December 2019: The Lotus Center for All Faiths (LCAF) is pleased to announce two new members have joined the LCAF Honorary Advisory Council: Dr. Arun Gandhi and Dr. Kusumita Pedersen. The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi and Swami Satchidananda’s association dates back to the late 1960s. It was a meeting with Arun Gandhi that Sri Swamiji mentioned during his legendary talk that opened the Woodstock Festival. Dr. Gandhi was taught by his grandfather how to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. He and Sunanda, his late wife, founded The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Dr. Pedersen has been associated with Sri Swamiji and his interfaith work for many decades. She was instrumental in facilitating his participation in many important interfaith events. Considered one of the most dedicated advocates of interfaith initiatives, Dr. Pedersen serves as co-chair of the Interfaith Center of New York and as a trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. LCAF is honored that these two luminaries accepted the invitation to join the Council.