Season 5 Episode 18
James Ehlers July 24, 2019
Our Nature with James Ehlers – Season 5 Episode 18 – Original Air Date: 07-24-19
This week on Our Nature, John Reuwer, MD, joined James to discuss how Vermonters, can be the kind of people we think we are: by standing for peace and against hosting the nuclear bomber, the F-35, at Vermont’s only major commercial airport.
John is a retired emergency physician whose practice convinced him of a crying need for alternatives to violence for resolving tough conflicts. This led him to the informal study and teaching of nonviolence for the last 35 years, with peace team field experience in Haiti, Colombia, Central America, Palestine/Israel, and several US inner cities. His most recent deployment has been with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization practicing professional unarmed civilian peacekeeping. He served with them in South Sudan, where he witnessed a nation whose suffering showcases the true nature of war that is so easily hidden from those who still think of war as a necessary evil, or even as glorious adventure.
As adjunct professor of peace and justice studies at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, Dr. Reuwer teaches courses on conflict resolution, both nonviolent action and nonviolent communication. He is on the board of directors for World Beyond War, and works with Physicians for Social Responsibility educating the public and politicians about nuclear weapons, which he sees as the ultimate expression of the insanity of modern war. He also is an educator for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, which works to interest the world’s billion Catholics in a modern version of the early nonviolent Church.
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