Our Principles & Practice


Our mission at East Point Peace Academy is to empower individuals and communities to embrace nonviolence as a transformative force for social change. Through education, training, and advocacy, we strive to cultivate a culture of peace, justice, and reconciliation, fostering a world where conflicts are resolved through dialogue, understanding, and empathy. We are dedicated to building a global community of peace warriors committed to creating, supporting, and nurturing the Beloved Community—a world where every individual is valued, respected, and embraced in their full humanity.


Our vision at East Point Peace Academy is a world where the transformative power of nonviolence is embraced as the cornerstone of social change. In this world, conflicts are opportunities for deeper understanding and growth, and historic grievances are reconciled through dialogue and compassion. We envision a global community where every individual is empowered to contribute to the creation of a Beloved Community—a society built on justice, equality, and mutual respect. Together, we strive to create a world where peace is not just the absence of violence, but the presence of justice and harmony for all.


Our Core Commitments

1) Embracing Fierce Vulnerability

At the heart of our ethos lies a powerful belief: vulnerability is not weakness but rather a profound source of strength—a fusion of love, honesty, and courage that fuels our journey towards transformation.

We dare to be authentic, weaving our convictions into the fabric of our work and our lives. With unwavering determination and boundless compassion, we stand tall, radiating openness, love, and respect to all who cross our path. In the face of adversity, we refuse to shrink or cower, steadfast in our commitment to uphold the dignity of every individual, resisting exploitation and injustice with unyielding fervor.

Within the intricate tapestry of the movement ecosystem, we recognize ourselves as vital threads, each imbued with unique gifts and perspectives. Without judgment, we extend our hands in solidarity, inviting all to join us in the pursuit of wholeness and renewal.

To fully engage in this sacred endeavor, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, unearthing the shadows of our past and present, embracing healing and reconciliation with open hearts. Here, we create a sanctuary for the full spectrum of human emotion—welcoming moments of heartache and fury, uncertainty and reflection, as well as joy, wonder, and profound connection.

The phrase "fierce vulnerability" encapsulates the essence of our organization—a beacon of light rooted in the timeless wisdom of nonviolence traditions. It serves as a rallying cry for each of us to embody these principles in our daily lives, inspiring courage, compassion, and radical transformation.

2) Embracing Interdependence

In our pursuit of a better world, we anchor ourselves in the profound belief that the concept of the Beloved Community and the attainment of collective liberation serve as guiding stars, illuminating both our present endeavors and the path to a brighter future.

With unwavering dedication, we labor to construct bridges that span the vast expanse of demographics, geography, and human experience. We recognize that true liberation knows no boundaries—it is the birthright of every individual, resonating across societal divides and encompassing the well-being of the entire planet.

The scourge of violence touches us all, leaving wounds that cut deep into the fabric of our shared humanity. Yet, in the face of this collective pain, we stand united, committed to fostering a culture of accountability and compassion. Through acts of loving accountability, we confront the ways in which we may inadvertently perpetuate harm, whether on a personal level or through systemic injustices. Central to our ethos is the cultivation of trust and affection, recognizing that our strength lies in the depth of our connections with one another.

We understand that genuine reconciliation demands more than mere words—it requires tangible gestures of restitution, forgiveness, and unwavering accountability. With resolute determination, we pledge ourselves to these transformative practices, steadfastly working to resolve conflicts both within and beyond our community.

In our vision of a just society, equality, equity, and reciprocity stand as pillars upon which we build our collective future. With each step we take, guided by these principles, we draw closer to the realization of a world where every individual is valued, and every voice is heard.

3) Embracing Emergence

In our journey towards a more just and sustainable world, we eschew the confines of rigid plans and hierarchical structures, instead placing our faith in the enchanting power of emergence—a force that propels us beyond the limitations of mere analysis and strategic frameworks.

Drawing inspiration from the timeless wisdom of our ancestors and the intricate dance of nature's patterns, we have come to revere life's innate ability to navigate complexity and foster resilience. Life, in all its splendid diversity, teaches us resilience, experimentation, iteration, spontaneity, and the beauty of nonlinear growth. We aspire to mirror these qualities to the best of our human, albeit imperfect, capabilities.

While we acknowledge the importance of analysis and strategic foresight, we recognize the inherent limitations of attempting to impose rigid control on the dynamic systems of our world. Our efforts to dissect, solve, and dominate often reflect the very systems of oppression we seek to dismantle. Embracing humility, we accept that the path forward remains uncertain, and we relinquish the illusion of possessing all the answers.

Instead, we commit ourselves to courageous experimentation, trusting in the wisdom of life itself to guide our way forward. We embark on a journey of creative exploration, embracing uncertainty and embracing the fluidity of change. In doing so, we honor life's inherent wisdom and remain open to the unexpected pathways that emerge, leading us ever closer to a future grounded in justice, harmony, and collective well-being.

4) Holistic & Integral Approach

The complexities of injustice and oppression manifest in multifaceted and interconnected ways, demanding a response that is equally comprehensive and holistic.

We acknowledge the imperative for our analysis and actions to encompass a broad spectrum, addressing conflicts at every stratum of society—from the internal dynamics of individual consciousness to the intricate tapestry of interpersonal relationships, community dynamics, societal structures, and the global landscape.

Central to our approach is the integration of integral nonviolence—a multifaceted framework that guides our personal and collective endeavors. Within this framework, we engage in three interconnected realms of exploration and growth:

  1. Self-transformation: We recognize that meaningful change begins within ourselves, as we strive to align our principles with our actions on a personal level. Through introspection and self-awareness, we embark on a journey of continual growth and evolution.
  2. Constructive program: We are committed to constructing a just and sustainable society within the existing framework, fostering initiatives that nurture life and dignity for all beings. By actively building alternative systems and practices, we create pathways towards a more equitable and thriving world.
  3. Satyagraha: In the spirit of bold, love-based resistance, we stand against the structures and forces of separation and domination. Grounded in the principles of truth and nonviolent action, we courageously confront injustice with integrity and resolve, embodying the transformative power of love in action.

Through the integration of these interlinked areas of experimentation and development, we strive to cultivate a holistic approach to social transformation—one that addresses the root causes of injustice while nurturing the seeds of liberation and collective flourishing.

5) Commitment to Transparency

At the core of our ethos lies a profound belief: the work of our organization is not ours alone, but rather belongs to the community we serve. With unwavering dedication, we pledge to uphold the principles of transparency at every juncture of our journey.

This commitment transcends mere rhetoric, permeating every facet of our organization—from our internal operations and decision-making processes to the management of our financial resources. We recognize that openness is not merely a virtue but a cornerstone of trust and accountability.

In our interactions with the broader community, we extend the practice of transparency beyond organizational boundaries, embracing it as a guiding principle in our community organizing efforts and direct actions. Embracing the spirit of fierce vulnerability, we prioritize honesty and openness over the false sense of security offered by secrecy. We courageously unveil our faces and hearts, inviting others to join us in this journey of radical transparency, while honoring the diverse needs and preferences of our fellow travelers.

In a world often shrouded in secrecy and mistrust, we stand as beacons of integrity, committed to fostering a culture of openness and accountability in all that we do. By embracing transparency as a guiding light, we lay the groundwork for genuine collaboration, empowerment, and collective transformation.

6) Fostering Empowerment

Our organization is dedicated to nurturing the inherent potential within each individual, empowering them to realize their true calling and unleash their unique gifts upon the world.

We embrace a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, valuing the wisdom and experiences of every member within our community. Recognizing that true power lies in collective unity, we pledge to share our influence in a manner that aligns with our vision of the Beloved Community and collective liberation.

To achieve this noble goal, we are committed to dismantling systemic barriers that hinder individuals, particularly those facing marginalization, from discovering, embracing, and manifesting their purpose. Through intentional efforts to address inequities and foster inclusivity, we strive to create an environment where every voice is heard, every talent is valued, and every heart is empowered to soar.

In our pursuit of empowerment, we stand as champions of justice and equality, working tirelessly to create a world where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the collective tapestry of humanity.

7) Cultivating Generosity

Within our community, we embrace generosity as a transformative force—one that binds us together in healing and connection.

We perceive generosity not only as a virtue but as a profound act of healing and interconnectedness. As we navigate the intricate web of life, we bear witness to the inherent delight human beings find in extending a helping hand and sharing their abundance with others. In all our interactions, we strive to embody this spirit of generosity, recognizing it as a potent catalyst for positive change.

We celebrate generosity in its myriad forms, whether it be the gift of our time, energy, inspiration, or financial resources. These offerings are made with an open heart, without expectation of reciprocity or transactional gain. Instead, they are freely given in service to the collective upliftment of all beings.

Central to our ethos is the practice of gift economics—an economic model grounded in the principles of abundance, reciprocity, and interconnectedness. We recognize the limitations of the prevailing system, which fosters competition and perpetuates cycles of separation and inequality. By embracing a paradigm of generosity, we envision a profound shift in consciousness—one that accelerates the transformation of our culture towards one of unity, compassion, and shared prosperity.

In cultivating generosity as a guiding principle, we sow the seeds of a more equitable and sustainable world, where the inherent interconnectedness of all life is honored and cherished.

8) Embracing the Long View

The tapestry of human history is woven with threads of both violence and resilience, and our journey toward justice and healing spans generations.

Our vision of building Beloved Community is not confined to the narrow scope of election cycles or short-term strategic plans; rather, it is a commitment to a strategic arc that transcends the boundaries of time. In an era marked by unprecedented global challenges, including the climate emergency and the interconnected social crises that underpin it, we recognize the profound significance of the coming years in shaping the trajectory of our intergenerational work.

We see ourselves as custodians of a sacred continuum, bridging the wisdom of our ancestors with the aspirations of future generations. Charged with the formidable task of transforming intergenerational trauma into collective resilience, we draw upon the rich tapestry of ancestral wisdom that has been entrusted to us.

To pass down the torch of resilience to those who will inherit the earth, we must grapple with fundamental questions that transcend individual lifetimes: What does sufficiency look like in a world driven by excess? How do we cultivate equity and justice in a landscape marked by disparity? And perhaps most crucially, how do we mend the fractured bonds between ourselves and the earth, restoring harmony and balance to our interconnected web of existence?

As stewards of this sacred continuum, we embark on a journey of collective discovery and action, guided by the wisdom of both past and future generations. With humility, courage, and unwavering commitment, we strive to weave a legacy of healing, justice, and interconnectedness that will endure for generations to come.

9) Shugyo: The Path of Disciplined Practice

At the heart of our journey lies a commitment to disciplined practice and fearless experimentation, guided by a willingness to embrace our imperfections and learn from our mistakes.

We recognize that the true measure of our impact lies not in the elegance of our words or the clarity of our intentions, but in the sincerity of our actions and the depth of our engagement. Our path is one of humble exploration, where the journey itself holds greater significance than any predetermined destination.

In our quest for a more just and harmonious world, we acknowledge the limitations of our understanding and the uncertainty of the path ahead. We do not claim to possess all the answers, nor do we presume to know the best course of action. Instead, we embrace a spirit of disciplined inquiry and ongoing experimentation, seeking to refine our capacity to perceive and respond to the evolving needs of our interconnected world.

Through consistent practice and creative exploration, we endeavor to deepen our connection to the pulse of life, honing our ability to discern where our unique gifts intersect with the urgent call for healing and restoration. In this way, we aspire to be vessels of meaningful service, dedicated to nurturing the well-being of all beings and the intricate web of life that sustains us.