"We have to make truth and nonviolence not matters for mere individual practice but for practice by groups and communities and nations," Gandhi once said. "That at any rate is my dream. I shall live and die in trying to realize it."
On the Road to Peace
Greetings from Scotland! I'm spending a few weeks traveling around beautiful Scotland, speaking everywhere on peace and nonviolence. I will write about the trip as soon as I catch my breath, but this week, I thought I'd offer another excerpt from my new book, "The Nonviolent Life." This is from the conclusion. The book is available from paceebene.org. As we say in Scotland, cheers!
One day, when Jesus was marching toward Jerusalem, some of the hated enemy Samaritans denounced him for his nonviolent campaign. The disciples were furious, appalled, filled with moral indignation. They suddenly forgot Jesus' lofty talk: "Love your enemies"; "offer no violent resistance to one who does evil"; "blessed are the peacemakers." They were ready for war, and they had a just cause.
Making a Difference: Like many others, I'm horrified and saddened by the war and killings in Syria and adamantly oppose U.S. bombings and entry into the war.
On the Road to Peace: This prayer asks for the grace to integrate every aspect of nonviolence in our lives.
On the Road to Peace: Gandhi reportedly spent two hours in meditation each day, reading from the Sermon on the Mount and the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu Scriptures.
Some 2,200 of us made the trek to Hot Springs, N.C., this past weekend for the third annual Wildgoose Festival. We gathered along the roaring French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail amid the Blue Ridge mountains for four days of “spirituality, justice, music and art,” with a hundred speakers and performers, food and hiking, prayer and preaching. It was renewing and uplifting for one and all.
On the Road to Peace: Los Alamos, N.M., is stunning. But its steep red cliffs are marred by the nuclear weapons labs that work to end the world.
On the Road to Peace: Jonah is like us at our best and our worst. Activists can do great public good yet at the same time can be so violent.
On the Road to Peace: It's good to revisit the story of Jonah to remind ourselves to carry on the tradition of announcing God's message of peace and nonviolence.