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A sequential process of nonviolent conflict-resolution and social change based on Dr. King’s teachings.


The Six Steps of Nonviolence developed by The King Center include:

  1. Information gathering and research to get the facts straight.
  2. Education of adversaries and the public about the facts of the dispute.
  3. Personal Commitment to nonviolent attitudes and action.
  4. Negotiation with adversary in a spirit of goodwill to correct injustice.
  5. Nonviolent direct action, such as marches, boycotts, mass demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins etc., to help persuade or compel adversary to work toward dispute-resolution.
  6. Reconciliation of adversaries in a win-win outcome in establishing a sense of community.

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The Mosaic That Shows Us the Face of God

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.

That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: "I make God visible." But others who see us together can say: "They make God visible." Community is where humility and glory touch.