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.