Arun Gandhi, fifth grandson of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi and co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, shared lessons he learned from his grandfather on nonviolence and empowering people who are oppressed at the Compassionate Niagara Conference: Deepening Communities, on March 13.
The conference, now in its seventh year, attracted 170 local service providers, educators, and students, as well as representatives from the faith-based, business, and public sectors, who discussed ways they could work together to build a more compassionate Niagara Falls and a more inclusive community, where the needs of all are recognized and met, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect. An optional labyrinth walk led by NU faculty member Mitch Alegre, followed the conference to allow attendees to reflect more deeply on insights gained during the morning.
“At a time of civil discourse, the Levesque Institute welcomes all opportunities to bring awareness and importance of human and cultural understanding for the overall common good,” said Patricia Wrobel, executive director.
The Compassionate Niagara Conference, formerly the Niagara County Poverty Conference, is planned through the Niagara County Coalition for Services to the Homeless. Representatives from Niagara University; Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital; Pinnacle Community Services; Heart, Love and Soul, Inc.; Community Missions; the Niagara Falls City School District; Niagara Falls Housing Authority; Homeless Alliance of WNY; The Service Collaborative of WNY; and the YWCA assisted in organizing the event.