The following statement was issued by the Pax Christi USA National Council at their January 29-31, 2016 meeting in Bay Saint Louis, MS.
The National Council of Pax Christi USA, at its recent January 2016 meeting, reflected on the challenge of building of the Beloved Community. In reading the signs of our times, we recognized the destructive political discourse currently gripping our society and call on all Pax Christi USA members and all people of good will to reject the language of violence and disrespect against women, Muslims, immigrants, communities of color and people living in poverty.
In addition, destructive policies and practices that harm our shared creation must also be denounced as acts of violence.
We pledge ourselves to speaking with respect and dignity to all persons, regardless of their political and religious stances, for they too are our brothers and sisters. Thus we contribute to building the Beloved Community together, while caring for the earth, our common home.
Pax Christi USA will be holding their 2016 National Assembly, “Building the Beloved Community: Addressing Our Signs of the Times with Bold Conversations Leading to Transformative Actions”, in Baltimore, Maryland, August 12-14, 2016.