Welcome to the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus!

                                                                  Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to teach and promote the nonviolence of Jesus, to help end violence and to create a new culture of nonviolence through workshops, podcasts, and conferences.

Mission Statement:

To teach and promote the Gospel message that Jesus was totally nonviolent, and that all his followers are called to be totally nonviolent.

Vision Statement:

We strive to help Christians study and live Jesus’ Gospel teachings of nonviolence, especially in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7), so that more and more people will practice creative Gospel nonviolence, like Gandhi, Dorothy Day and Dr. King, and work for the abolition of racism, poverty, war, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction, and for the coming of a new culture of nonviolence. We use Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace Message, “Nonviolence—A Style of Politics for Peace,” as a guidepost.  We offer online and in person workshops, retreats and conferences, podcasts, videos, books, articles and consultation to help fulfill our mission.


Jesus of Nazareth, CEO

Rev. John Dear, Founder and Executive Director

Kassandra Souza, Administrative Consultant

Rosie Davila, Zoom Consultant

Board of Directors:

Terry Rynne

Sharon Halsey Hoover

Rev. Ray East

Catherine Crosby

(John Dear, ex officio)

                                                           The Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus is a 501c3 Nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

The Beatitudes Center
PO Box 1915
Morro Bay, CA 93443


The Beatitudes of the Nonviolent Jesus:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons and daughters of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

–Matthew 5:3-12