Team of eight will lead On Earth Peace in anti-racism strategic planning 

NEW WINDSOR, MD – On Earth Peace has called an Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT).  The eight members include:

Carla Gillespie (Englewood, OH): OEP board member and grant writer
Tami Grandison
(Quinter, KS): Former teacher, trainer, and nonprofit director
Caitlin Haynes
(Baltimore, MD): OEP board member and healthcare worker
Patricia Levroney
(Westminster, MD): School administrator and trainer
Carol Rose
(Chicago, IL): Pastor, peacemaker, and former nonprofit director
Alfredo Santiago
(Baltimore, MD): Social worker
Bill Scheurer
(Lindenhurst, IL): OEP executive director
Amaha Sellassie
(Dayton, OH): PhD student and community organizer

The team begins its work with training facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, consultants who have worked with On Earth Peace since 2012.   The team is empowered to:

    • Lead and hold On Earth Peace accountable for dismantling racism within the organization, by partnering with the board, staff, and stakeholders to create policies, practices, norms, and spaces consistent with racial justice.
    • Move On Earth Peace from being an organization that is simply aware of its institutional racism, to a fully transformed multiracial, multicultural, and anti-racist institution. 
    • Create and help carry out the Anti-Racism Transformation Plan, to become a genuinely multiracial and multicultural organization and peacebuilder community.
    • Help On Earth Peace become more accountable to the communities of color with whom we are connecting, especially as we seek to expand our constituency within and beyond the Church of the Brethren.
    • Share the story of this institutional anti-racism work with – and provide continued anti-racism education to – On Earth Peace staff, board, constituencies, and stakeholders.

On Earth Peace understands racism to be racial bias (which social science research shows most people have in some form) plus the misuse of systemic power.  This team is an outcome of On Earth Peace’s commitment to respond to personal and institutional manifestations of racism, by addressing racism within its own structure and culture. On Earth Peace recognizes the perpetuation of institutional racism and its ability to maintain unearned power and privilege through formal policies, practices, teachings and decision-making – thereby excluding or limiting full participation in the organization by people of color. Through the creation of this team, On Earth Peace intends to effectively and credibly help its constituent peacebuilders end violence and war by addressing injustices and walking a path toward full ownership and participation by people of all racial identities.

On Earth Peace is a non-profit organization and agency of the Church of the Brethren, that helps individuals, congregations, communities and other groups grow in peace through powerful programs of training and accompaniment. It’s mission is to answer Jesus Christ’s call for peace and justice through its ministries; build thriving families, congregations and communities; and provide the skills, support, and spiritual foundation to face violence with active nonviolence. To learn more, visit www.onearthpeace.org.