Last week, we presented two obituaries for the 20th anniversary of the death of Chuck Matthei, who’s tenure at VPT marked a special chapter in our history. As the Executive Director of the Institute for Community Economics (ICE), which at first was based in Voluntown, and later as the founder of Equity Trust which was also based at VPT, Chuck continued to develop the economic justice programs first explored by earlier movements, such as the American civil rights movement and the Gandhian anticolonial movement in India.
(See our post from last week to learn more about Chuck’s life and work: remembering-chuck-matthei-1948-2002.html)
Directly below is Chuck Matthei’s obituary written by Emmett Jarrett , a former chair of VPT, and co-founder of St. Francis House in New London. It appeared in the magazine The Witness in 2002 and was republished in a number of places. Below that is a link to an essay co-written by Chuck Matthei and VPT Board Chair Joanne Sheehan articulating his economic and moral philosophy, as well as the actions and projects needed to realize that philosophy in the world. It was one of the last essays Chuck wrote.
(Click on the image below to download a PDF version of Emmett Jarrett’s article)
Toward a Nonviolent Economics
By Chuck Matthei & Joanne Sheehan
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Jarrett, Emmett. “Remembering Chuck Matthei.” The Witness, pp. 14-15. March/April 2003. https://www.episcopalarchives.org/e-archives/the_witness/pdf/2003_Watermarked/Witness_20030301.pdf
Matthei, Chuck and Joanne Sheehan. “Toward a Nonviolent Economics.” Nonviolent Activist. May/June 2001. http://equitytrust.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/NVA-May-June-2001-Toward-A-Nonviolent-Economics.pdf
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