Build­ing bonds through friend­ship

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Que­bec mosque at­tack To our Muslim Broth­ers and Sis­ters: On be­half of the Hamil­ton In­ter­faith Peace Group and the Gandhi Peace Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, I ex­press our deep sad­ness at the sense­less killing and harm done to our Muslim broth­ers at the mosque in Que­bec City. While as of now we do not know the mo­tive that led to the at­tack, we ut­terly re­ject the ha­tred and cal­lous at­ti­tude to the sa­cred­ness of life that this act ex­pressed. Mahatma Gandhi, who was him­self as­sas­si­nated through an act of ha­tred, once said, “I found the near­est ap­proach to truth is through love.” The way to trans­form our at­ti­tudes is not through thought alone, but through the ac­tive ex­pres­sion of the trans­for­ma­tive power of love — not just for those near and dear to us, but ex­tended out­ward. Please, di­a­logue with your neigh­bours of other faiths, share meals with them, do acts of ser­vice with them. Therein you build bonds of friend­ship and trust. “We should, by liv­ing the life ac­cord­ing to our lights, share the best with one an­other, thus adding to the sum to­tal of hu­man ef­fort to reach God,” Gandhi ad­vised. Anne M. Pear­son, chair, HIPG and the GPF com­mit­tee, Dun­das

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