One of the most recent resources created by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is a new 5-session study programme. We are offering an opportunity to follow the programme with us online. The sessions will run on Zoom, on Thursdays at 11am. The first session will be on Thursday 20th August and the final one on Thursday 17th September. Each session will last an hour. There will be texts to read and reflect on, discuss in small groups and some shared prayer. We hope participants will deepen their understanding of the spirituality and practice of nonviolence. We also hope some will feel empowered to go and run the 5-session programme where they are, so as to reach even more people. We can offer an additional session to help you prepare to do that!
If you would like to join the programme beginning on 20th August, register at Eventbrite and we’ll be in touch with the zoom link and some background reading.
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We hosted a rich online session on 30th July attended by more than 50 people, drawn from England & Wales, Antwerp, USA, Austria, Kenya and Uruguay. We welcomed Pax Christi International Co-President Wamuyu Wachira and General Secretary Greet Vanaerschot – and CNI Project Coordinator Judy Coode. Pax Christi Vice President Pat Gaffney is a Executive member of the CNI and leads the ‘People of God’ working group. Pat shared valuable updates about the context and work of the CNI, using video clips and examples. She introduced new resources and the dedicated framework that connects them. We learned of the new Days of Action on Nonviolence: 21st September to 2nd October. There was input from Joan Sharples, a Pax Christi England & Wales Executive member, who is also on the CNI Advocacy working group. An extensive resource list was made available.
Breakout groups discussed the meaning and power of nonviolence. We wrote messages and created a Zoom gallery record. We shared a short reflection and prayer.
After the structured part, many stayed to talk and share thoughts. We discussed the value of visual materials. A member shared her experience of learning nonviolent language from family members who are young adults.
Consider participating in the pilot of a new five session course on nonviolence. We will run the sessions online on Thursdays at 11am, beginning 20th August. Contact us if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Can you participate in our range of events to remember the suffering, death and destruction caused by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Can you take action to help rid the world of nuclear weapons? Can you provide a relevant bidding prayer for Mass,or a liturgy you are involved in, on 8th/9th August?
Can you use the ICAN Cities Appeal to talk to your Council about endorsing the Treaty for the prohibition of Nuclear weapons?
Put up a poster, share prayers, poems, readings. Choose from the resources we have gathered together.
Our efforts will join with those of many other peace groups and people of peace and goodwill around England & Wales, and indeed the world. In Japan last year, Pope Francis said: ‘One of the deepest longings of the human heart is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire; indeed they seem always to thwart it’.
Members should have received the latest Justpeace now. You will find it has a forward-looking, international flavour: the first article is from Pax Christi International’s Co-President Marc Stenger, Bishop of Troyes. You can read Justpeace online. We posted out our new look Summer Resources flyer too. Now that our website is fully secure, we hope more of you will feel comfortableordering any itemsthrough our online shop. Staff are in the office again on some days now so we are able to post out orders. We look forward to when we can meet members and volunteers in person and are keeping you in our prayers until we can do that at last.
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A dialogue shaping the future of the United Nations
‘The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge, including the worst global health crisis in its history. Will it bring the world closer together? Or will it lead to greater divides and mistrust? Your views can make a difference’.
Pax Christi is hosting aUN75 dialogue on 26th June, the day the UN charter was signed in 1945. Join us online at 11am and be part of the global conversation about challenges and aspirations for the future of peace. This is a stand-alone event although it follows our previous online discussion and prayer time on the Holy See Mission to the UN and the work of Pax Christi International’s UN representatives in New York. Contact us for the Zoom link: email@example.com. If you can’t join us, add your voice by taking part in the UN survey.
Promote the peace message on 26th June by displaying this poster (or one you have designed yourself!) in your window or perhaps in your church or another public space. Leave the poster in place over the weekend to open up conversations about Armed Forces Day on 27th.
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