Nonviolence in Wartime

Photo by Sergey Bobok

Caption: An Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman faces a long row of tanks. 

Written by Matt Guynn, Director of Organizing 

 

On Earth Peace is a peace agency of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church, which has long stood against war and sought to heal or accompany those affected by it.  As we watch the news from Ukraine, please spend time with the recent statement of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board and use tips for talking with children about war provided by the Church of the Brethren Childrens’ Disaster Services. You can also support on-the-ground material relief efforts for Ukraine through donations to Brethren Disaster Ministries.

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A Fellow's Reflection

Caption: Annabell stands in front of a castle, smiling at the camera.  

Written by Annabell Knapp, Kingian Nonviolence Fellow

 

Hello everyone! My name is Annabell, and I am the new Kingian Nonviolence Fellow for On Earth Peace! I want to take a moment and talk to you about the importance of Kingian Nonviolence (KNV), and the impact it has had on me personally.

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Annual Poster Report 2022

Caption: 'Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil' is written.

Written by Marie Benner-Rhoades, Youth & Young Adult Peace Formation Director

 

In 2022, OEP is lifting up Principle Three of Dr. King’s nonviolence approach, “Attack Forces of Evil, Not Persons Doing Evil.”  This can also be phrased as “nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.”  This is a call to discipline for all aspiring nonviolence practitioners.  

Principle Three invites us to channel both righteous indignation and agape love to serve the cause of justice, reconciliation, and freedom. In general terms, is love or indignation more in your comfort zone?  Lots of us become angry about people and situations in the world around us. Lots of us seek to follow Jesus' call to love enemies. Does one come more naturally to you?

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The New Year & Childcare in the US

Image courtesy of Getty Creative Images.

Caption: Multi-ethnic group of children colouring at a table while wearing protective face masks to avoid the transfer of germs.

Written by: Hannah Bentley, Gender Justice Organizer

 

As we move into a new year, we move back into school after a well-deserved winter break. While many parents throughout the U.S. were happy to have multiple days off to spend with their children while school was out for the holidays, others had to continue to work throughout that time. For those parents who were forced to work, for monetary or other reasons, the holidays were likely a stressful time. They had to find childcare for their children, an expensive and, due to the current worker shortage, generally difficult endeavor.

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Children as Peacemakers: Black History Month

For Black History month, here is a list of read alouds celebrating black history and heritage!

Join our event "Children as Peacemakers: Black History Month - On Earth Peace" on Saturday, Feb 19th @12:00pm EDT using the following link: Children as Peacemakers: Equipping Resilient Leaders | An open discussion about children and racial justice - On Earth Peace

 

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