Public invited to participate in International Day of Non-Violence

October 1st – International Day of Non-Violence, declared by the United Nations on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, is a new event in Navarro County, starting Sunday, October 2nd at 2pm at the site in Beeton, Corsica 114 S. Beaton St. in downtown Nader.

The event provides opportunities for people to learn more about the teachings and practices of nonviolence. The principle of nonviolence — also known as nonviolent resistance — rejects the use of physical violence to effect social or political change. The gathering will highlight some practitioners of nonviolence such as Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr. and Caesar Chavez.

“We may never be strong enough to be completely nonviolent in thought, word and deed,” Mahatma Gandhi said. “But we must make nonviolence our goal and move towards it.”

Martin Luther King Jr. explained, “Non-violence is not a meaningless passivity, but a powerful moral force that brings about social change.”

The 2-4 p.m. event on site in Beaton was organized by the Stand Up for Change Navarro organization and led by Rev. Dr. John Blewitt. Refreshments will be provided and Raquel Lindemann will share her beautiful music.

“Non-violence is affirmed in every religion, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is the clearest expression of the attitude and practice of non-violence,” Rev. Blewitt said. “Sadly, very few people are willing to accept nonviolence as a way of life.”

Public participation is invited and encouraged. Please respond by texting John Blewitt the number from your party at 225-223-1430 or via email: jblewitt@bellsouth.net. To learn more about International Day of Non-Violence, visit www.un.org/en/observances/non-violence-day.

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