Category Archives: Regional Events

TAKE ACTION: On September 21, Peace Day, make plans to pray for peace

Peace Day - Business Card layoutSeptember 21, 2014, is Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Peace, when thousands of people around the world pray and work for peace. The 2014 theme for the ecumenical Peace Day prayer campaign is “Visions and Dreams of Building Peace.” Plan an event on or near September 21 to seek a vision of how violence can be confronted in your community or our world.

Pax Christi USA invites our members, groups, regions and parishes to include special prayers for peace in the prayers of the faithful on the weekend of September 20-21, and to consider sponsoring community events with a theme of peacebuilding and challenging violence. Events can include street corner prayers about gun violence, peace pole installations, prayer services focused on peacemaking themes, creating children’s peace murals, and more. (You can also incorporate these events and actions into the Campaign Nonviolence week of action taking place between September 21-27.)

Resources for prayer services, other activity ideas, event descriptions from 2013 and 2014 participating groups, and online registration, can be found at www.PeaceDayPray.org.

ON THE LINE: August 2014 edition includes Ambassadors in action, new organizer in MI, and more!

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. 

PAX CHRISTI USA AMBASSADOR OF PEACE JOSEPH FAHEY HELPS LEAD CD ACTION ON JOBS: On July 29th hundreds of low-wage federal contract workers from landmark federal buildings in our nation’s capital walked off their jobs saying the President’s recent $10.10 Executive Order is not enough to afford the American Dream. This is the 9th strike in the past year by low-wage federal contract workers at federal buildings like Union Station, the Pentagon, Smithsonian Museums, The National Zoo and the Ronald Reagan Building. In a dramatic escalation, the workers and national faith leaders, including Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey, engaged in civil disobedience in the street in front of Union Station by holding an “Interfaith Breaking of the Bread” ceremony… Read more coverage of the action at http://goodjobsnation.org/when-workers-fight/

PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey (far left) participates in a "breaking bread" civil disobedience action in support of striking workers in D.C. (photo by Jean Stokan)

PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey (far left)  co-leads a “breaking bread” civil disobedience action in support of striking workers in D.C. (photo by Jean Stokan)

PAX CHRISTI LOCAL GROUPS PARTICIPATING IN CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE: Pax Christi USA is an endorser of Campaign Nonviolence, and many of our local groups are planning to take part in the campaign’s week of actions between September 21-27. For example, Pax Christi Memphis members have been involved in planning for the week of actions in their area, including a retreat with Rev. Charles McCarthy, a Community Forum on Gun Violence, and a children’s poster contest. To get involved in your area, go to http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/ for more information.

WELCOME ALISON ZACHARIAS, NEW STATE ORGANIZER FOR PC MICHIGAN: Alison Zacharias is the new State Organizer for Pax Christi Michigan. She is very committed to the spirituality of nonviolence and passionate about Pax Christi’s Prayer/Study/Action model. She is from Canton, Michigan, and graduated in 2013 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, with a degree in English. While at Michigan State, Alison completed an internship with Meta Peace Team, an international nonprofit peace and justice organization that seeks to pursue peace through active nonviolence and create an alternative to militarism through empowered peacemaking, where one of her primary efforts was partaking in the campaign for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison. Alison loves to read and write, draw and paint, travel, spend time with her cat and dogs, and is working on expanding her vegetarian cooking skills. Welcome Alison!

PCUSA AMBASSADORS OF PEACE HOSTING FUNDRAISER FOR FILM ABOUT BISHOP GUMBLETON: Bill and Mary Carry, Pax Christi USA Ambassadors of Peace from Michigan, will be hosting a fundraising party on Sunday, September 14th in support of the film “American Prophet,” which depicts the life and ministry of PCUSA Teacher of Peace Bishop Tom Gumbleton. The fundraiser includes meeting Jasmine Rivera, an award-winning director, producer and screen writer from the Detroit area. For more detailed information about the film and its production, you can visit www.americanprophetfilm.com.  Donations from those who cannot attend the event can be made out to Fractured Atlas, and sent to the Carry’s at 2375 Avondale W, Sylvan Lake, MI 48320.

PC FARGO/MOORHEAD (ND) MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN INTERFAITH PEACE GATHERING: Ellen Mahli and Cathy Schwinden of Pax Christi Fargo/Moorhead were featured in a newspaper article covering an interfaith prayer vigil for peace in the Middle East. They read excerpts from the Pax Christi statement on violence in the Middle East and used former National Council member Fr. Jim Hug’s prayer (featured on the PCUSA website), as well as a quote from Pope Francis. You can read more at http://www.inforum.com/content/muslims-jews-other-faiths-gather-pray-peace.

Interfaith Vigil for Peace in the Middle East held in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of Cathy Schwinden)

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East held in July in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of Cathy Schwinden, PC-Fargo/Moorhead)

PC INDIANAPOLIS MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN DELEGATION ON IMMIGRATION TO GERMANY: Last month, a delegation of 14 Americans, including Pax Christi Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs, traveled to Germany to participate in the American Council on Germany’s 2014 Study Tour on Immigration Policy. The purpose of the Study Tour is for participants to better understand the European perspective and to acquire an understanding of the ways in which German society is adapting to the inevitable changes brought about by immigration. Participants had an opportunity to engage with Germans from the public and private sectors and to share ideas about best practices. They met with government officials, political leaders, business people, academics, journalists, and non-governmental organizations. Here are the Study Tour participants at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Pax Christi Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs in Berlin (photo courtesy of Val Fillenwarth)

PC Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs in Berlin (w/ group). Terri is the Director of the Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center. (photo courtesy of Val Fillenwarth)

PCUSA REGIONAL LEADERS GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: Pax Christi USA hosted a leadership summit during the weekend of June 27-29 to coincide with its annual Momentum event. It is the first time in several years that Pax Christi USA has gathered together its regional coordinators, the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, the National Council and the National Staff. Nearly 50 leaders attended. The summit began with sessions specially designed for various groups present at the summit. Friday afternoon included a large group gathering for reflection, discussion and small group work. The evening event was Momentum 2014, featuring presentations by the 2013 Teacher of Peace Mary Meg McCarthy, Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK, and Ivone Guillen of Sojourners on immigration reform… To read more, go to: http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/06/28/news-pax-christi-usa-hosts-leadership-summit-in-washington-d-c/

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

PC SPRINGFIELD (IL) MEMBER WRITES EDITORIAL ON CHILDREN AT THE BORDER: Former National Council member and PC Springfield (IL) member, Diane Lopez Hughes, published the following column on the children at the border in the Springfield newspaper. “In light of the current humanitarian crisis at our borders, each of us would do well to think like a parent. Fleeing from hunger and violence in their home countries, we can only imagine how frightened the children must be, leaving behind everything they know to make the harsh and dangerous journey across Mexico to the U.S. border. Imagine the terrifying conditions that must necessitate parents sending their children into life-threatening circumstances for the possibility of safety, security and a better future. How demoralizing it must be for some of the parents not to have the resources to feed their children or insure their safety…” Read the entire column at http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140725/OPINION/140729670?sect=Columns&map=2012

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Sept. 20 – South Dakota Pax Christi Peace Conference, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery,” with Sr. Ruthmary Powers, HM and Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM in Watertown, SD; http://www.presentationsisters.org/events/event/south-dakota-pax-christi-peace-conference/

Sept. 21 – International Day of Peace, http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Sept. 21-27 – Campaign Nonviolence week of actions, http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/

Oct. 4 – Global Day of Action Against the Use of Drones for Killing and Surveillance, http://globaldayofaction.nationbuilder.com/

Oct. 4-11 – Keep Space for Peace week, http://www.space4peace.org/

Oct. 25-26 – Pax Christi Florida’s State Assembly calling for an end to the death penalty, Tallahassee; http://paxchristiflorida.org/

Nov. 1 – Pax Christi Massachusetts’ state assembly with Rev. Sam Smith at Holy Cross College on “The Militarization of Our Youth and the ‘I Will Not Kill’ Campaign”; http://paxchristima.org/

Quicklinks:

Blue Water (MI) Pax Christi hosted an August 6th prayer vigil in commemoration of all those who have died in war on the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki … PC New Mexico member Bud Ryan and PCUSA Ambassador of Peace John Dear were on Santa Fe radio discussing nuclear disarmament and their annual vigil at Los Alamos … Pax Christi Michigan co-sponsored and participated in “On the Road to Ground the Drones,” an anti-drone demonstration and walk that took place from June 3-14, starting in Chicago and ending in Battle Creek, Michigan. You can see pictures from the event here … Check out Pax Christi El Paso’s websitePax Christi Fargo/Moorhead is hosting this exhibit on “Boycott and Economic Activism” this fall and think that other groups might be interested too … Read this column on women religious from Pax Christi USA Teachers of Peace Joan Chittiser, osb and Mary Lou Kownacki, osbPax Christi Southwest Florida coordinator Dave Montrose had a piece published in the local paper on the situation in Gaza … Pax Christi Long Island (NY) member Jacqueline Jill Rito wrote a moving open letter related to mothers and the violence in Gaza … Pax Christi International’s August 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Summer 2014 edition of The Peace Current

CHILDREN AT OUR BORDER: National Humanitarian Vigil on August 9th

from Humanity is Borderless

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Join Humanity is Borderless Campaign, an initiative by the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas, for the National Humanitarian Vigil: In solidarity with refugees and immigrants on August 9th for the immigrant communities in our nation and for refugees fleeing violence from their home countries and let President Obama and his administration know that they have an obligation to this country.

We demand humane immigration policies where Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Status (DED) will be granted for persons fleeing from violence from Central America and regions of Mexico and extend Deferred Action to longtime, hardworking settled families who are under fear of deportation. This is a human rights issue, and it is our human and moral responsibility to stand with our brothers and sisters.

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For decades immigrant rights groups have mobilized, protested and written numerous letters to our president and Congress to fix our broken immigration system; yet, our voices have faded away in the ears of our political leaders. Now, with the influx of Central American children in our southern borders, it has become a “crisis,” a crisis that has long existed due to the unequal economic relationships created by U.S. foreign policies.

Thousands of children and families from Central America and regions of Mexico cross the southern U.S. border every year to escape violence or economic plight in their home countries. They are forced to migrate in order to survive.

Those who reach the United Stated come in deplorable conditions, starving, with torn shoes and scarred skin. At our local shelters, we hear the stories and see the real images of the young mothers, children and adolescents who are detained under miserable conditions with no knowledge of their destiny. Many have witnessed family members killed, raped or tortured by gang members fearing their own lives. Fearing for their safety, they journeyed to the U.S. Many have endured extreme injuries; others have been exploited, abused, and endangered by “coyotes.” These refugees are then placed in shelters or detention facilities with little or no medical care.

They are clearly refugees fleeing violence from their homelands. Yet, even with the crisis, the response from the U.S. has been neglectful, mistakenly making an argument to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and invest two billion dollars to continue to militarize our borders and expedite the deportation process for those escaping violence, who should be protected as refugees. These proposals are not the answer to this humanitarian crisis.

In addition, HRCSTX demands that Deferred Action be extended to hardworking settled families who live in fear of deportation. The HRCSTX joins other sectors of the immigrant rights movement in calling for full administrative relief from President Obama towards immigrant communities to ensure families are no longer terrorized with the constant fear of deportation and separation. We uphold family unity and safety as essential human rights, values that undoubtedly intersect with the cases of refugees and immigrants in our nation.

The United States needs to respond humanely and allow our communities to live a peaceful and just life, not deport them to the economic plight or physical violence that forced them to flee to our country.

It is time to stand in solidarity and unify as one nation, as one community and let our government know that enough is enough. We are a land of immigrants. Humanity is borderless.

Click here for more information.

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI DAY: Pax Christi New Mexico’s annual action at Los Alamos

Bud Ryanby Bud Ryan
Pax Christi New Mexico

Please join Pax Christi New Mexico for our annual Hiroshima Day event & our Sack Cloth & Ashes Demonstration on Saturday, August 2nd at 2pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.

If you can’t join us this year because you’re to far away, we hope you will plan to join us in 2015 for the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. And if you can’t join us this year, please read below & write to your elected officials in your home state.

PC New Mexico's Hiroshima Day Action

John Dear leads members of PC New Mexico at their annual Sackcloth and Ashes Vigil outside Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Also please contact your Member of Congress  and 2 Senators and tell them that you want to see Los Alamos cleaned up from all the nuclear work that has taken place since 1943 and has devastated the area. This project would create plenty of jobs (which politicians love to hear) for at least 20 years. Handwritten notes are the most effective but you also should think about calling their offices as well – its better to write to the local offices rather than D.C. because of the delay of mail to Congress, but I’ve listed the D.C. phone numbers because that’s the best place to call.

You might also ask them for the U.S. to live up to our obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) which was entered into force on March 5, 1970 & requires us to get rid of ALL of our nuclear weapons, so you might want to ask them what’s the hold up after 44 years! And for those of you in other states who may have Republican Senators and/or Congress members, you can tell them that Richard Nixon was President when the NPT went into effect, so if it was good enough for Nixon, it should be good enough for them.

Article VI of the NPT:

Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.

http://www.un.org/en/conf/npt/2005/npttreaty.html

New Mexico Congressional Reps:

*Senator Tom Udall   202-224-6621
120 South Federal Place
Suite 302
Santa Fe, NM 87501

110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Senator Martin Heinrich   202-224-5521
123 East Marcy St.
Suite 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Congressman Ben Ray Lujan   202-225-6190
1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505

2446 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

*Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham   202-225-6316
505 Marquette Ave NW
Suite 1605
Albuquerque, NM 87102

214 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

*Congressman Steve Pearce   202-225-2365
570 N. Telshor Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Click here to see the flyer for the August 2nd event at Los Alamos.

Bud Ryan is a filmmaker. His film, “The Forgotten Bomb,” is an excellent resource to mark this anniversary.

NEWS: Pax Christi USA hosts leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

by Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders, the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team, National Council and National Staff kick off the PCUSA Leadership Summit on June 27.

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders, the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team, National Council and National Staff kick off the PCUSA Leadership Summit on June 27.

Pax Christi USA hosted a leadership summit during the weekend of June 27-29 to coincide with its annual Momentum event. It is the first time in several years that Pax Christi USA has gathered together its regional coordinators, the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, the National Council and the National Staff. Nearly 50 leaders attended.

The summit began with sessions specially designed for various groups present at the summit. Friday afternoon included a large group gathering for reflection, discussion and small group work. The evening event was Momentum 2014, featuring presentations by the 2013 Teacher of Peace Mary Meg McCarthy, Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK, and Ivone Guillen of Sojourners on immigration reform.

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

The weekend’s communal events will end on Saturday evening with a liturgy celebrated by Fr. John Rausch, glmy, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and National Council member.

ON THE LINE: June 2014 edition includes election results, death penalty activism, peace award, and more!

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. These are gleaned from articles in local newspapers, websites, magazines, and elsewhere.

QUICK NOTE FROM NATIONAL: The results of the National Council election are in and we’re pleased to announce that Jean Stokan and Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM have been elected as new members of the council, and current vice-chair Cathy Woodson was re-elected to another term. Additionally Edward Martinez and Cynthia Morris-Colbert have been added to the council to fill appointed positions. Also, the Constitutional amendments passed and will be incorporated into PCUSA’s constitution.

Nick and Mary Eoloff

Nick and Mary Eoloff

GIVING THANKS FOR THE LIFE OF LONG-TIME MEMBER NICK EOLOFF: (by Florence Steichen, Pax Christi MN) Veterans, peace-makers and workers for justice, people of Guatemala and Palestine, and countless others lost a dear friend and faithful supporter when Nick Eoloff, 84, died May 24 in St. Paul. Nick Eoloff was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves. Nick married Mary Lou Bunting December 26, 1955; they are the parents of six children, 14 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Among their many works for peace, Nick and Mary adopted Mordechai Vanunu, in 1996 when Mordechai was serving an 18 year prison term in Israel for revealing the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. They visited him in prison, corresponded with him, and enlisted friends to write to Mordechai. Mary and Nick last saw Mordechai in 2005, after his release from prison in 2004, and have remained in contact. Mary phoned when Nick died, and knew that Mordechai could not come to Nick’s funeral because his freedom of movement is severely restricted even though he finished his sentence 10 years ago… Read this entire article at http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/06/04/obituary-remembering-long-time-pax-christi-usa-member-nick-eoloff/

PAX CHRISTI FLORIDA HOSTS WORKSHOP FOR CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, PCF MEMBERS: (by Johnny Zokovitch) On Saturday, May 17, over 30 participants gathered at Barry University for the 4th in a series of workshops entitled, “We Grow Together: Pax Christi USA and Catholic Communities of Color,” hosted by Pax Christi Florida. Members of the Archdiocese’s Office of Black Catholic Ministry, leaders from several parishes, Pax Christi local group coordinators and state council members, and Pax Christi USA National Staff members were present for the all-day workshop which included overviews of Catholic Social Teaching and the priorities of Pax Christi USA, presentations on the corrective histories of African Americans and Latino/as in the Church, and sessions employing social analysis and planning for next steps… Read more here http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/05/19/news-pax-christi-florida-hosts-we-grow-together-pax-christi-usa-and-catholic-communities-of-color-workshop/

Participants in the "We Grow Together" workshop held at Barry Universiry in May and hosted by Pax Christi Florida.

Participants in the “We Grow Together” workshop held at Barry University in May and hosted by Pax Christi Florida.

PAX CHRISTI PHOENIX WITNESSES AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY: (from John Zemblidge) Pax Christi-Phoenix continues to witness to the nonviolent Christ in opposition to the death penalty in Arizona. For several years our chapter has sponsored prayer vigils on the eve of executions along with Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona and the Arizona Ecumenical Council. We traveled to Tucson in February to attend Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona’s annual meeting. An ongoing relationship has ensued between Pax Christi member Margaret McChesney and death row inmate Frank McCray. Several Pax Christi members continue to visit prisoners in Maricopa County Jail who are facing prosecutions that may result in sentences of death. Long-time members Inge Casey, Dan Peitzmeyer and Bob Basque continue to work tirelessly in addressing forums and meetings of other organizations involved in the abolition movement. On May 15, our chapter hosted Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery where we dialogued and discussed the death penalty in a peaceful and present manner. On May 18, Pax Christi-Phoenix participated in a peaceful prayer vigil outside the Phoenix Downtown Sheraton where the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy will hold their annual meeting. Abolitionists view pharmacists as allies in the effort to stop executions. With the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on April 30, states like Arizona that use compounded drugs from non-corporate pharmacies face increased scrutiny.

PAX CHRISTI MEMPHIS HOSTS DAY-MERTON PLAY: (from Janice Vanderhaar) St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Memphis will collaborate with Pax Christi Memphis in presenting the two-hour play “Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton” written and performed by Pax Christi Southern California leaders Sharon and David Halsey-Hoover on Friday, June 20, 2014. There will be an informal meet-and-greet at 6:30 to welcome guests from the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Memphis Theological Seminary, and local congregations. For more information, see http://www.paxchristimemphis.org

Pax Christi USA staff Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN join other PCUSA members in calling for teh closing of Guantanamo.

Pax Christi USA staff Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN join other PCUSA members in calling for teh closing of Guantanamo. Photo by Ted Majdosz at http://photobyted.smugmug.com/CloseGuantanomo/Not-another-broken-promise-not/i-8GWTt5S

BISHOP ALEMANY SENIOR WINS PEACE SCHOLARSHIP: (from Sharon Halsey-Hoover) Earlier this month, Pax Christi Southern California recognized its choice for the Pax Christi Southern California Student of the Year Award. This year’s recipient is Eddie Motta, a senior and member of Pax Christi Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, CA.  The award includes a $250 scholarship to the college of his choice.

Donald Levan, Sharon Halsey-Hoover, award recipient Eddie Motta, and David Hoover of Pax Christi Southern California.

Donald Levan, Sharon Halsey-Hoover, award recipient Eddie Motta, and David Hoover of Pax Christi Southern California.

PAX CHRISTI LOS ANGELES REACHES OUT TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS: (from Sharon Halsey-Hoover) On Wednesday, May 12 Pax Christi Los Angeles held an informational meeting with four local high schools about Pax Christi and the starting of high school groups on their campuses.  Another six schools responded that they could not attend but would like more information. At the meeting, clips from the Pax Christi video were shown and Fr. Chris Ponnet, from Pax Christi Los Angeles, and Don Levan, from Bishop Alemany High School, spoke about the mission of Pax Christi and of how a group could add focus and opportunity to their attempts to address social justice concerns. In addition to the four Directors of Campus Ministry there were eleven students in attendance. After the meeting the attendees joined in the parish noon liturgy and then shared lunch. It was wonderful to experience so much interest in Pax Christi and in the desire for peace and nonviolence.

Pax Christi Los Angeles leadership share lunch with area directors of campus ministry and student leaders.

Pax Christi Los Angeles leadership share lunch with area directors of campus ministry and student leaders.

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

June – Torture Awareness Month, http://www.tassc.org and http://www.nrcat.org/

June 3-14 – On the Road to Ground the Drones action in Illinois and Michigan, http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/04/29/drones-on-the-road-to-ground-the-drones-action-june-3-14/

June 27 – Momentum 2014 Event in DC, http://paxchristiusa.org/programs/momentum-2014/

June 29-July 3 – Starvin for Justice: Fast and Vigil to End the Death Penalty, http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/; Pax Christi USA is an endorser.

July 18-20 – Annual Peacemakers’ Retreat with PCUSA Teacher of Peace Elizabeth McAlister and Frida Berrigan, in Pardox, NY, http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/

Quicklinks:

Pax Christi Long Island member Nancy Dwyer had a letter published in Newsday on gun violence … Pax Christi Texas is asking all PCUSA members to keep Mac and Joyce Hall, long-time members, in your prayers. Mac is struggling with cancer and may not be with us much longer, writes Dave AtwoodPax Christi Hartford (CT) hosted Catholic Worker Cathy Breen this week to speak about her experiences working with Iraqi refugees … Long-time Pax Christi USA member Paul Magno has the opportunity to attend the War Resisters International meeting in South Africa in early July and help popularize what the Plowshares movement is about to an important international audience. Paul is raising funds to be able to attend. If you want to support him, contact him at pmagno@igc.org … The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has published a new newsletter, “Encounters: A Newsletter on Faith, Economy and Ecology.” Click here to see the latest edition and information on how to receive it … Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Eric LeCompte met with Pope Francis last month on behalf of the global Jubilee movement … Pax Christi International’s June 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2014 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: May 2014 edition includes Stations of the Cross reports, new workshop offering, and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. These are gleaned from articles in local newspapers, websites, magazines, and elsewhere.

QUICK NOTE FROM NATIONAL: The Spring 2014 edition of our newsletter, The Peace Current, was sent out several weeks ago. If you have not received a copy, it means that your membership is not up-to-date. You can renew quick and easy on the website here: http://paxchristiusa.org/join-u/. To see the PDF version of the newsletter on the website, go to http://paxchristiusa1.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/spring2014newsletter-web.pdf.

PAX CHRISTI ST. LOUIS HOSTS FIRST WORKSHOP WITH LOCAL CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: (by Laura Kent) In mid-April, Pax Christi St. Louis hosted the first workshop, “We Grow Together: Catholic Communities of Color and Pax Christi USA.” The workshop is designed to bring together Catholic communities of color with members of various Pax Christi USA regions to create a community that is built on inclusivity and based on Gospel values. “If we do not count in our membership, members of the communities whom we would like to serve, then as a peace and justice organization, Pax Christi should shut down.” It was with this acknowledgement from Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, that a group of twenty-one St. Louisans began a workshop at Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis, MO on Saturday, April 12 to learn together about Pax Christi. Participants hailed from many parishes and local organizations, all with the common cause of working for justice… Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/04/29/news-pax-christi-usa-holds-first-workshop-with-catholic-communities-of-color-in-st-louis/

Sr. Patty Chappell, PCUSA Executive Director, opens the gathering.

Sr. Patty Chappell, PCUSA Executive Director, opens the workshop “We Grow Together: Catholic Communities of Color and Pax Christi USA” in St. Louis.

PAX CHRISTI GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE NATION HOST GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS EVENTS: Over two dozen Pax Christi USA local groups hosted or co-sponsored a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. In this edition of “On The Line”, you can see photos (below) from PC Illinois and PC South Dakota participating in these events. Several groups, like PC Metro New York, received local news coverage of their events. Mohawk Valley Pax Christi in Utica, NY sent us this link to the opening reflection of their Stations of the Cross, posted on the website of the local newspaper: http://www.uticaod.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=3482951928001&vidtitle=The%20Mohawk%20Valley%20Pax%20Christi%20Outdoor%20Stations%20of%20the%20Cross

Pax Christi Southeastern SD, South Dakota Peace & Justice Center, South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Just Peace held a Good Friday Noon Vigil, April 18, 2014, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary flagpole. We witnessed in prayer, song, and silence our opposition to the Death Penalty in SD. Following the prayer service, participants were given the opportunity to sign and have notarized a Declaration of Life document.

PC Southeastern South Dakota held a Good Friday Noon Vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary with various partners. Following the prayer service, participants were given the opportunity to sign and have notarized a Declaration of Life document. Photo by Leona Weiland.

By Nancy Oetter from the 34th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice.  Pax Christi IL was a co-sponsor of this event organized by 8th Day Center for Justice.

The 34th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice in Chicago. PC Illinois was a co-sponsor of this event with the 8th Day Center for Justice. Photo by Nancy Oetter.

PC METRO NEW YORK HONORS 2014 PEACEMAKERS: (from Rosemarie Pace) Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) is very proud to announce this year’s honorees and to celebrate not only their accomplishments but also what they stand for. This year’s Peacemakers are exceptional in their commitment to end gun violence, abolish nuclear weapons, advocate for Palestinian rights, and serve the poor and needy. They stand strong in their resolve to offer compassionate alternatives inspired by their values and beliefs. On Sunday, June 1st, Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) will be paying tribute to Sandy Hook Promise; Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon; and The Carmelite Commission for Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation… Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/05/08/regional-news-pax-christi-metro-ny-honors-2014-peacemakers/

PC MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDES REFLECTION FROM DEATH ROW INMATE IN STATIONS OF THE CROSS: (from Pat Ferrone) Members of Pax Christi Massachusetts co-sponsored the annual Stations of the Cross in front of the Boston Statehouse on Good Friday. Station 11 was the presentation of a piece written by a man with whom PC-MA state coordinator Pat Ferrone has been communicating for the last 1.5 years. Marc James Asay has been on Death Row in Florida since he was 23, and is now 50. You can read his reflection at http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/05/05/reflection-living-in-the-shadow-of-death/

2104 march madness 217Pax Christi Long Island member Jacqueline Jill Rito brought a small group of students to Italy recently, covering Rome, Florence and Assisi for Holy Week 2014. She snapped this photo (to the left), writing that “the inspirational feeling and word in Rome regarding ‘the people’s Pope’ was palpable – witness this drawing on a street-sign advertisement across from Castel Sant’Angelo, just down the street from St. Peter’s Basilica.” Thanks for sharing!

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

May 15 – International Conscientious Objection Day, http://paxchristiusa.org/programs/conscientious-objection/

May 17 – Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore’s annual assembly, “From Just War to Just Peace in the Age of St. Francis,” http://www.paxchristimetrodc.org/2014/04/register-now-annual-assembly-may-17-at-gonzaga-college-high-school/

May 23 – Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo, http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/05/13/take-action-may-23rd-is-global-day-of-action-to-close-guantanamo/. Pax Christi USA is an endorser.

May 29 – National Call-in Day for Justice for Immigrants, http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml; Pax Christi USA is an endorser.

June – Torture Awareness Month, http://www.tassc.org and http://www.nrcat.org/

June 3-14 – On the Road to Ground the Drones action in Illinois and Michigan, http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/04/29/drones-on-the-road-to-ground-the-drones-action-june-3-14/

June 27 – Momentum 2014 Event in D.C., http://paxchristiusa.org/programs/momentum-2014/

June 29-July 3 – Starvin for Justice: Fast and Vigil to End the Death Penalty, http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/; Pax Christi USA is an endorser.

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PC Southern California recently showed Brave New Films’ new movie, “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” and shared that its producers would very much like to have viewings at other Pax Christi events. If your region or group is interested, contact Tim Molina at timothy@bravenewfoundation.orgLeona Wieland and members of the Southeastern South Dakota Chapter of Pax Christi hosted a “Take Back the Night Vigil” at the site of a recent murder in Sioux Falls … You can watch the 2014 Vanderhaar Symposium, in honor of PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Gerry Vanderhaar, at this link on YouTubePittsburgh-area Pax Christi hosted PCUSA Ambassador of Peace John Dear earlier this week to talk about nonviolence … Read Pax Christi Metro New York’s Easter reflection … Check out the new video from Campaign Nonviolence … PC Texas member Dave Atwood wrote this reflection about his friendship with a young man on death row … Pax Christi International’s May 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2014 edition of The Peace Current