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.


  • OEP Book Group: Drew Hart’s Who Will Be A Witness?

    Every Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 EST: October 21st, 28th & November 4th & 11th

    Join us in October and November to discuss Drew Hart’s book, Who Will Be A Witness? Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance. Sessions will be facilitated by OEP’s Racial Justice Organizers Tamera Shaw and Grace Cook-Huffman.

    How can followers of Jesus can activate ourselves for resistance and justice in our communities? Hart asks us to disrupt the teachings of white Christianity and religious nationalism to uncover and rediscover true Christianity. Intertwining scripture and personal anecdotes, Hart offers us support and empowerment to be true witnesses to God’s message of love and justice in our local and national contexts. The book calls readers to work for all forms of justice - racial, economic, environmental, and more.

    “May we have the courage to talk back and invite those in society to undergo a radical revolution of values, repentance, and rebirth so that we may begin to experience a taste of beloved community in this land” (Hart, 172). 

    We invite you to read chapters beforehand, but it’s not required for participation in the conversation. In each session, the facilitators will provide quotes and questions connected to the featured chapters. 


    Session Dates and Times:

    All sessions will take place from 7:00-8:30 EST via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

    Sessions will cover the following chapters: 

    October 21

    • Chapter 1: Trouble Won’t Last Always
    • Chapter 2: Liberating Barabbas: And the Things That Make for Peace 
    • Chapter 3: The Supremacist Captivity of The Church

    October 28  

    • Chapter 4: "Talking Back, Talking Black": Unveiling America's Sins and Its Myth of Exceptionalism 
    • Chapter 5: The Politics of The Church: Belong, Power, and Jesus Our Center  

    November 4  

    • Chapter 6: Justice and Worshiping Community
    • Chapter 7: Economic Injustice and the Church 

    November 11

    • Chapter 8: The Things That Make for Peace: Conducive Strategies for Ecclesial Grassroots Justice Work
    • Chapter 9: The Politics of Love 
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    October 21, 2020 at 7pm - November 11, 2020 at 6pm
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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 organizing@OnEarthPeace.org!  - 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.

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