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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

LENT 2016: Seasonal reflection from Pax Christi Metro New York

from Pax Christi Metro New York

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

Cross_and_SunsetPope 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. There we hear of God’s infinite mercy, tenderness, and compassion, even and especially to the least faithful. We learn of God’s unconditional love as God seeks to restore relationships wounded by sinfulness. We observe God’s mercy in action, reaching out to our forebears, offering them a new chance to look, convert, and believe (Misericordiae Vultus, 21).

Then Pope Francis invites us to experience God’s mercy, ourselves, and to share it with others. He notes that “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn.” It inspires us to engage in “concrete, everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit;” that is, to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and to reject arrogance, greed, and indifference toward the poor and the environment.

Finally, Pope Francis reiterates that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favorable time to…listen to God’s word and practice the works of mercy,” to reach out to “our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited,” and to touch our own sinfulness through “counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer.” As he concludes, “Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favorable a time for conversion!”

Click here to see an adapted prayer and suggested actions from Pax Christi Metro New York for this Lenten season.

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

ON THE LINE: January 2016 edition – Vote for Marie! Bernie Kopera, PRESENTE! 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.

marienomforpeaceprize-bigPAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL CO-PRESIDENT MARIE DENNIS IS FINALIST FOR PUBLIC PEACE PRIZE; VOTE NOW! (from Pax Christi International) We are pleased to tell you that Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, has been nominated for the 2016 Public Peace Prize. This prize is the only one in the world which is based on the public’s choices. The voting is open until 24 January, 2016. To vote for Marie Dennis you have three possibilities: 1) Vote on the Public Peace Prize website: Visit the webpage presenting Marie (each visitor = 1 vote) or leave an appreciative comment on the bottom of the page (each comment = 3 votes). See Marie’s nomination page here. 2) On Public Peace Prize’s Facebook page: Click “Like” below the posting presenting Marie. To increase the number of votes, click on the “share” button. See the posting here. 3) On Public Peace Prize’s Twitter account: “Retweet” the tweets presenting Marie. See the tweet here.

On December 23 PC Houston members helped to distribute Christmas gifts to children who were leaving the Harris County Jail with their parents. The children had been visiting their loved ones in the jail. The event is sponsored by End Mass Incarceration Houston with the support of other organizations.

On December 23 PC Houston members helped to distribute Christmas gifts to children who were leaving the Harris County Jail with their parents. The children had been visiting their loved ones in the jail. The event is sponsored by End Mass Incarceration Houston with the support of other organizations.

PAX CHRISTI INDIANAPOLIS SUPPORTS ARCHBISHOP ON REFUGEE RESPONSE: In a letter to Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, PC Indianapolis wrote, “We, the members of Pax Christi of Indianapolis, are supportive of and encouraged by your courageous actions and example in deciding to accept the Syrian refugee family to our Indiana home.  Your words and your decision have sent a strong message of Christianity and the words of Christ to ‘love one another.’ Thank you for your leadership and the message of justice you have sent.” The Archbishop had decided to go through with the refugee relocation over objections from the Governor of Indiana.

Seven people were arrested at a Pentagon peace witness on the Feast of the Holy Innocents following the Faith and Resistance Retreat. See more photos at https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AmZMEAszDHL4CtM&id=D886EDE2FD42F445%21882&cid=D886EDE2FD42F445

Seven people were arrested at a Pentagon peace witness on the Feast of the Holy Innocents following the Faith and Resistance Retreat. See more photos at http://1drv.ms/1PeViuD

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS SPONSORS WORLD PEACE DAY INTERFAITH SERVICE: (from Tom Cordaro, Pax Christi Illinois) Pax Christi Illinois was a major sponsor and organizer of the 2016 World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service, celebrated January 3, in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Illinois. Over 300 people attended. The event was co-sponsored by Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai, Christian Scientist and other faith communities. Click on the following link to read the speech given by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Tom Cordaro at the event: https://paxchristiusa.org/2016/01/13/reflection-the-cross-and-the-call-to-reconciliation/

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Participants in the World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service in Illinois.

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS ACTIVIST BERNIE KOPERA PASSES: It is with great sadness that we share with you that Bernie Kopera of Pax Christi Illinois, who we featured in last month’s OTL, passed away on Christmas Day from a heart attack. Bernie was 71. You can read a longer article in the Chicago Tribune celebrating and remembering Bernie’s life at http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-bernie-kopera-obit-st-1229-20151228-story.html.

Bernie Kopera, in back with right hand raised, at the SOA march to the detention center in Stewart, with other members of PC Illinois.

Bernie Kopera, in back with right hand raised and sunglasses, at the SOA march to the detention center in Stewart, with other members of PC Illinois, Nov. 2015.

Lent2016bookletcoverPAX CHRISTI REFLECTION BOOKLET FOR LENT AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK! The Lent 2016 reflection booklet, “Everything is Grace: Reflections for Lent 2016,” is now available for purchase and download at the Pax Christi USA store as an electronic book. The book is authored by Tonie Malone (PC New Jersey); Nancy Small (PC Massachusetts); Allison Blay (PC Florida); Cathy Crayton (PC Southern California); Eric LeCompte (PC Metro D.C.-Baltimore), Kwame Assenyoh, SVD; and Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN. To purchase and download this excellent resource, go to http://paxchristiusa.3dcartstores.com/Lent-2016–e-BOOK–DAILY-REFLECTIONS–NO-HARD-COPY-WILL-BE-SENT_p_297.html 

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Jan. 26: Bishop Gumbleton’s birthday

Jan. 29-31: Pax Christi USA National Council meeting in Bay St. Louis, MS

Jan. 31: Peacemaking thru the Arts with Pax Christi Metro New York, Greenwich Village, NYC

Feb: Black History Month

Feb. 4: Birth of Rosa Parks, 1913

Feb. 5: Christian Peace Witness for Syria and We Refuse To Be Enemies Interfaith group’s day-long planning meeting, the Methodist Building, Washington D.C.; to attend or join by teleconference, contact Bob Cooke of Pax Christi International at cookerh1251@gmail.com.

Feb. 10: Nelson Mandela released, 1990

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday

Feb. 12: NAACP founded, 1909

Feb. 14: Frederick Douglass, b. 1818

Feb. 20: World Day of Social Justice

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. 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. 31: Cesar Chavez, b. 1927

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Quicklinks:

Pax Christi Michigan and its Lansing chapter celebrated “Pax Christi Lansing’s 9th Annual Interfaith New Year Community Peace Prayer Service” on January 1 … Pax Christi USA joins with the rest of the Pax Christi world community in giving thanks for the contributions of Jose Henriquez who left his position as Pax Christi International Secretary General in December … Read this report-back from PC Metro DC-Baltimore member Sr. Veronica Schweyen who was on a SHARE delegation to El Salvador in December … Fr. Jim Murphy was sentenced to 5 days in jail in Wisconsin for his anti-drone action … Blue Water (MI) Pax Christi had their Christmas billboard featured in this article in a local newspaper …  Srs. Patricia Chappell and Anne-Louise Nadeau, executive director and director of programs, respectively, of Pax Christi USA, led a peace retreat on racism at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY in conjunction with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Justice Committee of the Albany Province … Former PCUSA National Council chair and member of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore Judy Coode was quoted in an article from CNS on the immigration and refugee crisis … A colleague from Pax Christi Germany was quoted in this article in the NY Times on the refugee crisis … The Winter edition of Kerux from Pax Christi Metro New York is now online … Pax Christi International’s January 2016 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: November 2015 edition includes groups acting on Israel-Palestine, the #FightFor15, the refugee crisis, 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 METRO NEW YORK HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY EVENT ON ISRAEL-PALESTINE: (from PC Metro New York website) PC Metro New York will commemorate Human Rights Day and remember Holy Innocents on Thursday, December 10th, when Rosemarie Pace, Director of PCMNY, will be presenting “A Report Back from the West Bank of Occupied Palestine” based on the recent Pax Christi Pathways to Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Ms. Pace will show photos and share stories of the Living Stones she met on this heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey. The event will take place at Casserly Hall, St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church, 7 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.nypaxchristi.org/events.html

Rosemarie Pace, PC Metro NY coordinator (center) at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem.

Rosemarie Pace, PC Metro NY coordinator (center) at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank.

PAX CHRISTI MEMPHIS RALLIES FOR THE FIGHT FOR $15: (from Paul Crum, PC Memphis) Pax Christi Memphis participated in the Memphis Fight for $15 parade on Tuesday, November 10, to show our support for raising the minimum wage to a living wage and to obtain union rights. This action is one of over 270 taking place around the nation. After the parade, the group went to the Quaker Meetinghouse for a potluck dinner to discuss the day’s events and prepare for their monthly meeting. Read more about PC Memphis activities at http://paxchristimemphis.org/

Kathy O’Leary of Pax Christi New Jersey accepting a certificate from New Jersey Peace Action recognizing the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official “peace site.”

Kathy O’Leary of Pax Christi New Jersey accepting a certificate from New Jersey Peace Action recognizing the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official “peace site.”

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS LOCAL GROUP HIGHLIGHTS DOROTHY DAY: (from Nancy Oetter, PC Illinois state co-coordinator) Pax Christi Servants/St. Thomas (IL) held a viewing of the movie “Dorothy Day:  Don’t Call Me a Saint” at St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Naperville, IL. This was an attempt to educate folks about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement and why Pope Francis highlighted her witness and life when he spoke about her in his address to the U.S. Congress in September. In addition to the folks who attended, the movie has been made available to individuals in the parish who would like to host future viewings.

HOLY CROSS PAX CHRISTI CAMPUS CHAPTER CO-SPONSORS REFUGEE AWARENESS WEEK: (from the College of the Holy Cross website) College of the Holy Cross students, faculty and staff, hosted “Refugee Awareness Week” at the end of October. The week helped to raise awareness of the complex social justice issues surrounding the ongoing refugee crisis around the world… The Pax Christi chapter sponsored advocacy tables set up daily in the Hogan Courtyard to offer more information about refugees around the world, a chance to sign online letters and petitions to Congress regarding the crisis, and to collect monetary donations for the Jesuit Refugee Service. … Pax Christi also sponsored a candlelight vigil as an act of solidarity with refugees from around the world. Read more at http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2015/10/27/the-holy-cross-community-to-raise-awareness-for-refugee-crisis-with-a-weeklong-series-of-events/

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PC Southeastern South Dakota members at the 1st annual Sioux Falls Peace Festival.

PAX CHRISTI NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSTS REGIONAL ASSEMBLY: (from Tom Webb, PC Northern California) Nearly 100 people gathered for Pax Christi Northern California’s assembly “Creative Nonviolence: Peacemaking in the 21st Century” on Saturday, October 17th. They listened carefully as a panel featuring Sr. Megan Rice, Elizabeth Murray and Rivera Sun responded to questions from Pax Christi moderator Lorin Peters examining the signs of the times and what members of the faith community could do to respond. Rice is certainly known among many in Pax Christi circles, and for those with links to Pace Bene, Rivera Sun has been a widely-followed speaker on non-violence. Murray on the other hand is new to the movement. After spending 27 years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Middle East intelligence officer, Murray retired and has dedicated her life to peacemaking. She resides at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action outside Tacoma, WA as a volunteer. She is also a regular participant in talks given by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, founded by Ray McGovern… Read more at https://paxchristiusa.org/2015/10/20/regional-event-pax-christi-northern-california-hosts-creative-nonviolence-peacemaking-in-the-21st-century/

Lorrain Taylor of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, recipient of the PC Northern California Peacemaker Award

Lorrain Taylor of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, recipient of the PC Northern California Peacemaker Award at their regional assembly.

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Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

November is the International Month of Global Climate Action

Nov. 13-15: Retreat with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace John Dear at Kirkridge in Pennsylvania

Nov. 14: Pax Christi Massachusetts retreat with Sr. Helen Prejean at St. Susanna Parish, Dedham, MA; contact Pat Ferrone at patferrone@rcn.com for info

Nov. 20: Pax Christi USA gathering at the SOA in Columbus, GA

Nov. 20-22: SOA vigil and action, Columbus, GA

Nov. 21: Alliance for Fair Food National Day of Action

Nov. 29: Global Climate March

Nov. 28-Dec. 24: Advent e-Retreat with Erie Benedictines

Nov. 29: Advent begins

Dec. 4-6: Advent Retreat, “How Do Our Lives Change?” at the Birmingham Catholic Worker, contact shelleymdouglass@gmail.com

Dec. 10: International Human Rights Day

Dec. 10: PC Metro New York’s Report Back from the West Bank of Occupied Palestine, New York City, 7 p.m.

Dec. 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe observance

Dec. 25: Christmas

Dec. 27: Holy Family observance

Dec. 27-28: Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat and Action at STRATCOM headquarters in Omaha, NE; contact frank.cordaro@gmail.com or 515 292-4781 for more info

Dec. 28: Massacre of the Holy Innocents observance

Jan. 1: World Day of Peace

Jan. 3: Epiphany observance

Jan. 3-13: Witness Against Torture Fast and Action in DC

Jan. 18: MLK Day observance

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Quicklinks:

PC Madison (WI) sponsored the event, “The Francis Effect: Reflections on the Pope’s Addresses to Congress and the United Nations Assembly” in October. Congressman Mark Pocan and others offered their reflections on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States … The Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) is looking for new members … PC Metro D.C.-Baltimore members Dennis Warner and Pierre Thompson wrote an excellent article about the situation in Palestine and Israel … PC Maine members were among those protesting at Bath Iron Works the christening of a new warship … PC South Dakota has posted photos and a short write-up about their October conference with Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day … PC New Jersey members participated in a ceremony dedicating the Shrine of St. Joseph as an official peace site. You can see a video of the dedication here and read about it in their newsletter herePC El Paso (TX) continued their monthly film series. November’s film was “The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear” … PC Beverly (MA) sponsored a day of reflection with PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Nancy SmallPC Northeast Florida co-sponsored a presentation on the death penalty recently … Mariposa (CA) Pax Christi teamed up with other organizations to present a local screening of “Merchants of Doubt”, a documentary exposing a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change … The electronic version of the Advent reflection booklet is available now … Pax Christi International’s November 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Fall-Winter 2015-16 edition of The Peace Current

ON THE LINE: September 2015 edition features work on Iran deal, Campaign Nonviolence, 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. 

ED. NOTE: I was out of the office for a variety of reasons in July and August and didn’t get to post editions of On The Line during those months. This month is a particularly full edition to make up for the backlog of incredible things on which PCUSA groups and members are busy working. Thanks for your understanding!

PC Sioux Falls (SD) members and others at Sen. Rounds office.

PC Sioux Falls (SD) members & others at Sen. Rounds office.

PAX CHRISTI LOCAL AND REGIONAL GROUPS INSTRUMENTAL IN SUPPORT FOR IRAN DEAL: All across the United States, Pax Christi local groups and regions mobilized to encourage their senators, representatives and bishops to support the nuclear deal brokered by Secretary John Kerry and representatives from other nations. To this date, the Iran deal has been upheld because of these efforts and many efforts, but it is not a done deal yet, so stay vigilant! A sampling of the efforts of PCUSA local groups and regions: PC Dallas members met with aides to Senator Cornyn at his Dallas office; PC Sioux Falls (SD) held a vigil in support of the agreement and met with their representative; PC Long Island (NY) and PC Metro NY members joined rallies outside Sen. Schumer’s offices; PC NJ members Fr. Gene Squeo and Carol Fay met with aides of Sen. Booker at his D.C. office and PC NJ released a statement after Sen. Menendez voiced his opposition to the deal; PC Beverly (MA) wrote letters to their bishop and letters-to-the-editors in support of the agreement…

Visiting Texas Senator Cornyn’s office in Dallas on the Iran deal are Joyce Hall, Pax Christi Dallas; Mavis Belisle, Nuclear Free World Committee; Bill Maxwell, Dallas Peace and Justice Center; Leslie Harris, CodePink, and Hadi Jawad, Middle East Peace Committee.

Visiting Senator Cornyn’s office in Dallas on the Iran deal are Joyce Hall, Pax Christi Dallas; Mavis Belisle, Nuclear Free World Committee; Bill Maxwell, Dallas Peace & Justice Center; Leslie Harris, CodePink, & Hadi Jawad, Middle East Peace Committee.

PC Long Island (NY) members rally outside Sen. Schumer's office.

PC Long Island (NY) members rally outside Sen. Schumer’s office.

PAX CHRISTI LOCAL GROUPS PARTICIPATE IN CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE: Pax Christi regions and local groups are participating in the Campaign Nonviolence week of actions, Sept. 20-27, all across the nation. A sampling of PCUSA activities includes: Pax Christi Memphis’ Interfaith Vigil at the Civil Rights Museum; Pax Christi San Diego will be hosting a Peace Prayer Vigil on Sept. 21, the International Day for Peace, and an Autumn Equinox Interfaith Peace Ritual on Sept. 23; PC Florida will hold an action against drones at MacDill Air Force base and a nonviolence training with Kit Evans-Ford of Pace e Bene; and PC Beverly (MA) has planned an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil on Sept. 22 at the Peace Pole on Beverly Common…

PAX CHRISTI ILLINOIS TO FOCUS ON OVERCOMING WHITE SUPREMACY: Pax Christi Illinois will host their 2015 annual gathering, “Set the Captives Free: Is there a way beyond White Supremacy?” on Saturday, October 3rd, from 1-4pm at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave, Oak Park, IL. The presenter is  Alex Mikulich, Ph.D., a Roman Catholic anti-racist theologian and social ethicist at the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University in New Orleans. He will be discussing the possibility of white Catholic activists and other people of faith working through white supremacy. He begins with an understanding of the depth of the wound that is racism in America, including how it is killing all of us and holds us captive. Mikulich draws upon his recent book, The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-Incarceration, to demonstrate how the U.S. system is designed to control black and brown bodies as it maintains white innocence and superiority. He also draws upon the wisdom of Thomas Merton to propose a spirituality open to the possibility of overcoming white supremacy.

PEACE ACTIVISTS CONVERGE ON LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (from The NY Times) Ellie Voutselas, 78 (Pax Christi New Mexico member) pulled from a cardboard box the sacks she had fashioned into ponchos, slicing holes in the burlap for the head and arms. Cayla Turain, 22, grabbed hers, smudged ashes on her face, and joined a silent march for peace. On Aug. 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, incinerating tens of thousands on the ground. Seventy years later, Ms. Voutselas, Ms. Turain and about 80 others marched toward the secured entrance to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the bombs that ravaged Hiroshima and, three days later, Nagasaki, had been conceived. “My generation might be the one that’s going to have to grapple with the question, to nuke or not to nuke?” Ms. Turain, a graduate student from Fort Collins, Colo., said Thursday. “I came here looking for answers.” From a stage at the Ashley Pond Park, the Rev. John Dear (PCUSA Ambassador of Peace), the Catholic priest who organized the protest and a self-described “nonviolent troublemaker” — he says he has been arrested 75 times in acts of civil disobedience against war and was once convicted of striking an F-15E fighter-bomber with a hammer inside a military base — offered his answers… Read more by clicking here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/us/peace-activists-descend-on-los-alamos-but-residents-remain-indifferent.html?emc=edit_th_20150808&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=805989&_r=0

PAX CHRISTI USA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR QUOTED IN STORY ON RACISM, CHARLESTON MASSACRE: Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, was quoted in a Catholic News Service story following the massacre in Charleston. The story read, in part, “Pax Christi is practicing what it preaches. It has conducted a series of dialogues over the past year in five major U.S. cities, and will add a sixth in September in the Washington-Baltimore area. A similar lack of recognition of minorities cropped up even within U.S. Catholic peace activist circles, according to Sister Patricia Chappell, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who is Pax Christi USA’s president, and herself an African-American…” Read the entire article at https://paxchristiusa.org/2015/06/30/racism-americas-original-sin-manifests-itself-again-in-charleston-shootings/

Shatha, our guide in Aida refugee camp, next to a mural listing the names of all the villages represented in the camp.

Shatha, the guide in Aida refugee camp, next to a mural listing the names of all the villages represented in the camp.

THE WITNESS OF LIVING STONES IN THE HOLY LAND: (by Rosemarie Pace, Pax Christi Metro New York coordinator) “Seventy years ago, at the end of World War II, a French woman, Madame Dortel-Claudot, and a French Bishop, Pierre-Marie Theas, began a movement to pray for peace and reconciliation between their country and Germany. It disturbed them terribly that two supposedly Catholic Christian countries could have been at war with each other, killing each other’s people. Seventy years later, Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, the outgrowth of that simple beginning, spreads across six continents and continues the work of prayer, study, and action for peace, justice, and reconciliation.”… Read more at this link: https://paxchristiusa.org/2015/07/01/reflection-the-witness-of-living-stones-in-the-holy-land/

NEW MEMBERS ELECTED, APPOINTED TO THE PCUSA NATIONAL COUNCIL: Three new council members have been elected and one current member has been appointed to the Pax Christi USA National Council. From the at-large slate of candidates, Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team member Isaac Chandler and Sr. Regina Ann Brummell, CSJ have been elected to three-year terms. From the regional slate, Nancy Oetter, Pax Christi Illinois state coordinator, was elected. Additionally, Olga Sarabia of Pax Christi Southern California has been appointed to continue for another year on the council. See more by clicking here: https://paxchristiusa.org/2015/08/05/national-council-new-members-elected-appointed-to-the-pax-christi-usa-national-council/

Pax Christi USA National Council 2015-16

Pax Christi USA National Council 2015-16

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Sept. 19-20: Pax Christi Florida Assembly and Action

Sept. 20-26: World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Sept. 20-27: Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions

Sept. 21: International Day of Peace

Sept. 21: Global Days of Listening teleconference

Sept. 21-25: Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice

Sept. 22-26: Pope Francis in USA

Sept. 22-27: World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia

Sept. 26: International day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Oct. 3: Pax Christi New York Fall Assembly, “Jihad and Just War”, Bronx, NY

Oct. 3: “Set the Captives Free: Is there a way beyond White Supremacy?” the 2015 Pax Christi Illinois Annual Gathering at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, IL; contact cordarotom@gmail.com for more info

Oct. 3-10: Keep Space for Peace Week

Oct. 4: St. Francis Day

Oct. 4-10: Ohio Walk to Stop Executions

Oct. 5: Witness Against Torture vigil in NYC

Oct. 8-11: National Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Lafayette, LA

Oct. 16-18: Pax Christi Michigan Annual Retreat with Gail Presbey, Ph.D., Roscommon, MI

Oct. 16-20: Peace Alliance conference in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 17: PC Northern California assembly, “Creative Nonviolence: Peacemaking in the 21st Century,” with Sr. Megan Rice, Rivera Sun and Elizabeth Murray, among others in Oakland. Contact oaklandcatholicworker@yahoo.com for more info

Oct. 24: NCR Conference in Illinois

Nov. 5-7: Fellowship of Reconciliation Centennial events in NY

Nov. 6-7: “Black Lives Matter: Race, Poverty and Violence Symposium” at Xavier University in New Orleans

Nov. 20-22: SOA vigil and action, Columbus, GA

Quicklinks:

Transform Now Plowshares receive “unsupervised” supervised probation at re-sentencing hearing … Pax Christi Burlington (VT) co-hosted a symposium on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment at St. Michael’s College … NCR mentioned the efforts of Pax Christi USA in their editorial on “Churches can lead the fight against racism”PC Pittsburgh member Mimi Darragh had a letter-to-the-editor on Israel-Palestine published in America Magazine … PC Southern California co-hosted a vigil commemorating the Hiroshima-Nagasaki anniversariesPC Maine member Bill Slavick published this op-ed on the Pope’s encyclical in the Portland Press Herald … PC Viroqua (WI) hosted a screening of “The Forgotten Bomb” to commemorate the anniversaries of Hiroshima-Nagasaki … PC Long Island member Sr. Mary Beth Moore was interviewed in NCR about her life and work … PC Palm Beach (FL) member Barbara Richardson was recently awarded the Humana Good Neighbor Award at the Area Agency on Aging Prime Time Breakfast which was attended by several hundred area seniors and guests … PC Metro DC-Baltimore co-coordinator Bob Cooke was quoted in this article on Politico regarding the Iran nuclear deal … On Oct. 11, Pax Christi El Paso will be hosting the film “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence” … PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Megan McKenna wrote this impassioned plea for the synod on families taking place later this month … PC New Jersey was a co-initiator of this report on solitary confinementMarie Dennis, PCI Co-President, had this opinion piece on the Iran nuclear deal published on the Catholic Philly site … PC Rhode Island educates on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki anniversariesPC NJ member Tom Mahedy was quoted in this piece in the Asbury Park Press at Bishop O’Connell’s celebration of the Mass for Creation … Pax Christi International’s September 2015 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Summer 2015 edition of The Peace Current