TO EMPOWER, INSPIRE and TRAIN CURRENT & FUTURE LEADERS TO IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNITIES LOCALLY, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY… FOR THE COMMON GOOD.

The mission of the Institute is to provide a platform for citizens of every walk of life to learn the important principles that underlie nonviolent advocacy. Central to this mission is a push to provide future leaders and “change agents” with opportunities to explore the moral, ethical, and theological imperatives for justice and human rights for all people.

Simply put, our Mission is to change lives for the better, in a real and permanent way.

IN THE NEWS

Our Four Program Areas Local - International

Civil and Human Rights

Includes Political & Civic Participation, Racial Justice, Women’s and Children’s Rights Violence

Social Justice

Includes Economic, Environmental, and Criminal Justice Violence

Education

Literacy, Digital Divide, Violence

Community Health

Poverty & Violence

 

THE VOICES OF CHANGE

Here at the Lowery Institute we implement much of our programming through our Change Agent Program. Through inter-generational transfer of knowledge, college students mentor inner city elementary – high schoolers on conflict resolution daily – teaching them how to  solve disagreements without violence..to find their voice without escalating conflict..to become servant leaders in their schools and community. And yet, all around  them this culture of violence that too many have come to accept as normal, seems to reward conflict.  All too often we witness the innocent profiled and mistreated. Violence and misuse of power and authority snuffs out precious lives as though normal.  How do we channel our anger, not become bitter?  How do we keep our rising Change Agents motivated to embrace nonviolence? Or as my father would say, to ‘Turn TO each other, and not ON each other’?

Today, we launch “The Voices of Change” a blog intended to provide a platform for discussion and examination of issues that we ought care about. It is our hope that we will find meaningful solutions  and strategies to tackle the issues of violence that seek to destroy us all.  A new set of blogs will start the conversation monthly beginning with the senseless killing  of Alton Sterling.  Let’s talk the talk, then walk the walk. Our constructive conversations will dictate our actions. 

Cheryl Lowery