A Path to Beloved Community: RCNV’s Commitment to Open Dialogue

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is deeply grieved by the recent surge of violence in Israel and Gaza. RCNV condemns all acts of violence that have occurred in the past few days. Reports indicate that hundreds have been killed and thousands wounded, both Israelis and Palestinians. RCNV mourns with the victims of the violence and their families.

In a world marked by divisions and inequalities, the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) stands firm in its mission to cultivate Beloved Communities guided by the principles of nonviolence and antiracism. According to Kingian Philosophy, the importance of nonviolence is to seek to build friendship and understanding, creating a Beloved Community through redemption and reconciliation. Our fundamental commitment to promoting equity, justice, and peace remains at the core of our work. 

At RCNV, we actively support critical analysis, education, and community organizing, working tirelessly against all forms of injustice, including racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, militarism, economic exploitation, gender oppression, and colonialism. These issues represent not just the challenges we face but the very essence of what we must confront to achieve a more just world.

Our commitment extends to convening groups that share our vision of building capacity for justice and peace. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to create spaces for meaningful dialogue, critical thinking, and collective action. In this pursuit, we invite speakers who share their stories of oppression, resistance, and liberation as part of a broader narrative of hope and progress.

In the spirit of open dialogue, RCNV is providing space to the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism for a conference on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. While we are not a sponsor of this conference and were not involved in the creation of the Institute or its convening conference, we recognize the significance of making space to foster constructive dialogue. 

We embrace invitational dialogue to thoroughly analyze the policies and practices of any government and engage in rich inquiry over ideas and standpoints. The RCNV stands firm against violence and acts of war. We look forward to future opportunities to convene conversations on other perspectives and critical issues, in ways that encourage community reflection and propel us toward the vision of a Beloved Community.

At RCNV, we remain committed to our mission, where nonviolence and antiracism are the guiding lights on our path to a more just and peaceful world.

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