Core Values

Three Peacemaker tenets

  • Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe

  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world

  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others


The Three Tenets serve as the foundation for Unity Tables work. These practices help transcend separation and hierarchy, and facilitate direct encounters between equals.

The practice of not-knowing helps us drop restrictive conceptual frameworks.  These frameworks include assumptions particular to each individual as well as the socially conditioned biases caused by classism, racism, sexism and other forms of oppression.  Not-knowing is a state of open presence.  

 In not-knowing, we can Bear Witness, the second Tenet.  Bearing witness involves merging or joining with an individual, situation or environment as much as possible and imbibing their essence.  It includes deep, respectful listening and empathy.    

Merely feeling empathy, however, is not enough.  To fully integrate and embody the sense of connection with others requires action.  Out of Bearing Witness, we can then choose an appropriate response to the person or situation, described as taking Loving Actions, our third Tenet.