About Us

Project Peace East Bay, Introduction V2 from Matt Beardsley.

Our Mission

Project Peace exists to create partnerships between local churches and services that work together for just and sustainable communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas.

Our Partners

We partner with churches and faith-based groups, social service providers, local businesses, and government agencies in order to create a network that works for the betterment of our East Bay communities and cities.

Our Values

We serve in Mercy

Mercy is a word used to describe the compassion shown by one person to another. Project Peace provides opportunities for individuals and groups to extend mercy to their neighbors and communities through quarterly Days of Service and annual speaker series.

We work for Justice

While mercy might temporarily extract someone in need from a broken system, justice works to repair the system. Thus, mercy is only the first step; for communities to become truly sustainable, we must address inequitable social structures through advocating for justice which requires a long-term involvement in our communities.  

We live for Peace

Our vision of peace is a world in which God, humans, and all creation are webbed together in equity, fulfillment, and delight.  This is what the ancient Hebrew prophets call shalom. “We call it peace but it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight – a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.” – Cornelius Plantinga, Not The Way It’s Supposed to Be

Think of peace as a beautiful tapestry; the interlocking vertical and horizontal threads which create that tapestry are mercy and justice.

The staff & Board of Project Peace adhere to the historic Christian faith as defined by the Apostle’s Creed.