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CNV Memphis Kicks Off A Full Week of Actions

Posted by Erin Bechtol

CNV Memphis had their first event for the Week of Action on September 14. Swamiji, a renowned leader from India known for his vision for nonviolence and unity, flew into Memphis on Thursday to join the Week of Action. He runs a free hospital in India for women and children.  He spoke about his vision for peace and unity and importance of realizing we are all one human family. They then had a candlelight vigil and read the names of those lost to violence in Memphis over the last year.

On September 17 they had their 3rd annual Interfaith Peace and Justice Vigil today. The keynote was Swamiji and representatives from faith communities as well as peace and Justice organizations talked about their vision and work for a Nonviolent Memphis. Candia Ludy, from Peka Karpo Buddhist Meditation Center said, “To know that we are all interconnected is to be on the road to peace.” Janice Vanderhaar spoke about Pope Francis’s Peace Day message, “nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior, but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution.’” Safi Khan, representing Memphis Islamic Institute shared a story of Mohammed loving his enemies. There was a woman who didn’t agree with his message who put trash on his doorstep every day. Then one day there was no trash and instead of rejoicing, he went from house to house to see if the woman was alright and when he found out she was sick he went to visit her. Meredith Pace from the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center said, “The most powerful change can only be brought about by Nonviolent means.”

CNV Memphis has also been getting coverage in the news. See the videos below to watch what they’ve been doing for their community.

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

Local Memphis also did a profile on CNV Memphis here.

See pictures from the CNV Memphis events below.


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