Today I am joining the 30th Annual Forty Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence, July 1 to August 9, together with thousands of people around the world who are praying to bring about peace and spread authentic Christlike Nonviolent Love (agape) throughout the world. Because I believe that peace between Muslims and Christians is essential to bringing about world peace, I am using a modified Ramadan fast. Ramadan is a forty day fast that begins July 20 and goes to August 18. Muslims typically refrain from all food and drink including water from sun up to sun down during these days. They begin their day with a good breakfast before sunrise and join their families and friends for a large meal after sun down. I am beginning my daily fast at sun up with a good breakfast and joining my community for the evening meal when it is served. I am drinking water throughout the day.