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 8, 2014
We were welcomed with great warmth to our new meeting place by members of the Memphis Friends Meeting--Quakers when we arrived for our December gathering. And we are most grateful to their community for their gracious hospitality making us feel at home.
Our meeting began with Advent prayer. Then followed a summary of members' activity in the Memphis community, mostly related to local rallies and events of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Emilie Bowman of the Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) addressed the assembled members about the work of WIN:
• Fast food workers are a focus of attention in terms of demonstrations for living wages.
• Training of workers denied their just wages because of employer wage theft is an ongoing challenge to WIN.
• In regard to training and services to persons denied their pay, plans for the future include opening a workers' center for African Americans, in addition to the center already in operation for Hispanic workers.
• The current situation at the Kellogg plant is a matter of concern because the company in not hiring anyone to take open positions, thus possibly leading to closure of the plant in Memphis with a consequent loss of jobs.
Pax Christi USA
On the website of Pax Christi USA archived newsletters are devoted to the priorities of our national organization; go to http://paxchristiusa.org/resources/membership-newsletters/
- Winter 2014 - Priority: Economic and Interracial Justice in the United States
- Summer 2014 - Priority: Human Rights and Global Restoration
- Spring 2014 - Priority: Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reconciliation with Justice
- Fall 2013 - Priority: Spirituality of Nonviolence and Peacemaking
- Summer 2013 - Priority: Economic and Interracial Justice in the United States
- Spring 2013 - Priority: Global Restoration and Human Rights
Prayer to Disarm my Heart
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, adapted)
God, thank you for your great love and all that you give us.
Grant us the grace and the courage to live a life of nonviolence so that we may love everyone as our sisters and brothers and not fear anyone.
Help us to be instruments of your peace, to respond with love and not retaliate with violence, to accept suffering rather than to inflict it, to live more simply, to resist death and to choose life for all your children.
Guide us along the way of nonviolence. Disarm our hearts and we shall be your instruments to disarm other hearts.
Lead us, God of nonviolence, into your reign of love and peace, where there is no fear and no violence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
January 13, 2015 - Pax Christi Memphis will meet at the Memphis Friends Meeting House.
April 10 - 11, 2015 - Gandhi-King Community Conference
April 16, 2015 - Vanderhaar Symposium - featuring Sr. Simone Campbell of Network
Appeal for Support - From Sister Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
"I would ask you to seriously consider a donation of whatever you can afford to Pax Christi during this Christmas season so that we can continue our work of peace and justice. You may . . . visit our website at www.paxchristiusa.org or call us at 202-635-2741 to make a donation. Your gift will multiply in ways unimaginable to our limited perspective, and your presence will be embodied in the presents you give."
Please consider, at least, becoming a paid up member of PCUSA. Regular dues are $40.00/year but you may choose to give another amount. You may bring your membership donation to the January meeting of Pax Christi Memphis or mail it to Pax Christi USA, 415 Michigan Ave. NE, Suite 240; Washington, DC 20017-4503.
Contribute to Pax Christi Memphis
Our own chapter of Pax Christi also needs funds to continue generating programs for peace and justice that are part of our mission. Give what you can. Bring your contribution to the January meeting or mail it to:
Pax Christi Memphis, 4043 Allison, Memphis, TN 38122-3804.