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
University of Memphis Catholic Center, 3625 Mynders Avenue, at 6:45 pm.
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 9, 2013
- Fr. Al Kirk, Altonette Stone and Jerry Bettice met with Bishop Terry Steib to discuss the Pax Christi Memphis proposal for diocesan Peace and Justice Committee. The Bishop is taking the matter into consideration and consulting with others about adopting the idea.
- Terry Hash spoke at United Prayers for World Peace, an interfaith event on November 17.
- Pax Christi Memphis provide a potluck dinner for Catholic Campus Ministry on December 1 after the 5 PM Mass that day. (Our next such potluck is scheduled for May 4, 2014.
Fr. Bryan Massingale - Further reflections on his address to the Pax Christi National Assembly, June 16, 2013 (Courtesy of Judy Bettice)
Challenges to Pax Christi:
1. Be intentionally and proactively multicultural.
We are a brown church; the future is brown and comes from Asia, Africa and Latin America. We need a new nonviolent agenda.
2. Confront our unconscious racism.
Poverty, racism and militarism challenge us. All struggle is connected. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. See the connections between violence at home and U.S. violence abroad.
3. Link peacemaking with consumerism and environmental justice.
Nonviolence is the best attractor to the next generation, who are very sensitive to gross economic disparities. As Earth becomes more polluted, most affected are women and children and the poor among us.
4. Welcome all gender orientations and identities.
Justice and human rights issues are protected by the Gospel; young Catholics will not join anti-gay movements. We might catch "hell" for this.
5. Expand the circle of those who matter with a justice vision in harmony with biblical Shalom.
Biblical Shalom is very costly, but it is the wholeness we all seek and includes the poor, the widow, the stranger. It is God who makes us instruments of peace.
6. Cultivate a stance of contemplation.
Prayer hollows us out to become hallowed. We will be more open, receptive and vulnerable. This means desert living, even beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.
(First Tuesday of Advent)
How are we to explain the fact that the bible speaks so often of peace and presents the future Messiah as the prince of peace; that papal teachings have repeatedly emphasized the point, and yet the mass of the faithful remain uninfluenced? Peace is simply the thrust of all humanity towards a greater dimension of humanity. (People) today realize quite well that their aspirations can only be fulfilled on an international scale; that without peace we cannot have either science, or democracy, or justice. It is thus the more difficult to understand the indifference among Christians to Church and government involvements at the nerve-centers of war and oppression. Can it be that Christians are concerned only with peace of heart and conscience, not with sociological or international peace?
One must admit that large societies do have a tendency to lull individual members and atrophy any inclinations towards taking a stand. And in a society so centralized as the Church, those at the bottom are disinterested in the stands taken by authority at the top because they do not feel a responsibility. In this area reform of structure is an urgent necessity. On the whole however Christian indifference is be explained by insufficient information, or inability to analyze the situation properly. Unless the gospel is thoroughly analyzed and made precise it will not lead a (person) to active involvement. Too many Christians are unaware of such insights, or reject them with all their implications. They cannot take conscientious objectors seriously, or antimilitarists. They are disturbed when priests take attitudes in this domain that they consider too "political," as if indeed any human being in our day could possibly avoid being a member of (one's) society. It is only by means of such involvement that the gospel doctrine of peace can become really efficacious, that the Prince of peace can really inaugurate his kingdom.
(From Guide for the Christian Assembly by Thierry Maertens and Jean Frisque, 1971)
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Linda Raiteri's article in
The West Tennessee Catholic
Pax Christi: A Vow of Nonviolence