John Reuwer is a member of World BEYOND War’s Board of Directors. He 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 30 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, one of very few organizations practicing professional unarmed civilian peacekeeping in South Sudan, a nation whose suffering showcases the true nature of war that is so easily hidden from those who still believe war is a necessary part of politics.
As adjunct professor of peace and justice studies at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Dr. Reuwer teaches courses on conflict resolution, both nonviolent action and nonviolent communication. He also 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, and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, which works to interest the world’s billion Catholics in a modern version of the early nonviolent Church.
John will be a facilitator for the online course: Leaving World War II Behind.