Terry Lodge, an attorney from Indiana who practices in Toledo, was the featured speaker at "An Evening of Peacemaking" Saturday at St. Francis Convent.
Lodge is known as "a critic of the corporate state." Describing himself as a "harbinger of reality," he encouraged listeners not to wait for leaders to solve problems. He urged concerned citizens to take more personal action against what they believe are injustices.
Praying for good outcomes is a start, he noted, but it is not enough. He called action "the physical manifestation of prayer." Civil actions have changed political policies in the past, and they can have a dramatic effect, Lodge said, citing the civil rights movement and the anti-war demonstrations that brought U.S. troops home from Vietnam.
"We are all we have against the destruction of our environment, against the destruction of our economy, our livelihood ... We are it," he said.