"I refuse to accept the view that (hu)mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood [sic] can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we approach the Fourth of July, I often find myself mining the writings and speeches of the person I consider to be the greatest American, Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK seemed to weave together the best of who we can be as a nation with an unflinching critique of the worst excesses of our history. He called us to live deeply in the most bedrock of values--justice, compassion, nonviolence and love--even as we acknowledge how far short of those values our nation's policies often are and how much more we need to work to transform our society into that beloved community he so often articulated for us. During this Fourth of July holiday, I hope that each of us can go beyond the shallow sloganeering that will be all too evident, and that we will celebrate instead our belief in each other, our hope for the future of our country and the rest of the world, and our work to achieve in our neighborhoods and communities some semblance of that beloved community to which Dr. King called us.
Below you'll find a number of items from the past months which we think you may still find relevant or useful in your work for peace with justice. We also wanted to share with you two additional items. We learned last week that Marmete Hayes, one of the founding members of Pax Christi in Vermont, passed away. I knew Marmete through phone calls and emails and she was an incredibly dynamic, dedicated woman. We'll be featuring a longer story about Marmete on the website next week, but I wanted to share news of her passing with you here too. Sr. Miriam Ward, her caregiver over the past few years, told me that Marmete had three Pax Christi members with her when she passed, and that among her last words to them was this: "We need to do something on nonviolence this year! We haven't done anything on nonviolence yet!" Organizing and educating right to the end. Rest in peace Marmete.
We're also excited to announce that we have a new Director of Programs, Sr. Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN. Sr. Anne Louise's first day is today and we'll post more information about her joining us within the next few weeks. If you'd like to send Sr. Anne Louise a note of welcome, you can reach her at email@example.com.
Recent Prayer-Study-Action e-Bulletins (PSA)
Recent News Items, Calendar Items and Other Items of Interest
- PCUSA Teacher of Peace Kathy Kelly asks for support for visa for Dr. Young
- Rev. Jim Gower, Pax Christi USA's first peace ambassador
- A prayer service to end the use of drones
- Check out the special Member Appreciation sale in the PCUSA online store!
- Columnist Tony Magliano: Congress is turning its back on the poor
- Changes to Pax Christi USA staff email addresses
- A letter from PC International on Iran and nuclear weapons
- Film review of Cite Soleil: Sun, Dust and Hope
- Pax Christi International's July 2012 newsletter
- June 28-July 2 is the Starvin for Justice: Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C. (PCUSA is a co-sponsor)
- July 6-8, Educating Young People in Justice and Peace: Where to Start a program of Romero Center Ministries
- July 28 regional dialogue in St. Louis, MO
- July 29-August 1 is the Social Action Summer Institute in Louisville, KY
- August 4-6, Pax Christi New Mexico's annual vigil at Los Alamos
- June edition of "On The Line" features news from local groups, regions
- Summer 2012 Pax Christi USA Newsletter, The Peace Current, online