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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

Our dear sister Betty Gifford passed away just after midnight on August 6.
Pax Christi Memphis will miss her presence at our gatherings.
To read excerpts from her book about the amazing life she and her husband shared serving God's homeless poor in Memphis, please click here. The entire book may be downloaded, but a good portion is available for free.

Funeral arrangements for Betty will be announced soon.


Sharon Halsey-Hoover and David Hoover portrayed Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton in a "readers theater" performance at St. Patrick's Church on July 8th. The play divides their lives into a number of themes; Life and Death, Conversion, Prayer, Mystical Experience, Peace and Nonviolence and "The Cosmic Dance." Although Merton and Day never physically met each other, they did frequently exchange letters and read each others' writings. The play is set in a liminal twilight zone between life and death -- heaven and earth. From this space, the characters remembered the entire panorama of their life's journey.
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Pax Christi Memphis
News and Notes
Number 5, 2014

June Gathering

Terry Hash hosted supper by the pool at her home on June 17. Some 13 members of our movement gathered for a festive meal and prayer and discussion that followed (before the ice cream course). Thanks to Terry for her hospitality.

Campaign Nonviolence
Y'all are invited to join in reflection and sharing on John Dear's book The Nonviolent Life. Come and join in the conversation at Caritas Village (generally), Merton and Harvard in Binghampton West. Some venue changes occur; to be sure of the place for meeting, contact Monica Juma, cell: 408-802-8376 or
    CNV challenges us to be active in shaping a culture of active nonviolence, to join together in taking nonviolent action in regard to peace, economic justice and the environment.
    The challenge involves several types of activity:
  • Meeting with groups working on war, poverty and the environment
  • Spreading the CNV Pledge through means of communication at our disposal
  • Participating in nonviolent action training such at that scheduled for June 28, 9-5 PM at the Civil Rights Museum (contact
  • Envision local ways of spreading active nonviolence
  • Engage with policy makers to urge their support for policies aimed at preventing war, ending poverty and reversing degradation of the environment
Events Coming
July 8 Our next gathering!
(Note the change of venue.)
Inscape Ministries will present "Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace" about Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton at St. Patrick Church, 6:30 PM

David Hoover portrays Thomas Merton and Sharon Halsey-Hoover plays the part of Dorothy Day in the one act play to be presented July 8th.
August 12 Our regular gathering at U of M Catholic Campus Ministry Center on Mynders, 6:45 PM
September 20 Retreat
Fr. Charles McCarthy will present "Gospel Nonviolence: The Way of Nonviolence" at the Batson Center, Church of the Holy Spirit, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Mass follows at 5 PM.
Gun violence - Contact with collaborators is ongoing, including Stevie Moore of F.F.U.N. (see More information will be forthcoming.

 Click here to read
Linda Raiteri's article in
The West Tennessee Catholic

Pax Christi: A Vow of Nonviolence

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