Season For Nonviolence Sonoma County 2017

Information about the Season for Nonviolence

at the Center for Spiritual Living
and in Sonoma County

Many of us are wondering how to rebuild our sense of community as division and polarization seem to be the theme of our nation. How do we respond with love and compassion while standing and acting for essential human values?  As many of us seek practical ways to engage proactively in these challenging times, the practice of nonviolence can provide valuable and time-tested tools and resources.   

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of The Gandhi-King-Gyatso Season for Nonviolence (SNV), an international 64-day campaign held in cities throughout the world. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), the January 30-April 4 campaign spans the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

You are invited to participate in the Season for Nonviolence here in Sonoma County! Many different organizations will sponsor community programs and activities. Over the next several months, we will continue to share information through the Sonoma County Gazette about what is happening in Sonoma County and specific ways that you can join in.

Here is information about Season for Nonviolence events and programs taking place in January and beyond.  This page will update regularly as more events are scheduled.

To find resources to support your increased awareness of nonviolence, please visit Season for Nonviolence Materials

Thursday, March 23, from 7 pm

Opening Night Film and Reception - "Sacred"
At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, Sacred explores faith as primary human experience: how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. Compiling footage from top independent filmmakers in more than twenty-five countries, Thomas Lennon’s Sacred is a tour de force as he unifies these scenes into a single work. The film is told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.  For more information:  
SDFF - Opening Night March 23 - "Sacred"

SOCIAL ACTION FILM SERIES:  "Homes for the Homeless: A Better Way"
Saturday, March 25, from 7-10 pm

Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa concludes its fifth annual Social Action Goes to the Movies film series, entitled Sparks of Hope – Healing through Innovation and Creativity ,on March 25.  Homeless is not only about a lack of sticks and bricks–a variety of solutions can work, including tent villages, sanctuary camps and “tiny house” communities. Local challenges and opportunities will be discussed.  This series of three films will continue on February 25th and March 25th. There is no cost to attend but donations are gladly accepted. For more information visit the events calendar:

Sunday, March 26, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Religions and cultures differ, but there are shared values that all the major world religions embrace. The five members of this panel, representing the Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths, will explore their shared human and ethical values in lively presentations as well as a question and answer period. 

The participants, members of the speakers' bureau of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), include a physician, computer engineer, Buddhist abbot, theologian, and interfaith community facilitator who have joined together in a common effort to build a more harmonious and peaceful world. They act on their belief that sitting together in honest and respectful conversation is a powerful first step. You are invited to take that step with them! The event is free, and donations to the Interfaith Coalition of Sonoma County are welcome. For more information:  
The Path of Harmony - Interfaith Panel

Nonviolence Education and Training Opportunities:
The Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma offers a variety of ongoing educational and training options through its comprehensive website. Nonviolence educational resources include a free 8-week self-guided email course, a six-month certified training program, podcasts, books, videos, radio show and much more. Please visit: for more information. 

You can find additional resources on nonviolence at

The Sonoma County Season for Nonviolence Facebook page will also be updated regularly:

If your organization would like to host an event during the Season for Nonviolence, please contact Rev. Tara Steele at and include “SNV” in the subject line.

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