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Sabarmati Ashram
Back to India, Gandhi decided to found an “ashram” like his farm in Phoenix and Tolstoi’s Farm. He settled in Ahmedabar, in the Indian state of Gujarat, 460 kilometres far from Porbandar, the town on the Arabic Coast where he was born. He would serve his country using “gujarati”, his mother tongue. The first “aspram” was built in 1915. Gandhi called it Satyagraha Ashram, because – he explained – “I wanted to let know our method used in South Africa and see if, in India, would be the conditions to do something similar”. His life in the new ashram was quite peaceful until the day there was a pestilence in the village of Kocharab. Then Gandhi decided to leave the place where he was living and moved to a northern place respect to Ahmedabar, placed on the right bank of the river Sabarmati. There he found a new ashram known as Sabarmati Ashtram.
It was opened by Gandhi himself on 17th June 1917. At that time, he was supported by 40 people , more or less. At the beginning, they lived in a small camp altogether, although there were lots of dangerous snakes around that place. At the entrance of the ashram we can still find, listed in English, all the duties that the people who lived in the ashram had to follow: “Thruth, Non-violence or Love, Chastity (Brahmacharia), Control of the Palate, Non-stealing, Non-possession or Poverty, Swadeshi, Fearlessness, Removal of Untouchability, Equality of Religions, Physical Labour”. Gandhi’s followers still live in that house and its area and they sometimes find peace resting in its garden.
We can find a notice on an outer wall: “I wouldn’t like to see my home bricked up, neither the windows. I would like to see that all the cultures all over the world may enter freely into my home. But I will never accept that anybody tries to throw me out of my home. Mahatma Gandhi. It seems as Gandhi gave some suggestions to nowadays Indian society and how it has to face the challenge of modernization.
It is in this way that we begin our visit to this Indian Museum, fight emblem of spirituality. The shots were taken a few hours ago by an Indian friend and they will be spread on this site with the advice to show always the origin: http://www.facebook.com/l/e94f2sxaZRQYdc3WjFilP16RaKw;www.ecumenici.eu We think that will be the best way to begin the celebrations about Gandhi’s birthday, on next 2nd October, called by the great Indian poet Tagore Mahatma (or Great Soul in Sanskrit), Every year, on 2nd October, we celebrate the world day of Non-violence.
Gandhi is known as one of the main pioneers fighting against any form of tyranny applying the massive civil disobedience, which drove India to its Indipendence.

(translation by Antonio Pinto – Photos in website by Sushmit, from Indien)

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Mark your calendars now for the fourth international Baptist Peace Conference. This global event will inaugurate the 400th anniversary year of the Baptist heritage being recognized in various locations around the world.

Like previous conferences in Sweden (1988), Nicaragua (1992), and Australia (2000), this gathering will bring together Baptists who are active in nonviolent struggles for justice and for strengthening the witness of Baptist peacemaking in various global contexts.

The conference will consist of six days including intensive training in conflict transformation, nonviolent prophetic action, and other relevant topics, inspiring speakers, workshops, and worship. There also will be optional opportunities to tour Rome and the surrounding area on Friday culminating in a magnificent time of worship in the Waldensian church.

http://www.globalbaptistpeace.org/

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The Global Baptist Peace Conference will consist of six days (9-14 February 2009), which includes training seminars, workshops, plenary speakers and a variety of worship times.

The proposed training seminars:

Restorative Justice (Marinetta Cannito Hjort, leader)
Non-Violent Struggle (Daniel Hunter & Akum Longchari, leaders)
Biblically-based Conflict Transformation (Dan Buttry, leader)
Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid in Conflict (Daniela Rapisarda, leader)
Building a Theology of Peace (Paul Fiddes, leader)
Inter-Cultural Conflict and Peacebuilding (Barry Higgins,, leader)
Plenary Speakers and Preachers:

Grace Shatsung (India) and Gustavo Parajon (Nicaragua), Anna Maffei (Italy), Ken Sehested (USA)

Storytellers:

Joao Matwawana (Angola), C.H. Chiromo (Zimbabwe), Norman Kember (United Kingdom), Martin Accad (Lebanon), Karen Thomas Smith (Morocco), and Malkhaz Songulashvili (Republic of Georgia).

The list of workshops will be available once they are complete.

Pls visit website for a detailed schedule, printable brochure, printable poster

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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