Talk to explore book on nonviolence


“Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence,” a book by Terrence Rynne, will be the subject of a talk by the author at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport. The Sisters of the Humility of Mary are presenting the program. There is no admission fee, but please RSVP early at (563) 323-9466 to secure a seat.

Rynne’s book is described as an original exploration of the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi, one that puts nonviolent action at the very heart of Christian salvation. Rynne will discuss the threefold purposes of this book: first, to share his understanding and appreciation for Gandhi’s way of satyagraha; second, in the light of Gandhi’s satyagraha, present the thinking of four Christian theologians who have embraced and make credible a nonviolent Jesus; third, to reformulate “what it means to be saved” by making not violent sacrifice, but nonviolent power, the root metaphor.

Those praising the book include Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa; Arun Gandhi, president, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, University of Rochester; and Stanley Hauerwas, author of “The Peaceable Kingdom.”

Rynne is the founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and a teacher of Peace Studies at Marquette. He was founder and president of Rynne Marketing Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm that has served more than 600 leading hospitals and health care organizations. He and his wife started The Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation dedicated to peace and to the empowerment of women. He holds a Ph.D. in theology and actively pursues his passion for peace. He lives with his wife in Winnetka, Ill.


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