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27th Feb


The Practice of Non-Violence: Arun and Ela Gandhi

arun gandhiArun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of the late Indian spiritual and political leader Mahatma Gandhi, is among the most respected and influential figures in the international peace movement. I had the privilege of hearing him speak at Marylhurst University on February 25th. The stories he told from the two years he spent living with his grandfather in India at ages 10 and 12 were remarkable. Mr. Gandhi will be giving one more lecture, Thursday, February 28th at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Follow the link below or go to the Pacific U website. You may purchase there a copy of his book, “Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Non-Violence.” If ever there were a family legacy to give us a radiant example of how peace in families may work to bring about peace among nations, surely this is it. – R.

DSC_9164 ghandiEla Gandhi was also born in South Africa, the child of Manilal Gandhi. As a social worker, she devoted twenty years to Child and Family Welfare services. During apartheid, Ms. Gandhi was banned from political activism and subjected to house arrest for nine years. She worked underground for an end to apartheid. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 – 2004. She subsequently developed a 24 hour program against domestic violence. In 2002, she received the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

Ela Gandhi is a member of the global Council of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence.
(Visit the SAIV website to view the complete list of council members.)

Upcoming: In our March post we will highlight the work of Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of the international Non-Violent Communication movement (and member of SAIV’s Council) & will introduce the Rose City NVC, founded and directed by Fred Sly.

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