A sermon by Reverend Nathan C. Walker of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Martin Luther King Jr. first learned of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi when attending a lecture at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia about nonviolent resistance called Satyagraha. Gandhi described Satyagrah as follows: “Its root meaning is holding onto truth, hence truth-force. I have also called it love-force or soul-force. In the application of satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion.” This service will drawing upon the life of Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy whose words and deeds challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.