Nonviolence in Today’s World: Is It Possible to Live in Peace?
Event: “Conflict to Cooperation” Date: September 20, 7 pm–8:30 pm
Location: Scarritt Bennett Center, Laskey Hall (1027 18th Avenue South, Nashville)
“Nonviolence in Today’s World” is a series of three events, September 20–22, honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday and how he preached and practiced ahimsa, which the world has named “nonviolence.” Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself.
“Conflict to Cooperation: Interfaith Fellowship in Middletown USA,” the first event in the series, will be led by George Wolfe and sharing the change in Muncie, Indiana from a city of divisive controversy to a thriving interfaith progressive community.
George Wolfe is guest speaker and musician at each September event. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus at Ball State University where he served as director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. He is a certified mediator and was trained to conduct interfaith dialogue at All-Faiths Seminary International in New York City. His fellowship from the Eli Lilly Endowment made possible his first trip to India where he became interested in the nonviolent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Wolfe is a classical saxophonist and poet. He will read some of his poems and play saxophone at each event.
All events in the series are free and open to public. If you have questions about these events please email Joyce Wilding at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-952-5812.
United Religions Initiative Nashville Cooperation Circle (URI NCC) co-hosts these three non-violence programs. NCC is a member of the United Religions Initiative whose purpose is to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing the Earth and all living beings.
“Peacemaking with the Arts & Dialogue“
September 21, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Ganesha Temple Nashville – Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee
“Peace Making with the Arts and Dialogue” will highlight Gandhi’s non-violence teachings as well as poetry and music. A Hindu dance group will perform prior to dinner. George Wolfe will speak about how Gandhi’s life influenced his life and work.