To celebrate 50 years of weaving peace throughout our PCUSA grassroots network, we welcome video contributions from our local groups, high school and college chapters, religious communities, Catholic Worker Houses, and state chapters! For this project, which is due February 28, 2022, you can send in video, paragraph, and/or photos:
- Upload a 5 minute video (no longer than 10 minutes) which responds to any of the following prompts to Our PCUSA Video Submissions Google Folder (preferred option) or email videos to National Council Member Jeff Sved, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What do you want the PCUSA family to know about your local group?
- When was it founded?
- Who are some of your local peacemakers?
- What are some of the initiatives, priorities, or actions that you are working on?
- What is a moment of peace that you would like to celebrate in your chapter’s history?
- Describe something that the national office has done that you’ve appreciated.
- Is there a way that your chapter has responded to Bryan Massingale’s challenges to PCUSA?
>> Bryan N. Massingale in 2013: “If Pax Christi is to be relevant and on the frontier as a Catholic peacemaking movement with justice then it has to become more intersectional in both theory and practice.”
>> Bryan N. Massingale in 2021 upon receiving the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award: “The greatest threat to peace is white nationalism. The crises that face us, militarism, racism, ecology, and poverty are interlocking, overlapping and compounded… Genuine peace, the goal, dream, and passion of Pax Christi is impossible without a cultural evolution so profound and far reaching it is almost impossible to envision and terrifying to envision…“
- Send us a written paragraph describing your local group, contact person, and how to get involved. Email to National Council Member Jeff Sved, email@example.com.
- You are welcome to send in electronic images that can be edited into your video. Email to National Council Member Jeff Sved, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Hints for Recording 50th Anniversary Videos
On a smartphone:
- Choose a good background, and film in a well lit area. Face the light but avoid lighting that produces shadows on your face. Neutral colors are best for the background
- *also check to make sure the camera is focused on the speaker and not something in the background
- Shoot your video horizontally
- Keep your phone level – use a tripod, set up the phone on a level surface, or make sure to keep your hand steady
To capture the best audio:
- choose a quiet location with limited background noise
- use headphones with a quality microphone
- speak clearly
The 50th Anniversary working group will highlight these videos on the PCUSA website and social media this year.