gewaltfrei handeln e.V.: Education in Nonviolent Conflict Processing

What do two lawyers, a bio farmer, a teacher and a deacon have in common? They all visited seminars of the Association gewaltfrei handeln – living nonviolence, learning peace ecumenically– the knowledge and new attitudes strengthen them at work and enrich their life.

The association gewaltfrei handeln offers basic and advanced training courses as well as special seminars on non-violent conflict resolution methods. gewaltfrei handeln not only trains participants to become qualified peace workers and trainers, but also supports some of them working in projects in different parts of the world.

"We dismiss passiveness and violence as a medium of the fight. We replace it through the power of truth, justice and love" – Hildegard Goss-Mayr.

This quote of Hildegard Goss-Mayr describes the main work of gewaltfrei handeln e.V. Since 1992 the Association is committed to resolve conflicts peacefully, as this is the best way for lasting clarifications.

In these courses offered by gewaltfrei handeln, participants acquire and broaden their knowledge and skills of non-violent conflict management, mediation, the spirituality of non-violence as well as of conflict theories. This qualification may enable them to work for peace, justice and the integrity of creation in their own country or abroad, as volunteers or professionals, on a long-term or short-term basis.

gewaltfrei handeln e.V. gives its course participants tools to be actively involved in keeping justice, freedom and the integrity of creation.

Carrying out practical trainings and supporting people working with conflict resolution methods is rooted in gewaltfrei handeln’s ecumenical spirituality. However, there is also a political dimension to it: gewaltfrei handeln serves as an idea broker triggering debates on peace issues and the implementation of these methods – within the Church and society in general. The organizational profile of gewaltfrei handeln is unique as it combines professional skills with a politically engaged spirituality of non-violence.

gewaltfrei handeln e.V. was co-founded by the schwelle Foundation under its previous name Ecumenical Service for a Ministry of Shalom (OeD) and is one of its most important partners.


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