Nonviolence Days of Action 21 September – 2 October

Making active nonviolence our way of life in the Church and the world

Help us to promote a particular focus on celebrating nonviolence! There are lots of ideas for you to use on our website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too. There is another opportunity to work through the 5-session nonviolence study programme online daily between Monday 28th and Friday 2nd October at 6.45pm. Contact us if you are interested:

Pax Christi members in Hitchin have put together a week-long programme of events. If you are in the area and want to know more, contact us and we’ll put you in touch:

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative website is also a good place to look for information and resources.

Do let us know what you are doing to share the message of nonviolence. Your feedback helps us to know what is useful to you and gives us an opportunity to share your work to encourage and inspire all of us who are working for peace. Don’t think that what you are doing is too small!

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Membership Fees Information

Membership fees are increasing from 1st September as agreed at the AGM in June.

Those members who pay by standing order will receive a letter explaining how these changes may affect them and actions they may need to take. We are also sending a contact details and preferences form to help us update our records. As well as taking any action regarding your standing order, we would appreciate your completing the contact details form. You can complete the paper form and post it back to us. Or you can download the form, complete onscreen, save, and email it back to us at .

On the back of the contact details form is a Communications Survey which will help us improve our communications. If you prefer, you can fill the survey in online.

We will write to those who pay membership fees annually by cheque or one-off transaction as their fees become due.

NEW! We are now providing an option to pay membership fees monthly by Direct Debit.

Thank you to all our members for your support. We are people putting peace into action!

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World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel 2020

The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI) is between 13 – 21 September this year. It is the annual call from the World Council of Churches for prayer, reflection and actions. The 2020 theme is: ‘Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility’

Pax Christi‘s resources here .

Prayer card £1.50 for a set of 50

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) will have weekly posts on Facebook and Twitter  from now. Follow them for ideas! The first week reminds of our Sunset Friday Prayers at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem, praying alongside all those who work for an end to the occupation and justice for all.

Please start planning your events. Let us know what you  will be doing and take photos to send us:

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Nonviolence: New Study Sessions

*Update* Another opportunity to follow the 5-session programme is now being offered online with us. The sessions will run from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October at 6.45pm. Contact us if you’d like to take part:

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.

John Petts window, Jesus, the two hands of nonviolence

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Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: Spreading the Word & the Vision

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.

From Pax Christi Philippines

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. Register with Eventbrite.

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