Next gathering Nov. 10 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

Pax Christi Memphis to march in solidarity with Fight for $15 movement

Potluck dinner to follow parade
Pax Christi Memphis will participate in the Memphis Fight for $15 parade on Tuesday, November 10, to show our support for raising the minimum wage to a living wage and to obtain union rights. This action is one of over 270 taking place around the nation. The parade is gathering at 4pm at St. Patrick’s Church, and will march to City Hall at 4:30. There will be a rally with supporters and elected officials that will end at 5:45pm. Vans will be available to take those that cannot walk to and from the rally.
In addition to the parade, there are other Fight for $15 activities beginning at 6am and concluding with the parade. All the activities are well planned and permits have been obtained. The event organizer, Jayanni Webster is very excited about our participation. We will be carrying our Pax Christi Memphis banner. For more details visit
After the parade, we will head to our Pax Christi meeting place, the Quaker Meetinghouse at 3387 Walnut Grove for a potluck dinner. We will discuss the day’s events and prepare for our monthly meeting. All are welcome to join us.
Please contact Terry Hash at or 901-849-0983 if you are attending the parade and potluck or if you need transportation.

“The current federal minimum wage fails “to provide sufficient resources for individuals to form and support families ... a full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty. Because the minimum wage is a static number and does not change, each year it becomes more difficult for workers making the minimum wage to survive.”
Additionally, while some minimum wage workers are teenagers, research suggests as much as 25% of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase are parents. Workers deserve a just wage that allows them to live in dignity, form and support families, and contribute to the common good.”

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA

Familiar face graces magazine cover
The October edition of West Tennessee Faith magazine featured a cover photo of someone familiar to Pax Christi, members of St. Patrick parish and to people all over Memphis who frequent events related to civil rights and social justice. Our own Randell Gamble was the subject of an interview by Jenny Sharpe.
Randy talked about growing up in Oakland, CA, his Navy career and the struggles he has faced since settling in
this area thirty years ago. He discusses his introduction to Catholicism and how it led to the various ministries and movements in which he has become involved. He reveals how his faith has grown throughout the years and the tremendous part it has played in his pursuit of justice and racial reconciliation.
To read the complete interview, visit the magazine website or pick up a copy at your local parish or at the diocesan office.

Dialogue with local bishop continues on nuclear deterrence / Iran deal
At the October 13th meeting of Pax Christi Memphis, Jerry Bettice updated members on the ongoing conversation he and Msgr. Al Kirk have engaged in with Bishop Terry Steib, leader of the Catholic Diocese of West Tennessee, regarding Pope Francis’ support of the “Iran Deal” and the whole question of nuclear weapons.
“Two months ago we asked the Bishop to make this a part of his teaching,” Jerry explained, “and he asked for a written expression of what we asked him to teach.”
Since then, Jerry and Msgr. Kirk have crafted a number of points, discussing the document with the PC Memphis membership. They pointed out that voices of Catholic leadership have not been silent on the whole issue of the possession, proliferation and use of nuclear armaments.
Information to be reviewed by Bishop Steib includes quotes from at least four popes, the US Council of Bishops and the first bishop of Memphis, Carroll Dozier, who reminded us that peace is both gift and task.
Jerry told members that activists and religious including Joan Chittister, Tom Cordaro, Megan McKenna and Eileen Egan have written various US Bishops regarding deterrence. He pointed out that the deterrence is in reality counterproductive and stated that many Catholics support nuclear weapons out of a sense of fear.
Possible actions the Bishop could take include his drafting a letter to pastors in the Memphis Diocese, the writing of a column on the topic and consultation with two other Tennessee Bishops, particularly in regard to the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, part of the national laboratory built to facilitate the Manhattan Project for the purpose of enriching uranium for the first atomic bombs built to destroy Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945.

Pax Christi Memphis needs prayers and new ideas to chart course for future
How Pax Christi Memphis will continue to be a local force for peacemaking in coming years has been a frequent topic for discussion for the past several months. Leaders Terry Hash and Janice Vanderhaar will relinquish responsibility for planning meetings, and members will need to step up to fill their roles along with other duties as well.
A process has been initiated to review documents from our previous day of discernment, and members are asked to prayerfully consider their involvement in our movement and to submit ideas relevant to remaining an effective voice to espouse the message of Christian peace in our community.
Our rich history demonstrates our commitment to peace and nonviolence, and we must remain dedicated to the objectives of our movement.

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