The 2006-2007 Devlin Lecture
The cry of John Paul II, "War Never Again!" echoes in the sufferings of the Suffering Servant, the life and teachings of Jesus, the anguish of all those trampled by the boots of war, the heart of every child, woman and man who yearns for a better world, Drawing on his recent experiences as a hostage in Iraq, James Loney will reflect upon John Paul's challenge—“war never again”—and explore how soldier and insurgent alike are prisoners of the same tomb: the tomb of violence.
James Loney is Canada Program Coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and has served on CPT violence-reduction projects in Iraq; Palestine; Asubpeeschoseewagong and Kenora, ON; and Burnt Church, NB. James was kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents last year (along with Tom Fox, Norman Kember and Harmeet Sooden) and held for 118 days. He lives in a communal household in Toronto. As a founding member of the Toronto Catholic Worker, he lived in a house of hospitality with people in need of housing for almost ten years. He has worked as a cook, sawyer, baker, youth minister, a writer for the Catholic New Times and has been extensively involved with One World, a cross-cultural solidarity immersion program.