Our Model & Framework
Our framework for the teaching and practice of nonviolence begins with individual behavior and study. We encourage those we work with and train to make nonviolence a way of life and we believe that with each individual we touch, we move a step closer to building Our Beloved Healthy Community.
Our model is framed by the four components of the Beloved Healthy Community: Educate, Console/Grieve, Sustain, and Celebrate. We apply these components to ourselves, our clients, and our community.
Beloved Community components
A community that amuses itself is a community that is creative. Seeing positive aspects of community allows people to think of positive possibilities. It allows people to alleviate stress and reflect on what is good in their lives.
A community that educates itself is a community that is informed and engaged. Components of education are many - safe, supported schools, regular passing-on of local knowledge and lore, and the sharing of history within a community.
A community that grieves together is empathetic, sympathetic, and connected in constructive ways. We must be able to grieve positively and support positively and with consistency.
A community that sustains itself is thriving, and able to nourish optimism and joy in its members. It is one that allows for its members to have equal access to economic opportunities to leverage resources for the benefit of the entire community.
1. Nonviolence is not for Cowards
Nonviolence is active and requires courage.
Nonviolence challenges our physical, spiritual, and emotional selves.
4. Nonviolence holds that we should accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the Cause
Nonviolence holds that we learn from suffering and use it to educate and to transform ourselves and others.
2. The Beloved Community is the goal of Nonviolence
Nonviolence gathers friends & creates reconciliation.
Nonviolent resistance grows the Beloved Community
5. Nonviolence asks us to avoid Internal Violence of the Spirit, as well as External Physical Violence
Nonviolence encourages us to nurture our spirits alongside our bodies.
Nonviolence encourages us to love ourselves and others, even when it is difficult to do so
3. Nonviolence attacks the Forces of Evil, not the persons doing Evil
Nonviolence considers the perspectives of all people.
Nonviolence seeks to right wrongs, not persecute people.
6. Nonviolence holds that the Universe is on the side of Justice
Nonviolence encourages faith that justice will rule in the end.
1. Gather Information
Learn all you can about problems facing you and your community.
Learn through media, history, and most importantly, conversation with others.
4. Negotiate with Dignity for All
Talk to all sides: those hurt by societal ills and those who may contribute to them, whether directly or indirectly.
Use humor, intelligence, and grace to lead to solutions for the greater good.
2. Educate Others
Help those around you better understand the issues facing your community.
Build a team of people devoted to finding solutions.
5. If Negotiation Fails, Take Appropriate Action, Negotiate Again
Demonstrate. Write Letters. Pass Petitions. Canvass Door to Door.
These practices are often used when negotiation fails or to draw greater attention to an issue or problem.
3. Strengthen Commitment
Accept that you will face challenges & obstacles as you work toward change.
Agree to encourage and inspire one another along the journey.
6. Always Reconcile & Celebrate Reconciliation
Keep all negotiations peaceful and constructive.
Agree to disagree when necessary.
Show all involved the benefit to the greater good of change, not what they give up by changing.