Dinner and Discussion with Roger Kimmerly 

Continuing the discussion on instruments of peace from our April forum, Roger returned to the island and met with eight of us. An interesting discussion unfolded on the following article. “Despite the fact that fundamentalist and others have often used their religious beliefs to justify violence, terrorism, injustice and exclusion, the pure essence of all the worlds major religions is captured in the opening line of Francis of Assissi’s  prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” Muslims, Jews, and Christians, all peoples of the book, hope and pray for the day, when in the words of the Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, “will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles”, and “will not take up swords against nation, nor will they train for war anymore”. For Buddhists, a fundamental principle of moral behaviour is not to injure any living thing, but rather to show kindness and compassion to all. To many Hindus, Gandhi’s life and work reflected their aspirations for peace. Perhaps more than anyone else, and the last two millenniums, Gandhi promoted and practised the concept of nonviolence and passive resistance in the face of the evil and justice. It has been said that there will be no world peace until there is a peace between religions. However, there will also be no peace until people become peace themselves, especially in the relationships with their families and communities. Again, in the words of Francis of Assisi, there will be peace when all people, religious, spiritual, or secular, can pray “where there is hatred, let me so love; where there is an injury, pardon; where there is despair, hope; and where is darkness, light.”