Developing Leaders for Justice & Peace in Each Generation -- Their Stories

On Earth Peace has been working with peace and justice leaders for 45 years, but our roots go back 300 years in the historic peace church that birthed our movement and community.

Over the next few years, we will be collecting stories here from dozens of leaders OEP has helped in each generation, and share what they are doing now. Hopefully, you will help spread their stories to inspire others to get involved in doing this kind of work as well.

Are you ready to add your story? Email us!


Walk with us through six generations of leaders for justice and peace.


 

Gen Y Millennials: 1980-2000 (Age 20+)

They experienced the rise of the Internet, 9/11 and the wars that followed. Because of their dependence on technology, they are said to be digital natives.



Marie Benner-Rhoades

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

"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 ..."

Read more about Marie >>

Meet more peace and justice leaders from the Gen Y Millennials generation here >> 

 

Generation X: 1965-1979 (Age 41+) 

Gen X'ers were the first generation to experience: The highest level of education in the US to date. The 1976 oil embargo and the first gas shortages in the US. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the splitting apart of the Soviet Union. MTV and the rise of music videos. The tragedy of Tiananmen Square. The first Gulf War. NAFTA and globalism.


Matt Guynn
Building Capacity for Nonviolent Social Change

"I first connected with On Earth Peace as a sixteen-year-old attending a Peace Retreat at the rural Indiana. A couple of years later, as a college student at Manchester University, I had a summer internship focused on nonviolence training ... "

Read more about Matt>>

Meet more peace and justice leaders from the Gen X generation here >> 

 

Baby Boomers: 1946-1964 (Age 56+) 

The Boomers were born during an economic and baby boom following World War II. These kids lived through the Vietnam War and civil rights movement, all with rock 'n' roll music blaring.


Bill Scheurer
Peacebuilder, Writer, Social Entrepeneur

"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 ..."

Read more about Bill >>

Meet more peace and justice leaders from the Baby Boomers generation here >> 

 

Silent Generation: 1925-1945 (Age 75+)They were born in the Great Depression. They grew up expecting a hard economic life in an era when a Christmas present might be an orange or a full meal.  They are called the Silent Generation because as a group they were not loud. They did not protest in Washington. There were no major wars to protest.

WWII Generation: 1901-1924 (Age 96+)They were born in the Great Depression. They grew up expecting a hard economic life in an era when a Christmas present might be an orange or a full meal.  They are called the Silent Generation because as a group they were not loud. They did not protest in Washington. There were no major wars to protest.

Bill Scheurer

Peacebuilder, Writer, Social Entrepreneur


Albert Nguyen

Dedicated student to understanding and fighting for justice and peace


Marie Benner-Rhoades

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


Albert Nguyen

Dedicated student to understanding and fighting for justice and peace


Marie Benner-Rhoades

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