From Rosemarie Pace, Pax Christi Metro New York
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial: This event is a commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and an appeal to abolish nuclear weapons today. Our theme is Interfaith Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons. We will provide an overview of Catholic Social Teaching on the topic and then hear from Buddhist and Muslim presenters. Confirmed as a speaker is Hiro Sakurai, chairman of the UN Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, representing the Soka Gakkai NGO, a lay Buddhist organization. Invited to speak is Ibrahim Ramey, Program Director of the Muslim American Society and former Program Director on Disarmament with Fellowship of Reconciliation. Preceding the talk and discussion will be an interfaith prayer. Following it will be a public witness. Join us on Sunday, August 7th, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM in Casserly Hall, below St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church. Enter on Washington Place just off Sixth Avenue.
The Forgotten Bomb: In anticipation of the UN International Day of Peace, on September 19th, PCMNY will be hosting a showing of portions of the new documentary, The Forgotten Bomb, co-produced by filmmaker and Pax Christi New Mexico member, Bud Ryan. Through interviews with atomic scientists, politicians, authors, statesmen, and atomic bomb survivors, The Forgotten Bomb examines what The Bomb means to us all, and why we need to think about it again, now, even though the Cold War is long over. Bud Ryan will be with us to facilitate a discussion after the film. Time: 7-8:30 PM. Location: St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Parish House Assembly Room (to be confirmed). Donations welcome.
Fall Assembly: We’re in the beginning stage of planning an Assembly that will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01. Pax Christi author Tom Cordaro will speak on his award-winning book, Be Not Afraid: An Alternative to the War on Terror. The date: Saturday, October 15. The location: Mary the Queen Convent in Yonkers, NY.