Mary Gendler, PhD was born in 1940 in Kansas City, MO. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in French literature from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University. Dr. Gendler worked in private practice as a clinical psychologist, ran workshops in schools throughout the Andover, Massachusetts area for children of divorced families and served as the clinical director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the Merrimack Valley in Lawrence, Massachusetts until her retirement in 1995. An avid photographer, her artwork has been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout New England.
She has written extensively on the role of women in Judaism and was an early advocate of innovation in ceremonial rights and traditions.
Dr. Gendler has served on numerous boards around the country. She serves as a representative in the Group of Stewards for the Good Life Center, which works to perpetuate the philosophies and lifeways promoted and exemplified by Helen and Scott Nearing.
For over two decades, following retirement, Mary and Everett Gendler commuted at least yearly to India where, with the permission of the Dalai Lama, they taught “Strategic Nonviolence” to all different segments of the Tibetan Exile Community. Committed to nonviolence because of their reference for the Dalai Lama they thought it might be useful for them to learn new nonviolent ways to free Tibet from the Chinese invaders and preserve their culture and religion. Mary will talk about their experiences working with the Tibetan community and share some elements of Strategic Nonviolence which they taught them.