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 6, 2014
Stephen Bush, Chief Public Defender in Shelby County, will be at the October 14 meeting of Pax Christi Memphis to speak about the work of the Public Defender's Office in a program that brings together resources from government and the community to deal with special needs of persons who have mental health challenges and who come through the criminal justice system.
Tuesday, Oct 14, University of Memphis Catholic Center, 3625 Mynders Ave. 6:45 social time, 7PM start.
Contact Terry Hash for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org • 901.849.0983
Remarks in the introduction to the CNV event
with Sr. Jeannine Gramick on 9/25/2014
Good evening. My name is Terry Hash and I want to thank Pastor Cheryl Cornish and all of the wonderful members of First Congregational Church for opening their arms and doors and allowing us to be here this evening, especially on such short notice. We are truly grateful.
I am one of the coordinators of Pax Christi Memphis. Pax Christi is an international Catholic peace and justice movement open to all faiths. There are over half a million PC members throughout the US. We use a model of prayer, study, and action to work for justice and peace and we promote the importance of understanding the root causes of injustice and violence. In short - we strive to create a world that reflects the peace of Christ.
This presentation tonight by Sister Jeannine Gramick on violence toward the LGBT community and what we can do about it is brought to you by CNVMemphis. We are a part of Campaign Nonviolence, a new long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence - spreading nonviolence as an obvious and natural way of life and taking action for a world that works for all of us.
CNVMemphis has taken action all week. We began Friday with a march in Smoky City, a Memphis neighborhood plagued by violence, to say “ Enough is enough” to violence in their community. We had a day long retreat with Father Charlie McCarthy on Saturday, studying Gospel nonviolence. We had a Sing a Song for Peace rally down at Robert Church Park on Beale St. on Sunday that was a lot of fun. We hosted an International Day of Peace poster contest in the Catholic elementary schools and had over 70 wonderful entries. The winning poster is posted on our website. Tomorrow we are right back here with a community forum on Gun Violence where we will have a group of community leaders with diverse backgrounds tell us what positive steps are being taken to curb gun violence and what we as a community can do. And on Saturday we will march in solidarity and peace with our LGBT brothers and sisters in the Pride March on Beale.
Prayer at the September 25th discussion with Sr. Jeanine Grammick
We believe that Your love will find a way to heal our wounded world, and that suffering and poverty will end. For we believe in Your persistent love.
We believe that You have made us who we are, in Your image, a beautiful community of race and culture and sexual identity. You declared us ‘good’. We celebrate this diversity, for we believe in Your creative imagination.
We believe we are all members of one body. We share a heart with those who suffer violence, who live in fear, who are cast out because of their sexuality or any other reason. We ache with them, for we believe that You love without exception.
We believe that we are not yet perfected. We fear. We judge. We cause harm by our action and our inaction. But we still turn to You for help, for we believe in Your forgiveness.
We believe that it is not too late for those filled with hate to learn to live in love. For we believe in Your heart-transforming power.
We believe that our prayers do matter, and so we offer them now for the people and places that long for relief from suffering. For we believe in the power of prayer.
We believe in gratitude. We offer thanks for those brave souls who risk much for others. We offer thanks for those moments of grace that sustain us. For we believe that Your love and grace surround us on every side.
We believe that the church is an imperfect but well intentioned collection of souls. Even though we often fail to understand Your Gospel, even though we often lack the courage to take risks for justice, even though we have not always welcomed Your beloved outcasts, still we see that You have not abandoned us. For we believe that You still see hope in us.
Help us Lord to be a better community. Send us into the world as the life-changing, liberating church You imagine. All this we ask in Your name and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Adapted from Sunday morning liturgy for LGBT by Rev. LeeAnne Watkins St. Mary’s Episcopal Church St. Paul MN, Ann B. Day Dumbarton UMC