A Film and Discussion Series

sponsored by

Emmanuel Baptist Church
2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road,
Victoria, BC, Canada V8P 2R6

See also the series on
The Challenges of Reconciliation
Sundays October 26 to December 14, 2003

A Force More Powerful website


Sundays, September 7, 21, 18, October 5, 12, 19, 2003, 10 am to 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church in the Stevenson Room, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, B.C.

Non-violence sounds good. But isn't it naive and idealistic to think that nonviolence can ever work to combat evil in the real world? This acclaimed film series documents examples of the use of nonviolent conflict to achieve social change. A Force More Powerful is a six-part film narrated by actor Ben Kingsley. Watch and discuss six episodes of A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, narrated by Ben Kingsley. See details and schedule below.

Facilitated by Catherine Morris, BA, LLB, LLM

Everyone is welcome to attend this film and discussion series. There is no charge. Discussions will be facilitated from a Christian perspective. For more information visit Emmanuel Baptist Church.

NASHVILLE-"WE WERE WARRIORS" Rev. James Lawson leads black college students on a campaign to desegregate the city's downtown business district. "A Force More Powerful," Part 1. September 7, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

INDIA-DEFYING THE CROWN Mohandas Gandhi's famous Salt March of 1930 - during which he inspires Indians to protest the British salt monopoly - is a turning point in the movement for Indian independence. "A Force More Powerful," Part 2. September 21, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

SOUTH AFRICA - FREEDOM IN OUR LIFETIME Young activist Mkhuseli Jack leads a consumer boycott campaign against apartheid in the black townships of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. "A Force More Powerful," Part 3. September 28, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

DENMARK - LIVING WITH THE ENEMY During five years of Nazi occupation, Danes' noncooperation undermines the Germans' attempt to exploit Denmark for food and war materiel, and rescues all but a few hundred of Denmark's seven thousand Jews from the Holocaust. "A Force More Powerful," Part 4. October 5, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

POLAND-"WE'VE CAUGHT GOD BY THE ARM" The 1980 Gdansk Shipyard strike wins Poles the right to have free trade unions, launches the Solidarity movement, and catapults him to national labor leader and eventually president of Poland. "A Force More Powerful," Part 5. October 12, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

CHILE-DEFEAT OF A DICTATOR Overcoming a decade of paralyzing fear, Chilean copper miners trigger a national day of protest of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, leading to years of nonviolent organizing and culminating in victory in a plebiscite to end his rule. "A Force More Powerful," Part 6. October 19, 2003, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

About the Films
A Force More Powerful was written, produced and directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Steve York. Peter Ackerman, an expert on strategic nonviolent conflict, served as series editor for A Force More Powerful and executive producer of Dictator. These films premiered on American public television in 2000 and 2002 respectively. The educationally licenced versions of these videos have been made available to Peacemakers Trust through generous assistance by the production company, York Zimmerman Inc. These films are available in Spanish, French, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and Russian.

About the Facilitator
Catherine Morris, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, director of Peacemakers Trust, is a lawyer with experience in the field of conflict resolution since 1983. She is a former Executive Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria. She is also currently an Associate of the University of Victoria Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives. She has designed and facilitated educational workshops and discussions in Canada, the United States, Thailand and Cambodia.

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The Challenges of Reconciliation

Sundays, October 26 to December 14, 2003, 10 am to 11 am
at Emmanuel Baptist Church in the Stevenson Room
2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, B.C.
Facilitator: Catherine Morris

Reconciliation is a fundamental concept in the gospel of Christ. What does reconciliation mean? This seven week introductory course will explore several themes of reconciliation from a Christian perspective, including apologies, forgiveness and justice. Learn about the differences between true and false apologies. Explore what forgiveness is - and what it isn't. Consider how truth, mercy, justice and peace all play their part in true reconciliation. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for this series



  • Why think about reconciliation?
  • What is reconciliation?

Challenges for reconciliation

  • Should we always seek reconciliation?
  • Painful histories, difficult losses

Taking responsibility

  • Seeking responsibility
  • Acknowledgment
  • True and false apologies
  • How to apologize

What about justice?

  • Making things Right
  • Repentance
  • Restitution
  • Reparation


  • Anger
  • Mourning losses
  • Trust and faith
  • Celebrating hope and forgiveness

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