IMP^o^ 034 World Peace Day Minute

Mary Calhoun moriah at preferred.com
Tue Jan 4 10:09:19 JEST 2000


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IMP ^o^ Bulletin 034
Proposed Minute
World Peace Day
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from Foxfire Friends Meeting
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(from a 1-2-00 message from Foxfire Clerk Bob Keiter)

<|>  approved by Foxfire f/Friends at Meeting for Business, 1-2-00

<|>  the Meeting asked that the minute be brought to the attention of the
SAYMA, and of other Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups.

WORLD PEACE DAY MINUTE
Written on the occasion of alarm over the situation
between India and Pakistan

    "Over half a century ago the world lost a great peacemaker, Mahatma
Gandhi, who fell victim to a senseless act of violence.  What sorrow would
he feel to know that the two nations he helped to independence are in a
deadly nuclear arms race?  How much would this sorrow be compounded by the
relative silence of the world to this ominous portent of mutual genocide?
How will there be an intervention between two governments that stand side by
side as brothers in enmity?  Neither pretends to world domination.  No ocean
separates them.  Were one to conquer the other, how would the conqueror
occupy the poisoned soil of its vassal?
    "In the firm belief that peace is possible, we call out to all the
world.  Let there be a day of fasting on this and each subsequent January
30, the anniversary of Gandhi's death, as a protest by all people of good
will against the actions of all governments that pursue nuclear
intimidation; and let this day of fasting be repeated annually until the
last nuclear weapon on earth is disarmed and rendered harmless. Send this
message through all means of communication from one person to another that
all may hear and act on this message in keeping with the spirit of peace as
represented in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, those not able to fast supporting
this message through other peaceful means.  Let the people of the world
gather in the spirit of love and hope, united in supporting the safety and
peace of all people of all nations as the primary goal for all our
governments."

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