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Join On Earth Peace for an intensive, life-changing experience, preparing you to teach Kingian Nonviolence!
This material has helped me to understand the problems we are facing in the world as well as how to address these problems. The level 1 training specifically has empowered me to train thousands in nonviolence as well as made my direct action trainings more effective and meaningful. In addition to the broader social problems the Kingian material has helped me to better understand the dynamics within organizations and how they can help or hurt our causes.
--Cristobal Van Breen, KNV Level 1 Teaching Team
Beginning September 15, 2022, On Earth Peace is offering an online Level 1 Training of Trainers in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation.
Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation is an approach to conflict and community leadership that offers principles 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.
Kingian Nonviolence workshops are transformational experiences that have helped thousands of people around the world understand the depth of the philosophy of nonviolence and learn to begin to bring the practices into their lives and their work. Whether you are an organizer working for social change, a teacher trying to change the culture of your school or simply an individual trying to deal with the conflicts in your personal life, each person will walk away from our workshops with new skills and a new perspective.
Kingian Nonviolence is rooted in the philosophy and leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the leadership of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The curriculum was codified by Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., and David Jehnsen, both of whom served on Dr. King’s staff in the 1960s, and who sought to make lessons and tools from the Kingian legacy and the Civil Rights Movement period available for people to address today’s conflicts, concerns and conditions.
The classwork section of the course is 4 hours a week, from September 15-December 15, 2022. The class meets on Thursdays from 11am-3pm Eastern time. Click here for the start time in your time zone. Those who successfully complete the classwork section (September-December 2022) are eligible for Practice Teaching (January-April 2023), where participants work in small teams supported by a senior trainer, to co-facilitate a public 16-hour core workshop in Kingian Nonviolence. Click here for the start time in your time zone.
Coursework and practice teaching for this course take place completely online, using the Zoom platform.
Our group will handle the overall cost of the entire program collectively using an approach called Gift Economics. There will not be a specific price that you must pay: Organizers will clearly describe the financial outlay necessary to undergird the program. The group will work together to cover those costs as completely as possible through donations, raising funds in their own networks, etc. Donations will remain anonymous with no specific pressure put on anyone to contribute a specific amount. On Earth Peace is learning this practice from our partners at East Point Peace Academy. You can learn about the approach on their website here: https://www.eastpointpeace.org/gifteconomics.
Details are still firming up, but there will likely be a basic materials/resources fee of approximately US$100 for key program resources you will receive. If this is a hardship, accommodations can be made. If you are in a position to cover another participant’s materials fee, let us know.
Participants who successfully complete both the classwork section and practice teaching, demonstrating competence in teaching Kingian Nonviolence material and facilitating a group will receive “Level One Certification in Kingian Nonviolence.” Level One Certification recognizes your skill and authority to lead a two-day KNV core workshop or its equivalent.
Detailed course information: https://bit.ly/2022-KNVLevel1-CourseInfo
To apply for this course, fill out this application form: https://bit.ly/2022-KNVLevel1-Application
The organizing team will meet the week of August 29 to review applications in light of the work you're doing (community leadership) and the ethnic/cultural diversity of the cohort.
Please email [email protected] with questions.
Join us on Saturday 10th December at 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT/7:00PM Palestine/5:00PM GMT via zoom for On Earth Performers Drama Club Showcase!
Over the eight sessions the children have been developing their own performances and are so excited to debut their creations! We have performances on themes of friendship, bullying and environmental concerns. The children from the US and Palestine have developed the stories and characters themselves and will be performing their narratives during the event! After all the children have performed there will be a Q&A with the cast, where audience members are invited to ask the performers about their work and the sessions.
This event will be a celebration of their creativity and hard work and we would love to see as many supportive audience members as possible!
On Earth Performers Drama Club sessions are facilitated by Simi Gill, our Children's Peace Formation Organizer who has an extensive background in Children's Development and Drama and Theater! She has currently finished studying a Masters in Applied Theater as well as working at Little Angel Theater and Half Moon Theatre in London, United Kingdom, who create puppetry theater for young children and their families.
Join us on December 16, 2022 for an Organizing Meeting with On Earth Peace’s gun violence organizing campaign. We want to connect with people in churches and neighbourhoods who are concerned about gun violence in our country - who are already taking some action or who want to get involved. Come share your story or your hopes for involvement!
This initiative aims to move our constituency into action to reduce gun violence in the United States. If you have been active, we want to hear your stories so others can learn from your experience; if you are recently fired up, we want to offer the community a place to connect. We want to build capacity and commitment and see the way forward for all of us.
You can expect to:
- hear updates from OEP organizing interns about current action on gun violence
- reflect on your (possible) role in the movement
- connect with others who are concerned or involved
- get some energy and power for the work ahead
- identify immediate next steps in your own action against gun violence
At 2:30 Eastern, thirty minutes before the full meetup, we extend a special invitation to members and friends of the Church of the Brethren to join a pre-meetup chat about how we might work together to do something about gun violence specifically as Brethren. How could we stimulate our beloved denomination to take a strong public stance or develop more local initiatives on gun violence? The 30-minute "chat" will be convened by Matt Guynn, OEP's director of organizing, and Mandy Park, a member of OEP's Gun Violence Organizing Campaign who is involved with Moms Demand Action. Mandy is a member of Brownsville CoB, Knoxville, MD.
On Earth Peace is a Kingian Nonviolence organization. Our vision is a world in Beloved Community, liberated from oppression, violence, and war. An agency of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church, On Earth Peace works with both faith-based individuals and communities and people and groups with no specific faith affiliation who are interested in applying the legacy of nonviolence to solve problems today.
Join On Earth Peace for an
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY VIGIL
Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST (online)
As we begin the season of Advent, we recall the arduous journey of our Holy Family as they found their way to Bethlehem and then to Egypt and now can see many similarities to today's migrant families.
From December 2 - 18, immigration advocates will make a 2200-mile Journey for Justice, a 16-day border pilgrimage being spearheaded by Witness at the Border (https://witnessattheborder.org/). Advocates will travel in honor and remembrance of the lives of all migrants and asylum seekers who have suffered and even perished at the US-Mexico border. Beginning in Brownsville, TX, the journey includes stops at key border towns to show a sign of solidarity and spend the day helping those in need. It also represents the Mexican tradition of pidiendo posada, seeking shelter among strangers. The journey culminates on Sunday, December 18, International Migrants Day in San Diego, CA.
Join On Earth Peace for the rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in an online Vigil in solidarity with those making the Journey for Justice:
12/18/2022 @ 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST
Via ZOOM @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81644873452