South Dakota Pax Christi Peace Conference – October 21, 2017 8:30 – 3:30 AM

South Dakota Pax Christi Peace Conference

The conference is in Watertown, South Dakota on Saturday, October 21 will have two speakers Paul Huttner, a meteorologist on Minnesota Public Radio  speaking on Climate Change.  Sister Janet Horstman  speaking on how US Immigration Policy impacts immigrants and refugees.  Sister Janet is legal specialist offering professional services to low-income Hispanics.

Questions can be directed to Sister Johanna Schumacher at 605-882-6600 or Sister Kay O’Neil at sisterskayandm@mediacommbb.net

Watertown, SD is 250 miles west of Rochester, MN (About 4 hour drive).

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Pax Christi USA Vision-Who we are, What we do

Pax Christi USA (PC-USA)

While we consider the PCUSA Vision and Anti-Racism in formulating our theme for 2017-2018.

All are welcome to our discussion at our meeting on Tuesday Sept 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Assisi Heights.   Arrive at the main entrance and ask for the Pax Christi gathering.

https://paxchristiusa.org/about/our-vision/   PC-USA VISION STATEMENT

WHO WE ARE

Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) is a membership organization that rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism. As PCUSA, a section of Pax Christi International, we are a Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in our witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the Cross.

WHAT WE DO

  • Guided by the spirituality of nonviolence, we advocate and provide leadership for disarmament, demilitarization and reconciliation with justice, inclusiveness, economic and interracial justice, human rights and care of creation.
  • We strive through prayer, study and action to be attentive to the interrelatedness of the key issues stated above and, in our response, to be conscious of their impact on the world community.
  • We work to align our organizational structures, policies, and practices with our intent to be an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic movement for peace with justice.

OUR VISION: A more peaceful, just and sustainable world through the efforts of our members and in collaboration with other groups.

OUR COMMITMENT TO BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST, MULTICULTURAL CATHOLIC PEACE AND JUSTICE MOVEMENT

In 1999, Pax Christi USA began a 20-year initiative, “Brothers and Sisters All,” to transform Pax Christi USA into an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic peace and justice movement. Pax Christi USA seeks to embrace this new identity and do all its work from an anti-racist perspective, in the conviction that personal and systemic racism continues to perpetrate deep spiritual and social brokenness and endangers creation.

Pax Christi USA is committed to establishing strong, honest, caring relationships—both personal and institutional—across racial lines in order that together, with the whole Body of Christ, we can transform structures and cultures of violence and domination. To accomplish this transformation, Pax Christi USA is committed to transforming its organizational structures, policies, practices, and forms of decision-making to include participation of, and accountability to, people of color.  To learn more about our anti-racism commitment:

Brothers and Sisters All

Brothers and Sisters All: Pax Christi USA’s 20-year  Anti-Racism Initiative

Brothers and Sisters All is a 20-year initiative to trans­form Pax Christi USA into an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic peace and justice movement. Pax Christi USA seeks to embrace this new identity and do all its work from an anti-racist perspective, in the convic­tion that personal and systemic racism continues to perpetrate deep spiritual and social brokenness and endangers creation.

Pax Christi USA is committed to establishing strong, honest, caring relationships—both personal and in­stitutional—across racial lines in order that togeth­er, with the whole Body of Christ, we can transform structures and cultures of violence and domination. To accomplish this transformation, Pax Christi USA is committed to transforming its organizational struc­tures, policies, practices, and forms of decision-mak­ing to include participation of, and accountability to, people of color.

Because racism inflicts violence on people of color; because violence anywhere is injustice everywhere; and because injustice is a sin against humanity and against the God, who creates, redeems, and sanctifies us, racism is contrary to who we are called to be: brothers and sisters all.

As a sign of our long-term commitment to dismantle racism within our hearts our structures and our culture, Pax Christi approved the following 20-year vision for its Brothers and Sisters All Anti-Racism Initiative:

Grounded in our baptismal promise to resist all evil, and committed to denouncing the sin of racism, Pax Christi USA has made a preferential option to transform itself into an anti-racist, multi-cultural movement for peace with justice.

This transformation can only be accomplished with intentional relationships and full participation across cultural communities in our work through

  • Organizational structures that foster mutual respect and dialogue and which create accountability to people of color
  • Policies which affirm the dignity and utilize the talents of every person
  • Practices which hold multiple and at times conflicting perspectives in creative tension
  • Decision-making processes which depend on and incorporate the multi-cultural identity that is the Church, the Body of Christ.

We have chosen this identity in order to confront the persistent, destructive personal and systemic racism that perpetuates violence in our communities and result in deep spiritual and social brokenness.  We are confident that a spirituality of nonviolent anti-racism makes our transformative vision a reality.

THE PAX CHRISTI ANTI-RACISM TEAM

At the same time, the Pax Christi National Council mandated and commissioned the formation of a multi-racial Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) that has been trained to facilitate Pax Christi’s anti-racist transformation. In addition to its organizing work PCART members offer eight-hour introductory workshops for Pax Christi regions and parishes that:

  • Explores a faith-based understanding of anti-racism rooted in Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Introduces definitions of racism that will en­able Pax Christi USA and its members to disman­tle racism in their structures and culture
  • Presents a critical analysis of the “powers” of racism
  • Provides concrete ways to build an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic movement for peace with justice.

Please contact PCART at least three months in advance to schedule a workshop in your area. For more information about the workshops contact Altonette Stone at aystone@bellsouth.net or call 901-759-9616. We also invite you to regularly visit the Pax Christi USA website for new resources and for the next invitation to apply for membership on PCART.

BACKGROUND RESOURCES

Pax Christi USA’s 20-Year Anti-Racism Vision

Pax Christi USA and Institutional Racism

Building an Anti-Racist Identity for Pax Christi USA

The Importance of Anti-Racism Training for White Peace Activists

Brothers and Sisters All Brochure

Building Accountable Relationships with Communities of Color

An Open Letter To Activists Concerning Racism in the Anti-War Movement

Resisting the War at Home: An Appeal to the Anti-War Community

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The Challenge of Peace from USCCB Pastoral Letter in 1983

The Challenge of Peace

The thoughts below on 9/11/2017 from Nancy Sylvester IHM using the “sanderline“, a small wading bird found on every continent except Antarctica.

Founder and President of ICCD – Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue

The sanderling is a small wading bird found on every continent except Antarctica. They are wondrous beings to observe are known for playing tag with the waves. As soon as an ocean waves begins to recede they charge forward on their tiny legs to the very edge of the wave and begin pecking furiously at the sand trying to find something to munch on, mostly invertebrates washed in on the wave. As a new wave arrives they scurry away from the incoming water, all the time remaining as close to the edge of the water as possible. Over and over, seemingly endlessly, they repeat the pattern.

Believe it or not, contemplatively sitting, either alone with others, does have something in common with the behavior of the sanderlings.We humans often play tag with God as we endeavor to turn to the Divine in search of nourishment. As we sit, our charging through life, scurrying here and there, begins to slow as we discover our food for the journey is indeed right in front of us, in our own hearts and all around us. No pecking is required, rather we learn in time to see the richness in which we are embedded. Over and over again almost endlessly we repeat the pattern: let go of the thoughts, return to God, discover “The real bread that gives life to the world.” (John 6:51).

May our daily sittings continue to be blessed!

Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Margaret Galiardi, OP
Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue

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September 1, 2017 – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Catholic Climate Covenant

Care for Creation

Care for the Poor

Friday, September 1st is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, celebrated by the Orthodox Church since 1989 and by the Roman Catholic Church since 2015. It is also the beginning of the Season of Creation, which ends on October 4th, the feast day of St. Francis.

To help you celebrate the Season of Creation we are pleased to share with you the following Covenant-produced resources:

1)  A prayer service series, Finding God in the Wilderness to be used on the four Sundays between Sept. 1st and October 4th.

2) 2017 Feast of St. Francis program, Befriend the Wolf: A Blessing of All Creation, which can be used on October 4th, or any date of your choosing. The Feast of St. Francis program includes a Blessing of the Animals liturgy.

On Friday, September 1st take a moment to appreciate and give thanks for God’s gifts of nature. Join with Christians around the world praying for creation. Together with Pope Francis we, Pray for our common home

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A Prayer for Our Earth

A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

                        -From Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’

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