Fellowship Cohort 2021

In 2021, On Earth Peace fully launched our first Fellows cohort as an extension of our internship program.  Our Fellows deepen the work begun in their internships, allowing OEP to do even more! Here is a bit from each of them: 

Anna Rodriguez, Kingian Nonviolence Fellow (former Environmental Justice Organizer and Kingian Nonviolence Organizer):

I learned about Kingian Nonviolence when I started working for OEP and it opened my mind to want to develop new skills in the field. I started attending OEP webinars where interns had the chance to learn about Kingian Nonviolence.  Soon I realized it wasn’t merely a concept but a way of life… In the last year I have had the opportunity to grow at the personal and professional level, to learn from different communities about conflict, peace and reconciliation, and to become a better leader myself.

Kharis Murphy, Communications Fellow (former Stop Recruiting Kids Organizer):

Through my internship experiences, I was able to build skills in strategic thinking, setting goals for campaigns, capacity building in order to meet goals, collaboration, and creative problem solving. I believe these skills as well as skills I have developed through outside experience in the past year equip me well as the Communications Fellow with OEP.

Tamera Shaw, Organizing Fellow (former Racial Justice Organizer):

I’m interested in looking at the type of organizing that OEP is doing. What are the expectations? And, more importantly, what’s possible? Through my experience as an intern, I’ve learned that actual work with real people is possible! And, because we are an agency of the Church of the Brethren (COB), how do we appropriately stimulate the COB in order to create a better relationship/connection with the COB as an institution?

Skylar Rella, Anti-Racism Transformation Team Fellow (former Gender Justice Organizer):

I wholeheartedly believe that anti-racism should always be central, with an acknowledgement and understanding, too, that racism at its roots is deeply tied to many other forms of oppression. The invention of gender and sex categories in particular came to be in our culture in ways that were very intentionally tied to upholding white supremacy; this reality makes it so that, in a variety of ways, gender in particular is very much part of the conversation about race. I personally believe an intersectional approach is a necessary part of moving forward in this work in more effective, intentional, and loving ways.

Sadia Aurna, Development Fellow (former Campaign Organizer):

Fundraising and development work is something that I am extremely passionate about. I envision structuring our prospect research, grant research and outreach to both individuals and the congregations. I look forward to the next year as I and the team work for peace and justice. Peace and love that come within our very core, I believe, has the power to transform the world in the most positive way possible.


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9.16 Highlights

  • On September 23, at 3:00pm, there will be an Intro to Kingian Nonviolence session facilitated by Dr. Mark Friedman and Anna Rodriguez. Register by clicking here!
  • On September 8, Matt Guynn preached for the weekly chapel service of Bethany Theological Seminary as part of a multi-week series on "Active Pacifism."
  • On September 7, David Jehnsen, Clara McGilly, and Matt Guynn offered a workshop on the Brethren roots of Kingian Nonviolence as part of the Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference.
  • On October 19, there will be an Intro to Kingian Nonviolence facilitated by Pam Smith and Clara McGilly. Register by clicking here!
  • On September 9, Matt Guynn participated in the board meeting of the Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities, which publishes the Kingian Nonviolence curriculum.
  • On September 14, OEP connected with congregational donors and supporters through three updates conducted via Zoom.
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Community Meet-up #15

Caption: An image of Samuel Sarpiya, as well as his book The Highest of All Mountains

Written by Matt Guynn, Church and Community Group Director of Organizing


We are also pleased to welcome Samuel Sarpiya for our 15th OEP Community Meetup on September 17. Samuel first connected with OEP as part of Peace Day-inspired organizing in 2009, when he was planting a church in Rockford, IL.  Samuel will draw from his peacemaking and ministry experiences in Nigeria, South Africa, Hawaii, Illinois, and now Quebec. He recently published the book, The Highest of All Mountains: A Guide for Christians Seeking Peace and Becoming Peacemakers.  Samuel will share from his journey as a nonviolent practitioner, about the book, and respond to any questions about nonviolence as a way of life. More info and registration here

About the novel: This book is for people who believe that the gospel is a message of peace and this gospel of peace is relevant for our time. Peacemaking is a core part of our Christian discipleship just as we learn how to pray, just as we learn how to love our neighbors, just as we learn how to feed the hungry. We can also learn how to be peacemakers. This book will serve as a guide that will offer a scriptural guide with practical stories and applications. Readers will be challenged by Scripture to take the call to peacemaking into their communities.

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Peace Day Resources

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Caption: A painting with a sprouting seed being the main focus. 

Written by Matt Guynn, Church and Community Group Director of Organizing


This is the 15th year that On Earth Peace has invited congregations and community groups to participate in the International Day of Peace (September 21).  This year we offer “Seeds of Peace,” a reflective meditation or prayer for use in personal meditation or congregational worship. Congregations are invited to incorporate this prayer into services on Sunday, September 19, or Sunday, September 26.  Please let us know how you use it by writing to [email protected].  You can find the prayer here.

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"Seeds of Peace" Prayer - International Day of Peace, September 2021

On Earth Peace invites individuals to use this prayer sometime in September, or congregations to incorporate this meditative prayer time in their services on Sunday, September 19, or Sunday, September 26.  Feel free to change "us" for "me" depending on context. 

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