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Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from YES! Magazine asked her:

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There is hardly a town or city in this country that doesn't have a statue of the Mahatma. But in terms of his relevance, when you travel around and talk to people, is the Gandhian philosophy still living or is it more of a memory?

Yet with amazing clarity, a still small voice whispered through these words to me: There is hardly a town or city that doesn't have a statue of the Christ. But in terms of his relevance, when you travel around and talk to people, is the Way of Jesus still living or is it more of a memory?

I laughed out loud. But then tried to be present to God's presence. Tried to be aware that in this very moment, God's presence longs to make our dormant now pregnant with God's future. A number of things arose for me.

Obama's words when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, "But as a head of State

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