Pax Christi, the Peace of Christ, strives to create a world that reflects this peace by witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. Although the majority of members are Roman Catholic, Pax Christi is open to all people who want to work for peace in the spirit of the nonviolent Jesus.
Pax Christi Memphis meets the second Tuesday of
every month at the Quaker Meetinghouse located at 3387 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38111. Additional parking is available on Prescott, or in the Kroger Parking lot across the street.
For more information, or if you need a ride to our meeting, call Janice Vanderhaar at 362-9364, or Terry Hash 849-0983
Building peace, economic & interracial justice through a spirituality of nonviolence
Jerry Bettice will guide us through a series of readings as they relate to calls for diplomacy, justice and peace. Members and guests will have an opportunity to reflect on each of the readings.
Jerry has asked that members bring with them a bible and pen, and has also suggested the following scriptures to read and reflect upon prior to Tuesday’s gathering.
2 Samuel 2-28, 32-35
A tale of diplomacy in the face of threat of violence?
Peace to the earth
Jesus intervenes to prevent bloodshed
Luke 9: 51-52; 10:1-6
The message of peace on the road to Jerusalem
Paul’s message of the cross: 1 Corinthians 1:18
Philippians 2:7-8 • Ephesians 2:14-17
We cannot begin to grow in nonviolence except through prayer, fasting and solitude. Every program of nonviolence, whether Gandhi, Martin Luther King or St. Francis of Assisi, has emphasized that the beginning of nonviolence and the continuing center of nonviolence is prayer, fasting and the gift of self. Then out of that comes expressions of nonviolence. Nonviolence is not a tactic or series of actions, it is a form of prayer that becomes a realization of the kingdom.
Lynching presentation by Latta and Gamble stirs interest & emotion
Judge Jennie Latta, J.D., Ph.D., and Randy Gamble’s June 14th presentation on lynchings stimulated much interest among Pax Christi members who attended the meeting. Many asked questions following the talk, illustrating how much previously unknown information was revealed, and how much emotional impact the stories can bring.
“It was sad and shocking,” one member remarked, “but at the same time very interesting that all of this took place right here. I’m so glad I attended. Jennie and Randy did a wonderful job.”
Randy noted that confronting the legacy of racial terror is about racial justice, which is the theme or Pax Christi USA’s National Conference this year, making it a fitting topic for discussion.
Lynching Sites of Memphis hosts a Facebook page for those interested in learning more about the history surrounding this history, and ongoing dialogue and current events related to racial justice in our community.
Too often, however, we hear about meetings, prayer vigils, rallies and demonstrations after they have already occurred. Some of our members have wondered if there might not be a way to establish improved channels of communication among the various groups formed to advocate nonviolence.
We have already begun to informally reach out to those of whom we are aware, but every incident of violence brings about new concerns and often results in new initiatives to reduce violent crime and killing.
Whether it be via a website, text messages, an email network or other forms of communication, a better system is needed so that we can support the noble efforts of community organizers and people of faith in working against violence.
Please bring any ideas you might have on this topic to our July 12th gathering and be prepared to share them. We will set aside a few minutes for brainstorming and discussion.
We sometimes feel frustrated that our peacemaking efforts yield little result in light of the level of violence we see. Perhaps joining with others will enhance our ability to make a real difference.