Next gathering Oct. 13 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 8, 2015

Campaign Nonviolence Memphis wraps up week of action
Several Pax Christi Memphis members participated in the planning of CNV’s Week of Action September 20-27. The local group joined with others across the country in prayer vigils and events aimed at creating a culture of peace, free from war, poverty and the destruction of the earth. Our October meeting will feature a review of 11 events CNV planned and/or participated in, and describe the impact their actions had upon the community. A prayer vigil at the National Civil Rights Museum featured a number of speakers from various faith communities to begin the week. Pictured is Monica Juma, who welcomed those who attended the vigil.

PC Memphis to present bishop with statement on “Iran Deal” & nuclear threat
On September 28, Fr. Al Kirk and Jerry Bettice met with our Bishop Terry Steib to discuss Pax Christi Memphis’s concern about the “Iran deal” and Catholic teaching on the possession of nuclear weapons and the threats they pose for our world. This meeting was a follow-up to the letter sent to the bishop after the August meeting in which we featured the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan. The bishop asked for a written statement that expresses the concerns and possibilities put forth in the meeting. On October 13, at our meeting of Pax Christi Memphis, Jerry will present a draft of the document for feedback from the membership with a view of presenting a more complete view of what we hope he can do in conveying Catholic teaching to the local church of the Diocese of Memphis.Opportunities for involvement abound at upcoming events

Opportunities for involvement abound at upcoming events

October 10,
11:30 am-4:15 pm, Come & See: Sharing Love Giving Voice. St. Louis Church, 203 White Station, The first of a series addressing the role of citizen from a Catholic perspective. Free event open to the public, but reservations are required (call 901-722-4794 or visit Lunch will be provided. Presented by Catholic Charities of West Tennessee.
October 11, Noon-3 pm, Tapas & Tamales: A Fun-filled Fiesta Fundraiser, Wiseacre Brewery, 2783 Broad Ave. Taste great Latin themed appetizers from organizations across Memphis and beer from Wiseacre Brewery. Vote for the best. Proceeds benefit The Workers Interfaith Network, The Midsouth Peace & Justice Center, Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, Grow Memphis and the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.
October 23-25, Alternatives to Violence Workshop, Quaker Meetinghouse, resulting from the work that Mahal Burr and Evan John Ross Morrison are doing at Bridges and Jail East with Memphis youth. Mahal will be co-facilitating the workshop to train AVP facilitators who would like to take the workshop into the Memphis jail. Participants are not required, however,  to work in the prison system, but organizers hope to build a core team of trainers. The workshop will run approximately 19 hours over the weekend. For more information, or to register, visit:
October 30, 7:30 pm, Mend the Gap, Heal the Divides. An Evening with Sister Simone Campbell, SSS. First Congregational Church, Sponsored by The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium and the CBU School of Arts. Fresh off her latest Nuns on the Bus tour in answer to Pope Francis’s call that “a healthy politics is sorely needed,” Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, visits Memphis to share the stories she’s gathered from America’s heartland where she connected with those who have been marginalized by our nation’s politics. In her talk she will look to amplify the concerns of individuals, families, and communities in places dealing with injustice, poverty, and division.
November 7, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Envisioning a Cleaner, Healthier Environment: A Grassroots Community Conference. The Sierra Club and the University of Memphis are once again co-sponsoring the biggest grassroots environmental conference in the Mid-South. This conference is designed especially for the average person-next-door, and will feature workshops of interest to community residents concerned about various environmental issues, college students,  members of church congregations, and numerous other groups and sectors of the community. For more information visit:

Nuns on the Bus visits Memphis
Sister Simone to return Oct. 30

Several Pax Christi members were on hand to greet Sister Simone Campbell and the “Nuns on the Bus” when they visited Memphis on Sept. 14th. At a town hall meeting held at Immaculate Conception, the sisters asked participants about issues of poverty, inequality and other social concerns. They will take the stories they collected on the tour and present them to congress later this year.
Sister Simone will return to Memphis on October 30 to speak at First Congregational Church at an event sponsored by the Vanderhaar Symposium and Christian Brothers University.
Members and guests share ways to achieve inner peace through daily practice
PC Memphis welcomed several guests to our September member, including members of local Buddhist communities, to discuss daily spiritual practices that help us achieve inner peace, thus making us more effective peacemakers. After a short period of silent meditation, those gathered shared practices that included chanting, meditation, rote prayer, centering prayer, spiritual reading and other methods. Several members commented that they benefited from learning about the diverse spiritual practices described during this time of sharing.

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