An Activist on Peace

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Peace on Earth

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement.  He was strongly influenced by Howard Thurman, an educator and civil rights leader who had met and conferred with Mahatma Ghandi in earlier years.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired by Gandhi’s approach to seeking peaceful solutions via non-violent means.

Martin Luther King, Jr. used non-violence to combat racial inequality, poverty, and the Vietnam War.  His message – harmony could only be achieved through peaceful endeavours.  With all his heart, he believed peace could be a reality – it was within reach.

Peace on earth begins with unarmed truth and unconditional love.

Peace on Earth

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Christmas is now only two sleeps away!  I have found that sometimes the countdown is the best part of Christmas.  The anticipation of the Christmas meal, the bustle of wrapping presents, and the sweet-smelling warmth of baking keeps us happily and peacefully occupied.  And yet, the reality of Christmas for many in our global community is conflict and suffering.

“Peace on Earth” is the second theme that has stayed with me throughout the years.  This week, I want to explore “peace” as we understand it within the human experience.  Peace is the hope of all, the seemingly unattainable dream that inspires us to persevere in the face of insurmountable odds.  Jimi Hendrix once said: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

As we celebrate this joyous season, may we reach out and express the power of peace through love.