SGI-USA Cohosts Christian-Buddhist Interfaith Dialogue
On April 8, 2008, SGI-USA members in Oxnard, California, USA, along with the Alternatives to Violence Project, a non-profit group, hosted an interfaith dialogue that brought together more than 100 Buddhists and Christians to discuss creating peace in their community. "We share the same sentiment that the greater the sense of humanity and compassion that we feel, the more likely we are to create value instead of reacting with hate and violence," said Ken French, a local SGI-USA young men's leader.
This was the third of three community-oriented events supported by SGI-USA youth. The first two were a march and a Victory Over Violence exhibition at the Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard on February 23. The events were prompted by an outpouring of grief and shock following the February 20, 2008 shooting death of a local Oxnard eighth-grade boy by a 14-year-old classmate in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime.
[Adapted from an article in the May 9, 2008 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA]