Next gathering July 14 at 6:30 pm  • Quaker Meetinghouse • 3387 Walnut Grove        

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

Pax Christi Memphis
News and Notes
Number 5, 2015

Erica Thomas speaks on income disparity & state fiscal decisions
A presentation by Erica Thomas at the June 9 meeting brought a very sobering look at the future of Tennessee with the new amendment banning a state income tax. Erica, Manager/Editor at the COPPER Speaks Newspaper (Coalition for the Organizational Protection of People and Equal Rights) spoke on “Revenue Shortfalls and the Unspoken Consequences of Tennessee’s Fiscal Decisions.” Some salient points included:
  • review of the loss of the vote to prevent Amendment 3 from becoming part of the Tennessee Constitution (no income tax, no payroll tax for municipalities)
  • states around TN have income tax; there is a cross border drain to the 8 surrounding states due to lower sales taxes
  • there was an exercise to dramatize the difference between having income tax and not having one; low income people bear the greater burden of supporting Tennessee
  • inevitably there will be defaults and the State will run out of money for necessary programs
  • video of the TED talk on YOU TUBE; Nick Hanauer: the rich do not create jobs; it’s the consumers who do that
  • Tennesseans for Fair Taxation (TFT) will meet on July 25 in Jackson,TN
  • TFT will have training sessions in August, 27th – 30th
  • Erica can make this presentation to parish groups or at other meetings
If you missed the presentation and would like to see it, Erica can send you the PDF - her email is

Also at the June meeting, Deacon Henry Littleton gave an update on the efforts toward a Civilian Review Board for Memphis as advocated by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.

July meeting will focus on Papal Environmental Encyclial, Laudato Si
Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 14. We will be discussing the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. This is a very important document and has gathered a lot of attention and support and also dissent in both Catholic and non-Catholic circles. This is a great opportunity to learn what is in the encyclical so we can carry his message throughout the community. The encyclical itself is 192 pages long and can be viewed at

We will be basing our discussion on the Vatican’s overview and summary (12 pages) that can be viewed at

We hope everyone will be able to at least read the summary before the meeting so we can have a lively and informative discussion. Our discussion questions will be taken from the reader’s guide promoted by PCUSA will include a discussion of  personal steps we can each take to be good stewards of creation in our own circle of influence. This is a great follow up to our presentation in March by Rita Harris- come and join us!


Several members of Pax Christi Memphis and our friends celebrated birthdays last month. Pictured above at a party hosted by Janice Vanderhaar and Ed Wallin are Judy Bettice, Margie Miller, Carole Blackburn, Ray Berthiaume and Carol Carson.

August 2 - Father McCarthy DVD/discussion study group meeting is Sunday, August 2, 3-5PM at the home of Yvonne Fournier,  5051 Barry Rd. Memphis. Please contact Yvonne for more information- or 212-3030. All are welcome
August 4-9 – CNV Conference in Santa Fe NM with a PCUSA program on August 6
Sept. 25-27 – Frayser Block Party for Peace (PCM will be a sponsor)
October 30-31 – Sr. Simone Campbell will return to Memphis
Pax Christi Memphis represented in Honduras
Paul Crum is back safely from his fourth mission trip to Trujillo, Honduras and thanks all of his friends for their prayers and support. Pictured here with the hotel “Pirate” who was dressed in one of the t-shirts Paul designed for the mission team, Paul is wearing a Pax Christi t-shirt as he often does while in Honduras. “I try to promote our group among the other missionaries,” he said, “and I always let the Honduran people know we are on a mission of peace.” Bendiciones de la paz.

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