There is a story that Mother Teresa was once asked to join a march against war. She declined the invitation. She said she would, however, join in a march for peace. One of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dominant goals (indeed, the real reason he was assassinated) was the dismantling of the military industrial state and the actualization of genuine world peace. Soon, organizations and individuals in scores of cities around the world will begin 10 weeks of spiritual activism designed to move his dream to a vision and his vision to reality. The city of Baltimore is proud to be among them.
2010 marks the 13th year for the “Ghandi King Season for Nonviolence,” a 64-day global action-oriented affirmation that honors both Dr. King’s and Mahatma Ghandi’s commitments to world peace. The event is described as an “educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.” The campaign lasts from January 30th through April 4th, with events in dozens of cities across 22 U.S. states, including California, Maine, Michigan and Florida; and 18 foreign countries, including Israel, Palestine, Kenya and Rwanda. The City of Baltimore is being represented by the United Centers for Spiritual Living’s Spiritual Empowerment Center (SEC).
The SEC is located at 2129 E. North Charles Street. Its vision is to serve as a “place for individual and world transformation.” The SEC offers Sunday services led by Rev. Michele Synegal and supported by the nationally recognized “Touch of Spirit” music ministry. The Center facilitates reiki sessions, responds to personal prayer requests, and offers ongoing classes in meditation and religious science. The SEC’s “Season of Nonviolence” events have already begun, with a prayer breakfast held on Dr. King’s federal holiday. The calendar of future events includes meditation sessions, “Spiritual Cinema” movie showings and a “Spiritual Café” jam session of live peace-themed music featuring prominent local artists and bands, an open mike and fish fry (see the link below for further information).
The Season of Nonviolence’s January 30th inauguration and April 4th conclusion observe the 50th and 30th anniversaries of Mr. Ghandi and Dr. King, respectively -- not of their births, but of their assassinations. What a powerful reminder that the peace these two great men died for has yet to be achieved. Attend. Participate. Pray. Meditate. Affirm. Change the vibration. Help move the world’s peace consciousness from dream to vision and from vision to reality. ‘Tis the season.
Spiritual Empowerment Center
Season for Nonviolence
United Centers for Spiritual Living