Executive Director, On Earth Peace

People need community to help each other work together for justice and peace.

On Earth Peace provides such community.

Bill is a practitioner in: the OEP-Racial Justice group, where he is active in his local Black Lives Matter chapter; and the Kingian Nonviolence group, where he is a Level 1 certified trainer; and the Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign, where he is national co-coordinator.

Bill is Executive Director of On Earth Peace (OEP), a peace and justice mission and agency of the Church of the Brethren (a Historic Peace Church), and is a public speaker on the intersections of peace and faith and politics. He has degrees in Religious Studies and Law, and has worked as a lay minister, lawyer, and tech startup entrepreneur.

Bill and his wife, Randi, were involved with the peace movement as college students during the Vietnam War, and later returned as full-time, volunteer peace activists after 9/11 in 2001. They were early members of Military Families Speak Out, a call to bring our troops home and take care of them when they get here, where Bill is currently on the steering committee. Bill also recently served for eight years on the national council and executive committee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the biggest and oldest interfaith peace organization in the world; is a founding board member of Save-A-Vet, dedicated to rescuing military and law enforcement dogs and sheltering them with disabled veterans in mutual healing and support; is a member of the steering committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, the leading counter-recruitment coalition in the nation; and is co-coordinator of the Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign, for which OEP is the global sponsor. He is the author of "us & them: bridging the chasm of faith," and has been a peace candidate for U.S. Congress three times.

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    Recent Past Events

    Here you will find our past events from 2020 & 2021.


    OEP-RJ Accountability Meetings | May 5, 2021

    On Earth Peace’s Racial Justice Learning Action Community (LAC) hosted a 6-week educational cohort on holding one another accountable when working towards a place for engagement, education, accountability, collaboration, and action among advocates and organizations actively committed to working towards justice for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

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    90 Minute Intro to Kingian Nonviolence | April 15, 2021

    On Earth Peace hosted an introductory of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. 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.

    On Earth Peace is also offering these events on a monthly basis, so keep an eye out for one coming up!

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    Training for Community-Based Responses to Asylum Issues: A Kingian Nonviolence Approach | April 19,2021

    OEP’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community and the Oasis Center invited individuals and faith groups to attend six biweekly training sessions led by Kathryn LaPointe, director of the Oasis Center. LaPointe guided efforts to actively serve and care for our neighbors seeking asylum using a Kingian Nonviolence approach. Each 90-minute session focused on addressing the violence of the U.S. immigration system and accompanying asylum seekers through the lens of a Kingian Nonviolence principle.

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    OEP Community Meetup #12 - Resurrection Peacemaking | April 2, 2021

    On Earth Peaced hosted the first Community meetup of 2021. The theme for this Good Friday event was Resurrection Peacemaking. We were joined by Cliff Kindy, author of the Resurrection Peacemaking: Plowsharing the Tools of War--Thirty Years with Christian Peacemaker Teams (2020, Resource Publications, purchase here)


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    Healing Resistance with Kazu Haga | March 31, 2021

    On Earth Peace co-hosted an event with East Point Peace Academy and the Kingian Nonviolence Network to discuss practical dialogues on the intersections of peacebuilding, social justice, and democracy through the Horizons project, an initiative of the PartnersGlobal Institute and Humanity United


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    Healing Resistance Book Club | March 1 - April 5, 2021

    On Earth Peace hosted a book club discussing Kazu Haga's book "Healing Resistance" on Mondays from March 1st through April 5th

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    Palestine + Environmental Justice coffee hour Collab | March 26, 2021

    On Earth Peace's Palestine Justice and Environmental Justice interns hosted a casual coffee hour to discuss where we can go from here in our fight for Palestine Justice on Friday, March 26th

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    Love Has No Borders: True Stories of Desperation | March 20 & 21, 2021

    On Earth Peace’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community held a two-part virtual event featuring a presentation from Phyllis Yvonne Dodd on her recent book and a woman seeking asylum will share her story to provide hope and to help others who have also experienced sexual abuse and domestic violence on Saturday, March 20th and Sunday March, 21st.

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    Gender & LGBTQ+ Justice Discussion Hour | March 3, 2021

    On Earth Peace's Gender Justice and LGBTQ+ Justice interns held a casual coffee hour on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:30pm EST to discussion questions prepared to reflect on our collective LGBTQ+ and Gender Justice journeys

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    Coffee Hour with Migrant Justice and LGBTQ+ Justice | February 27, 2021

    On Earth Peace’s Migrant and LGBTQ+ Justice interns held a casual coffee hour on Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 PM (PST)/6:00 PM (EST) to build community and reflect on LGBTQ+ migration. 

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    Community-Based Responses to Asylum Issues | January 23 & 25, 2021

    OEP’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community and Kathryn LaPointe, director of the Oasis Center led a conversation surrounding community support models as well as discussed opportunities to cultivate a diverse network of care for those seeking asylum.

    There were two 75 minute session on January 23rd and January 25th, 2021

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    On Earth Peace Racial Justice Meet-Up | December 15, 2020


    We looked both backward and forward to reflect on ourselves as racial justice advocates. How has this year changed you in your advocacy? What has changed for you and will never be the same?  How do you hope to move forward - within your own community and as part of this Learning Action Community?  As part of this call, we will give a preview of plans for regular Racial Justice organizing/accountability meetings in 2020. 

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    Meet the Author: "Sadie's Silence" | November 17, 2020

    On Earth Peace was excited and honored to host author Libby Layne to discuss her newly released book "Sadie's Silence" as the first stop on her online book tour. This event took place on November 17th, 2020.

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    Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship - "Post-Election NV Strategies and Tactics" | November 15, 2020

    The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF) and the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation invited On Earth Peace's Matt Guynn to speak on November 15 about nonviolence tactics & strategies in the post-election period. 


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    OEP Book Group: Drew Hart’s Who Will Be A Witness? | November 11, 2020

    On Earth Peace hosted a book group for the Drew Hart book Who Will Be A Witness? Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance. These sessions were facilitated by OEP’s Racial Justice Organizers Tamera Shaw and Grace Cook-Huffman. The session dates were Oct. 21st and 28th & Nov. 4th and 11th


    Womaen's Caucus: Kingian Nonviolence Workshop | November 10, 2020

    On Earth Peace was invited by the Church of the Brethren Womaen's Caucus to facilitate an introductory webinar on Kingian Nonviolence on November 10. 

    This workshop took place Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 ET/ 4:30 PT and was a 90 minute session.

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    OEP COVID Meetup #11 - Preparing for Chaos

    This OEP Community Meetup focused on how people of faith can prepare for the potential of post-election chaos. We discussed how people who are committed to justice and peace can personally prepare for possible violence, confusion and chaos that may happen on election day. 

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    “Every Day is Peace Day” | October 15, 2020

    How did you (or your congregation) participate in Peace Day this year? In this session, participants shared and heard about Peace Day observances in 2020, and then explored ideas for how congregations can work for peace and justice, even in virtual settings. 

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    OEP Community Meetup #10 - Disruption | September 4, 2020

    Our lives have certainly been disrupted by COVID. The continued agitation of Black Lives Matter protests in the US are keeping open a window. One way to look at this window is that - whether or not we are out in the streets - it’s our job to disrupt the institutions we touch, using the lift of the daily news cycle to ask forbidden questions and make visionary requests. Disruption does not have to mean destruction—it can be the catalyst for reinvention or renewal.

    This meetup was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon, “When Peace Becomes Obnoxious,” and by Principle #4 of Kingian Nonviolence, “Accept suffering for the sake of the cause to achieve the goal.”

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    Intersectionality Community Conversation | August 25, 2020

    OEP's Learning Action Community Interns held a conversation about intersectionality. They discussed how intersectionality relates to current events and took the time to connect the OEP justice community.

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    Immigration Detention Center Conversation | August 18 & 25, 2020

    Interns held a two-part conversation on immigrant detention facilities and connected them to the criminal justice system. Living in tight prison-like conditions and being separated from loved ones is not uncommon for those who end up making the journey to the USA border. Given the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the immigration detention system is important to discuss

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    OEP Community Meetup #9 - Reading the Signs of the Times | August 7, 2020

    This #OEPCommunity Meetup focused on Reading the Signs of the Times. Participants spent time sharing and built collective wisdom about the moment we are living in: the forces of oppression and liberations at play in the world today and our role in it. 

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    Raising Race Conscious Kids | Four Part Series Every Thursday July 23, 2020 to August 13,2020

    OEP is held a four-week webinar series on how to raise race conscious kids. Topics included how parents and teachers can address race, the myth of color-blindness, the role of racial scripts, and the future of racial justice.

    The book "Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America" by Jennifer Harvey guided these discussions. 


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    Nonviolence Webinar: Christian Peacemaker Teams & On Earth Peace | July 23, 2020

    This webinar was co-sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams and On Earth Peace. The session explored the interconnections between being a practitioner of active nonviolence and undoing oppression. 

    Participants were be able to reflect on their own experiences with these two topics. They also were able to hear additional stories and perspectives on nonviolence and undoing oppression. 


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    In this session participants explored MLK's 3rd Principle of Nonviolence: "Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil," while learning what it looks like to attach conditions, policies and practices. 
    Participants will also reflected the victories happening in our day and reflected on them through the lens of this third principle. 

    “Human indignation about conditions was the focus of Dr. King’s energy and attention. Personalities are not the problem; what must be changed are the conditions under which some people operate.” --David Jehnsen and Bernard LaFayette, Jr.


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    2020 Song and Story Fest | July 5-11 

    This event would have taken place at Camp Brethren Heights. It moved online during to COVID-19. Visit what happened at the virtual event here. 


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    OEP Community Meetup #7 - "The Beloved Community is the framework for the future" | July 3, 2020

    This check-in focused on Principle Two of Kingian Nonviolence: "The Beloved Community is the framework for the future." This check in, along with the other OEP meetup's were created as a series of events for people to attend as they stayed home during COVID-19. 


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    OEP Community Meetup #6 - Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People | June 19, 2020

    This OEP Meetup was focused on the first principle of Kingian Nonviolence. Participants explored the courage required to grow their use of nonviolence - which is a positive force utilizing the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as a vital force for change. 


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    OEP Community Meetup #5 - Anti-Racism/ Anti-Oppression | June, 5 2020 

    This meetup was created to build the Beloved Community with those in OEP's constituency of peace and justice practitioners. Participants gained insight on engaging racism and oppression through tools and lenses that OEP uses. Among other things, the session compared and contrasted "white institutional values," and "transforming institutional values."

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    This 4th #OEPCommunity COVID-19 check-in was a time to connect with others in OEP’s constituencies and to build #BelovedCommunity as we shelter in place.

    This session was built around On Earth Peace’s core value of Jesus-Centered Spirituality:

    “We follow Jesus into the work of justice and peace. We share in spiritual practices and develop faith resources to help undergird our programs.”

    Jesus brought and worked for liberation and healing for all people. The spirituality that Jesus modeled and taught provided a footing for challenging both oppression and violence.


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    Kingian Nonviolence Community of Practice Meeting: Indignation Into Action | May 21, 2020

    COVID-19 has not only caused a pandemic across the world, it has also brought to the surface feelings of anxiety, fear, mistrust and anger. Anger can be easily directed towards people in political position and those within our community. As organizers, activists, and nonviolent practitioners how do we give ourselves the space needed to honor and feel those feelings without unleashing it on the people around us?

    Starting by honoring those feelings prepares us to channel our indignation into powerful nonviolent organizing. The third principle of MLK’s philosophy of nonviolence is to “Attack Forces of Evil, not Persons Doing Evil.” This principle guides us in remembering “Nonviolence Seeks to Defeat Injustice, Not People.” 


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    Dunker Punks Podcast TalkBack: "Praying Through a Pandemic" | May 13, 2020

    Our partner Dunker Punks Podcast held its first-ever talkback. "TalkBack" with Dana Cassell during her powerful "Praying Through A Pandemic" episode.

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    OEP Community Meetup #3: "Positive Peace," vs. "Negative Peace," in the time of a Pandemic | May 8, 2020 

    This event is was the third in a series of special online gatherings for On Earth Peace members and friends to join together to build Beloved Community as we "shelter in place" in this time of pandemic. This session focused on another one of OEP's core values -- positive peace.

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    OEP Community Meetup #2: Intergenerational Leadership in the time of a Pandemic | April 24, 2020

    This event was the second in a series of special online gatherings for On Earth Peace members and friends to join together to build community and consider our callings as we "sheltered in place". The session focused on one of OEP's core values -- intergenerational leadership.

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    OEP Community Meetup #1: Turn "Social Distancing" into "Beloved Community" in a time of COVID-19 |March 27, 2020

    This event was created as a time for participants to listen, share and support each other. All joined to discuss what we are doing to nurture the "beloved community" in a time of physical separation and fear. 

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    Peace and Justice Education in the time of COVID-19 | March 25, 27 and April 1, 2020

    These events introduced learning activities you can do with youth and children, another was a community gathering that gave people the opportunity to share their experiences during the pandemic and the last taught Kingian Nonviolence. 

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    Peace Day 2019 | September 21, 2019

    On Earth Peace invited churches, justice-seekers, and peacebuilders to pray for peace and justice together on International Peace Day - September 21, 2019.

    The theme for 2019 was "The Case for Peace." We invited participants to use Peace Day as a time to understand the case for peace from the perspective of the Christian faith.  

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    Just Peace Outfitters - #StickerScavengerHunt

    Just Peace Outfitters is an independent marketplace and store platform that promotes and supports products for peace and justice worldwide. It is sponsored by On Earth Peace. JPOutfitters offers products in a variety of collections that YOU can support and be a part of.

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  • published SCN Membership in Inclusion 2020-05-05 16:44:56 -0400

    On Earth Peace Celebrates SCN Membership

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    Jesus began his work by proclaiming that he was anointed “to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). This message was not received well in his hometown, but he knew it was a vital component of the “things that make for peace” (Luke 19:42). Overcoming oppression and welcoming the stranger are both central to the full evangelistic message and work of Jesus toward a peaceful beloved community.

    On Earth Peace’s commitment to undoing racism has taken us on an organizational journey of almost twenty years. Especially for those of us who are white, it has been staggering, humbling, and convicting to witness how oppression impacts people’s personal and family lives and their participation in church and society. For those of us who are people of color, this journey has been vital in the organization’s willingness and ability to fully include us in its work and leadership. For all of us, it has been liberating to deepen our understanding of the sin of racism and live more deeply into Jesus’ life and call.

    All forms of prejudice and oppression overlay each other and undermine the Good News of Christ. As part of receiving Christ’s call to repentance and new life, his disciples are called to dismantle these prejudices and oppressions in their hearts and institutions. To all who are pushed aside, shamed, made invisible, or silenced, Jesus is good news. “Take heart, get up, he is calling you” (Mark 10:49).

    In faithfulness to this understanding of the good news, and in support of people of various gender identities and sexual orientations who live in our Church of the Brethren communities, the On Earth Peace board is pleased to announce its decision to join the Supportive Communities Network (SCN) of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests (BMC). This growing network now connects nearly 140 Brethren and Mennonite congregations and communities who are working together to provide spaces of belonging, pastoral services, and full support to LGBTQ+ believers and seekers.

    Membership in SCN will assist OEP in learning how to be a multicultural, inclusive agency, which fosters justice, peace, and joy. To this end, we invite the whole church to learn about the exciting work of the Supportive Communities Network so that more people might find peace in the Beloved Community of Jesus we call the Church of the Brethren.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Supportive Communities Network (SCN)? How do we join SCN? Where can I learn more about SCN?

    Supportive Communities Network (SCN) is a community of nearly 140 Brethren and Mennonite congregations, colleges, and organizations who publically affirm gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members. We are joining them! You can learn more at https://www.bmclgbt.org/scn including how to join. You can also find a full list of SCN congregations, colleges, and organizations there. SCN is a program of Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests.

    What was the catalyst for joining SCN?

    Joining SCN is a natural step for OEP in our work for justice and peace. And it is long overdue.

    OEP has been on an intentional journey in anti-racism/anti-oppression for almost two decades. Various forms of prejudice and oppression have compounding effects on people (which is called intersectionality), and this undermines the Good News of Christ and the Beloved Community for which we strive.

    While in 2011 OEP released a “Statement of Inclusion” in response to the actions at that summer’s Annual Conference, OEP had not yet examined ways that we exclude based on race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Our journey with the Church of the Brethren and people most affected by systems of oppression has strengthened our commitment. Having “counted the cost,” we can now with joy and integrity join SCN.

    Can you share more about your anti-racism/anti-oppression journey? Where do we start on this journey?

    Yes, we’d be happy to share more.

    You can learn more on our website: https://www.onearthpeace.org/artt_info.

    Also feel free to give us a call or email us at [email protected] so we can hear where you are on this journey and think about next steps together.

    Why did we make this decision when the issues are causing so much strife and controversy within the Church of the Brethren? Does this mean On Earth Peace disagrees with the actions of Annual Conference?

    We know that not everyone in the Church of the Brethren is of one mind on this matter. Some individuals and congregations have thanked us for our decision. Others feel we are taking sides in a highly contentious time within the body. This is a pastoral and missional choice to say to those most impacted by the conflict, “We see you, our brothers, sisters, and siblings from the lgbtq community, and we are here with you. You are wanted and welcome.”

    When the 2011 Annual Conference re-affirmed the 1983 Statement, Human Sexuality from a Christian Perspective, we took heed that the statement encourages relationship and open communication rather than exclusion, and recommends working to protect the rights of gay people in society. We believe we are acting in accord with that counsel. It is our view that agencies of the church both help express the will of the church and creatively point toward new possibilities.

    Do we have any scriptural or theological backing for making this kind of decision to support the lgbtq community?

    Jesus began his work by proclaiming that he was anointed “to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). This message was not received well in his hometown, but he knew it was a vital component of the “things that make for peace” (Luke 19:42). Overcoming oppression and welcoming the stranger are both central to the full evangelistic message and work of Jesus toward a peaceful beloved community.

    In scripture, we find many examples of how God’s people have been led by God and Jesus to remove boundaries, which their own religious culture has created. For example:

    • In Acts 10, the early church learns that Gentiles may follow Jesus without first becoming Jews.
    • Jesus used a Samaritan to exemplify a good neighbor – rather than a Jew – at a time when the majority of Judeans summarily rejected the Samaritans.
    • Jesus talked with women at times when it was culturally unacceptable to do so.
    • Jesus had fellowship with politically despised people such as tax collectors and Roman occupiers.
    • Jesus made healing contact with lepers and others who were feared and considered unclean by many in his community at the time.

    Throughout history, God leads the faith community to remove the barriers that culture has created. In Galatians 3:28, we are told that “there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

    For in-depth study: On Earth Peace board co-chair Irv Heishman has written a booklet, A Biblical Basis for Inclusion: A Pastor’s Journey.

    Read it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iDmKJ70eqvRnRIdjdqTXY2NlE/view

    Who is On Earth Peace accountable to?

    As an agency of the Church of the Brethren, On Earth Peace is accountable to the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, our constituents, and the whole body of believers. We take these relationships very seriously.

    Our journey toward becoming an anti-racist/anti-oppressive organization requires us to institutionalize this commitment in our practices and structures, including staff and board composition, programs, budgets, policies, and accountability to partners including Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training and the Supportive Communities Network.

    How do you respond to people who disagree with this decision?

    It is our hope and belief that there is space for us to be together as a church even as we currently hold deep disagreements. We grieve that issues of deep conviction often lead to broken relationships and mistrust. We seek to follow Jesus in his teachings and ministry and seek respectful fellowship with all who are on that journey. We also believe that we are called to raise the level of relationships from maintaining the status quo (too often a false appearance of peace) to exploring significant areas of difference while advocating for justice -- this is where the Spirit moves.

    How can we support OEP as the Church of the Brethren struggles with this decision?

    It is our hope that this decision to join the Supportive Communities Network will encourage others to do the same. We ask for prayers of support for the LGBTQ+ community and SCN, including OEP. When possible, speak up for justice and full inclusion so that all may be a part of God’s Beloved Community. Join us in our work for justice and peace.

    What is On Earth Peace?

    On Earth Peace envisions a world in Beloved Community, liberated from oppression, violence, and war. Our mission is to develop and walk with leaders who work for justice and peace. Founded in 1974, we serve as an agency of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church, and we gladly work with faith-based and secular community groups around the United States. Our core values are Jesus-Centered Spirituality, Positive Peace, Anti-Racism/ Anti-Oppression, Intergenerational Leadership, and Beloved Community.


  • published CV-4 in Past Events 2020-04-26 20:34:56 -0400

    OEP Meetup #3: "Positive Peace" vs. "Negative Peace" in a Time of Pandemic

    This event is #3 in a series of special online gatherings for On Earth Peace members and friends to join together to build Beloved Community as we "shelter in place" in this time of pandemic. This session focuses on another one of OEP's core values -- positive peace.

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    Positive Peace
    “We learn, teach and practice dynamic forms of peacemaking which see conflict as an important tool to meet needs, address injustice, correct imbalances of power, and seek healing and reconciliation.”

    Many of us are experiencing new or different conflicts in the intense conditions of COVID-19, and wondering how to wage conflict to address underlying systemic conditions that are being shown for all to see. How is it going with positive peace in your life at the moment?

    What skills are you practicing or learning? What skills do you long to strengthen?

    Join us at the 3rd OEP online meetup and be part of this important conversation!

    Email us about other workshops or activities you need. We have many!

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    Thanks for joining this OEP online event in this time of "social distancing" with COVID-19.

    Please consider subscribing to our Peacebuilder biweekly newsletter, or one of our other email lists on specific areas of interest: https://www.onearthpeace.org/join

    Also, check out our growing wide range of online communities working on various peace and justice concerns: https://www.onearthpeace.org/cop

    If you find value here, we invite you to support our work with your financial gifts too: https://www.onearthpeace.org/donate

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    Turn "Social Distancing" into "Beloved Community" in a time of COVID-19

    Let's turn "social distancing" into "physical distancing" + "beloved community" in this time of "lockdown" and "self-quarantine" -- listening, sharing, and supporting each other.


    Here is a way to check-in and share how the pandemic is disrupting our lives, and what we are all doing to nurture "beloved community" in a time of physical separation and fear.

    Email us if you work in essential services and need other times.

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  • published CV-1 in Past Events 2020-04-15 17:45:57 -0400

    Peace & Justice Education in a Time of COVID-19: "Home School" for Adults

    In this time of "lockdown" and "social distancing" here are some ways you can develop your abilities as parents, teachers, pastors, and other leaders for justice and peace.

    How about joining an online workshop? We know you will be home!

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    Here are the first three events. One introduces learning activities you can do with youth and children. Another is a community gathering to share our experiences of the pandemic. And one jumps straight in with hands-on training in Kingian Nonviolence.

    Email us about other workshops or activities to help you. We have many!

    And, let us know if you work in essential services and need other times.

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  • published Witness at the Border: #7 - The Response in Blog 2020-03-04 13:28:26 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #7 - The Response

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    This is the final post in the “Witness at the Border” series on my recent visit to the migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico and related border enforcement facilities in Brownsville, Texas.

    I went on behalf of On Earth Peace to learn from those who came to witness on the U.S. side, and from those who came to seek asylum on the Mexico side of the border. And learn, I did!

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  • published Witness at the Border: #6 - The People in Blog 2020-03-02 18:06:54 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #6 - The People

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    They come from places like Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicauragua, and other parts of Mexico. Waiting in camp for a long series of court dates to adjudicate their claims for asylum in the U.S. (or the possibility of a quick deportation under one of the new fast-track processes).

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  • published Witness at the Border: #4 - The Airport in Blog 2020-02-27 19:27:11 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #4 - The Airport

    “... while the organization would simply right itself by some compensating reaction in another part of its machinery – since everything interlocked – and remain unchanged.”
    -- The Trial, by Franz Kafka

    When Witness at the Border began, its focus was on the new Migrant Protection Protocol (“Remain in Mexico”) program and the camp it caused to spring up on the other side of the border. However, as organizers began to observe daily charter flights of shackled migrant deportees flying out of the Brownsville airport, and saw the size of the camp in Matamoros begin to stop growing, they shifted some of their attention to include witnessing at the airport.

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  • published Witness at the Border: #5 - The Camps in Blog 2020-02-27 19:07:03 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #5 - The Camps


    2,000+ asylum seekers in a tent/tarp city

    The city of Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico is a city of more than a half million people, and the center of a metro area with over one and a quarter million. It is closely connected with the city of Brownsville, Texas directly across the border. So closely that one organizer wryly referred to Brownsville as a “gated community” suburb of Matamoros. This is where the Mexican and U.S. governments decided to park more than 2,000 asylum seekers in a makeshift migrant camp in a popular public greenway between the levee and the river.

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  • published Witness at the Border: #3 - The System in Blog 2020-02-22 13:30:52 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #3 - The System

    “The Policeman said to me, ‘You want to know the way? Give up! Just give up!’”
       -- The Complete Stories ("Give It Up!"), by Franz Kafka

    The current Administration has put in place an amazingly complex web of enforcement practices that have moved the U.S. from what often had been called “catch and release” to what we might now label “deter and deport.” My learning curve was steep and swift, even for someone with a law degree and a long business career in systems engineering.

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  • published Witness at the Border: #2 - Tent Courts in Blog 2020-02-21 18:45:06 -0500

    Witness at the Border: #2 - Tent Courts

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    “You don't need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary.” 
    -- The Trial, by Franz Kafka

    People who have been inside the “tent courts” describe a surreal world. A massive complex of gleaming white tents sits on a platform over a former parking lot. Fake grass turf covers the walkways between tents, while gray linoleum covers the floors of the vinyl-walled hallways, offices, and courtroom spaces inside. The judge appears on a large video display, sitting in a real courtroom many miles away. The prosecutor speaks off-screen, and often untranslated.

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