In a ceremony of sharing wisdom, one Jain leader made a comment that summarized the meaning of peace in today's context. Referencing the fact that Jainism is considered one of the smaller of the major world religions with just 10-12 million followers worldwide, he said, "We are a minority in India, but you have made us highly welcome here."
While I hope that Claremont Lincoln University and its affiliate schools continue to evoke this response from different religious traditions, I am more impressed by the reminder that interreligious understanding and peace begin in intimate ways: through education, by music, in our homes, with our welcome mats.
Ten years ago, the United State took a different route. I wish our leadership had looked into its homes, examined its clenched fists and asked whom it needed to welcome. Now, I believe the responsibility for peace is ours. There's a Worldwide Week of Peace in my community. But whether it means a reading club, a new friend, multi-religious education or ensuring physical and psychic safety for your self or a loved one, peace is probably best sought close to your front door.