Developing Leaders for Justice and Peace

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We help leaders develop thriving communities of justice and peace, using the discipline of Kingian Nonviolence — in solidarity with movements, and accountability to impacted people.

We are committed to working with young adults through our paid internship program. Everything we do involves Kingian Nonviolence, and interns are involved in everything we do.

We envision a world in Beloved Community, liberated from oppression, violence, and war.

The Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
  2. The Beloved Community is the framework for the future.
  3. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
  4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve the goal.
  5. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence.
  6. The universe is on the side of justice.

Learn more about Kingian Nonviolence, and how to use it in your work.


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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 04:00 PM · 31 rsvps

    KNV 2-hour Intro September 21, 2023

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    Join us for an overview of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm PT on September 21, 2023. Kingian Nonviolence is an approach to conflict and community leadership that offers values and methods useful for anyone who wants to use conflict constructively in your personal life, in group settings, or in community issues and building a reconciled world. 

    This 2 Hour webinar covers:

    • The 4 pillars of Kingian Nonviolence

    • Initial introduction to the 6 Principles and 6 Steps - the “Will” and the “Skill” of Kingian Nonviolence.

    • The Social Dynamics of Kingian Nonviolence 

    This training will be co-facilitated by Katie Shaw Thompson and Esther Mangzha.


    Katie Shaw Thompson is a pastor, mother of two, social justice advocate, and four season bike commuter.  As a Level One Kingian Nonviolence trainer, she most enjoys helping workshop participants apply this philosophy and methodology to situations of conflict and injustice in their own lives and communities. Katie is currently offering leadership to local campaigns centered on environmental and transportation justice.

    Esther Mangzha has a PhD in Administration and Planning. She has held several posts at various cadres of the government in Nigeria. The last position she held before retiring from the civil service was as the Director General, National Center for Women Development in Nigeria, an apex Agency in charge of research and documentation of Nigerian women issues. Her areas of expertise include education, human development, protection, empowerment and gender. She is also an active member of the Church of the Brethren in  Nigeria and has held many posts in the church. She is a social activist, who has worked with women and youths at the grassroots  for over 30 years. She is the founder of Integrated Women and Youth Empowerment Centre (IWAYEC), a frontline  non-governmental organization in the Boko Haram infested Borno State in Nigeria. The organization empowers thousands of women and youths affected by the insurgency crisis, through training in skill acquisition, capacity building, entrepreneurship, livelihood empowerment, trauma healing, psychosocial therapy, Child protection and  against Gender Based violence(GBV). She is a Kingian Certified Trainer and a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

    Meet others interested in Kingian Nonviolence, build Beloved Community, and connect with On Earth Peace's Kingian Nonviolence Learning Action Community!

    Note: You will be added to our Peacebuilder email list by registering for this event, if you do not wish to be on the list please email [email protected]

    Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 01:00 PM · 20 rsvps

    "7 Prompts" Facilitator Training - September 23, 2023

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    Once registration has closed, sign up here to indicate your interest in a future offering, or contact us at [email protected].

    “7 PROMPTS” FACILITATOR TRAINING - Standing with People of Color 

    This training will take place twice in September 2023: 

    • Tuesday, September 19 - 8 pm until 9:30 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm Pacific.
    • Saturday, September 23 - 1pm until 2:30 pm Eastern / 10 am until 11:30 Pacific.

    RSVP below for the Saturday, September 23 training. 


    RSVP using this link for the Tuesday, September 19 training. 

    The Church of the Brethren Standing With People of Color Study/Action Committee is asking the entire Church of the Brethren to engage in crucial Christian conversations in various settings in the next year, using 7 discussion prompts around the theme of standing with people of color and working for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). 

    We hope the church will share together around the family table, in Sunday School or other congregational settings, in districts, and in other Brethren agencies and venues. 

    Our team developed the prompts along with the “BELOVED” model of conversations, to help the church engage in urgent and heartfelt conversation in a way that builds up our Beloved Community.

    Designed to take place in small groups, each of these prompts moves the conversations from the participants' own history onward to discussions of justice and racism. The design of these prompts invites participants to look within themselves and reflect on their own experiences and perspectives.  It is our prayer that these conversations, across the denomination, can help foster broad engagement and create a path toward faithful and passionate Brethren involvement in racism and racial justice in our times. 

    The Standing with People of Color Committee is planning two initial training sessions to help prepare individuals to be able to facilitate groups in these conversations in their own congregation, district, family, or other setting. Present for these sessions will be people who have led these discussions in other settings. 

    What to expect: 

    • Introduce and experience the 7 prompts 
    • Introduce the BELOVED conversation model 
    • Explore ways to use these prompts in different settings 
    • Hot tips for facilitators

    Crucial Christian Conversations: Standing with People of Color 

    A central part of our invitation to the church is to participate in conversations using seven discussion prompts.  We are asking the entire Church of the Brethren to engage in conversations in various settings in the next year, using the questions below. We hope the church will share together around the family table, in Sunday School or other congregational settings, in districts, and in other Brethren agencies and venues. 


    Please print and use the linked handout which includes the 7 prompts as well as BELOVED conversation guidelines (here).

    Discussion Prompts 

    1. Share your family’s origin story. Go back as many generations as you know and start there. Briefly share some of your family history/tree up to your current family.
    2. Share a compelling memory of when you became aware of cultural, racial, or color differences.
    3. Share the message Jesus has for you or us about justice and racism. What does Jesus want you to hear or see? What does Jesus call you or us to do next?
    4. If you listen to Jesus’ call, what spiritual healing or personal growth might you have to do?
    5. If you are a white/dominant culture Brethren, how can you support/stand with people of color (POC)? If you are a POC, what does it mean for you to stand with other people of color?
    6. Imagine if things were different and there were more racial justice. What do you envision?
    7. What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?

    Contact us at [email protected] with any questions. 



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