Our Mission

The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence believes that peace and nonviolence are the strongest elements of our civic life. In a time where bombs are louder than voices for peace, we must learn to be healthy skeptics, to support one another, and to act through nonviolent means to bring about positive social change.

The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence (BIPN) is a ten-year initiative based at Avila University that involves hosting an Activist-in-Residence annually and a biennial Peace and Justice Summit. BIPN embodies the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of caring for the dear neighbor without distinction by extending the definition of service to examine root causes of inequality.

We envision a beloved Kansas City community that utilizes peace and nonviolence to free both the oppressed and the oppressor from their lack of compassion and humanity. This initiative will change the world by learning from historical peacemaking moments, understanding contemporary issues, and inspiring nonviolent action for a better future for all.