Shane Claiborne: “One of the doctors I met in Iraq said (with tears in his eyes), ‘This violence is for people who have lost their imagination.’ Jarrod McKenna and the good people of EPYC are prophets of imagination. They are on a mission to create new heroes and sheroes and to reclaim God’s dream for this world.”
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Around the world there is an emerging generation of young leaders… Jarrod McKenna is one such leader Australia has to offer.” -Rev. Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision Australia)
“[Jarrod’s] passion is infectious. I commend him to you as an articulate advocate of the cause of Jesus in this war-torn world.” -Alan Hirsch (Missional Church leader & author of “The Shape of Things to Come” and “The Forgotten Ways”)
“Amazing that we should need to tell Christians that Jesus taught and surely lived a non violent life! And almost as amazing —and wonderful— that a young Christian like Jarrod McKenna should be able to teach it so well in our time and culture!” -Richard Rohr, OFM (Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation)
Jarrod McKenna bio:
Gandhi said, “I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability” and Jarrod McKenna is convinced that all of creation groans waiting for “average person[s] with less than average ability” (like us!) to lose our lives in the extraordinarly beautiful business of living God’s love; of being “The Beloved Community”. As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it “A new world is emerging”(!) And across Australia and internationally, —-be it with small grassroots environmental collectives or large “mega” churches, boardrooms or Islamic Colleges, orphans of war or Oxfam staff, school students or prison inmates—- Jarrod McKenna has been seeking to inspire, equip, educate and empower communities in the grace-filled practices of living into this “new world” by rediscovering the Sermon on the Mount.
EPYC (Empowering Peacemakers in Your Community) is an award winning youth empowerment initiate equipping a generation of young ‘eco-prophets’ in an earth affirming spirituality of radical compassion, nonviolence and justice found in Jesus and lived by Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Badshah Khan, Vincent Lingiari, Dorothy Day and regular revolutionaries of Love like you and me!
Established in 2004, EPYC has fast become the leading youth nonviolence training programs in Australia.
“Jarrod McKenna has practised nonviolence being more than a tool for social change - he makes it the way of his life. I’ve appreciated working with Jarrod on a number of campaigns, and know him to be strongly committed to peace in action, and an excellent communicator.”-Jo Vallentine (Joint Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Environmental activist, Former Greens Senator)
“If you are looking for a compassionate spirituality that will enable you to engage a violent world effectively, then Jarrod McKenna can help you. He can unpack the radical implications of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in a way that will give you clear, specific, practical set of guidelines for nonviolent engagement to work with. And he can do it with a magician’s touch - Jarrod is cool, clever, and creative.”-Dave Andrews (Renowned advocate for the marginalised and Author of “Christi-Anarchy” and “Compassionate Community Work”)
“One of the doctors I met in Iraq said (with tears in his eyes), ‘This violence is for people who have lost thier imagination.’ Jarrod McKenna and the good people of EPYC are prophets of imagination. They are on a mission to create new heroes and sheroes and to reclaim God’s dream for this world. And as they help young folks to learn not to hurt each other, hopefully the nations will take some lessons.” Shane Claiborne (activist, author of “The Irresistible Revolution”)
“Around the world there is an emerging generation of young leaders who are rediscovering the radical implications of Jesus’ message and are letting their lives speak of the alternatives to the cycles of violence, poverty and environmental destruction. Jarrod McKenna is one such leader Australia has to offer, and his EPYC program promises to empower many more.” -Rev. Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision Australia)
“Jarrod is a unique young man passionately committed to a particular, and strangely uncommon message that is an inextricable part of the Gospel of Jesus, namely that of peace-making. His passion is infectious. I commend him to you as an articulate advocate of the cause of Jesus in this war-torn world.” -Alan Hirsch (Australian Emerging Church leader & author of “The Shape of Things to Come” and “The Forgotten Ways”)
“Jarrod McKenna builds bridges between books and actions and prayers. A person of practical action, Jarrod has a real gift for showing people young and old concrete ways to make peace with their hands. A person of prayer, Jarrod has deep roots in the Gospel, knowing that all peace is a gift from God. When people ask ‘What can we do about the state of the world?’, Jarrod’s program [EPYC] is one small but hopeful answer.” -William Cavanaugh (Theologian, Catholic Worker scholar and author of “The Theopolitical Imagination”)
“Jarrod McKenna is a gifted teacher of nonviolence, and a bright light to Australia’s youth. I know him well, and highly recommend his team for schools and church groups wanting to go deeper in the great issues of peace, love, compassion and nonviolence, in compelling and inspiring ways.” -Father John Dear (peacemaking pastor, priest, activist, former director of ‘Fellowship of Reconciliation’ and author of “Jesus the Rebel” and “Transfiguration”)
“Jarrod McKenna is excellent practitioner and educationalist in the field of nonviolence. He is equipped with listening, communication & facilitation skills to share this essential tool with young people. As both a high school teacher and a peace activist, I highly recommend EYPC as an exciting addition to the education of young people.” -Ciaron O’Reilly (Internationally renowned Ploughshares& Catholic Worker Activist)
“In my travels around the world, I see a lot to inspire cynicism -including a lot of shabby religious stuff I’d rather not even give examples of. But I also meet people who inspire hope and courage in me -emerging young leaders who “get” Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God, and who are living it and giving it away. They see the integral nature of mission - that it brings together God and humanity, humanity and creation, grace and nature, contemplation and action, evangelism and social justice, faith and politics, the making of disciples and the making of peace. Jarrod McKenna and friends are beautiful examples of this new breed of emerging integral leaders. I thank God for them. May their tribe increase!” -Brian McLaren (Emerging Church Leader, activist and author of “Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope”)
“We want take to Jesus’ message of nonviolence and we want to be bold. Imaginative. Creative. And we want to change the world… Amen.” –Rob Bell
Jarrod serves on the board and fully supports the work of:
And volunteers in prisons with:
When not spending time with his gorgeous wife and son.
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|Feb 18, 2013||@TonyCampolo releases #Bonhoeffer 4 film|
|Aug 8, 2012||#firsthomeproject http://www.firsthomeproject.com.au/|
|Oct 28, 2011||G'day from Palestine & @wagingnv on Gandhi & Monty Python|
|Jul 12, 2011||from Hipster nihilism to grounded activism. (@adbusters & @DouglasHaddow)|
|Jul 5, 2011||Press Release from Arrested Swan Island Military Base Protestors #sipc #menno11|
|Jul 4, 2011||"Be Brave Resist War" #video #4thJuly #sipc|
|Jun 17, 2011||[audio] Climate Change: Prof. Ross Garnaut @aycc & @jarrodmckenna on @RTRFM|
|Jun 2, 2011||Religion Causes Violence? #audio from @tonyblair_tbff at #UWA|
|Mar 9, 2011||@u_r_epyc invited to share Gospel Nonviolence in Jamaica!!|