The Parliament of the World’s Religions is proud to support It’s About Time, a new podcast hosted by Parliament of the World’s Religions Board Trustee and Secretary Dr. Michael Reid Trice. The podcast is part of the programming hosted by Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, where Trice is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics.
On the latest episode of It’s About Time, Trice interviews Arun Gandhi, the Peace Farmer and grandson of Mahatma Gandi, as he reflects on harmony, lessons from grandparents, and our shared future. This interview is part of a series for a new online resource dedicated to The Religious Response to Violence. Listen to “Arun Gandhi Speaks on Peace, Conflict, and our Shared Future ” at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry Soundcloud.
Born 1934 in Durban South Africa, Arun was sent by his parents to India when he was 12 years old so that he could live with and learn from his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi. It was then that young Gandhi learned the principles of non-violence that he continues to espouse until today. Dr. Gandhi spent much of his adult life in India working as a journalist and promoting social and economic changes for the poor and the oppressed classes. Along with his wife Sunanda he rescued about 128 orphaned and abandoned children from the streets and placed them in loving homes around the world. They also began a Center for Social Change which transformed the lives of millions in villages in the western state of Maharashtra. In 1987 Arun came to the United States and in 1991 he started the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2007, the Institute was moved to the University of Rochester, New York. In 2008 Arun resigned from the Institute to begin the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, with its mission to build basic education schools for the very poor children of the world. The first school will open shortly in a depressed village in western India (www.gandhiforchildren.org). Arun Gandhi has taken the message of nonviolence and peace-making to hundreds of thousands of high school and university youth around the United States and much of the Western world. His publications include The Legacy of Love; The Forgotten Woman: The Life of Kastur, wife of Gandhi, and several others.
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