Charley Kendall: Healing for Justice
The issue that matters to me most is the plight of those in poverty, both in the United States and abroad. My desire to help those from poverty in our country comes from my work as a physician, my experiences working with inner city minorities and, for the past 18 years, at a tribal clinic on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. I also have a strong desire to reach out to those in other countries. A driving force for me came on September 11th, as I sat stunned, like everyone that day, and watched Palestinians celebrating in the streets. It disturbed me that they could hate America that much. It made me want to reach out to others around the world to show them how Americans can be, not just how we might be represented by the actions of our government.
In my work, I have spent a lot of time studying and learning the dynamics of my patients from poverty, to help me serve them better as a physician. To reach out to the greater world, I took an idea of my wife’s that we should support the microfinance movement, and brought that to Peace Church, in an effort which became known as Seeds of Peace.
My faith is a bit nebulous, but I believe that doing what we can for others should be a main tenet of our lives.
My greatest inspiration in my life has been my father, the most giving person I have known.