Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Non-violence as Contemplative Practice
Saturday morning, January 18, 2014 at Pilgrim UCC from 10:00 until Noon.
In these weeks since the passing of Nelson Mandela and in the midst of publicity about a movie based on his autobiography, we remember his life and the amazing and salvific personal and social transformation that turned him from terrorist into the father of a nation. We remember as well the life of M. L. King, celebrated as a champion of civil rights but castigated by many for his stand for human rights, whom we honor on the third weekend of January with gatherings for education and service.
We tend to think of non-violence as a way for large groups of people to create political change. But for Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, and Jesus of Nazareth—pioneers of the spiritual philosophy we have come to know of as non-violence—the practice was first of all a personal one that was more a way of being than a way of doing.
In this event we will consider the lives of these leaders and explore how their example can be a source of inspiration in our own lives and in our own circumstances.