Gandhi was born Oct. 2 1869 and died (he was shot) Jan. 30 1948 at the age of 79.

May 1893 Mohandas Gandhi was thrown off a South African train, motivating him to fight for Indian rights in the British colony.  He is often described as the spiritual and political leader of India.

His list of seven sins still serve as  powerful reminders for us today. They provide a compelling message about the dignity of the human person, the value of inclusion and primacy of social justice.

In remembrance of a great peace leader, here are Ghandi’s seven sins:

There universal principles for positive peace can be equally applied by followers of other spiritual traditions as well as by secular leaders.

The world needs peace leaders like Gandhi, rooted in wisdom and spirituality, to advance a more humane and peaceful society. Challenges related to individualism and other practical realities of work face even the most well-intentioned leaders. Yet,  if we are faithful to people, take time for self-reflection and work for a purpose beyond ourselves a more just world  is possible.  Peace comes through  justice and human flourishing at the level of one-on-one interactions, organizational policies and procedures, and societal laws.

This work is not easy and, therefore, it constitutes an on-going journey of co-learning in order to develop profound collaborative understandings and capabilities. I will share with you my objectives as an educator and invite you to join me in this work. I strive to:

1. teach in a way that is interactive, joyful, engaging, challenging, inclusive and compassionate;

2. sensitize students of leadership and education to inequities in society;

3. affirm what is good in society;

4.energize and develop with students a critical consciousness and dispositions that will compel us to

5. be hope-filled agents of healing and justice in a globalized, pluralistic world.