Marie Benner-Rhoades

Developing leadership for peace in every generation- children, youth, and young adults


Marie is extensively involved in many communities, dedicating herself to fighting for justice and peace and standing up to violence and oppression. One of her roles is being the Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation Director for On Earth Peace. Some of her other key commitments include serving on the steering committee of Christian Peacemaker Teams. Marie is also active in Open Doors English located in Ithaca, NY as the Advisory Board chair/convener. She is also involved in Community Counts Bullying Prevention Task Force at Trumansburg Elementary School.

On Earth Peace

On Earth Peace (OEP) focuses on supporting people who are working for justice and peace, helping them to develop as leaders in their communities. Marie has been a pivotal member of OEP. She brings her vast experience in non-profit work and as the current Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation Director to help foster the internship program which allows for talented and inspiring interns to get a feel of working in a well respected non-profit organization. Furthermore, she is in charge of coordinating and overseeing youth programming and helping to organize workshops. 

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Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an accompaniment organization, people go to specific locations and walk with other people who are experiencing violent oppression and help to amplify their stories of abuse and oppression so that they may be heard by everybody. CPT primarily works out of Turtle Island (US, Canada), Palestine, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Colombia and the Aegean Migrant Solidarity. Marie is the chair of the steering committee as a representative for OEP where she assisted in developing the Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy and Child Safeguarding Policy. She takes pride in her work as she is able to connect the undoing oppression work done by both CPT and OEP and in the process strengthen both organizations.

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Open Doors English

Open Doors English (ODE) empowers adult English language learners in Ithaca and Tompkins County to live fuller lives through affordable, comprehensive English Language (ESL) classes. The organization works to build trust between people in the Ithaca community as well as being a program of the Center For Transformative Action. Marie is the Advisory Board chair/convener where she brings her non profit experience and logistical experience to help build it so that it may continue to serve the people of Ithaca. 

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“OEP’s value of intergenerational leadership development has impacted my work for justice and peace -- first as a youth through their peace retreats, then as a young adult staff person providing a decentralized work culture that allowed me to move and grow without changing my job, and now as a parent and professional welcoming my children into OEP spaces and inviting me to participate in organizational leadership at OEP and with our partners.” 
-- Marie Rhoades



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