East Point Peace Academy envisions a world in which historic conflict is fully reconciled and new conflict arises solely as an opportunity for deeper growth.
This world, our Beloved Community, is where a sustainable distribution of resources ensures that all needs are met, where each culture is valued and honored, where each individual is able to fulfill their highest human potential and where the principles and skills of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation are institutionalized across all levels of society as a core value.The Beloved Community is more of a journey of awakening rather than a destination. Waking up to the fact that each conflict that is reconciled, each conflict that creates a strengthened relationship, each conflict that is a lesson learned moves us further toward the Beloved Community, whereas conflict that results in violence moves us away from it.
East Point Peace Academy works to build a powerful, nonviolent army of peace warriors: leaders and active participants invested in creating, supporting and nurturing the Beloved Community.
While violence and conflict affect us all, many current movements fail to address these issues from a holistic perspective. Many organizations or movements are focused on one issue, one community, one campaign or one strategy. This focus can achieve short-term victories, which are important, but it can also further reinforce perceived divisions in the long-term.This focus on short-term work-plans and limited victories can be the result of an absence of a vision for a different world or a faith that we can achieve radical change. We have been investing in violence for thousands of years. We believe that it will take generations to build a truly reconciled world, and unless we have the patience, humility and the audacity to build work-plans that extend 100, 200 or even 500 years, we will be constantly spinning our wheels in the cycles of violence and injustice.
Many of our more recent social movements are not grounded in a long-term strategy for change. We see this where the protest action becomes the goal in and of itself. This is often due to a lack of training and understanding of the commitment required over the long haul. We believe that social change is hard work and does not come overnight. It requires the long-term commitment of the leadership of a movement, much like the way the military invests in war.