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 Friendship House located at 3387 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38111.
For more information, or if you need a ride to our meeting, call Janice Vanderhaar at 362-9364, Terry Hash 849-0983
Building peace, economic & interracial justice through a spirituality of nonviolence
Pax Christi Memphis
News and Notes
Number 1, 2015
The opening prayer of the meeting included renewing the Vow of Nonviolence by members present.
After a short review of the events of 2014, discussion led into consideration of projections for the current year 2015.
Points considered were:
- working with African American groups in nonviolent action;
- becoming better ambassadors for nonviolence; for example, in dealing with anger in response to events or conditions;
- promoting/providing training for others in the way of nonviolence;
- advocating learning nonviolence in Catholic Schools.
Various members made financial contributions to our mission according to their means and sense of dedication to what we stand for and what we do.
Pax Christi committed to contribute to the Anniversary Banquet of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center as a sponsor. A number of Pax Christi members had also agreed to join in purchasing a group ticket for a table at the banquet.
Pax Christi member Deacon Henry Littleton has been appointed to the board of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Future Events (2015)
February 10 - Pax Christi Memphis will meet at the Memphis Friends Meeting House.
March 10 - Pax Christi Memphis will meet with Rita Harris of the Sierra Club
April 4 - Eco Eggstravaganza, Earth Day celebration at Shelby Farms, 10 am - 4 pm
April 10 - 11 - Gandhi-King Community Conference
April 16 - Vanderhaar Symposium - featuring Sr. Simone Campbell of Network
The Challenge of Peace
It is our own lifestyle that is first put at risk by genuine conversation between our social situation and the dangerous memory of Jesus the Liberator who is Good News for the poor.
Responding to the bishops' pastoral on "The Challenge of Peace" is not merely dangerous to people who manage the Pentagon. War industry accounts for about 10 percent of the world's total economy,* and a much higher percentage in the United States. Making products for war is one of the principal structuring forces in the American economy. It is, in fact, an integral part of our entire social system. The principal and substantial income of millions of Americans depends upon this aspect of the economy. Responding seriously, systematically, and successfully to the peace pastoral would affect the income of a significant portion of us middle-class people, and would radically challenge our entire economic structure.
We have no experience of peace as a structuring force operative within our economy. Over the last several years, we have the largest military budgets in the history of "peace" time.
(Page 157 in Dangerous Memories (1986) by Bernard J. Lee and Michael A. Cowan)
* In a footnote the same authors state: "What becomes increasing clear is the intimate connection between the bishops' pastorals on peace and economics."
Pax Christi’s opposition to abortion is based on a total commitment to the principle of unwavering reverence for human life. We reject, as we have rejected in the past, the claim of any individual, any group or organization, any nation to the “right” to destroy human life, whether singly or as entire populations.
Having made this clear, we agree that our concern must not only ensure saving the lives of the not-yet-born but also include recognizing that every child must be assured the opportunity to meet their basic human need and to develop and fulfill their physical, intellectual and spiritual capacities. The fact that 40% of the homeless in the US are families with children cannot be overlooked in our present debate.
O Risen Christ,
You breathe your Holy Spirit on us
and you tell us: 'Peace be Yours.'
Opening ourselves to your peace -
letting it penetrate the harsh and
rocky ground or our hearts -
means preparing ourselves to be
bearers of reconciliation
wherever you may place us.
But you know that at times
we are at a loss.
So come and lead us
to wait in silence,
to let a ray of hope shine forth
in our world.