Timothy Nonn played a key role in organizing two global movements for human rights. During the 1980s, he was an organizer in the Sanctuary Movement, which provided assistance to refugees fleeing war-torn Central America. From 2004 to 2008, he was an organizer in the Darfur Movement, which sought to end genocide in Sudan. His community-based model of organizing was praised in several books on the Darfur Movement, including Not on Our Watch by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast and Where Mercy Fails by Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey.
As a national leader in both of these movements, he has given countless media interviews and spoken at a broad range of venues including colleges and high schools, churches and synagogues and public rallies. He has a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union. He has received several awards and honors for his humanitarian work, including the 2007 Charles Shelby Rooks Social Prophet Award from the United Church of Christ.
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About the Author
As an activist and ethicist, I have seen many people succumb to the epidemic of despair caused by global crises. The remedy to this despair cannot be found either in passive spirituality or unreflective activism. Contemplative activism – the practice of experiencing the sacred wholeness of being in everyday life and social movements – allows us to confront despair and discover inner resources of hope and compassion so that we can lead more fulfilling lives. This book will appeal to anyone looking for practical ways to sustain their activism and spiritual life in a world suffering from despair, cynicism and indifference. I have four decades of experience as a national leader in several social movements. I also have a Ph.D. in ethics. Since October 2011, I have worked as an organizer in the Occupy Movement. My background as an activist and academic has created extensive networks of contacts and supporters. My work has been covered in the national media and several books, including Not on Our Watch by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. I have received awards for my humanitarian work, including the 2007 Charles Shelby Rooks Social Prophet Award from the United Church of Christ. I have published numerous essays, articles, poetry and op-eds.