by Dawn Maas, Presentation Sisters
Sisters Kay O’Neil and Michelle Meyers and Cojourners Mike and Jane Sandsmark, members of the Presentation Sisters Social Justice Team and Pax Christi USA, gathered in the Pax Christi Church, Eden Prairie, MN, on Saturday, February 23 for the Minnesota regional meeting. The featured speaker was Sister Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA from Washington, D.C. Also attending were Heather Navarro, member of the Pax Christi USA National Council and Tom Cordaro, member of the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Task Force. Along with Jim Hubley, Minnesota Regional Chair, members from Minnesota and South Dakota joined in mutual dialog.
Sister Patricia presented Pax Christi USA’s four initiatives:
- Spirituality of nonviolence and peacemaking
- Disarmament, demilitarization and reconciliation with justice
- Economic and interracial justice in the United States
- Human rights and global restoration
The group spent time in dialogue around the four initiatives and the challenges involved. They explored the need to strengthen communication between national staff and regions. Members will receive an agenda for the Pax Christi USA National Conference 2013 planned for June 14-16 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel.