George "Casey" Payne graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from St. John Fisher College in 2004, a Masters of Arts in Religion from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2006, and a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Emory University (Candler School of Theology) in 2009.
After working as a community organizer in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, GA, George enlisted with Rochester AmeriCorps in 2009, and was placed at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester. Hired by the Gandhi Institute as a full-time Peace and Justice Educator in 2010, he established several programs including the Gandhi River Keepers, Gandhi Distinguished Lectureship, Gandhi Service Fellowship, and facilitated nonviolence workshops for schools, faith groups, social clubs, small and large businesses, and other non- profits.
On August 1, 2014, he founded Gandhi Earth Keepers International, which is a grassroots network of activists, artists, teachers, and volunteers devoted to the principles of sacred ecology and active nonviolence. GEKI offers workshops, animal defense advocacy, vigils, blogging, photojournalism, community free radio programming and lot's of blessed trouble making!
George also enjoys teaching philosophy in the Humanities Department at SUNY Finger Lakes Community College, volunteering at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY, and advocating for a Homeless Bill of Rights in the City of Rochester. He serves on the Board of the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR), the Leadership Team of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition (RPCC), and is an active member of Metro Justice, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Campaign Nonviolence. His writings and photographs have been printed in numerous regional and national publications.
Contact George Payne at George@gandhiearthkeepers.org
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