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This Monday, September 21st, the International Day of Peace, at 3pm EDT, Pax Christi USA is excited to offer the webinar, “Introduction to the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative” with Judy Coode, Project Coordinator for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. This webinar will launch Pax Christi USA’s participation in the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action, September 21 through October 2. Judy will offer an overview of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and touch on how our charism of nonviolence intersects with the 2020 elections. Click here to register.
Pax Christi USA is a partner in the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI), a project of Pax Christi International, which affirms the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church, and is committed to the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet. This effort was launched at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome, April 11-13, 2016, and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (now part of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development), Pax Christi International, and other international bodies. Lay people, theologians, members of religious congregations, priests and bishops from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania gathered to call on the Catholic Church to take a clear stand for active nonviolence and against all forms of violence. In his message to the conference, Pope Francis said, “Your thoughts on revitalizing the tools of nonviolence, and of active nonviolence in particular, will be a needed and positive contribution.”
Our presenter, Judy Coode is the project coordinator of Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. For 20 years, Judy worked with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and started working with Pax Christi International in 2016 when she was hired to help organize the first nonviolence and just peace conference held in Rome in April of that year.
She has been a member of Pax Christi, both Metro D.C. and USA, since the mid-1990s, when she was recruited to join what was then the Pax Christi Youth Forum. She has served on both local and national councils, and has attended several Pax Christi world assemblies.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, she has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1990, and has lived in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood since 2001.
This webinar is being offered as a resource for both the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action and Pax Christi USA’s engagement in the 2020 elections.