Upcoming Events at the Metta Center for Nonviolence and in Our Community

Metta sponsors and supports a wide range of talks, workshops, and other events to engage our community in an ongoing discussion about nonviolence. Please have a look below for our upcoming events including our ongoing film series, and our archive of past events which often contain video or audio of the event and other resources.

Upcoming Special Events

After the Election: Strategy Conference

Now What?—After the Election: The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration November 12: the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) will co-host a day-long Progressives Summit in Berkeley to forge a common vision and discuss the strategies needed to build a “movement of movements”—no matter what the outcome of the election. A professional facilitator will lead discussion sessions using the Metta Center’s Roadmap strategy tool and the principles of… read more

Roundtable Symposium: November 10, 2016

After Confrontation, Then What? Nonviolence in the 21st Century The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University will be hosting this roundtable symposium and on the role and relevance of nonviolence to the social, economic, and cultural conflict challenges that new frameworks of violence—from terrorism to climate change—present in this century. Date and time: Thursday, November 10; 9:30am – 4:30pm EST Participants include: Clayborne Carson Johan Galtung Shamil Idris Mary King Lester… read more

Party With a Purpose: September 23, 2016

A Benefit for the Metta Center for Nonviolence Don’t miss the party of the year! Everyone is welcome. No charge for admission, though donations are appreciated.  When: Friday, September 23 6:30 p.m. – Food, drinks and socializing. Please bring a beverage or dish to share if you can. 7:30 p.m.  – Program Featuring: The Sebastopol Love Choir Kevin Brennan – Irish Troubadour Abraham Entin and friends – Music and the original review “Who do We Owe?”, Incl. lively original… read more

Daily Metta Conference Call (Hope Tank)

  When Michael Nagler told a young friend that he was going to start a new think tank, he thought she’d be very impressed. Instead, she looked at him squarely and said, “We don’t need another think tank. We need a hope tank.” So we began hosting Hope Tanks, a gathering of friends seeking to deepen their nonviolence and challenge themselves to think differently about the greatest challenges the world faces–by uplifting the power of nonviolence to… read more

Working for Transformation: With Miki Kashtan

Are you carrying a vision of transformative change? A vision of a world that works for all, where everyone’s needs matter – including the needs of our planet? Then you may be interested in taking Miki Kashtan’s upcoming course, “Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past.” Online sessions will be held on Fridays between June 17, 2016 and November 11. The Metta Center for Nonviolence is a proud collaborator of “Working for Transformation,” which is… read more

Past Metta Center Events

A Silver Lining: Conference Call

A Conversation About Violence & Healing Do you feel overwhelmed by the recent episodes of violence? Are you wondering whether there could possibly be a silver lining to any of it? You’re certainly not alone. But if we’re going to build the saner society we all want, we cannot stay stuck in despair. It’s time to get constructive. So join us for a productive, inspirational conversation about finding our way to mutual healing and reaching… read more

Person Power: Roadmap to Nonviolent Action

Person Power and the Roadmap to Nonviolent Action: A Teleseminar Hosted by Transition United States Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 11:00am – 12:15pm PST Registration: To participate, register online here and you will receive instructions via email. Once you have registered you can explore these other low-cost call-in options. In this TeleSeminar, Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook of the Metta Center for Nonviolence will go into the connection between person power, constructive program,… read more

Universal Spiritual Humanism: Vedanta Society

“Universal Spiritual Humanism: A Necessary Paradigm for Our Times” Michael Nagler will be the keynote speaker at this special Memorial Day program at Vedanta Retreat in Olema, CA (West Marin County). Vedanta is the oldest of the major living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda). Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is… read more

Ways to Justice: Conference at Stanford

The purpose of the “Ways to Justice” conference is to bring together prominent scholars and activists who share an interest in the methods of struggle used in grassroots justice movements. A collection of historical anniversaries being marked in 2016, including the 50th anniversaries of the rise of the Black Power movement and founding of the Black Panthers, and of the release of the seminal film The Battle of Algiers, provide a frame for re-examining the… read more

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Ongoing Events

Hope Tank – Petaluma and Berkeley

The world has enough think tanks… what we need is a “hope tank”! Join us for our monthly discussions in which we generate ideas for building a nonviolent world. Bring something to share for breakfast (vegetarian)! Details: Begins with meditation from 8:30-9:00 am, then potluck breakfast and discussion until about 11am. First Saturday of the month – Petaluma. RSVP here – Second Thursday of the Month – Berkeley. RSVP here – What are we:… read more