James W. Douglass
James W. "Jim" Douglass is an American author, activist, and Christian theologian born in 1937. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Shelley Douglass, founded the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington, and Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1997 the Douglasses received the Pacem in Terris Award.
Theology of nonviolence
Douglass is a noted author on nonviolence and Catholic theology, with many books and essays to his credit. Four of his monographs, published from 1968 to 1991, were reprinted in 2006 by theology publisher Wipf & Stock.
Douglass's 2008 book, JFK and the Unspeakable, discusses the John F. Kennedy assassination as a conspiracy ordered by unknown parties and carried out by the CIA with help from the Mafia and elements in the FBI to put an end to Kennedy's effort to end the Cold War after the Cuban missile crisis.
In 1975 Jim and Shelley Douglass founded Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action to protest against the construction of a Trident missile nuclear submarine base on the Kitsap Peninsula in the U.S. state of Washington. The Douglasses, joined by other activists seeking to prevent the installation of Trident missiles, formed a small intentional community, the Pacific Life Community, near the submarine base. Their goal was
to "seek the truth of a nonviolent way of life," both personally and politically. Personally we tried to confront our racism, sexism, consumerism — all the isms that allowed us to violate others. Politically, we chose to experiment with nonviolent actions resisting Trident, a system that seemed to epitomize all the violence of our society.
Douglass is a member, and co-founder of, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, an organizations that questions the "official story" about the 9/11 attacks.
- Douglass, James W. (1968, 2006). The Non-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and Peace. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-59752-608-1.
- James W., Douglass (1969). "The Human Revolution: A Search for Wholeness". In O'Gorman, Ned. Prophetic Voices: Ideas and Words on Revolution. New York: Random House. OCLC 9865.
- Douglass, James W. (1972, 2006). Resistance and Contemplation: The Way of Liberation. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. p. 196. ISBN 978-1-59752-609-8.
- Douglass, James W. (1983, 2006). Lightning East to West: Jesus, Gandhi, and the Nuclear Age. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-59752-610-4.
- Douglass, James W.; Shelley Douglass, Bill Livermore (1988). Dear Gandhi: Now What? Letters from Ground Zero. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers. ISBN 978-0-86571-125-9. OCLC 18105469.
- Douglass, James W. (1991, 2006). The Nonviolent Coming of God. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. p. 254. ISBN 978-1-59752-611-1.
- Douglass, Shelley; James W. Douglass, Mary Evelyn Jegen, Pax Christi USA (1991). Selections from the Writings of Shelley and Jim Douglass. Erie, Pennsylvania: Pax Christi USA. OCLC 34667609.
- Sherman, Karen Holsinger; James W. Douglass (2007). A Question of Being: The Integration of Resistance and Contemplation in James Douglass's Theology of Nonviolence. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-55635-144-0.
- Douglass, James W. (2008). JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. p. 544. ISBN 978-1-57075-755-6.