This year, Beliefnet's Most Inspiring Person award goes to the Amish of Nickel Mines, PA, which I featured in my blog on October 29, 2006. This the story of how a grieving community's act of radical forgiveness demonstrated to the world an alternative response to violence.
This small religious farming community, whose members do without cars and electricity, was invaded by 21st century violence when a gunman took over a one-room schoolhouse and shot 10 young girls, leaving five of them dead. One of the girls who was slain, Marian Fisher, reportedly offered to be killed first to spare the others. Within hours, despite their grief and loss, the Amish had extended forgiveness to the killer and reached out to help his widow and children. Beliefnet members were amazed by this example of radical forgiveness and voted overwhelmingly for the Amish.
Click here for the article: Why the Amish Won?
which includes stories and descriptions of other inspiring persons of 2006.