Next gathering Feb. 9 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

Feb. 9th is FAT TUESDAY. Bring a Potluck Dish to share!
Ash Wednesday is February 10th and we enter the holy season of Lent. We’ll mark the eve of Ash Wednesday with a traditional Fat Tuesday Potluck dinner beginning at 6:30. Please join us and bring a dish to share if you are able. 

Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin to speak on mercy at February Pax Christi Gathering
The jubilee year of mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis began on December 8, 2015, and the Holy Father has reminded us that it is intended to be lived all around the world and not exclusively in Rome.
Pax Christi Memphis is fortunate to hear a talk on mercy from the perspective of an esteemed community activist when Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin speaks at our regular meeting on February 9th.
Dr. Moinuddin has been actively involved in the Memphis community for more than 30 years. Dr. Moinuddin was the former president of the Muslim Society of Memphis (MSM). As president, Dr. Moinuddin addressed the educational needs of the community—promoting social activities, communicating with other religious groups, and providing financial assistance. After serving as president, Dr. Moinuddin became a Board Member for the MSM.
Dr. Moinuddin helped plan an Islamic Center and promoted educational activities in the community. He has participated in scheduling classes and lectures for children and adults in the Memphis community through the Islamic Center. Dr. Moinuddin has helped settle Muslim refugees in the Memphis area, which has included populations from Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and other third world countries. Dr. Moinuddin and the Islamic Center provided the refugees with much needed financial help as well as social, moral, and religious assistance.
Dr. Moinuddin has been involved in outreach programs through interfaith activities, which have helped to improve relationships between the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim communities. For example, Dr. Moinuddin was invited by the Church of the River three years ago to lecture on the “End of life decision making—perspectives from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Since the 9/11 tragedy, Dr. Moinuddin has been actively providing information about Islam. The themes of Dr. Moinuddin’s lectures convey to the public that Muslims are a peaceful people and violence is not the norm in the Muslim community.
The relationships that Dr. Moinuddin has built have been instrumental in helping to prevent violence in the Muslim community. Dr. Moinuddin teaches at the Islamic school when requested, provides financial support to the school, and he assisted in creating a medical clinic that serves those in the population who cannot afford medical care.
Pax Christi meetings are open to the public and people of all faiths are welcomed.

Living the Year of Mercy in our daily lives
Msgr. Al Kirk offers two opportunities for Lenten Reflection
Lent takes much of its meaning from the great desert experiences of our traditions – that of Israel, of
Elijah, and especially that of Christ’s forty days there.
One of the great explosions of spiritual energy in the Church was created by men and women going out into the desert, seeking that solitude in which they could pray always. What does it mean for men and women in our own day to go out into the desert? How can our Lenten desert sojourn transform our lives?
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10th, Msgr. Al Kirk will lead a day of recollection, Into the Desert with Christ, that includes morning prayer, conference, Mass with distribution of ashes and lunch. The event is scheduled from 9 am–1 pm
at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center in Dancyville. Register at www.olqpretreats.
Msgr. Kirk will also lead a Lenten series, Living the Year of  Mercy in Our Daily Lives scheduled for five weeks beginning Feb. 17th through March 16th. The sessions are offered twice daily every Wednesday; 10 am–noon, and 7–9 pm in the Marian Hall Conference Room at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Jayanni Webster and Terry Hash
will discuss economic issues
facing workers at March meeting

Pax Christi’s March meeting will focus on the economy and the struggle of those forced to live on minimum wage.
Jayanni Webster will bring us information on the Fight for $15 movement, an effort to raise wages for over 64 million people in this country who remain in poverty while working at low wage jobs.
The group’s agenda supports a $15 per hour minimum wage, union rights, affordable child care for all Americans, quality long-term care for seniors and disabled people, the confronting of racism in our criminal justice system, an end to voter suppression and common sense immigration reform.
The Fight for $15 movement will seek to influence the 2016 elections and urge elected officials to listen to everyday working parents.
Terry Hash will also share remarks from a presentation she is preparing for the “Moving the Needle” Workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities. Her focus will be on the economy and how it affects those living in poverty.

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