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Statement from President Grudzen on the Mass Shooting in Buffalo
Our country is politically, socially, and economically divided. Our faith traditions are presented with the opportunity, indeed the obligation, to unite us and call out the lies being disseminated by the media, corporations, and politicians that keep us divided. Let us defend and depend upon truth, which, as we are taught in John 8:31-32, will “set us free” from the fear and hatred that consume us.
Education is needed more than ever to meet this challenge. GMU remains committed to unity through diversity and strives to promote the truth constantly and consistently for justice and peace in a more equitable world.
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Baha’is, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, and Indigenous Nations will all be celebrating their sacred holy days and cultural traditions in close proximity this year. This convergence reminds us of the interconnectedness of our communities and presents an opportunity to recommit to our highest ideals.
Sadly our world is once again scarred by war and violence. Each of our spiritual traditions is rooted in compassion and mercy. There is more that unites us than divides us. The Divine Presence is expressed in all of creation and embodied in all of humanity. It is time to transform our world in hope and love through our religious and spiritual traditions working together for peace and harmony…
President Grudzen Issues Statement on Ukraine
Global Ministries University joins the chorus of educational institutions, political and religious leaders, and faith communities around the world in condemning the invasion of Ukraine. World opinion is on the side of peace not conflict.
War is never the answer. The Ukrainian people face loss of life, mass destruction of their homeland, economic and environmental ruin, and a bleak future of deprivation. The Russian people do not want this war either and are protesting in the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The humanitarian consequences will be devastating. Three million people have been displaced.
Vladimir Putin has violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. In addition, he has breached the treaties Russia has signed and authorized, including the Charter of the United Nations.
GMU endorses the response of United Nations Secretary General António Guterres urging “immediate cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, preventing any actions and statements that may further escalate the dangerous situation in and around Ukraine and prioritizing diplomacy to address all issues peacefully.”
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Like the world in the 1930’s, we stand on the edge of an abyss. We can choose to step back from the brink and stop a dictator’s aggression or we can allow the horrors of war to consume us again.
Pope Francis is calling for a Day of Fasting for Peace on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Global Ministries University adds its collective voice to the global prayers for peace and for the people of Ukraine.
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your comfort surrounds them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will uphold life and strive for life in its fullest.
We pray for those who promote war; that they will remember that you direct us to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek peaceful resolutions to our problems.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are led by compassion, mercy and justice.
Above all, we pray for peace for Ukraine.
Voices of Women Building Human Solidarity – Second Free Presentation
This is the second in a series of presentations on “Voices of Women Building Human Solidarity.” In the era of transition that we are experiencing today, we need to explore the enormous capacities of women for breaking through and beyond the divisions that exist in our world: cultural, religious, economic, political, environmental, and technological. This is a critical expression of Pope Francis’ Universal Synodal Process. Global Ministries University, the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies at Tangaza University and Harmony Institute of Kenya are co-sponsoring Building Human Solidarity: The Voices of Women, a series of bi-monthly hour-long sessions on YouTube in which women who are leaders in their fields will share their diverse perspectives.
The second of these presentations took place on May 25, 2022.