From campus ministry with the United Church of Christ to teaching in higher education, I've always been interested in the relationship between the secular and the sacred, the educated and the ethical, the pursuit of knowledge and the pursuit of human harmony. Jesus and Gandhi are the most influential figures influencing my thought and work. As a student of Gandhi, I've taken groups to India on numerous occasions and brought those from other countries to Indian country in the U.S. to learn harmony with the Lakota. I've been coordinator of Nonviolent Alternatives, a small non-profit, since 1991. Peace Brigades International has been a long time interest as an experiment in creating a nonviolent alternative. A truly international nonviolent movement is my hope for the future and the direction of my time and energy.
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By Carl Kline:
1/2 truth + 1/2 truth ≠ truth
When I was in high school, I sang in our church choir. As a preachers kid, I was generally rebellious about church activities. But I didn’t mind the choir because I liked singing, and besides, there was some camaraderie in the group that made it enjoyable. People weren’t religiously “stuffy;” in fact, sometimes they were quite irreverent.
One Sunday, sitting in the choir loft, I was actually listening to my father preach. I’m not sure today what he said. I don’t remember. What I do remember is that, whatever it was, in my own mind I said, ‘that’s the Truth!” The word had a capital T.