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ON THE LINE: June 2015 edition features the work of PCUSA members and groups across the nation

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. 

ED. NOTE: My apologies for not getting out the May edition of On The Line last month. I was in the Middle East during the weeks I usually prepare and post this feature, and I simply didn’t have the time to pull it together in addition to my responsibilities on the Pax Christi International delegation. Thanks for your understanding!

Esther PinedaPAX CHRISTI USA MOURNS THE LOSS OF SR ESTHER PINEDA, CSJ: Pax Christi USA was saddened to learn that Sr. Esther Pineda, CSJ, a member of the Pax Christi USA National Council, has died following a short illness. “Sr. Esther was a woman of great faith and was passionate when it came to issues concerning peace and justice. Her steady and gentle manner was a major contribution to Pax Christi USA,” stated Pax Christi USA Executive Director Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN. “I thank our good God for Sr. Esther and our world is a better place because of the compassion and tenderness which she shared with everyone whose lives she touched.” Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/05/08/obituary-pax-christi-usa-saddened-by-the-death-of-sr-esther-pineda-csj-national-council-member/

PAX CHRISTI METRO NY HONORS PEACEMAKERS: On Sunday, June 7th, PC Metro NY hosted our Peacemaker Award Reception honoring Sr. Joan Dawber, SC, Director of LifeWay Network; Maureen Blaine, Principal of St. Leo’s Elementary School, Corona, Queens; and Joe Dirr and Jill Frasier, Financial Advisors. We will also be honoring our Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder recipients: Mariah Espada, Marymount School of New York; Joseph Grasso, John S. Burke Catholic High School; and Juan Moreno, Cristo Rey New York High School. To read more about this year’s recipients, read the PC Metro NY newsletter at http://www.nypaxchristi.org/KeruxLive.html

Fr. Chris Ponnet of Pax Christi Los Angeles led a retreat for Maryknollers and Pax Christi members on peacemaking, nonviolence and stories of ministry in early June.

Fr. Chris Ponnet of Pax Christi Los Angeles led a retreat for Maryknollers and Pax Christi members on peacemaking, nonviolence and stories of ministry in early June.

PAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL CO-PRESIDENT ADDRESSES WORLDWIDE FRANCISCANS: On 25 May, Pax Christi International Co-President Marie Dennis addressed the 2015 General Chapter of the Ordo Fratrum Minorum (Franciscans), in Assisi. In a challenging lecture, she spoke about the urgency of working towards human and economic relationships based on the Christian and Franciscan principles of peace and of universal sister- and brotherhood. She asked the assembly to consider which of the challenges she presented are most urgent. Her questions led to a reflection, first in the various Chapter groups, then later in the prayerful atmosphere which characterized the final session of the day – a contemplative reading of the Word of God. See the video at http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/06/03/pax-christi-international-pax-christi-co-president-marie-dennis-addresses-franciscans-2015-general-chapter-in-assisi/

At 2015 Pax Christi Texas Conference in San Antonio, Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez joined the group for a photo.

At the 2015 Pax Christi Texas Conference in San Antonio, Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez joined PC Texas members for a photo.

PC FLORIDA LEADER TO PRESENT AT WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL: Joseph “Pat” Mahon of Pax Christi Florida will be presenting a workshop entitled “Photography, Spirituality, and Peacemaking” at this year’s Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina, July 9-12. The description includes, “Contemplative photography (Zen Photography), connects us intimately with the screed which surrounds us. Connecting with creation and creating icons awakes us to the fact that, as Thomas Merton says, ‘We are already one.’ This awakened awareness is the foundation for peacemaking.” Read more at http://wildgoosefestival.org/festival-2015/speakers-2015/joseph-patrick-mahon/

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFICUL: A REFLECTION FROM PC-MA ON THE MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL: (by Pat Ferrone, PC-MA coordinator) Armed only with banners advocating mercy, and signs decrying the death penalty, nonviolent peacemakers from Agape, Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace and elsewhere, regularly stand vigil in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. In the early morning, a stream of employees, visitors, victims and lawyers pass before us, some with averted eyes or unreadable expressions, some clearly disdainful, like the man who muttered, “We should fry him – crisp as bacon.” Others, perhaps reflecting the general distaste for the death penalty in Massachusetts, pause to read the banners, or quietly voice appreciation and thanks for our witness. Reporters from the major news outlets are strategically stationed in view of the entryway, eager to capture the highlights of the day; on several occasions, interviews of vigil participants takes place, the reflections broadcast beyond our small witness… Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/05/21/reflection-blessed-are-the-merciful/

NEW OFFERINGS FROM AUTHORS WITH PAX CHRISTI USA TIES: A number of recent books have been published by authors with ties to Pax Christi USA. We encourage you to check out A Vision of Justice: Engaging Catholic Social Teaching on College Campus, by PCUSA Peace Studies liaison Ron Pagnucco at http://paxchristiusa.3dcartstores.com/VISION-OF-JUSTICE–Engaging-Catholic-Social-Teaching-on-the-College-Campus_p_289.html; and Natural Human Rights: A Theory by PC campus group advisor Michael Boylan, http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/philosophy/ethics/natural-human-rights-theory

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

June 1-30: Torture Awareness Month, http://www.tortureawareness.org/

June 18: Release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment

June 21: Father’s Day

June 24-28: Torture Survivors Week, http://www.tassc.org/events-1/2015/6/24/18th-annual-june-survivors-week

June 27: Join PC Metro DC-Baltimore at the Air and Space Museum for a drone protest and action from 10-11:30am

June 29-July 2: Starvin for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C. (Pax Christi USA is an endorser); http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/

July 4: Independence Day

July 8: Advent 2015 booklets go on sale! Check back on the PCUSA website on that date; http://paxchristiusa.org

July 9-12: Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. Several speakers with PCUSA ties will be there including Fr. John Dear, Pat Mahon, and others; http://wildgoosefestival.org/

July 24-26: National Convening of the Movement for Black Lives, Cleveland, OH; http://movementforblacklives.org/

July 31-Aug. 2: National Council Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Aug. 6: PCUSA at the Campaign Nonviolence conference in New Mexico; http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/04/29/event-pax-christi-usa-gathering-at-campaign-nonviolence-conference-august-6/

Aug. 6: Hiroshima Anniversary

Aug. 6-9: Campaign Nonviolence conference in New Mexico; http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/campaign-nonviolence-national-conference/

Aug. 9: Nagasaki Anniversary

Quicklinks:

Read a number of reflections and articles from various Pax Christi USA members who were on the delegation to Israel-Palestine last month … Authors for the 2015 Advent booklet were announced in April … PC Michigan’s Summer Newsletter is out and includes info on the new PCM Coordinator (congrats Mary Hanna!); Pax Christi at Campaign Nonviolence; our 34th Annual State Conference; Take ACTION for Immigrant Rights; and more … PC Long Island hosted a report on June 9 from an audience with Pope Francis on the climate crisis by Patrick Carolan of the Franciscan Action Network … Members of Pax Christi El Paso protest regularly against the death penalty in Texas … Stephen Oldham, a member of the recent Pax Christi delegation to the Middle East, had a letter published in The Washington Post on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict … PXI Co-President Marie Dennis and PCUSA member Sr. Mary Ann McGivern were quoted in a CNS article on the U.S. lack of political will to abolish nuclear weapons … Observe this year’s Romero and Merton anniversaries with resources from Pax Christi USA … Pax Christi Texas sponsored a screening of “White Like Me” based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise; the film explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege … Pax Christi at St. Rose of Lima parish in Gaithersburg, MD hosted a gun violence exhibit as part of the Heeding God’s Call campaign … Pax Christi Western New York spoke out against legislation to pre-empt New York State law and permit the concealed carrying of firearms by civilian non-residents … Pax Christi Beverly (MA) members and friends paid tribute to Sr. Julie Kane, SND on May 16 at St. Mary Convent for her spiritual work for peace and justice … Pax Christi International’s June 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2015 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: April 2015 edition includes resources for Earth Day, news from around the nation!

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. 

TWO RESOURCES FOR EARTH DAY: Check out these two resources for today’s celebration of Earth Day from Pax Christi Florida member Mary Ann Holtz and the Pax Christi USA Store: http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/04/22/earth-day-two-resources-to-observe-earth-day/

PC ST. LOUIS HOSTS ANTI-RACISM TRAINING: (from Laura Kent) Thirty-five bold St. Louisans from many different neighborhoods and parishes gathered this past Saturday at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University to discuss how to address racism in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (which includes Ferguson). The workshop, “What will WE do? Anti-Racism Training and an Introduction to Organizing,” was moderated by Pax Christi’s Tom Cordaro and Cathy Woodson. Participants learned about the many forms of racism including Internalized Racist Superiority and Internalized Racist Oppression. They discussed misconceptions about what is and isn’t racism and the problem with the reticence of the white majority to address white privilege. Many personal stories and family anecdotes were shared and attendees were challenged to not let this new learning end with themselves. Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/03/28/regional-event-pax-christi-st-louis-hosts-anti-racism-training/

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

PC PHOENIX-TEMPE EDUCATES ON IMMIGRATION, NONVIOLENCE: (from Dave Zabor) Pax Christi Phoenix-Tempe welcomed Fr. Sean Carroll, Director of the Kino Border Initiative (a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico), for a presentation on migrants and the work that KBI is doing. Kino is doing wonderful humanitarian work and well as education, research, and advocacy on behalf of migrants. Attendees were moved by hearing stories of families struggling to survive, often tragically separated, and enduring the abuses of government officials and police on both sides of the border. Fr. Carroll took back to Nogales cash, clothing, and supplies donated by the group. That same weekend, the PC Phoenix-Tempe group continued its tradition of offering parishioners at St. Benedict Parish in Phoenix an opportunity to take the Pax Christi Vow of Nonviolence. This is the 4th consecutive year that the parish has offered the vow, and this time approximately 300 people participated.

PC LONG ISLAND HONORS PEACEMAKERS: (from Mary Beth Moore) More than sixty guests joined to honor The National Catholic Reporter on April 11th in Manhasset, NY when the Long Island Chapter of Pax Christi presented its annual “Peacemaker Award” to NCR on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The honor cites the paper “[F]or telling painful truths, in ink, on paper and online. For reporting on nonviolence, in ways that other do not. For standing up for nuns, for abuse victims and the poor. For 50 years of prophetic words.” Mercy Sister Camille D’Arienzo, who writes a bi-monthly blog for NCR, accepted the award on behalf of Editor Dennis Coday. In remarks read by Sr. D’Arienzo, Coday noted, “The first NCR editorial against the Vietnam War came in early 1966; the editors then were prescient enough to see the futility of that war — and all others since.” Yanira Chacón-Lopez, lay minister of St. Bridget Church in Westbury, NY was also honored at the event for her work in “easing the perilous journey of immigrant families.”

Accepting PC-LI awards are Mercy Sister Camille D’Arienzo (L), on behalf of NCR Editor Dennis Coday and Yanira Chacón-Lopez, lay minister of St. Bridget Church in Westbury, NY.

Accepting PC-LI awards are Mercy Sr Camille D’Arienzo (R), on behalf of NCR Editor Dennis Coday & Yanira Chacón-Lopez, lay minister, St. Bridget Church, Westbury, NY.

first vigil at the Moakley courthouse in Boston. The people: Katie Flaherty, Scott Schaeffer-Duffy from the SS Francis and Therese Catholic Worker in Worcester, MA, me, Suzanne and Brayton Shanley of the Agape Community.

PC-MA members at the first vigil at the Moakley courthouse in Boston during the Boston Marathon Bombing trial.

PC MASSACHUSETTS MEMBER PENS OP-ED REGARDING THE DEATH PENALTY IN MARATHON BOMBER CASE: (by Kathleen Schatzberg) Last week in Boston, a federal jury convicted the surviving brother of the two men who planted bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring hundreds, and in the police manhunt that followed, killing a university policeman. The elder brother also died during the police pursuit. Now that same jury must decide whether to sentence the surviving brother to death or life in prison without parole. Massachusetts has not executed a convicted criminal since 1947, and a State Supreme Court ruling in 1984 effectively outlawed capital punishment in this state. This trial, however, was in federal jurisdiction, where the death penalty is allowed. A vigorous debate about capital punishment has inevitably ensued. There is no debate about the shocking heinousness of the crimes, nor about the guilt of the surviving brother who was convicted last week – his attorney admitted his guilt at the outset of the trial. But debate abounds for and against the death penalty in this case… Read the entire piece at http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38846&Itemid=32

Photo by Zach Gibson. Over two dozen PCUSA groups took part in Way of the Cross events from Newark, NJ to Springfield, MO to Los Angeles, CA. This photo is from the Economic Justice Way of the Cross in Washington, D.C.

(Photo by Zach Gibson.) Over two dozen PCUSA groups took part in Way of the Cross events from Newark, NJ to Springfield, MO to Los Angeles, CA. This photo is from the Economic Justice Way of the Cross in Washington, D.C.

PC ILLINOIS HOSTS NATIONAL STAFF FOR ANTI-RACISM PRESENTATION: (by Nancy Oetter) On March 14, 2015, West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition of Illinois held their 12th Annual Gathering and Fourth Annual Rev. J. Robert Sandman Lecture Series. “Taking on the Silence:  Daring to Explore the Sin of Racism” was presented by Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Director of Programs. Pax Christi Illinois folks attended the gathering in support of the Sisters. They both have extensive experience on antiracism teams and they provide a perspective from a person of color and from a person of white privilege. They first asked the audience of 45 to tell how they felt talking about racism. They then discussed the definition of racism, and what steps we could take in our own lives to begin to defeat it. Besides Pax Christi Illinois, other groups represented were Occupy Naperville, First United Church, and Christi the Servant Parish. After the workshop, PCIL hosted Srs. Patty and Anne-Louise for dinner at the Greek Islands restaurant and had a great visit.

West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition of Illinois held their 12th Annual Gathering and Fourth Annual Rev. J. Robert Sandman Lecture Series. “Taking on the Silence:  Daring to Explore the Sin of Racism” was presented by Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Director of Programs.

The Fourth Annual Rev. J. Robert Sandman Lecture Series. “Taking on the Silence: Daring to Explore the Sin of Racism”  with Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of PCUSA and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Director of Programs.

NEW OFFERINGS FROM AUTHORS WITH PAX CHRISTI USA TIES: A number of recent books have been published by authors with ties to Pax Christi USA. We encourage you to check out Live Peace, Teach Peace: Best Practices and Tools, by PCUSA Teachers of Peace MJ and Jerry Park at http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/03/23/resource-new-book-on-peace-education-for-hearts-and-minds-by-pax-christi-usa-teachers-of-peace/; Listen Here! The Art and Spirituality of Listening by PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Megan McKenna, Ph.D., http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/04/09/resource-new-book-from-pax-christi-usa-ambassador-of-peace-megan-mckenna/; and Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflections on the Spirituality of Nonviolence through the Lens of Scripture by PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small; http://paxchristiusa.org/2015/01/23/news-new-book-on-nonviolence-from-pcusa-ambassador-of-peace-nancy-small/. All are great resources!

Pax Christi Texas members Sr. Ceil Roeger and Dave Atwood participate in "Fight for $15 Rally" in Houston.

PC Texas members Sr. Ceil Roeger & Dave Atwood participate in the “Fight for $15 Rally” in Houston.

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Apr. 22: Earth Day

Apr. 24-26: Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Just and Sustainable World, http://www.peaceandplanet.org/

Apr. 26-27: Global Wave of Action to Say Goodbye to Nukes, http://www.globalwave2015.org/

May 2: Gospel Nonviolence conference with Fr. Charles Emmanuel McCarthy, Atlanta; contact Joe Goode of PC-Atlanta at cpatchat92@aol.com for more info or to register, go to http://www.stjudeatlanta.net/PaxChristiEvent

May 2: PC Maine assembly in Orland, ME, http://mainetalk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PCM-Assembly-flyer-2015.pdf

May 3: The Challenge of Peace anniversary, http://www.usccb.org/upload/challenge-peace-gods-promise-our-response-1983.pdf

May 9: Dan Berrigan’s birthday, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Berrigan

May 10: Mother’s Day

May 13-17: Pax Christi International World Assembly in Bethlehem, http://paxchristi2015.net/

May 15: International Day for Conscientious Objection, https://www.wri-irg.org/campaigns/co_day

May 24: Pentecost Sunday

May 30: Pax Christi Southern California conference with Kathy Kelly at Loyola Marymount University, http://www3.paxchristisocal.org/

June 1-30: Torture Awareness Month, http://www.tortureawareness.org/

Quicklinks:

College of the Holy Cross Pax Christi displayed a poverty tree on campus, where they hung facts about worldly environmental social issues on its branches as part of the college’s series of events on sustainability. The group also had a carbon footprint calculator to show students how as individuals they impact the environment … Pax Christi Indianapolis members and other faith activists in Raise the Wage Indiana led a 72.5 hour fast to bring attention to the issue and urge the legislature to act … Dan Peitzmeyer of Pax Christi-Phoenix debated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the local PBS affiliate regarding alternatives to the death penalty … Watch video from CBS covering Pax Christi Metro New York’s Way of the Cross … PC New Orleans was quoted in an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune in support of the Obama administration’s decision for deportation relief for 5 million undocumented immigrants … PC Northeastern Pennsylvania published a letter to the editor protesting Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech before Congress as well as calling on assistance for victims of war in Gaza … Watch this video capturing the Pax Christi Florida retreat on “Living the Nonviolent Life” … Pax Christi USA member Jacqueline Haessly has a new website for her organization Peacemaking Associates whose purpose is to empower adults and children to value and image peace … Former Pax Christi USA National Chair Judy Coode published this article on Haiti for the PCI Peace Stories blog … Pax Christi Atlanta member Cathy Crosby is being inducted this year into the MLK Jr. College of Ministers and Laity … Watch video of Pax Christi Michigan’s keynote speaker David Swanson’s address at their recent retreat … The Spring 2015 edition of Kerux, the newsletter for Pax Christi Metro New York, is now online … Pax Christi International has launched the “Disarmament for Sustainable Development Campaign”Pax Christi International’s April 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2015 edition of The Peace Current

REGIONAL EVENT: Pax Christi St. Louis hosts anti-racism training

by Laura Kent, Pax Christi St. Louis

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

Thirty-five bold St. Louisans from many different neighborhoods and parishes gathered this past Saturday at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University to discuss how to address racism in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (which includes Ferguson). The workshop, “What will WE do? Anti-Racism Training and an Introduction to Organizing,” was moderated by Pax Christi’s Tom Cordaro and Cathy Woodson. Participants learned about the many forms of racism including Internalized Racist Superiority and Internalized Racist Oppression. They discussed misconceptions about what is and isn’t racism and the problem with the reticence of the white majority to address white privilege. Many personal stories and family anecdotes were shared and attendees were challenged to not let this new learning end with themselves.

Wilma Locke and Kathy McGinnis were part of the local planning team for the anti-racism workshop and attended themselves as well.

Wilma Locke and Kathy McGinnis were part of the local planning team for the anti-racism workshop and attended themselves as well.

EVENT: Vanderhaar Symposium to feature Sr. Simone Campbell on April 16

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Gerry Vanderhaar, PCUSA Ambassador of Peace

The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in memory of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion and peace studies at Christian Brothers University for more than 28 years. Vanderhaar spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence, writing six books, as well as speaking the message worldwide. Vanderhaar was a founding member of Pax Christi USA and one of the first Ambassadors of Peace.

The symposium seeks to continue Vanderhaar’s legacy by bringing a noted scholar or peace activist to Memphis each year to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching.

Also, as part of the symposium, a mid-south area college student will be honored with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. This award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work.

For more information on this year’s symposium, schedule for April 16 and featuring Sr. Simone Campbell, click here.

EVENT: Get involved in the Peace & Planet mobilization in April

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Pax Christi USA is an endorsing organization of the Peace & Planet Mobilization scheduled for April 24-26. The mobilization will use the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to demand immediate negotiations for total nuclear disarmament and to strengthen and connect our movements that are working for nuclear abolition; economic, racial, and environmental justice; and an end to wars.

For our regions, local groups and individual members based in or near New York City, we hope you’ll participate in the Mobilization on April 26 as you are able. For those farther away, you can plug in by organizing a local event for the Global Wave, which will start in NYC on April 26 and make its way around the globe (going west), with actions at 1pm in each time zone.

For more information on Peace & Planet, click here.

NEWS: Pax Christi USA endorses Spring Rising actions

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Pax Christi USA has endorsed Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in D.C. March 18-21. Spring Rising is four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ “shock and awe” attack on Iraq and its invasion and occupation in a completely illegitimate, immoral war.  Together we will use this time to oppose the plans and calls for growing military intervention.

Click here for more information.