Disarmament and Security at the United Nations

Approaching the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations, we hosted an online discussion and prayer time. More information is in our member news report. Aaron Humphriss spoke about his recent placement with the Holy See Mission to the UN in New York, on a disarmament and security brief. Mary Yelenick spoke to us from New York where she is a member of the Pax Christi International UN-NGO team. We were inspired by Aaron’s own journey to thinking about peace, having come from a very different starting point. We spent time in prayer following a liturgy incorporating some of the preamble to the United Nations Charter. Aaron provided links to more information as well as a copy of his presentation.

Permanent link to this article: https://paxchristi.org.uk/2020/06/12/disarmament-and-security-at-the-united-nations/

Our 2020 AGM: Online!

Pax Christi Executive and staff preparing to welcome members to the 2020 AGM

More than 60 Pax Christi members joined the meeting in this, Pax Christi International’s 75th Anniversary, year. Vice President Valerie Flessati described the origins of our movement, in Second World War France. Pax Christi International Co-President Wamuyu Wachira brought us up to date, and into the presence of God, with a video message. Outgoing, Chair Holly Ball, called for a revolution in this change of era. Following reports by the four staff members, there was spirited discussion of the resolutions, voting, and election of a new Chair and four new Executive Committee members.

Ten breakout groups were formed in which members made proposals for Pope Francis to consider as part of the work of the Covid-19 Vatican Commission reflecting on the ‘new socio-economic-cultural future.’ The proposals will be collated and communicated directly to the Commission.

Our National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, spoke with appreciation of Holly’s time as Chair. Newly-elected Chair, Ann Farr, led us in a liturgy in which she invited us to ‘quietly renew our commitment to our witness and work as peacemakers’. The AGM was reported by Ellen Teague on Independent Catholic News. There is a fuller report on our website too.

We spoke the names of Pax Christi members who died this year

Permanent link to this article: https://paxchristi.org.uk/2020/06/09/our-2020-agm-online/

Banks, Pensions and Nuclear Weapons: Investing in Change

Pax Christi is part of the interfaith working group who produced this new report. We researched the role of a sample of our financial institutions in supporting the production of nuclear weapons systems. The results of our research, engagement and analysis are presented. Our National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, endorsed the report saying, ‘I encourage you to contact your bank and/or pension provider to discuss your concern about any continuing investment in nuclear weapons’.

Read the report to see how your bank and/or pension provider compares.

Use the tools on the dedicated website to help you take action.

Share the information widely!

We anticipate that investment in nuclear weapons production will be delegitimised when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passes into international law. See our piece on Independent Catholic News and an article in The Universe on June 5th.

Permanent link to this article: https://paxchristi.org.uk/2020/05/27/banks-pensions-and-nuclear-weapons-investing-in-change/

International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

15th May is a day for remembering all those who have struggled for the right to refuse to kill, throughout history and today. We remember those who have refused to bear arms and participate in war. Hundreds of people across the world are imprisoned or forced to flee their home countries for refusing to join the armed forces. On May 15th we stand in solidarity with them, as well as celebrating the memory of all those throughout history who have resisted conscription.

This year there will be several online events, open to anyone in the UK or abroad. There are actions you can take.

Permanent link to this article: https://paxchristi.org.uk/2020/05/04/international-conscientious-objectors-day/

Global Campaign on Military Spending: Days of Action

Pax Christi advocates for nonviolent conflict resolution approaches. The global military spending campaign continues all year round but until 9th May we focus on action to raise awareness of the vast amount of money spent on the military around the world.

This year especially, as we struggle to deal with the impact of coronavirus, it is important to draw attention to the amount of public money that could be spent differently, for example investing in healthcare, social justice and education.

Find out more at the GDAMS UK website and the international GCOMS website.

Aisling, our Education worker, has prepared some online resources on military spending which may be especially useful for teachers in the current circumstances.

Can you join the selfie campaign? Post your selfie on social media. Put the poster in your window to share the information with people passing your house on their daily exercise route. There are lots more infographics you can use, or make your own poster – inspired by the rainbow pictures created by children during these times of restriction.

Pax Christi hosted a Zoom time of prayer and reflection on Wednesday 22nd April. We reflected on nonviolence and military spending, sharing our thoughts and prayers and some useful links are here. We even took some action during the Zoom call. To find out more, email us at info@paxchristi.org.uk

Reflections from Pax Christi Members.

Permanent link to this article: https://paxchristi.org.uk/2020/04/17/global-campaign-on-military-spending-days-of-action/

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