Next gathering April 14 at 6:30 pm  • Friends Meeting House • 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 2, 2015

 Next meeting: Featured speaker will be
Rita Harris of the Sierra Club

Sierra Club organizer Rita Harris has been fighting for Environmental Justice in Memphis since the early 1990s. Leading frequent Toxic Tours and working with the community to campaign against major polluters, Rita works alongside residents to protect their land, air, water, and health. An air pollution monitoring program, a mapping project to alert residents to the dangers of a chemical spill, and an ongoing fight against a hazardous waste-burning incinerator all highlight actions by Memphis residents to improve environmental quality and justice for their communities.

From: USCCB Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development
Quotes from Pope Francis

Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation! (3/19/13)
The vocation of being a "protector", however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. (3/19/13)
Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be "protectors" of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. (3/19/13)
To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! (3/19/13)

Biblical Reflections
Psalm 24:1
A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein ...
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Jeremiah 12:4 How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field wither? For the evil of those who dwell in it the beasts and the birds are swept away, because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”

February Meeting
Paul Garner
, Organizing Coordinator at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, updated Pax Christi Memphis members on the work of Memphis United and their push to re-establish a Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board in Memphis, after it was essentially disbanded by the city's administration. Paul pointed to a number of incidents that highlight the need for civilian oversight in the community. Pax Christi Memphis agreed to lend their support to the grassroots coalition that leads the effort to push for greater accountability from local government and law enforcement. Paul also described his work with H.O.P.E.  (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality) and numerous other initiatives currently underway at MSPJC. His presentation included a sneak peak at the 2015 Annual Report.
The group also heard from Iris Mercado, West Tennessee Organizer at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Right Coalition. Iris spoke briefly about issues currently facing the state's immigrant population, and her work to strengthen their voice and protect their rights. Iris plans to return to Pax Christi in the near future to further expand on the important work being done by TIRRC.

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