A Ministry of Risk: Writings on Peace and Nonviolence

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About the Author

John Dear S.J. (Afterword By)
John Dear is a long- time peace activist, priest, and author of 40 books on peace and nonviolence. He is the director of BeatitudesCenter.org and was a close friend of Philip Berrigan. He is the executor of the Daniel Berrigan Literary Trust and lives in California. For more information about John and his work, visit www.johndear.org.

Philip Berrigan (Author)
Philip Berrigan, an American peace activist and Catholic priest, spent 11 years in prison for advocating nonviolent resistance to war. Notably part of the Baltimore Four and Catonsville Nine, he protested wars from Vietnam to Iraq. The author of numerous books, he was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Brad Wolf (Edited By)
Brad Wolf, former prosecutor and professor, co- founded Peace Action Network of Lancaster, PA. He coordinated the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal and writes for numerous publications.

Bill Wylie-Kellermann (Foreword By)
Bill Wylie- Kellermann is a retired Methodist pastor, nonviolent community activist, teacher, and author. His books include Celebrant's Flame: Daniel Berrigan in Memory and Reflection (2021); A Keeper of the Word: Selected Writings of William Stringfellow (1996), Principalities in Particular: A Practical Theology of the Powers that Be (2017), and Seasons of Faith and Conscience (1991). He was also a contributing editor of Sojourners.

Frida Berrigan (Preface By)
Frida Berrigan lives in New London, CT, with her husband and three children. She is an urban farmer and community activist, organizing around affordable home ownership with the Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust, and against the ever-stretching shadow of militarism with the Connecticut Committee on Nuclear Prohibition. She writes periodically for WagingNonviolence.org, TomDispatch.com and In These Times, and is the author of the 2015 book It Runs In The Family: On Being Raised By Radicals And Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood.


Philip Berrigan's Christian ministry and prophetic witness sparkle in this courageous and visionary book! Brad Wolf has given us a magnificent gift that keeps alive the great legacy of one of the greatest spirits of light in our dark and dim times!---Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary
A Ministry of Risk provides a window into the radical and deeply inspiring journey of Phil Berrigan--a journey, in Phil's own words, of "good against evil, truth against falsehood, nonviolence against violence, conscience against State, life against death ... the same witness is necessary today." May it be so! This book should be required reading for all of us who are trying to be Christian.---Marie Dennis, Director, Pax Christi's Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, and author of Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence
A Ministry of Risk is an apt title for the compiled writings on peace, war and social justice by my friend, the American peacemaking icon Philip Berrigan. The radical Gospel truth of the Beatitudes flows from these pages because Phil lived every word of them. I hope this powerful book will be read far and wide and inspire a new generation to stand up and take action for peace and disarmament like Phil.---Martin Sheen, actor and activist
If you've ever wondered what the Apostle Paul's life and witness to the risen Christ might look like if the New Testament were to be written in the U.S. empire during the nuclear age, this book goes a long way toward completing that picture. Assembled from Philip Berrigan's own writings, interviews and speeches which span nearly sixty years, Brad Wolf's chronicle captures brilliantly, and as it evolved, the voice of the most single-hearted person we knew. The unity of word and deed; the refusal to allow one's conscience to be purchased with creature comforts and social privilege; an unrelenting commitment to personal and communal disarmament, formed around the practice of smashing the murderous idols of war and white supremacy- these were the only weapons Phil wielded. This was the only armor Phil wore as he strolled repeatedly in and out of our nation's carceral and military hellholes, telling the truth with his own body, always bathed in the same indestructible, ridiculously joyful hope. Having once shared a cell block with him for the better part of a year, I find it impossible today to overestimate the liberative value of the mentoring that these words offer, during such a delusional time as the 21st century.---Mark Colville, Amistad Catholic Worker and Plowshares activist
I knew Phil from the civil rights days in Baltimore, before we poured blood on draft files in 1967. Phil reminds me of the poetic line from Spender: "I think continually of those who are truly great." Or Rilke at the end of "Archaic Torso of Apollo" when he wrote: "You must change your life." This line especially applied to Phil and to me and to so many of his followers.---David Eberhardt, member of The Baltimore 4
Reading Brad Wolf's A Ministry of Risk is a journey into the life and times of Philip Berrigan, a complex, courageous, and brilliant Catholic priest, and a man who devoted his life to nonviolent resistance to war, for which the United States government sent him to prison time and again. Phil was a prophet, trying to warn the world to beat its weapons into plowshares. In this new book, we get to know Phil as a priest, husband, father, and radical who inspired millions of people to question the madness of preparing to destroy the world in the name of peace.---Fred A. Wilcox, author of Fighting the Lamb's War: Skirmishes with the American Empire
Are you willing--truly willing--to take up the cross? To be not just a follower of Christ but to bear witness? Philip Berrigan was. Read his words. Reflect deeply on them. And act.---Retired Lt Col (USAF) William Astore, author, antiwar activist and retired professor of history
Brad Wolf skillfully presents Phil Berrigan's prophetic messages about militarism and racism. Young generations facing ecological collapse, "forever wars," and nuclear proliferation have much to learn from Berrigan's courageous resistance to military might.---Kathy Kelly, author, pacifist, and peace activist
This book is a must read! Carefully compiled by Brad Wolf, it illuminates the extraordinary life of Phil Berrigan, a Prophet of Nonviolence who endured many sacrifices and long imprisonment for resisting the forces of death and empire. Wanting to be remembered as one who welcomed the cross of Jesus, Berrigan's Gospel witness is exemplary: his steadfast commitment to follow God's command to love, to resist all earthly powers that sanction oppression, injustice and killing no matter the cost, and to be filled with the hope that Jesus has forever overcome the powers of this world. With the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight, we need to live and proclaim, as Berrigan did, God's reign of justice, peace and nonviolence and create the Beloved Community.---Art Laffin, author of The Risk of the Cross: Living Gospel Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age and editor of Swords into Plowshares
A Ministry of Risk offers a truly profound challenge to transcend fear and take action. "War fever betrays a monstrous contempt of humanity," Philip Berrigan wrote. This book can help people to break the fever.---Norman Solomon, author of War Made Invisible
This superb collection of essays by Phil Berrigan, by turns provocative, challenging and inspiring, marks the return of one of the greatest voices for peace, nonviolence and reconciliation of our time.---James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
What comes through in these writings are the journeys that Phil traveled. From a loyal, passionate soldier in the middle of war, to a passionate nonviolent resister of war. From a dedicated priest of the Catholic Church to a married father of three children. From a law-abiding citizen to a peace felon who served many years in prison. And then, also, the journey from a young man to a wise elder. All are a journey of faith, of becoming human. And as we read this collection of Phil's writings, we will find ourselves on a journey with Phil. We will see ourselves growing with him in humanity and love and resistance. Brad Wolf has done an amazing job of compiling the writings that we need to read to follow Phil's journeys and make them our own.---Susan Crane, member of the Jonah House Community in Baltimore with Phil Berrigan and a Plowshares participant