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ON THE LINE: May 2016 edition includes Daniel Berrigan memoriam, regional events, peacemakers honored, and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners.

Fr. Dan Berrigan, S.J.

Fr. Dan Berrigan, S.J.

PAX CHRISTI USA CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF TEACHER OF PEACE DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.: Pax Christi USA leadership responded to the news late last month that Dan Berrigan, S.J., a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace, had passed away: Cathy Woodson, National Chair of Pax Christ USA, upon hearing of Berrigan’s passing, said, “I had the privilege of hearing Fr. Berrigan speak at our inner city parish in the early 1980s. His message tied together the call for justice that connected many issues facing those of us sitting in the pews.  His passion for justice and peace, his message about war came across with a sense of power that led me to look closer at how faith leaders in the Catholic peace movement carried out what they preached. He lived his commitment that pushed beyond our expectations and comfort zone, standing strong for peace in our world. He now joins others who have taught us how to be peacemakers; well done thy good and faithful servant as you are welcomed into the kingdom, and thank you.” And from Pax Christi USA Executive Director Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN: “Daniel Berrigan was a man faithful to the transformative values of living out the Gospel. Until his very death, he modeled for all a spirituality of non-violence and peace-making. Pax Christi USA mourns the passing of Dan Berrigan, one of the most widely admired peacemakers of our time. His life and witness have inspired thousands to learn and embody the nonviolence at the heart of Jesus teachings. We give thanks and celebrate the life of Dan, a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace.”

PAX CHRISTI MAINE EXPLORES NONVIOLENCE AT ASSEMBLY: (from Mary Ellen Quinn) On April 30, 2016, members of Pax Christi Maine gathered together for our Spring Assembly at H.O.M.E., an Emmaus community in Orland, ME. Following the opening prayer, our program, “Nonviolence – A Way of Life and Resistance in a Culture of Violence” included lively discussion guided by questions for self-reflection on the challenges & opportunities inherent in living a nonviolent life. The group sharing was based on Fr. John Dear’s three dimensions of a nonviolent life – Practicing Nonviolence Toward Ourselves; Practice Nonviolence Toward All Others including the earth & its creatures and Active Engagement in the global Grassroots Movement of Nonviolence. The annual meeting also included the election of officers, the welcoming of new council members and review of our plan for the coming year. All present were excited by the recent Vatican Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace and the promise it holds for the future.

Pax Christi Maine State Assembly

Discussion at the Pax Christi Maine State Assembly

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN HOLDS 35TH ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE: (from Mary Hanna) Pax Christi Michigan’s 35th Annual State Conference,  “Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power & Privilege,” was a wonderful event, featuring Pax Christi USA’s National Director, Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Program Director, Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, and special guest Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network. Held at Cristo Rey Church in Lansing on Saturday April 23, 2016 , the day was full of introspection and a renewed conviction to eradicating racism. Pax Christi USA has been at the forefront of confronting structural racism, and these powerful women are leading the way in that movement. Also honored were Mary Hennig as our Purple Ribbon for Peace award winner, and Aida Cuadrado as our Young Adult Peacemaker. To see photos from the event, go to http://www.paxchristimi.org/#!2016-conference-photos/lfee3

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of the Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of PC Michigan’s Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

AUTHORS FOR 2016 ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLET ANNOUNCED: The authors for the annual Pax Christi USA booklet of Advent reflections for 2016 have been selected. Pax Christi USA is pleased to announce that this year’s authors are Cathy Woodson, National Council Chair of Pax Christi USA, and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Pax Christi USA’s Director of Programs. To read more, go to https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/04/25/announcement-authors-for-2016-advent-booklet-selected/

PAX CHRISTI METRO NEW YORK HONORS PEACEMAKERS: (from Rosemarie Pace) Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) is very proud to announce this year’s Peacemaker Award Honorees and to celebrate not only their accomplishments but also what they stand for. On Sunday, May 15th, PCMNY will be paying tribute to: Phyllis & Orlando Rodriguez, Founding Members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Educators, and Advocates for Human Rights and Restorative Justice; Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, D.W., Community and Peace Activist in Nassau and Queens Counties, serving the poor and working to end human trafficking; and Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R, Peace and Social Justice Minister for the Redemptorist Order of Brothers and Priests of the Baltimore Province and PCMNY Board Member, whose work incorporates spirituality with the arts, hospitality, and interfaith outreach. We will also be recognizing our Maloof Family Young Peacebuilders: Paul Thomas, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx who has volunteered his time and talents in a hospital and soup kitchen and on a service trip helping to rebuild houses; Caroline Bandigan, a senior at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn who has served food to the homeless, been a companion to the elderly, and helped teach religion and martial arts to young children; and Jillian Eberlein, a junior at Notre Dame Academy H.S. in Staten Island who teaches conflict resolution strategies to elementary school girls in the Ophelia Project, helps with Meals on Wheels, and provides gifts to adults and children at a homeless shelter each Christmas Eve. The awards ceremony will take place in Casserly Hall below St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church, Washington Place just off Sixth Avenue, on Sunday, May 15th between 3 and 6 PM. Contact PCMNY at 212-420-0250, info@nypaxchristi.org, or http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8977.

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

May 14: “We Grow Together,” Pax Christi USA and Communities of Color workshop, Washington, D.C.

May 15: Pentecost

May 15: Peacemakers Awards Reception with Pax Christi Metro New York: Contact PCMNY to register now: 212-420-0250, info@nypaxchristi.org

May 21: Feast of Blessed Franz Jaeggerstaetter

May 23: Wendy’s Boycott National Day of Prayer (PCUSA has endorsed this action)

May 28-June 11: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Colombia

May 30: Memorial Day

June is Torture Awareness Month

June 6-July 6: Ramadan Project with the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

June 7-12: Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

June 12-19: Laudato Si week

June 26-July 2: Torture Survivors Awareness Week

June 29-July 2: Starvin for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C. (Pax Christi USA has endorsed this action)

July 16-30: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Colombia

July 16-31: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Israel-Palestine

July 17-21: Social Action Summer Institute in Chicago

July 22-24: Changemakers, a new social justice program, San Antonio, TX

July 24: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

Aug. 12-14: Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Linthicum, MD

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Quicklinks:

Pax Christi Maine member Bill Slavick published this op-ed on the recent conference in Rome on nonviolence … NCR did an in-depth interview with Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU on her work against human trafficking … The southeastern South Dakota chapter of Pax Christi recently held a 15-minute Take Back the Site vigil for Baptiste White Eyes who was shot and killed in front of the Lucky Lady casino … PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear penned this reflection on the life of Dan Berrigan, S.J., a Pax Christi USA Teacher of PeacePax Christi Phoenix is devoting time at their May 19th meeting to discussing the guidance and example of Pope Francis in our world … Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore member Scott Wright reflected on the season of Easter and an end to war … Listen to this interview with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear on his return from the nonviolence conference in Rome … PC Memphis hosted Jamie Goldring, a teacher who has worked with children for more than 30 years, to describe the methods she uses in her workshops to stem the violent behavior so prevalent in our schools and throughout society … Pax Christi San Antonio welcomes Congressional candidate Tom Wakely on May 14 to present his approach to social justice … Pax Christi Metro New York’s Spring edition of their newsletter Kerux is now online … Registration for the 2016 Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Maryland is now open … Pax Christi International’s May 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2016 edition of The Peace Current

REGIONAL NEWS: Pax Christi Michigan holds 35th annual state conference

from Pax Christi Michigan

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of the Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network, with Aida Cuadrado, recipient of the Young Adult Peacemaker Award.

Pax Christi Michigan’s 35th Annual State Conference,  “Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power & Privilege,” was a wonderful event, featuring Pax Christi USA’s National Director, Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Program Director, Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, and special guest Ana Garcia-Ashley, National Director of the Gamaliel Network. Held at Cristo Rey Church in Lansing on Saturday April 23, 2016 , the day was full of introspection and a renewed conviction to eradicating racism.

Pax Christi USA has been at the forefront of confronting structural racism, and these powerful women are leading the way in that movement. Also honored were Mary Hennig as our Purple Ribbon for Peace award winner, and Aida Cuadrado as our Young Adult Peacemaker.

To see a slideshow of photos from the event, click here.

ON THE LINE: April 2016 edition includes Good Friday actions slideshow and more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners.

PAX CHRISTI GROUPS ACROSS THE NATION PARTICIPATE IN GOOD FRIDAY WITNESS: Many Pax Christi USA local groups planned and staged a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. Check out the slideshow featuring photos of many of these events.

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LOCAL POVERTY AND FAITHFUL BUDGET CAMPAIGN TOPICS AT PC MEMPHIS MEETING: (from PC-Memphis newsletter by Paul Crum) Terry Hash and her daughter Christine presented an eye opening look at poverty in the Memphis area and beyond at our March gathering. Armed with surprising facts and a wealth of data, the pair highlighted the struggle that thousands of our neighbors endure to navigate current economic conditions. Christine, Manager of Social Enterprises and Community Engagement for Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, told the group that Memphis has the highest level of childhood poverty in the nation. She presented statistics reflecting the typical expenses for families of various sizes living in the Memphis metropolitan area, and showed the wide disparity in wages between the working poor and their more affluent suburban counterparts… To read more, go to http://www.paxchristimemphis.org/

Sr. Patty Chappell and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN did anti-racism workshops for members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, KS; Roma, IL; and Columbia, PA this past weekend.

Sr. Patty Chappell and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN did anti-racism workshops for members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, KS; Roma, IL; and Columbia, PA this past weekend.

PAX CHRISTI USA MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN HISTORIC NONVIOLENCE AND JUST PEACE CONFERENCE IN ROME: This past week, Pax Christi International co-convened with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, UISG/USG and many other international Catholic organizations, an international conference on nonviolence and just peace. Several members of Pax Christi USA from various regions were participants in the meeting, including Pax Christi International Co-President and PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Marie Dennis, former PCUSA National Coordinator Anne McCarthy, osb, former PCUSA National Council Chair Judy Coode, former PCUSA staff member Jean Stokan, and PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear, among others. To see the conference statement, click here. For media coverage of this historic gathering, go to: https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/04/16/news-media-coverage-of-nonviolence-and-just-peace-conference-in-rome/

Pax Christi TX members participated in the "Fight for $15" March and Rally in Houston on April 14.

Pax Christi TX members participated in the Fight for $15 March in Houston on Apr. 14.

PAX CHRISTI USA MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING 2016: If you did not receive a hard copy of the Pax Christi USA membership newsletter, The Peace Current, which includes two pages of updates from the national, regional and local levels, please let us know. It means your membership is not up-to-date or there is an error in our database. The Spring 2016 edition should have arrived within the last month. You can view it online by going to https://paxchristiusa1.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/39803_nl_pax_web.pdf

Pax Christi Charlottesville (VA) member Ellen Mohr attended the St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House with her niece Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. Ellen won a legislative battle with her niece in New York to let adopted children be able to know their birth parents.

Pax Christi Charlottesville (VA) member Ellen Mohr attended the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House with her niece Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. Ellen won a legislative battle with her niece in New York to let adopted children be able to know their birth parents.

Mary McDonough Harren

Mary McDonough Harren

PAX CHRISTI MEMBER MARY MCDONOUGH HARREN HONORED AS DIFFERENCE-MAKER IN KANSAS: (from Tom Cordaro, PC-Illinois) Long time Pax Christi member Mary McDonough Harren will be honored at the “She Made a Difference” award dinner on March 25th being held by the Wichita chapter of NOW (National Organization of Women). Mary is being honored for her activism for peace with justice and her commitment to women’s equality in Church and society. Mary has been an inspiration and a mentor to generations of women (and men) in Kansas and beyond.

Members of the Pax Christi Anti-Racism team at their gathering in Illinois last month

Members of the Pax Christi Anti-Racism team at their gathering in Illinois last month

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Apr. 22: Earth Day

Apr. 23: Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power and Privilege. Pax Christi Michigan’s state conference, in Lansing, MI

Apr. 23: “A Future Covenant,” Justice and Spirituality Convocation in Stirling, NJ

Apr. 25-May 1: SOA Delegation to the Border; contact marialuisa@soaw.org

Apr. 30: Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore Spring Retreat, “Let Creation Call Us More Deeply to God,” with PCUSA Teacher of Peace Rev. John Rausch, glmy

May 1: Feast of St. Joseph the WorkerMay Day

May 3: The Challenge of Peace anniversary

May 4: Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA and PCUSA Program Director Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN will present a training for Loyola University Cabinet Members, Baltimore on Racial Justice

May 5: Feast of the Ascension

May 6-8: Atlantic Life Community Retreat at Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York; contact Scott Langley at scott@scottlangleyphoto.com

May 7: Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA and PCUSA Program Director Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN will present a training at St. Boniface, Brooklyn, NY on Racial Justice

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 9: PCUSA Teacher of Peace Rev. Daniel Berrigan’s birthday; also Peter Maurin and Sophie Scholl

May 14: “We Grow Together,” Pax Christi USA and Communities of Color workshop, Washington DC

May 15: Pentecost

May 15: Peacemakers Awards Reception with Pax Christi Metro New York: Contact PCMNY to register now: 212-420-0250, info@nypaxchristi.org, or http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=8977.

May 21: Feast of Blessed Franz Jaeggerstaetter

May 28-June 11: Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Colombia

May 30: Memorial Day

June 7-12: Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

June 29-July 2: Starvin for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C.

Aug. 12-14: Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Linthicum, MD

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Quicklinks:

Pax Christi members in Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Fr. Bernie Survil, are passing out the election guide, A Revolution of Tenderness, to parishes and religious communities in their state … Mercy Sister and long-time PCUSA member Diane Guerin was interviewed in NCR … Over 25 activists were arrested at the Shut Down Creech action earlier this month … Local news shot this video of Pax Christi Harrisburg (PA) during their Good Friday Way of the Cross … Pax Christi El Paso publicly declares their opposition to endless war by joining Border Peace Presence on Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. in front of the Federal Court House (corner of Campbell and San Antonio) … NCR ran an interview with long-time Pax Christi New Jersey member Rev. Ron Cioffi about him and his parish’s commitment to social justice … PC Illinois member Sr. Karen Nykiel presented on “The Spirituality of Aging” at a conference at Benedictine UniversityPax Christi Young Adult member Vickie Machado was interviewed in this article about U.S.-Cuba relations following her trip there earlier this year … Pax Christi Northeast Florida co-sponsored an anti-death penalty event with Marietta Jaeger-Lane of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation … Registration for the 2016 Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Maryland is now open … Pax Christi International’s April 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2016 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: March 2016 edition includes PCUSA members acting for disarmament, against Islamophobia, for nonviolence, more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners.

PC International Co-President Marie Dennis with Pope Francis.

PAX CHRISTI USA MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING 2016 ARRIVING SOON! In addition to the stories we feature in On The Line about local groups, individual members, regions and partners, each membership newsletter includes two pages of updates from the national, regional and local levels. The Spring 2016 edition went to the post office yesterday and should start arriving in members’ mailboxes next week, but if you want a sneak peek of the newsletter, you can view it online by going to https://paxchristiusa1.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/39803_nl_pax_web.pdf

PAX CHRISTI NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MEMBERS AMONG THOSE ARRESTED AT AIR FORCE BASE: (by Elizabeth Murray) On Sunday, March 6, as part of the Pacific Life Community’s action in front of California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, a number of PLC’ers were arrested for “crossing the line” onto Vandenberg Air Force Base. The following is a brief account of the action written by Elizabeth Murray, who was arrested on trespass charges along with Charley Smith, Jorge Manly-Gil, Karan Benton and Pax Christi Northern California members Ed Ehmke, Mary Jane Parrine, and Tom Webb. We walked together, arm in arm, as one line toward the row of soldiers barring our entrance to Vandenberg Base. A few yards from the soldiers’ lineup, we paused; Charlie, whom we had selected to be our representative, advanced alone right up to the troops to offer our letter to Col. Moss. He asked several times for someone to come forward to receive our letter to the base commander, but our request was met by stone-still silence… To read the full account, visit http://www.nukeresister.org/2016/03/08/seven-anti-nuclear-activists-with-the-pacific-life-community-were-arrested-at-vandenberg-air-force-base/

Pax Christi Northern California members participated in the Pacific Life Community action at Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Pax Christi Northern California members participated in the Pacific Life Community action at Vandenburg Air Force Base.

PAX CHRISTI MEMPHIS EXPLORES ISLAMIC IDEAS OF GOD’S MERCY: (from PC-Memphis newsletter) In his presentation to those attending the February meeting of Pax Christi Memphis, Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin pointed out that of the 99 names for God recognized in the Islamic faith, the most important is “merciful.” All 114 Chapters of the Qur’an begin with the phrase ‘In the name of Allah, the most beneficient, the most merciful,’” Dr. Moinuddin said. “We are reminded of his mercy throughout.” The former president of the Muslim Society of Memphis provided a fascinating lecture and slide presentation that explained the Islamic perspective of mercy… Read more at http://www.paxchristimemphis.org/

PC El Paso members at February peace vigil

PC El Paso members at February 2016 peace vigil.

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN COUNCIL MEMBER PRESENTS ON NONVIOLENCE TO HIGH SCHOOLERS: (from PC-Michigan e-newsletter) Bob Podzikowski, Chair of the PC-Michigan State Council, spoke to the Mercy High School Social Justice class this past November. Bob’s presentation was at the invitation of teacher, Ann Lusch (long-time PCM member), who also facilitates Mercy’s Just Peace program. Bob’s presentation on nonviolence centered on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in 2015. He recounted the Pope’s inclusion of four notable Americans in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. Bob went into detail with Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence and their impact on the lives of those courageous individuals who choose love instead of hate and seek to defeat injustice, not people… Read more at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1109591091770&ca=6552d59f-6249-4e31-bf2e-52018d7efe31

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Christy Bantugan-Bohan of PC San Diego staffs a booth for PCUSA and Campaign Nonviolence at the Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, CA in January.

John Dear, SJPAX CHRISTI USA AMBASSADOR OF PEACE JOHN DEAR TEACHING ONLINE CLASS ON NONVIOLENCE: (from Campaign Nonviolence website) John Dear will offer a six week class on nonviolence, called “Living Nonviolence,” based on his best-selling book, “The Nonviolent Life,” starting on Monday, April 4, 2016. The class will feature six, ten minute videos of John reflecting on various aspects of nonviolence. A new ten minute video will be available to registrants every Monday starting on April 4th.  Participants will then have a chance in the day or two after watching the video to post questions or comments on the class Google Groups web discussion board, which John may respond to, and then participants will be invited to write a short reflection piece or journal entry by the end of that week on the questions or topics raised. John will read all entries, and try to respond to the reflection pieces, depending on class size. For more info, visit https://org.salsalabs.com/o/859/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85267

PAX CHRISTI METRO NEW YORK RECALLS POPE FRANCIS IN LENTEN REFLECTION: (from PCMNY website) “Thus says the God of hosts: Judge with true justice, and show kindness and compassion toward each other. Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the resident alien or the poor; do not plot evil against one another in your hearts.” -Zechariah 7:9-10. Pope Francis has declared this an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” and has specifically asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). In his Lenten Message for 2016, he guides us in how to do just that. First, Pope Francis encourages us to listen attentively to the word of God… For the entire reflection, go to https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/02/20/lent-2016-seasonal-reflection-from-pax-christi-metro-new-york/

top175TEACHER OF PEACE AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN: This year, Pax Christi USA will honor an outstanding peacemaker with the Teacher of Peace Award, in the tradition of Sr. Thea Bowman, Cesar Chávez, Dorothy Day, and Pope Paul VI. This award recognizes women and men whose lives and work exemplify the theme of Pope Paul VI’s World Day of Peace message, “To reach peace, teach peace.” All nominations must be received by email or postmarked by April 11, 2016 to be considered. When sending in your nomination by email, please include “Teacher of Peace nomination” in the subject line. For more information, go to https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/02/04/teacher-of-peace-nominations-sought-for-2016-pax-christi-usa-teacher-of-peace/

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Mar. 2-13: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ “Workers’ Voice Tour”, Eastern U.S.

Mar. 13: Election of Pope Francis, 2013

Mar. 20: Palm Sunday

Mar. 20-26: Romero Week from SHARE El Salvador

Mar. 21-27: Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

Mar. 22: World Water Day

Mar. 24: Holy Thursday, Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

Mar 24-25: Faith and Resistance Retreat in DC; contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com

Mar. 25: Good Friday, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Mar. 27: Easter

Mar. 27-Apr. 2: Shut Down Drones at Creech AFB action, Nevada

Mar. 31: Cesar Chavez, b. 1927

Apr. 1-3: Witness Against Torture retreat in Cleveland, OH

Apr. 4-May 9: Living Nonviolence online class with Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Rev. John Dear

Apr. 5-18: Global Days of Action on Military Spending

Apr. 8-9: Gandhi-King conference in Memphis

Apr. 8-12: Midwest Faith and Resistance Retreat, Minneapolis

Apr. 14-18: SOA Days of Action in DC

Apr. 15-18: Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power

Apr. 16-18: Democracy Awakening in DC

Apr. 22: Earth Day

Apr. 23: Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power and Privilege. Pax Christi Michigan’s state conference, in Lansing, MI

Apr. 25-May 1: SOA Delegation to the Border; contact marialuisa@soaw.org

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Quicklinks:

Registration for the 2016 Pax Christi USA National Gathering in Maryland is now open … Pax Christi Michigan’s Winter 2016 newsletter is available online … Pax Christi International has named a new Secretary General, Margaretha VanaerschotPax Christi Metro D.C. member Paul Magno describes the 35-year history of Plowshares in this article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists … Pax Christi Toronto co-hosted a workshop to teach young people about using nonviolent activism to raise public awareness on protecting the environment … Read Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Tonie Malone’s reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent … The Pax Christi group of the Presentation Sisters focuses on human life issuesPax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit spoke at Sacred Heart Church in Camden, N.J. on Feb. 13 at a program entitled “Peace and Planet: Imperatives for the 21st Century.”Pax Christi International’s March 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Spring 2016 edition of The Peace Current

EVENT: How white people can support the Movement for Black Lives

 by Zara Zimbardo, FOR

handsWe hear a lot these days about being “allies” and “standing in solidarity” with people on the front lines of justice movements. What does that mean? How do we live out those commitments?

You are invited to join — in person in California, or via an Internet livestream feed — an upcoming conversation to engage these important questions:

As an FOR member, I know our community of spiritually-rooted activists can struggle with how to best exemplify solidarity — especially for those of us who are white North Americans.

Sometimes this tension emerges in our international partnerships — with activists in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere — but more often, we are both encouraged and challenged to express our anti-racist commitments right in our home communities.

With the emergence of the Movement for Black Lives, now is the right time to expand our knowledge of faithful and powerful solidarity.

Please join me on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Pacific time for this timely conversation. You can attend the live event in downtown Oakland, CA, or join us online through an Internet livestream.

For more information, click here.

ON THE LINE: February 2016 edition includes action in support of refugees, Vow of Nonviolence, more!

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners.

PAX CHRISTI NEW JERSEY HOLDS ANNUAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR MIGRANTS, REFUGEES: (from multiple sources) On Wednesday February 10th, clergy, faith leaders and community members gathered in Liberty State Park along the water next to the bridge to Ellis Island to offer prayers and to remember all those who have been displaced from their home countries. Participants called for compassion and mercy for all those who have died fleeing violence and persecution, those who have been incarcerated as they attempt to flee and all those who have died trying to reach safety. Pax Christi New Jersey led the gathering on Ash Wednesday, an annual interfaith prayer service for migrants and refugees. With the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island serving as a dramatic backdrop, the seventh annual service called for compassion, mercy and solidarity with all those forced to leave their homelands.  To see a slideshow of the event by the Jersey Journal, click here: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/02/annual_interfaith_prayer_service_for_migrants_refu.html

Pax Christi New Jersey and friends host a prayer service on Ash Wednesday for migrants and refugees.

Pax Christi New Jersey and friends host a prayer service on Ash Wednesday for migrants and refugees.

PAX CHRISTI USA TEACHER OF PEACE DIRECTS NEW DOCUMENTARY ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: (from Center of Concern) gI_72903_Against HumanityThe Center of Concern announces the premiere of “I Am Miriam,” an anti-human trafficking video, and a companion website entitled, “Against Humanity.” The video tells the story of a 26-year-old Ethiopian woman who underwent sex trafficking as she sought asylum from violence against her family and herself in her homeland. The website provides educational and other resources for preventing, detecting, and responding to human trafficking through individual and collective efforts. Sister Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U., Editor of the Center’s award-winning Education for Justice (EFJ) and an internationally recognized champion for human rights, wrote and served as executive producer for the video. “This is the tragic, personal story of my friend, Miriam, who descended into the horrors of human trafficking as she fled violence against her family and herself in her native Ethiopia. This modern-day form of slavery ensnares nearly 21 million of our brothers and sisters, an experience that no one should have to endure. We must illuminate and eliminate the curse of human trafficking,” Ortiz stated. (Sr. Dianna is a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace.)… Read more at http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/02/p6251085/center-of-concerns-education-for-justice-premieres-i-am-miriam-anti-hum

PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN RELEASES STATEMENT ON FLINT WATER CRISIS: (from PC Michigan) The water crisis in the poverty-stricken, African-American-majority city of Flint, Michigan has its roots in decades of waste dumped by corporations into the Flint River, and more recently, surface runoff from roads, lawns and farmers’ fields. The water in the Flint River contains significant levels of chlorides, making it highly corrosive to lead pipes. In addition, state revenue sharing cutbacks for Michigan cities have exacerbated the negative impact on budgets already stretched thin by deindustrialization and the sharp decline in tax revenue. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took office on January 1, 2011. With his accounting background, he brought to state government a corporate philosophy that was highly bottom-line oriented. One of Snyder’s first actions was legislation expanding an earlier law by giving the state sweeping powers to take over failing municipalities and school boards by appointing “emergency managers” with unchecked authority to replace democratically elected officials. In December 2011, Flint was placed in receivership under an emergency manager… Read the entire statement at http://www.paxchristimi.org/#!blank/u8kon

Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore members join the Ash Wednesday prayer service held outside the White House and organized by the Dorothy Day CW.

Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore members join the Ash Wednesday prayer service held outside the White House and organized by the Dorothy Day CW.

PC SEATTLE MEMBERS TAKE VOW OF NONVIOLENCE: (from Deacon Denny Duffell) On the Feast of the Holy Innocents at Mass at St. James Cathedral, Pax Christi members in the Seattle area took the Vow of Nonviolence. The program for the event thanked Fr. Ryan and the staff of the Cathedral, and invited all those in attendance to learn more about Pax Christi. “This is our third year in taking this vow publicly, in order to encourage others to join us.  One thing we hope is that the community of people who gather around these words and the hope behind them will support one another through prayer and action in living them out.  If we do this, we are hopefully confident that this community will grow.”

Pax Christi Seattle members take the Vow of Nonviolence at St. James Cathedral on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Pax Christi Seattle members take the Vow of Nonviolence at St. James Cathedral on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Feb. 20: World Day of Social Justice

Feb. 26-28: PC Metro New York Retreat, “The Quest for World Peace Begins Within,” at St. Joseph’s Renewal Center in Brentwood, Long Island

Feb. 27: Memorial Service for Concepcion Piccioto, at 10:00 am at Memorial Service at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC

March: Women’s History Month

Mar. 1: International Death Penalty Abolition Day

Mar. 2-13: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ “Workers’ Voice Tour”, Eastern U.S.

Mar. 5: Lenten Retreat with Fr. Jack Martin, Stirling, NJ, co-sponsored by PC NJ

Mar. 8: International Women’s Day

Mar. 13: Election of Pope Francis, 2013

Mar. 20: Palm Sunday

Mar. 21-27: Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

Mar. 22: World Water Day

Mar. 24: Holy Thursday, Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

Mar. 25: Good Friday, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Mar. 27: Easter

Mar. 27-Apr. 2: Shut Down Drones at Creech AFB action, Nevada

Mar. 31: Cesar Chavez, b. 1927

Apr. 8-9: Call for proposals for the Gandhi-King conference in Memphis

Apr. 8-12: Midwest Faith and Resistance Retreat, Minneapolis

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Quicklinks:

America Magazine wrote an excellent feature on Pax Christi International Co-President Bishop Kevin Dowling of South Africa … Gus Nystrom of Pax Christi Northern California gave two talks during February on his participation in a delegation to El Salavador to commemorate the four US religious sisters who were executed by the right-wing military of El Salvador in 1980 … For Black History Month, PC El Paso hosted a screening of The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-75 … Presentation Sister and PC-South Dakota member Sr. JoAnn Sturzl had published a letter in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader calling for an end to the death penalty … PC Northeastern Pennsylvania started a petition in support of Bishop Farrell in Texas regarding gun violence in our nation … PC Houston sponsored a talk on Islamophobia by Mustafaa Carroll of CAIR-Houston on Feb. 7 … PC Palm Beach (FL) co-sponsored an evening celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. … PC Michigan devised a strategic plan at a meeting in October 2015 … With PC South Dakota members, we mourn the loss of Sister Eileen O’Connor, OSBPC-Beverly (MA) is hosting a three session exploration of nonviolence and mercy, using the Bible and the book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflection on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture, by PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small during Lent … PC South Dakota members hosted a Take Back the Site vigil in January at the site of a recent murderPax Christi International’s February 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current