George Payne

by Thinking Forward Team / 06 August 2015 / No Comments
  • Community Activist for Nonviolence
  • Activist for Environmental Justice through Nonviolence


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For the past 15 years George Payne has been involved in a diverse array of campaigns and projects related to the work of social justice activism and education. He has collaborated with groups such as ACORN, Rochester AmeriCorps, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester, and the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC). In 2014 he founded Gandhi Earth Keepers International, an online network for people interested in environmental justice through active nonviolence.

Since 2010 George has also spent his time teaching philosophy courses as an adjunct professor at Finger Lakes Community College. With masters degrees in theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, George brings a high level of critical analysis to his social reform work. Over the years he has had the tremendous opportunity to study under some of the world’s finest teachers and to work alongside global leaders in the arena of nonviolence. His own work has brought him to conferences, teach-ins, and classrooms all over the country.


God: An Interactive Workshop for 21st Century Seekers

Being Interfaith: One Man’s Journey Towards a Religion of Nonviolence

Gandhi and the Revolution of Love

The Lower Falls Heritage Project: How We Can Preserve Ecology and Culture through Urban Tourism

Loving Nature: A Discussion About the Golden Rule, Speciesism and the Fate of our Biosphere

On Teaching Nonviolently: Experiments with Truth in the Classroom


  • Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
  • Daemon College
  • First Unitarian Church of Rochester
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester
  • Iona College
  • Greece Baptist Church
  • Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College
  • M.K. Gandhi Institute
  • Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion (NY)
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst (NY)

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