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.


Rev. John Dear, Founder and Executive Director

Ruth Ann Angus, Administrative Consultant

Board of Directors:

Terry Rynne

Sharon Halsey Hoover

Rev. Ray East

Catherine Crosby

(John Dear, ex officio)

The Beatitudes Center
PO Box 1915
Morro Bay, CA 93443