This the first of several blog posts written by contributors to our men’s anthology that update key developments in the authors’ lives since publication of our book in 2011. I will post the other guest blogs during the next few months.
This blog post is offered by Rev. Rudy Gelsey.
In the year 2000, my life took a new turn, from being a Unitarian Universalist Minister for some 40 years. That summer, I experienced a tipping-point when attending an interfaith retreat in the high mountains of New Mexico. At the end, the leader, on the basis of what I shared, commissioned me to become, henceforth, a servant to the people of the planet
In 2004, I completed my book, Conversations with Sacred Masters: Bringing the World Together. That led me to writing Mending Our Broken World: a Path to Perpetual Peace (MOBW). MOBW provides a practical guide to help in the formation of a World Federal Union.
The idea for Perpetual Peace Initiative (PPI) came about in 2011-2012 when I led a Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) series of monthly study-action groups on war and peace.
We give presentations and we reach out throughout the world to Presidents, Prime Ministers, Political, Religious and Spiritual Leaders to join forces rather than fighting with one another as has been ongoing for hundreds of years. Presidents of countries that have veto power in the United Nations, as well as ministers of Foreign Affairs and U.N. delegates received our book.
Reading several hundred contemporary books on peace, I noticed they tended to address partial, short-term rather than global, long-range solutions. Today’s issue of bringing about world peace is mostly looked at from the angle of what will benefit this or that country rather than the world community as a whole. My innovative approach is inclusive rather than selective. I also propose religion and spirituality as important foundations for world peace, including 2,800 years of Perennial Philosophy.
This gives us the hope and inspiration to actively participate in helping to create a new spiritual paradigm. Vision, inclusiveness, spiritual depth, and compassion are its most essential building blocks. If those terms are unfamiliar to you, you can acquaint yourself with the book, MOBW. It will open your eyes.
Several factors drew me to the specific need for a World Federal Union. Having been a student of history since my youth, I learned of the brutal pattern of wars. Born in Austria, I lived through the horrors of World War II. That, coupled with my life’s work in the ministry, convinced me that the only antidote for perpetual wars is perpetual peace. In my graduate studies at the University of Geneva, I learned that the federal system was the best political structure for human government, encouraging popular participation. In 2004, I became totally blind. I continue my pursuits unabated.
As Martin Luther King, Jr., said: “… all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”