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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Nubwa Chama Josiah is the Racial Justice Intern at On Earth Peace. She was born in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, Nigeria where she grew up as an EYN church member. Nubwa worked with non-governmental organizations prior to furthering her studies in the United States. Part of her...

by Karleen Daniels, Modesto Church of the Brethren Photo Credits: Modesto Church of the Brethren website “They are blessed who work for peace, for they will be called God’s children.” – Matt. 5:9 (NCV) On December 29, 2020, a 29-year-old man, Trevor Seever, was shot to death near the labyrinth...

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    Saturday, May 04, 2024 at 07:30 PM · 9 rsvps


    The Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team works 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.

    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? 

    Join us on Saturday May 4 at 7:30pm Eastern (4:30pm Pacific), for our quarterly Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Organizing Meeting.  See the start time in your time zone (click here).

    Main Topic: We will prepare for launching 2024 Wear Orange (June 7-9) in our congregations.  Learn more here. 

    The meeting will be led by members of the CoB Gun Violence Prevention Action Team along with staff and interns of On Earth Peace. 

    It can be easy to feel despair as we watch the news. Let us build hope together and move forward into ongoing efforts to heal our communities. We need YOU to expand this work.  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 third 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 previous meetings can be found here:

    December 2023: [

    March 2024: [

    Event Details:

    Date: May 4th, 2024

    Time: 7:30pm Eastern Time

    See the start time in your time zone:

    Location: Zoom

    What to Expect:

    • Prepare for the launching of the Wear Orange campaign this year in June in our congregations
    • 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

    With this program, On Earth Peace's aim is to build capacity, commitment, courage, 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.

    Saturday, June 01, 2024 at 05:00 AM

    3000 Miles for Peace 2024

    Join us in a peer-to-peer fundraiser to support the work of On Earth Peace. Throughout the month of June, the OEP community will collectively walk, run, dance, swim, shoot hoops, anything! to accumulate miles towards our goal. In April and May, the fundraising phase of the event begins. Money raised through the 3000 Miles for Peace event will go towards the 2024 budget and to the Paul Zeigler Young Peacemaker Fund endowment.

    This year as On Earth Peace celebrates its 50th Anniversary, we are excited to once again hold a 3000 Miles for Peace event.  The event is hosted through a platform called Racery.  To join the event, follow this link-  There you are invited to join the 3000 Miles for Peace event and offered a dashboard that includes a fundraising link to share with your friends and family and a link to invite others to join.  There is a $25 registration fee ($11 covers the platform services, $14 goes directly to On Earth Peace).  Coupons for complementary registration are available by contacting Marie at [email protected].

    In June, we will be able to track our collective progress to reaching our 3000 miles goal.  The virtual route connects On Earth Peace staff- Darlene in New Windsor, MD, Marie in Trumansburg, NY, and Matt in Portland, OR for 3000 miles. 

    We look forward to this event that connects all of the OEP community!  Thank you for your efforts to fundraise on our behalf and have fun as you consider the activities you will participate in throughout June!

    In 2013, the initial 3000 Miles for Peace campaign got people moving in honor of Paul Ziegler, a young peacebuilder who died tragically on his bicycle in a highway accident in September 2012.  Paul had planned to ride his bike 3000 miles across the continent in the summer of 2015 as a witness for peace, gathering fellow riders along the way and raising funds for building peace. On Earth Peace worked with Paul's family to plan the initial 3000 Miles for Peace campaign in Paul's honor.   Inspired by his life and his planned epic ride, over 1,500 people took part in more than 50 local events which included biking, walking, canoeing, hiking, running, as well as dribbling soccer balls, rocking chairs and lifting weights.  It was clear that whatever activity they chose, people saw their participation in the campaign as an expression of their belief in the importance of peace in our world.  In 2016, On Earth Peace launched our internship program funded in part by the Paul Zeigler Young Peacemaker Fund. 

    Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

    • McPherson College
    • LaVerne Church of the Brethren Games & Goodies Group
    • On Earth Peace Intern Alumni
    • Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ Interests

    To learn more about sponsoring On Earth Peace's 50th Anniversary events, contact Marie at [email protected].

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