revolution… The peaceful revolution will create a paradigm shift that changes how we see war, peace, our responsibility to the planet, our kinship with each other, and what it means to be human.