This past Wednesday, on November 30th, S.O.S. Volunteers and community members came together to discuss Martin Luther King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. But those participating in the discussion didn’t know they were in for a surprise..

Before discussing the principles, participants made bread in the S.O.S. Office. The breadmaking was a community building exercise, in which everyone worked together to create something that they could enjoy with each other afterwards. The process of breadmaking spurred participants to talk about the “ingredients of community”: the things that make a safe and healthy community.

While the bread baked across the street at Kingston Pizza, the participants split into pairs to read and discuss Martin Luther King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. The basic principles are:

1. Nonviolence is NOT for cowards but a way of life for courageous people
2. The Beloved Community is the goal
3. Attack forces of evil, NOT persons doing evil
4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause
5. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence
6. The universe is on the side of Justice

After the discussion, participants broke bread together and took the principles home.

A warm thank you to Kingston Pizza for allowing us to use their oven.