KERUX


LIVE!


from the desk of Rosemarie Pace, PCMNY Director

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September, 2017

OK, this Kerux Live! is not exclusively September, but it is mostly September with one late August event. Here are some of the activities of PCMNY members not reported in our Fall issue of Kerux. Please remember to read both, along with our latest “Featured Recent Event” on the Events page. 

August 30th, 2017

Very shortly after the White House announced its intention to discontinue DACA for undocumented immigrant youth, hundreds of people, including some from PCMNY, gathered to march in support of these promising young people. Preceding the march was a brief rally at Columbus Circle. The March proceeded from Trump Tower by Columbus Circle to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and then returned to the starting point. We continue to support a bill to protect Dreamers from deportation to places they may not even know, to keep their gifts and talents here. 

September 10th, 2017

On the eve of the September 11th memorial, the annual Children of Abraham Walk moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the first time. This interfaith walk for peace began and ended at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where there was a moving photo exhibit of Muslims in New York. It also included stops at the Islamic Cultural Center across from Riverside Park, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and the Fourth Universalist Society of New York. At each stop, faith leaders shared information about their beliefs and their houses of worship. Back at JCC, we listened to several heartfelt reports from young adult members of the Muslim Community Network and enjoyed some delicious refreshments. As always, the spirit of unity in diversity was uplifting and hope-filled. 

September 15th, 2017

In anticipation of the International Day of Peace on September 21st, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held a “Moment of Silence & Meditation for Peace” at the UN Church Center. Prayers and music from Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Baha’i faiths lifted hearts and minds to our common desire for peace.

 September 16th, 2017

Pax Christi Maryknoll hosted an anti-racism workshop from Pax Christi USA, “Dialogue for a New Future: Healing Our Divided World.” Sisters Patty Chappell, Executive Director of PCUSA, and Anne-Louise Nadeau, Program Director of PCUSA, led about 80 participants through an excellent program on what racism is, its history, its practice up to today, and what we can do about it. Highly recommended was reading Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Fr. Bryan Massingale and organizing a talk around the book, if possible with Fr. Massingale who’s local at Fordham University. Also recommended is scheduling a workshop with PCUSA at your own parish, school, or Pax Christi local group. Contact PCUSA for the details: info@paxchristiusa.org

 

 September 19th, 2017

To welcome Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu to the United Nations, two world leaders who have a penchant for walls, a number of organizations joined together to hold a rally and march: “From the U.S. to Palestine Build Movements, Not Walls.” PCMNY was present though not a co-sponsor in the spirit of Pope Francis who has urged us to build bridges, not walls.

 September 21st, 2017, UN International Peace Day

Pax Christi Downtown Brooklyn has provided us with a relatively new and important tradition of offering a Peace Mass in recognition of UN International Peace Day at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface. Making the Mass particularly meaningful is the time they spend planning the Mass with the celebrant. The homily and the Prayer of the Faithful reflect their good work, focusing in a special way on peace.


 September 23rd, 2017

Our newest PCMNY local group (a revival of an old group), PC St. Andrew the Apostle in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, hosted The Eucharist: the Celebration of God’s Justice, a workshop presented by Fr. Francis Gargani, CSsR, in the parish hall. It was an afternoon of prayer, music, and reflection on mercy and justice as they are intimately woven into the Eucharistic celebration from Greeting to Sending Forth. It was also an opportunity to introduce people to Pax Christi and to be community as we shared some light refreshments and ready conversation.

September 26th, 2017

PCMNY started what could become a new tradition with an interfaith prayer service at the Isaiah Wall across from the United Nations on this UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Our prayer service, which you can read and pray, included readings and responses from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. You can also see photos and videos of it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/imo.sodhi/posts/1668371223174277. The diversity of participants and the sincerity of our prayers were once again moving and hopeful.


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