Season for Nonviolence was established in 1998 by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson, as a yearly event celebrating the philosophies and lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.[1][2] The idea was developed with the help of Dr. Michael Beckwith and Dr. Mary Morrissey, of the Association for Global New Thought and The Parliament of The World's Religions.[3][4] Before his 2023 death Arun Gandhi co-chaired the Season along with Rev. Beckwith of the Agape International Spiritual Center.[5]

The "season" begins with the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, ending on the April 4 anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It is anchored by a mission, statement of principles, and commitments by participants towards living in a nonviolent way.[6][7]


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  2. ^ Morrissey, M.M. (2003) New Thought: A Practical Spirituality. Penguin.
  3. ^ "Spiritual Center Offers New Program." Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug 2011, Page 7
  4. ^ "Association for Global New Thought". Archived from the original on 7 February 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  5. ^ Altemus, B. (2003) The Gift of Pain: Transforming Hurt Into Healing. Penguin. p 24.
  6. ^ Kawohl, K. (2002) Transcendentalism: A New Revelation. 2002. p. 210.
  7. ^ Fehr, D.E. and Fefr, M.C. (2009) Teach boldly!: letters to teachers about contemporary issues in education. p. 115.