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

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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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Youth & Young Adult Grant Updates

Caption: A hand is placing a flower in a gun, with the first principle of Kingian Nonviolence above it.

Written by: Briel Slocum, Youth & Young Adult Assistant

 

In the Youth and Young Adult internship, I work with different groups to help counsel them in justice projects they are leading. I work with three different groups currently, and everyone is contributing to their community in abundant ways! Currently, consultation is being granted with three different groups: a group in Ohio, Harrisburg Church of the Brethren, and Westminster Church of the Brethren. Young adults are finding exciting ways to build peace and justice by taking initiative and getting involved.

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Attack Forces of Evil, Not Persons Doing Evil

A chainlink fence acts as the background to the third principle of Kingian Nonviolence. 

Written by Matt Guynn, Director of Organizing

 

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day! MLK Day is an invitation to re-commit to nonviolence as a way of life. Honoring Dr. King invites each of us to commit to become practitioners of nonviolence, experimenters with soul force in the face of supremacy and violence. We honor Dr. King and the women and men who advanced civil and human rights fifty years ago when we turn our own eyes to the horizon, and set our own hands to the same work they chose in their times. I’d love to hear how you have made this commitment in your own life, or how you’d like to do so even more this year; please share your story with me at [email protected].

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