Matt Guynn

Matt Guynn is director of organizing for church and community groups for On Earth Peace.  He works with groups around the U.S. and internationally build capacity for nonviolence and develop projects to challenge violence and build justice. He has been part of Training for Change, an international social change training center based in Philadelphia, PA, for twenty years. He currently serves as co-chair for nonviolent moral fusion direct action training with the Oregon Chapter of the Poor People's Campaign. Guynn is a co-founder the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, which provides online and face-to-face trainings and extends the Kingian Nonviolence legacy. He is a trainer with and serves on the training advisory council of PeoplesHub, an online social change training school. Matt has consulted with organizations including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Greenpeace USA, and previously worked as co-coordinator of training for Christian Peacemaker Teams, preparing people to carry out nonviolent direct action and unarmed accompaniment in conflict zones. He served as an unarmed bodyguard in Chiapas, Mexico. Matt holds a B.A. in Peace Studies (Manchester University, 1995), an M.A. in International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame, 1996), and an M.A. in Theology (Bethany Theological Seminary, 2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Sarah and sons Daniel and Owen. On Twitter at @OEPNonviolence.

  • rsvped for Community-Based Responses to Asylum Issues 2021-01-14 15:38:07 -0500

    OEP and the Oasis Center: Community-Based Responses to Asylum Issues

    Globally, there are now over 79 million people forcibly displaced from their homes. Experiences of violence, poverty, climate catastrophe, and persecution drive people to seek safety and well-being elsewhere. Their suffering is further exacerbated by inhumane and abusive treatment at our borders and within U.S. detention centers. How can we develop and implement a human-centered, positive peace framework in our communities to counter this egregious system and accompany asylum seekers?

    Join OEP’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community and Kathryn LaPointe, director of the Oasis Center, in a conversation about community support models. We will discuss opportunities to cultivate a diverse network of care for those seeking asylum. There will be one 75-minute session on January 23 at 3:00 PM (PST)/6:00 PM (EST) and another on January 25 at 10:00 AM (PST)/1:00 PM (EST) via Zoom. Two sessions are offered to accommodate different schedules, so attendance at both sessions is not expected. Space in each session is limited! Following this event, Kathryn LaPointe will offer future trainings to guide individuals and faith groups in the implementation of community-based responses.

    Click here to find the start time in your time zone for the session on January 23!

    Click here to find the start time in your time zone for the session on January 25!

    Learn more about Kathryn LaPointe and OEP’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community below: 

    Kathryn serves as the director of the Oasis Center, an interfaith service initiative of San Diego Church of the Brethren. She has been involved with all aspects of the U.S. asylum system, including training sponsors, starting church shelters, reunifying families, coordinating detention releases, and accompanying those seeking asylum to court and ICE check-ins. Her prior work included roles as a corporate paralegal, a human resource director for the American Embassy, a client relationship manager for an ethical finance firm and too many food service jobs to count. She loves drinking coffee, walking her dogs, and then drinking more coffee. 

    OEP’s Migrant Justice Learning Action Community is an inclusive community that provides awareness, education, collaboration, and action among advocates and organizations committed to migrant justice. Through relationship and capacity building, it is a platform that unites and empowers its members to actualize values of love, peace, justice, belonging, and human concern for migrant communities.

    What to expect:

    • Open conversations about community-based responses to asylum issues
    • Personal sharing with the entire group
    • Building community with migrant justice advocates

    If you plan to attend the session on January 23 or the session on January 25, please RSVP below. Once you do so, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information for January 23 and January 25. Since you will have the Zoom meeting information for both sessions, you are able to choose which session to attend. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email:


    January 23, 2021 at 6pm
    Online - Zoom
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  • Congregational Visit: University Baptist and Brethren Church, State College, PA

    It was great to visit with folks in the adult education hour at University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College, PA, this weekend. We shared about their work for peace and justice, On Earth Peace's current program opportunities, and the Kingian Nonviolence framework. If you would like to schedule an OEP Program Update or Kingian Nonviolence intro session for your congregation, please contact!  - Matt Guynn, director of church and community organizing  

  • commented on Congregational Peace Health Checkup 2018-07-16 13:14:28 -0400
    Thanks Ken and Gerald! I’ll follow up with both of you in a couple of weeks when we have more info to share about the pilot phase.

  • published MLK Day 2018 Signup in Events 2018-01-12 18:14:44 -0500

    MLK Day 2018

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On Earth Peace's Director of Church and Community Organizing. Portland, OR.
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