The Four Pillars of Non-Violence
By Jon Sievert
Fernando Ferrara explains Mahatma Gandhi’s doctrine of the four pillars of non-violence at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.
Sun, Oct 11, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Most of us can probably understand the basics of “violence,” but not many can understand what Gandhi meant by “non-violence” and its importance to personal morality. Non-violence is not just the absence of violence, and it is not merely the negation of violence.
Gandhi’s life can teach us what this concept signifies and how he raised it to a practice. We can recall when the most powerful colonizing country of that time, Great Britain, was expelled from India through his actions. Gandhi laid out four concepts, or tools, to achieve India’s independence by non-violence. What are the practical applications of non-violence when we address local problems of social injustice?
Fernando Ferrara lives in Monterrey, Mexico, and studied at the University of Dayton in Ohio. In 1994, he attended the Institute of Gandhian Studies in Wardha Maharashtra, India. A member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, he has translated various works of Gandhi into Spanish. His most recent book, Anécdota de unos excluidos (the story of the social exclusion of the young in Mexico) addresses the “ni ni”—those with neither education nor employment who turn to gang membership to survive in Mexican cities. Ferrara shows how Gandhi’s ideas can help them (and the police).
Pianist Doug Robinson, who will preview selections from his October 13 concert at the Bellas Artes, provides special music.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.