About David

I am a recovering violent person. My childhood was deeply affected by physical and emotional abuse and the terror of potential nuclear war.

I have been recovering from a lifestyle of addiction since 1985 and I view the current nosedive into control, domination and violence as a necessary suicidal precursor for a macro-scale recovery process. I am here to map that process and provide the tools for individuals to securely shift their internal operating system to one that is based in acceptance, empowerment and partnership.    

I see the abuse of self and others as a culturally-reinforced, addictive behavior and that the personal lifestyle changes necessary for the world to recover from its addiction to violence can also be culturally reinforced. I believe that humanity is spiraling upward in knowledge and abilities that will promote, worldwide, the healthy growth and development of children; prosperity and safety for adults; as well as cooperative learning and problem-solving. Such genius will flower that sometime in the future as we look back at the state of humanity that we are in now, it will seem as if we were like the dodo, and we will wonder why and how we were saved from extinction.

I have been influenced by studies of whole-system design-planning, perception psychology and mysticism, as well as my experience as a hospice volunteer, chemical dependency counselor, public school and college teacher, Oregon Coordinator of the campaign for a US Department of Peace and member of the board of The Peace Alliance. I’m an advocate for Eugene citizens to identify themselves as a Peace Team and a Compassionate Action Network.

My activism has resulted in two PeaceBuilder Awards, recognition as an Advisor to the International Cities of Peace, Certified Oregon Change Agent by Governor Kitzhaber and Notable Alumnus of Achievement by the University of Minnesota.

I authored Love Always Wins: Hope for Healing the Epidemic of Violence in 2012 and The Work of Love: Re-discovering Connection and Belonging in 2017. 

My spirituality is inspired by Christian humanist writers and includes practices from Sufi and Buddhist traditions. What I am sure of today is that I cannot will myself to be completely whole, yet sharing my partial grasp upon that wholeness with others will most likely result in all of us discovering wholeness together.

Above all else, I wish to protect the future of my two sons, Michael and Chris, my three grand-daughters, Saoirse, Shaye and Paige, and all the children of the world.

 

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David & Valerie, 25th Wedding Anniversary, August 2007

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Lynx, Saoirse and Michael, Sept. 2018

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Chris, Shaye, Paige & Cindy

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8 comments

  1. Thankyou David for working so hard for the peace movement. Last year I signed the petition to establish the department of peace. And I am so glad that I have been given the chance to express my gratitude to you today.
    It is time for change.The Government has always reflected the nations values and today I can confidently say the future that my children will live in, will be one of peace. Thanks Michelle Jones

  2. David,
    Thank you for this opening to see more of you and who you bring to the peacetable. Your photos are so sweet and your honesty a treasure. I am planning a dance training in Eugene in January and hope to join you and Val on your dance circle.
    peace,
    candy c

  3. Just google’ing your name comes up with so much. More than anything, i appreciate your growth trhoughout your life. While i grow older myself I still see you growing older and wiser ever more. I still have yet to here about your stories and delve into your past, but maybe some of that is better left untouched. Thank you so much for your support in my life, i hope i’m able to do it some justice.

    Love you dad.

  4. Hi David ~

    My google alerts led me to a comment you recently posted in support of Department of Peace & Nonviolence legislation, and I followed it to here, where I see for the first time your lovely wife and family!

    Our brief encounters at national Peace Alliance conferences and planning phone calls in support of this legislation have left me feeling so happy to know you are a part of my world, my country and my life.

    It has been nearly a year since last we met, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I think of you often, with love and gratitude for all that you do and all that you are.

    Thank you for your willingness to express the love in your heart as, together with myself and others, you live every day with a vision to create a world that works for everyone.

    ~ Deki

  5. Greetings from Atlanta: City of Peace,

    Hello David,
    Thanks for connecting! With your Master’s Degree in Systematic Design & Planning perhaps we can interest you in helping us transform Dr. King’s birthplace into a global capital of peace. We also look forward to assisting you fulfill your commitment and vision for co-creating…
    “Eugene: City of Peace”
    Congrats on your progress.
    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Best wishes,
    John R. Naugle

  6. Hi David
    I am a boy from Nepal who is struggling for living .Your 2 sons gets chance to study and stand in their own foot because of your strrugle.I hope i will also make my childrens like the Michael and Cris in future.Thank you

    Bishnu
    Kathmandu,Nepal

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