There was an impressive turnout of Pax Christi members and supporters for our Annual Gathering and AGM on 18th May. We said goodbye to three brilliant executive committee members: Jan Harper, Emma Atherton and Helen Gilbert – and welcomed Joan Sharples and Henrietta Cullinan. Members shared thoughts and news from around the country to help shape the year ahead. We heard from our National President Archbishop Malcolm McMahon who encouraged us, as peacemakers, not to be silent but to speak God’s word which sets people free. We were moved and inspired by four Pax Christi Peace Award winners : Father Joe Ryan of St John Vianney parish, peace historian Peter van den Dungen, and Anna and Eleanor Marshall who think working for peace and justice is ‘obvious’. We celebrated Mass together and renewed our commitment to love even our enemies. The busy day was lifted by live music from the excellent King Toadfish and the All-Weather Riders. Not a member of this vibrant peace movement? Join here!
Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/05/20/annual-gathering-indeed-it-was-good/
Pax Christi supported the witness co-ordinated by Christian CND at Westminster Abbey on 3rd May. The service inside the Abbey celebrated 50 years of nuclear weapons in the UK. Outside, many Pax Christi members gathered in person, and many more joined us in prayer. There were people from a wide range of peace groups, as well as a few interested passers-by. Through banners, fellowship, readings, prayers and songs, we expressed our belief that nuclear weapons are not ‘things that make for peace’. Bruce Kent said ‘There are so many ways of solving international problems peacefully’. Later, Theresa Alessandro addressed the CND rally saying, ‘We look for peace where people are working together to resolve conflict by making space for all voices, by sharing resources fairly and by being open to change. Mass destruction does not need to be part of our future. We call on our government to sign the nuclear ban treaty and to cancel Trident’. Christian CND have produced a short video of the event here
Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/05/04/westminster-abbey-peace-witness/
Sunday reflections from Easter – Pentecost
To deepen our understanding of Gospel nonviolence, we invited seven members of Pax Christi to explore the powerful readings for the Sundays after Easter – readings that tell us something of the struggle of the early Christian communities to create a life-path for themselves built on the life and witness of Jesus.
Their reflections are short and personal and each of them has something to offer on the vocation we all have to be people of nonviolence.
Fr Gerry McFlynn reflects on the readings of the Second Sunday of Easter: 2nd Sunday
Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/04/25/post-easter-reflections/
Our Annual Gathering and AGM is on Saturday 18th May at the new Maria Fidelis School site in Euston, London. We would be delighted to see you! Meet Theresa Alessandro the new Pax Christi Director. Be inspired by this year’s Peace Award recipients. Support each other in our work for peace. Our President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will be joining us and the day will close with Mass.
Click for more details and to register: AGM2019
Can’t be there on the day? Consider making a donation to support our work instead! Donate Here
Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/04/24/annual-gathering-register-now/
We are saddened to hear of the death of Fr Neles Tebay of West Papua.
Those of us who worked with him knew him as a man of great humour and warmth, who carried the burdens of a peacemaker in a light and uncomplicated way.
In forming the Papua Peace Network in 2010, and in all his peace initiatives, he showed his commitment to dialogue as a way forward for peace in Papua.
He will be greatly missed.
We join with others in Pax Christi International in offering our condolences to his family, friends and the communities within which he worked tirelessly for freedom with justice for his people.
May he rest in the peace he worked so hard to achieve.
Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/04/17/father-neles-tebay/