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DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF vengeance & reconciliation

Gandhi Follow-Up,2

My Gandhi essay got published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on Friday. This continues from yesterday.

Today is the anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. Two of the people who wrote me invited us to participate in their activities related to nonviolence, so off we go...

At noon, the Commission on Christian-Muslim Relations is having an "Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Forgiveness" at a church downtown.

After that we're going over to walk a labyrinth --

Interfaith Labyrinth Walk for Peace In honor of Mahatma Gandhi And the 100th anniversary Of his first nonviolent demonstration and offering an alternative to violence.

Joy from Life Listening Resources and her husband Jimmy of Safe Place own the "labyrinth house" and wrote nice notes. Jimmy put a link to my article in his blog. After exchanging a few notes on Saturday, we decided to meet and see if we could collaborate on some of their endeavors.

I'm going all church-y. Strange turn for me...

More feedback:

From Frank: "Excellent article, Susan.  You have an uncommon and welcome view, which I definitely share. In addition to Gandhi, I also think of other leaders who achieved remarkable results within a commitment to non-violence - Lech Walenca, Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, MLK, etc. We don't lack for models - even these modern day ones."

From Mali: "I would like to express my gratefulness for you essay............and information about Arun Ghandi  being in Brighton where we live too. I am glad to be able to call you my fellow citizen.............since I became on an American Citizen in 2000..........People like you can make America loved again. If hatred and rage is the cause of all terrorism including this latest of the Islamic kind, then why on earth do we continue Policies that will  definitely create more hatred and rage..?????....................................................eternal enemies and eternal war.   God bless you , America and all the other nations of the world."

More tomorrow...


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