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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    Saturday, March 02, 2024 at 01:00 PM · 8 rsvps

    Gun Violence Prevention Organizing Meeting

    Are you concerned about the escalating issue of gun violence in our country? Do you long to make a meaningful difference but want to connect with other Brethren in addressing this challenge from a Jesus-centered perspective? Do you want your congregation to speak up and take action on this issue but don’t know how to get started? 

    Whether you or your congregation have already taken steps or are looking to get involved, OEP’s Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team invites you to our second quarterly organizing meeting specifically for gun violence prevention advocates connected to the Church of the Brethren.

    Previous attendance at our quarterly meetings is not required, but we will build on work done in the previous meeting. Slides and resources from our Dec 1, 2023 meeting can be found here [].

    Event Details:

    Date: March 2nd, 2024

    Time: 1:00pm Eastern Time / 10:00am Pacific Time

    Location: Zoom

    What to Expect:

    • Hear updates on the work of the Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team
    • Learn what other Church of the Brethren congregations are doing on this issue 
    • Reflect on your potential role in the movement and how you can contribute
    • Connect with like-minded individuals from within the Church of the Brethren who share your concerns
    • Get energized and empowered for the work ahead through practical skill-sharing and spiritual formation
    • Collaboratively identify immediate next steps in you and your congregation’s own action against gun violence

    At OEP, our aim is to build capacity, commitment, and a collective way forward in the fight against gun violence. The Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team has formed with the support of OEP to galvanize the Church of the Brethren to be faithful as an effective force for reducing gun violence in our neighborhoods and wherever it occurs.

    Come be part of the change. Let's work together to create a safer future for our communities.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 5 rsvps

    KNV 2-hour Intro March 19, 2024

    See it in your time zone

    Join us for an overview of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 3pm PT on March 19, 2024. 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 Pam Smith and TBD.

    Pam Smith is a public historian living in Virginia. Pam is co-founder and executive director of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago. A long-time Chicago consultant for nonprofit organizations, her team conducted the feasibility study that set the stage for the Chicago Freedom School. Pam has worked with many youth groups in the city. She served as a senior press aide to Jesse Jackson in his 1988 presidential bid and to Barack Obama in his primary campaign for US Senate. Pam is coeditor of The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North.

    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]

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