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200 cities set to observe Season for Nonviolence.

Byline: FROM HEART TO HEART By Two Rivers Interfaith Ministries Board For The Register-Guard

A Season for Nonviolence, Jan. 30 through April 4, is a 64-day spiritual, educational, grass-roots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities.

This international event honors the visions held by Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for a just, nonviolent and peace-loving world.

A Season for Nonviolence was seeded in 1998 and now draws substantial activity in more than 200 cities in 40 states and 10 countries. Fifty percent of our U.S. governors, and many mayors, issue official proclamations for the 64-day period, and more than 300 events and programs have been developed and carried out at the local level during the season. At least 350 major peace organizations and religious, business, arts and learning institutions have elected to co-sponsor the Season for Nonviolence initiative.

Inspired by activities in other cities related to this theme, the Two Rivers Interfaith Ministries Board has made the commitment to support the vision of these inspirational leaders and those who have followed in their footsteps by providing community-wide activities throughout the 64-day period this year.

Nonviolence is not passive acquiescence to hurtful behavior, but a proactive attempt to address the hurt that produces the behavior. It is a realization that all parties to a conflict possess a share of the truth and that the goal is for each truth to illuminate the other rather than triumph over the other.

For that reason, nonviolence creates safe ways to express feelings and beliefs, and works at solving problems peacefully by encouraging communication, understanding and cooperation.

As the world scene continues to heat up with violence as its response to global pressures, the call to radically and fundamentally transform our consciousness beckons.

Here in the Eugene community and beyond, like-minded people are awakening to possibilities for ways of responding other than with violence, and coming together to strengthen their determination to better themselves and their community. Participating in this season, working toward the common good and benefit of all beings by taking action together, it is possible to accomplish what could never be done separately.

This "season of peace" is an opportunity to demonstrate that we can begin to move the world in the direction of peace while deepening our commitment to the experience of healing, transformation and love that is, and always has been, available to us.

It offers an opportunity to come together in recognition of our membership in the human family - not just because we are against violence, but because we are for something, namely, a world of justice and peace for all beings.

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other" - Mother Teresa.

We invite you to join TRIM in its commitment to support a better way of being in the world throughout the 64 days of the Season for Nonviolence - and beyond. Activities available for participation can be found on our Web site at www.interfaith

This article was prepared by members of the Two Rivers Interfaith Ministries Board: Sherry Lady, T. Wayne Hunsaker, Eliza Drummond, Millen Myrmo, Shevach Lambert, Stana Knez, Mischa Davis and Ibrahim Hamide. This column is coordinated by TRIM, a network of more than 35 religious and spiritual traditions in the Eugene-Springfield area. For information about this column, call 344-5693.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 27, 2007
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