Peacemaking and nonviolence are philosophies that support direct action against both individual and institutional forms of discrimination and violence including poverty, racism, genderism, classism, heterosexism and the degradation of communities.
Peacemaking and nonviolent strategies contain a Transforming Power that is alive in each of us. By using such Transforming Power we can individually and collectively transform conflicts into opportunities offers a Power that is in each of us. This Power transforms conflicts into opportunities to learn, to grow with dignity, to show respect for each other and to be free.
Peacemaking requires humility of spirit.
Peacemaking requires sacrifice of privilege and power.
Peacemaking requires acts of great courage and risk-taking.
Peacemaking is inclusive.
Peacemaking is seeking first to understand than to be understood.
Peacemaking is listening deeply more that talking.
Peacemaking is respecting everyone’s experience.
Peacemaking is expecting the best.
Peacemaking is understanding the power of consensus.
Peacemaking is building community.
Peacemaking is promoting a just society.
Peacemaking is Transforming Power—finding the power to transform conflict.
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