The Thomas Merton Center works to build a consciousness of values and to raise the moral questions involved in the issues of war, poverty, racism, classism, economic justice, human rights, and environmental justice. TMC engages people of diverse philosophies and faiths who find common ground in the nonviolent struggle to bring about a more peaceful and just world.


The Thomas Merton Center strives to be a coalition-building organization that follows the principles of Thomas Merton and the other great architects of non-violent resistance to encourage people to learn, grow and work in the pursuit of social justice and peace and to ensure the dignity of all human beings. We strive to achieve this vision in a supportive, nurturing, and facilitating manner.

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  1. Supports the uniqueness, wholeness, dignity and freedoms of all people.

  2. Enthusiastically advocates for the rights of all people as they may fully participate and contribute to the pursuit of peace, social and environmental justice.

  3. Views all human beings as having equal and unconditional value.

  4. Supports the pursuit of peace and justice in a nonviolent manner.

  5. Engages in peaceful and nonviolent demonstrations.

  6. Emphasizes cooperation in getting things done through peaceful and nonviolent acts.

  7. Proactively supports and advocates that prisoners are entitled to basic human rights and humane treatment.

  8. Educates others about economic justice and labor solidarity.

  9. Takes every opportunity to educate and advocate for the basic civil rights of all people.

  10. Proactively addresses oppression in its many forms.

  11. Advocates for the right to educate others for the basic civil rights of people.


  1. The right to life, liberty and security of all persons.

  2. The right to recognize the work of human rights defenders who act in a nonviolent way to end inequality and discrimination and oppression.

  3. The right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

  4. The right to peacefully convene, organize and assemble together with the aim of addressing common concerns.

  5. The right to petition social institutions for just and humane treatment.

  6. The right of solidarity in pursuit of peace and justice.

  7. The right to educate and raise awareness in issues and trends that ensure a safe and just world.

  8. The right to a safe, healthy and economically balanced environment as a human right.