The following resources are excellent for new and existing Pax Christi groups.
For new groups just forming, you might consider these resources especially helpful:
- 2013 Resource Flyer
- An Introductory Video to Pax Christi USA: A Journey of Faith and Hope – available in DVD and VHS
- New Group Registration Form – MSWord document
- New Group Registration Form – PDF
- How To Start a Local Pax Christi Community – brochure
- Gathered in Peace: Sessions on Forming Pax Christi Communities
- A New Moment: An Invitation to Nonviolence
- Bulletin Insert: What is Pax Christi?
- Bulletin Insert: Que es Pax Christi?
- Pax Christi USA Informational Brochure – English
- Pax Christi USA Informational Brochure – Spanish
- The Vow of Nonviolence
- Un Voto de No-Violencia
- Pax Christi USA rose logo (jpeg file)
To update an existing local group’s contact information:
For the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris leading up to Pax Christi USA”s 40th anniversary National Conference:
On Pax Christi USA’s work to become an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic movement for peace with justice:
- Brochure on PCUSA’s anti-racism initiative, Brothers and Sisters All
- Building Relationships with Communities of Color on Immigration Issues
From Pax Christi USA’s groundbreaking process, The People’s Peace Initiative, an undertaking by 21 national Catholic organizations to define the challenges of peace for the 21st century:
- People’s Peace Initiative final report – “Called to Be Peacemakers: The Challenge and Promise of Peace in the 21st Century” (English)
- “Llamados a Construir la Paz – El Desafío y la Promesa de Paz en el Siglo XXI” (Espanol)
- Executive Summary of the People’s Peace Initiative Process – English
- Resumen Ejecutivo de la Iniciativa de Paz de los Pueblos – Espanol
Free small group discussion resources from series featured on the Bread for the Journey blog: (available as free PDF downloads)
- “The Gospel, Nonviolence and Civil Discourse,” reflecting on civil discourse, respectful dialogue across difference, and nonviolence, by Marie Dennis (6 reflections)
- “For Now We See in a Mirror, Dimly: An Anti-Racist Critique of Pax Christi USA’s Theology and Practice of Nonviolence” by Tom Cordaro (5 sessions)
- “Seeds in Good Soil,” examining the challenges of making Catholic social teaching a constituent part of parish life in the United States, by Tom Cordaro (5 sessions)
Resources designed by members around the nation:
Three plays written by playwright and Pax Christi member, Jack Gilroy, made available for performance by churches, local groups, schools, etc.:
- The Predator: A Jesuit college junior is being encouraged to serve the country in the military by her mother, an Air Force Major Drone Pilot, and a US Senator. Her mother pushes for an Air Force career path and her Senator visualizes drones as an economic answer to unemployment. Is there a relevant moral question?
- Sentenced to Death For Not Killing: The Ben Salmon Story: Ben Salmon, a WWI, Denver, Colorado Catholic, refused to partake in the killing of another human being. He was arrested, sentenced to death (reduced to 25 yrs hard labor) and tortured for his humanitarian and religious belief that killing is immoral.
- Render to Caesar? The Story of Franz Jagerstatter: Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian Catholic peasant was the only person in his village who, in 1938, refused to support Nazi annexation. When he said no to induction into the German Army in 1943, Franz knew the justice of his conscience would be challenged by the power of the state.
Plays on Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and others, by Pax Christi Southern California members Sharon and David Hoover at http://www.inscapeministries.com/
A Prayer Service to End the Use of Lethal Drones, by Art Laffin of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore