John Dear is a longtime activist, lecturer, and author/editor of 30 books, including The Nonviolent Life, Lazarus Come Forth!, A Persistent Peace, Put Down Your Sword, Transfiguration, You Will Be My Witnesses, Living Peace, The Questions of Jesus and Mohandas Gandhi.

He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and after 9/11, as a coordinator of chaplains for the Red Cross at the New York Family Assistance Center. From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of four churches in New Mexico. He has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested 75 times for peace, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the country. He lives in New Mexico, and was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. For information about his books, articles and speaking schedule, go to: www.johndear.org

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South Africa journey: In Pietermaritzburg and Durban

On the Road to Peace: Spending time in the places where Gandhi started his ministry encouraged me to carry on my own journey of nonviolence and peace.

South Africa journey: In Johannesburg and Soweto

On the Road to Peace: It was a dream come true to spend time in South Africa, to listen, learn and see for myself the beauty of the land.

Mandela's long, inspiring walk to freedom

On the Road to Peace: I left the powerful, excellent "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" emboldened and motivated to do more for justice and peace.

Leaving the Jesuits after 32 years

On the Road to Peace: With a heavy heart, I am officially leaving the Jesuits. The society has changed since I entered and my superiors have tried to stop my work for peace.

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