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ON THE LINE: April edition features Good Friday Way of the Cross stories 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. 

PC-Metro NY Way of the Cross

Pax Christi Metro New York's Cross Banner during the Good Friday Way of the Cross

COMMONWEAL FEATURES PAX CHRISTI METRO NY STATIONS:Pax Christi Metro New York has now held a Good Friday Way of the Cross across 42nd Street and through Times Square for 30 years in a row. One of this year’s more striking meditations came from students at the Christo Rey High School in East Harlem who spoke at the fifth station – Simon of Cyrene is forced to help carry the cross — about bullying. ‘Like Simon, we are called to help carry the cross of those who are bullied,’ as one student said. But as the students pointed out, bullying is too often condoned by inaction – and then those who condone it are surprised when the victim does not want to become a Facebook ‘friend.’ Read the entire post here: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=18345

MOHAWK VALLEY PAX CHRISTI STATIONS FEATURED ON YNN: “The Good Friday tradition of the Outdoor Living Stations of the Cross continued in Utica. The walk, organized by the group Mohawk Valley Pax Christi, included 15 stops at various charities, churches and social organizations as community members wound their way through the city. At each stop, they read a Bible passage about Jesus’ journey to the cross. Then different members delivered short sermons of how the lesson applies to modern issues. ‘There will be 15 stops along the way, and we always end in a circle of hope because we believe we have to have courage and hope to continue this important work,’ said organizer Jane Domingue.” Click here to see video of the stations: http://centralny.ynn.com/content/all_news/579685/outdoor-living-stations-of-the-cross-in-utica/

STATE JOURNAL REGISTER HIGHLIGHTS PC-SPRINGFIELD (IL) STATIONS: “Since 1984, a Springfield group has used Good Friday as an occasion to call attention to injustices in our society, and this year was no different. ‘We’re not going to change the world today,’ said Diane Lopez Hughes of Pax Christi Springfield, one of the organizers of the Way of the Cross. ‘But Good Friday is an important time to remember how our faith often calls us to speak for peace and justice. Our greatest example of that is the life and death of Christ,’ she said.” Read the entire article here: http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1607842335/Good-Friday-walk-calls-attention-to-injustice

PAX CHRISTI GREENSBURG (PA) CO-SPONSORS DRONE TOUR: Government Security News’ website featured an article on the Know Drones Tour, co-sponsored by PC-Greensburg (PA): “As the Federal Aviation Administration takes initial steps to authorize the use of unmanned drones in U.S. airspace for surveillance, law enforcement and commercial purposes, opposition to such uses of drones is beginning to take shape. The 2012 Know Drones Tour, a public education campaign focusing on legal, ethical and civil liberties concerns raised by the surge in drone warfare and drone surveillance, will begin in Brooklyn, NY, on April 12, with sidewalk displays of large-scale replicas of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhorse of drone warfare, say tour organizers.” Read more here: http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/26052?c=video_surveillance_cctv

A LETTER FROM FR. JACK MORRIS, SJ, WHO HELPED START PAX CHRISTI IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: The following was excerpted from a letter passed on to us from PCUSA National Council member Nick Mele: “Several weeks ago, I was told that I may have only a week to live, and the word went out. I did have a close call because of internal bleeding from an unknown source. I had four transfusions and when stable returned to my Jesuit residence in Portland. I would like to thank all of those who also gave transfusions of prayer and hope at the time I knew nothing of the gravity of my condition … The letters and cards you sent have been read to me and are appreciated, but I am no longer able to keep up with correspondence…”

PC Southeastern South Dakota

Members of PC Southeastern South Dakota march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

PAX CHRISTI LOS ANGELES LEADS ANTI-DEATH PENALTY DEMONSTRATION:  The following excerpts are from a story that appeared in the Catholic Sentinel by Mary Hotchkiss: “The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, better known as the LA Congress, is attended by Catholics from around the world… The Anaheim Convention Center is filled with up to 40,000 enthusiastic Catholics who come to attend inspiring liturgies and learn from well-known Catholic educators, including Sr. Helen Prejean…  On Saturday of the Congress, a lunch time demonstration against the death penalty was held on a grassy knoll in front of the Convention Center. It was organized by Pax Christi Los Angeles, the Catholic Peace Movement, the Catholic Mobilizing Network, Catholic Legislative Network (check), and Amnesty International. Several hundred people gathered around the speakers and Sr. Helen Prejean. Sr. Helen urged us to remember that Jesus was a victim of the Death Penalty…”

Members of PC-Los Angeles march with Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean.

PC-ST. CLOUD (MN) SPONSORS TALK BY MEL DUNCAN OF NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE: “The founding Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, Mel Duncan, spoke at the Public Library on April  3rd. Sponsored by Pax Christi St. Cloud, Duncan described the work of the Peaceforce, begun in 2002 with peace advocate David Hartsough and which has its base in Brussels.  Countries where NP teams have contributed to peacebuilding or are doing so now are Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Gautemala, South Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan and South Sudan. In 2007 NP received Special Consultative Status to the UN’s Economic and Social Council. That same year the Fellowship of Reconciliation gave Duncan its Pfeffer International Peace Prize, and the Utne reader named him one of ‘50 Visionaries who are Changing your World’ in 2008.”

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A billboard sponsored by PC-St. Cloud (MN) and Vets for Peace.

Upcoming Events:

  • PC-Richmond (VA) will host a “Spring Day of Reflection: Exploring Relationships with Earth and Ourselves” with the Thomas Berry Educational Center, on April 14. Contact Ginnie Morrow at ginnie.morrow@yahoo.com.
  • PC-Florida will host their Spring Retreat in Parrish, FL on April 14 and 15. Retreat leader is Sr. Paula Gonzalez. For more info, click here.
  • PC-Michigan’s 31st annual state conference, “Power: Who Lies? Who Dies? Who Pays? Who Profits?” will be April 21 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, MI. Pax Christi Ambassador of Peace Tom Cordaro and PCUSA Executive Director Sr. Patty Chappell are featured speakers. For more info, click here.
  • PC-Spokane (WA) is sponsoring “Imagining a New Vision for American Prosperity and Security” with Capt. Wayne Porter at Gonzaga University on April 21. For more info contact Scott Cooper at scooper@ccspokane.org
  • PC-Arizona will be holding the first Regional Dialog with members of PCUSA national leadership on May 12 at the Phoenix Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Contact Margaret Wolford for more information at wolford2102@centurylink.net

Quicklinks:

Bradenton.com featured photos of PC-Manasota (FL)’s Stations of the Cross … Pax Christi Harrisburg held its 13th annual Stations of the CrossPittsburgh-area Pax Christi hosted its 17th annual Way of the Cross/Way of CompassionPax Christi Indianapolis has a new websitePax Christi Southern California and Los Angeles co-sponsored the march and gathering called “Replace the Death Penalty with Life: Support SAFE California”Pax Christi Florida council member Jim Rucquoi participated with other PCF members in a march in Sanford, FL for justice for Trayvon Martin. Jim took video of the march which took place on March 26 … Read Pax Christi International’s April newsletterPax Christi Texas honored Sarwat Husain, vice chair of the National Council on American Islamic Relations as their Peacemaker of the YearBlue Water PC’s Michael McCarthy was published in the IPS journal Other WordsPC-Genesee County (NY) featured the War Orphan program at their recent Pasta for Peace dinner … JustFaith Ministries in collaboration with Pax Christi USA just released a special 12 session module for small groups on “Just Peacemaking.” There is a special discount for Pax Christi local groups wanting to purchase the module … Three plays written by playwright and Pax Christi member, Jack Gilroy, are now available as downloads for performance by churches, local groups, schools, etc. on the PCUSA website … PCUSA is seeking an Associate Director of Development

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ON THE LINE: Marking 25 years since Chernobyl, return from Afghanistan, Peaceful Genesee and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

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

PC-Phoenix participates in anti-nuke demoMARKING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHERNOBYL: The sun shone brightly and the wind showed its power in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, April 26, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.  Their prominent presence underlined the abundance of alternative energy resources in the Solar State. To mark the anniversary, fifty people, including members of Pax Christi-Phoenix, joined the Stand Together for a Nuclear Free Future demonstration to condemn the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) recent decision to grant a 20 year license extension for Palo Verde, and to call for an end to uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. Holding colorful signs with a smiling sun proclaiming “Nuclear Power, No Thanks!”, the group gathered downtown in front of Arizona Public Service (APS) headquarters, owner/operator of the three-reactor Palo Verde nuclear power complex 50 miles west of Phoenix, the country’s largest.

PEACE DELEGATION TO AFGHANISTAN: Pax Christi Metro-D.C.-Baltimore member Judith Kelly participated in a peace delegation to Afghanistan in March. You can read the press release on her return by clicking here. PCUSA Teacher of Peace Kathy Kelly sent us the photo below of Judith in Kabul.

Judith Kelly in Kabul

VIDEO PRESENTATION BY PCUSA AMBASSADOR OF PEACE: In April, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace and PC-Illinois member Tom Cordaro, was filmed giving a presentation at the Bishop Dingman Peace Award Banquet in Des Moines, IA. His presentation is entitled, “Forming a More Perfect Union: Overcoming the Politics of Fear.” The video can be viewed at this link: http://paxchristiusa.org/2011/04/30/video-forming-a-more-perfect-union-overcoming-the-politics-of-fear-by-tom-cordaro/

PEACEFUL GENESEE:  Pax Christi Genesee County (NY) has initiated the creation of Peaceful Genesee, a partnership of faith groups, nonprofits and individuals who envision a community without violence of any form, where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and which develops the skills to transform conflicts peacefully.  To date, Peaceful Genesee has sponsored a community forum “From Violence to Hope”, sponsored a workshop on skill building for transforming conflicts, and a three-part series with Prof. Barry Gan, Director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure.  Ahead in the next two months will be the Alternatives to Violence Program, and a 2nd series with Prof. Gan.

FORMER PCUSA BISHOP-PRESIDENT AND CO SPEAK AT IOWA EVENT: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and former military interrogator Joshua Casteel, now a student at the University of Chicago, School of Divinity spoke at the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City on the topic, “Seeds of a Culture of Peace: Non-Violence as a Counter Culture.” Casteel, a UniversityofIowa graduate, was a military interrogator at Abu Gharib prison who later became a conscientious objector. He recounted his experience interrogating more than130 prisoners and said he could count on one hand the number of people who were guilty of nothing more than being Arabs. After conducting one of his interrogations, Casteel was compelled to look at his own spirituality and his belief in the teaching of Jesus. He said that challenge made him undergo what he described as a “crystallization of conscience,” leading him to apply for Conscientious Objector status. The event was organized by Evalee Mickey and members of Pax Christi Iowa City.

SEEDING NEW GROUPS: Organizing toolkits for starting a new group were sent out recently to local group organizers in Reno, NV; Greensboro, NC; and Alexandria, LA. We wish many blessings to these new groups as they discern and begin their work for peace and justice!

WAY OF THE CROSS: We’re still receiving report-backs from the more than 2 dozen Good Friday Way of the Cross prayer and witness events were held throughout the United States, connecting the suffering of Jesus with the suffering of our sisters and brothers because of poverty, injustice, war, violence, sickness, and more.

IN BRIEF: Kathleen Schatzberg, president of Cape Cod Community College and a member of Pax Christi Cape Cod, is retiring in July 2012… At the Monastery in St. Leo, Florida, the Benedictine Sisters of Pax Christi St. Leocontinue to vigil on Highway 52 every Monday afternoon in front of the monastery, reminding people to “Pray for Peace”… Pat Krommer of the Los Angeles Chapter of Pax Christi is trained and available for counseling on conscientious objection… Pax Christi Metro-D.C.-Baltimore member Paul Magno contributed a chapter to the book Hidden 1970s; Histories of Radicalism. You can see more about the book by clicking here.

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ON THE LINE: Rev. Michael Doyle, PC New Jersey’s Dorothy Day Peacemaker, PC Phoenix protests President Bush visit, and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each Wednesday, we’ll be featuring a new spot on the site called “On The Line,” which pulls together various news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. We hope you’ll check each Wednesday and look in on the incredible work people all across the U.S. are doing in the name of Pax Christi USA.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Kathy O’Leary, state coordinator for Pax Christi New Jersey, sent in the following article about Rev. Michael Doyle, who was named one of Pax Christi NJ’s recent Dorothy Day Peacemakers.  Rev. Doyle’s parish, Sacred Heart, is the home to a local Pax Christi chapters. Kathy writes, “Here is an article about Michael Doyle that captures a little bit about what makes him, his parish and their work so remarkable.” You can read more by following this link: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20110319/US.A.Prayer.for.Camden/

THE DAILY NEWS (Western New York): William Privett, coordinator for Pax Christi Western New York, wrote the following article about his area’s first “Interfaith Witness for Peace.” The article begins, “On March 3, more than 60 people gathered at Genesee Community College for the first Interfaith Witness for Peace, sponsored by Pax Christi Genesee County. The program featured prayers, reflections, music and poetry from faith leaders — Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Quaker, Buddhist, The Salvation Army and Pembroke Community Church traditions…” To read the rest of the article, go to http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/editorials/article_1b72ecc8-50b2-11e0-9843-001cc4c002e0.html.

PAX CHRISTI ATLANTA: Pax Christi Atlanta member and PCUSA National Council member Cathy Crosby sent the following photo, taken last week, of Bishop Gumbleton, founding Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA, and members of JustFaith in Atlanta, alongside members of Pax Christi Atlanta.

Bishop Gumbleton in Atlanta with Pax Christi/JustFaith participants

CATHOLIC PEACE FELLOWSHIP-PAX CHRISTI PHILADELPHIA: On April 16, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Pax Christi Philadelphia chapter will hold its annual retreat. This year’s retreat is “Seeking Justice and Peace Through Action and Contemplation,” and will take place at St. Malachy School. For more information on the retreat, visit  http://cpfphila.org/Retreat.html

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN: Pax Christi Michigan started a new blog recently, “PeaceTalk.” Recent blog posts focus on Japan, Palestine and immigration. Check it out at http://paxchristimi.wordpress.com/.

ABC15 and KTAR NEWS TALK: Pax Christi Phoenix was featured in pieces for their local ABC affiliate and KTAR, local news talk radio. PC Phoenix and group coordinator Dan Wolford were featured because of their planned protest of a speech former President George W. Bush was giving in Phoenix. You can read both articles at these links: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/former-president-bush-in-valley-tonight and http://ktar.com/category/local-news-articles/20110316/Protest-planned-as-Bush-speaks-in-downtown-Phoenix/

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