Our Founder

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The Rev. Dr. Harry J. Bury 

Priest, Professor, Political Activist, Warrior for Peace 

Harry J. Bury is a retired Roman Catholic priest of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese and Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Administration with Case Western Reserve University. He taught at Baldwin Wallace University from 1980 to 2010, and consulted not only in the U.S. but also in numerous other countries. 

Bury’s activism started as a new priest serving at the University of Minnesota’s Newman Center in the 1960s when young Catholic men asked him to write letters for them as Conscientious Objectors for the Vietnam War. In 1971, at the request of some Vietnamese, he and three others chained themselves to the U.S. Embassy gate in Saigon to protest the Vietnam War. In 2005, he was abducted in Gaza while serving as a human shield between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian citizens. 

Fr. Bury is also one of the coordinators of the nationwide Nonviolent Cities Project coordinated by Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence. And Fr. Bury founded Twin Cities Nonviolent and heads up that organization’s work in Saint Paul-Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Twin Cites Nonviolent develops the 12 Days Free From Violence program every September and partners throughout the year to reduce violence in its many forms.

Fr. Bury, in collaboration with Will Wallace of Nonviolent Peaceforce, together worked with former gang members of North Minneapolis (The Brothers) on a groundbreaking project referred to as “Cop-Free Schools” whereby members of The Brothers, well-trained in nonviolence methodologies, created and implemented nonviolent security at Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis—a model that will be implemented in other North Minneapolis schools by Twin Cities Nonviolent. 

Fr. Bury believes in dialogue and compromise between people in the community and around the world. In his 93 years, he’s never hesitated to “risk the worst in order to achieve the best.” 

KFAI show on June 6 features PEACE LITERACY, anticipating the June 21,22 workshop with Captain Paul Chappell and Professor Sharon Clough

Larry Johnson will be on Don Olson’s show, with Kate Towle, on KFAI, 90.3 FM, June 6, 1-2, talking about peace literacy and the attached workshop June 21,22.  This is not yet confirmed, but we hope to have Paul Chappell on, by phone, for part of the program.  

Captain Paul Chappell is an Iraq veteran, member of the national VFP advisory, and has been here several times.  In his writing and speaking, beginning with THE ART OF WAGING PEACE, he has brilliantly merged the best of West Point leadership training, with the nonviolence work of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others.  Peace Literacy is a developing curriculim, designed to be in used in schools at all levels, helping young people to be trained in the art of peacemaking, in the home, the school, the community, and the world.

There are still open slots in the free workshop, and more information on the curriculim at www.peaceliteracy.org.  It may be used in total, or in part by anyone, but please come to the training.  It will be magnificent.

Nurturing a Positive & Unified Community 6/26 at Central Midway Building (Concordia College Building)

Mark Anderson

Barbara Schneider Foundation President
Mark will talk with us about the 4-part Conversation Cycle
he is co-leading at the MN Chippewa Tribe Building to
identity assets and strengths within our community.
Diverse community members are identifying a path for
transformation as we talk and dream together.

Preview attachment Barbara Schneider Foundation Flyer6_26.2019.pdf

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Nurturing a Positive & Unified Community

WHERE: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building
1308 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota



Building on the work of many organizations
and individuals in our diverse Community,
join us on this journey of asking powerful
questions about our community’s strengths
and assets that will unite us in unforeseen
ways and bring into being the beauty of our
dreams using the tool of conversation.
We have everything we need to nurture a
positive and unified community and
transform Minneapolis by making the
possibilities we all envision a reality now.
Transformation always begins with a
conversation. Our diverse community can
provide the vision needed to make our
dreams a reality.
The way forward will emerge from the

This Nonviolent Life: No Separation

Friday April 19, 2019

“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”

-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
(510) 268-8765 | Info@paceebene.org


Because of logistical issues, our meeting in May will be moved to the last Wednesday, May 29 and will be from 7-9pm.  Same location.  Donna Minter, founder and executive director of Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, will give a mini-presentation on the STAR Training modules.  STAR integrates neurobiology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality to assist individuals who want to be trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused to build peace in their lives, workplace, and communities. “Together, transforming our communities peace by peace.”


Click to access may29-6.pdf

The Collaborator’s Meeting For April is Wednesday, the 24th.

For our April 24th collaborator’s meeting, Latriste Graham will lead us in a circle of exploration, healing and reparations as a sample of their upcoming event during 10-days Free From Violence. Their organization, Coming Out of Bondage, aids sex-workers in leaving the life. See flyer below for details.

This is also a monthly collaborators meeting for the purpose of networking and planning events for our ‘10 Days Free from Violence,’ Sept. 20-29, 2019.

All of our collaborator’s meetings will feature mini-presentations (about 45 minutes in length) previewing the events which will be held throughout the 10-days.