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Summer Picnic

PCMNY’s annual pot-luck picnic in Central Park, in view of the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art, has become a refreshing tradition that brings together members and friends in a spirit of invaluable camaraderie. A delicious assortment of foods and great conversation are the order of the day. Relax with us on Saturday, August 25th at 1 PM.

UN International Day of Peace

In recognition of UN International Peace Day, we will host Alice Slater, whose affiliations include the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Abolition 2000, and World Beyond War. Alice will address the topic, Ending the Threat of Nuclear Destruction—Moving Towards a World Beyond War. Join us on Sunday, September 16th, from 2 to 4 PM in the Arrupe Library, Xavier High School, 30 W. 16th Street, Manhattan.

 



Other Scheduled Events


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Annual Events

 

Good Friday Way of the Cross
PCMNY is probably best known for its Good Friday Way of the Cross, which was its founding event. Commemorating Jesus' suffering in His own life and in the lives of people throughout the world today, hundreds process together, praying for change in ourselves and a society marred by such sins as poverty, racism, bullying and gun violence, human trafficking and war.  Concluding with a 15th Station, we are reminded that we are a Resurrection people in a Good Friday world. For CBS News coverage of the 2015 Good Friday event, please click here.

Peacemaker Awards Reception
Each year PCMNY honors peacemakers, some known nationally, some known locally, and some known mostly within the Pax Christi community, but all doing noteworthy work to make the world a more peaceful and just place for all of us to live. We honor these exemplary people at a reception that is a true celebration of them and the peace community that supports them.

40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence
Pax Christi Metro New York joins others around the country in an annual fast for Christian Nonviolence. This fast is an opportunity to remember, repent, and resolve to transform our culture of violence, whether the violence of the street or the violence of war, drones, and nuclear weapons proliferation. It begins each July 1st and ends on August 9th, the tragic triple anniversaries of the executions of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Jewish convert to Catholicism and holocaust victim; Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, martyr for refusing to serve in Hitler's army; and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the largest Christian community in Japan. PCMNY frames it with prayers made available for you to pray alone or in community. For more information about the fast, contact the PCMNY office: info@nypaxchristi.org or, when the Fast approaches simply sign up as an individual or group to fast a day, a week, or longer between July 1st and August 9th to end the horror of nuclear weapons proliferation and all forms of violence.

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial
Each year PCMNY offers this commemorative event to mourn and repent for the horrific loss of life caused by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945 and to advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons today. Now, we can add Fukushima to the list of Japanese cities devastated by nuclear tragedy. The Memorial consists of a presentation with discussion and concludes with a silent procession and public vigil. For some historical context about the bombings, see PCMNY member Marian Ronan's article.

Summer Picnic
PCMNY’s annual pot-luck picnic in Central Park, in view of the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art, has become a refreshing tradition that brings together members and friends in a spirit of invaluable camaraderie. A delicious assortment of foods and great conversation are the order of the day.

UN International Peace Day
The UN International Peace Day has been held on September 21st  for decades now, but so many people still aren't familiar with it; yet, it's such an important day.  Not only is it a day for the United Nations to renew its dedication to the pursuit of peace; it is also a Day of Ceasefire, both personally and politically. PCMNY observes this day with a special event that incorporates prayer and presentation, whether a speaker or film, along with time for discussion.

Fall Assembly
Pax Christi Metro New York's annual Fall Assembly offers an opportunity for reflection on PCMNY’s very identity as a peace community. We pray together, share our stories, and lend each other support. We also feature a reputable speaker to educate and inspire us on a theme taken from a current event or social concern.

Human Rights Day/Holy Innocents
Each year, Pax Christi Metro New York remembers victims of violence, especially children, in honor of Human Rights Day and the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The focus of the event is a prayer service. It may also include speakers or a video on a relevant topic like human trafficking or incarceration.

Peacemaking Through the Arts
For several years now, PCMNY has been promoting our mission with the help of the performing arts. We host a concert or play with a message of peace and social justice. We do this because we believe we all have both the desire and need for peace and justice, rooted in God. The arts are an effective way to reach into our souls and inspire us to fulfill those desires and needs for ourselves and others in a way different from any other.

Ash Wednesday Leafleting

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Annual Retreat

Each year PCMNY organizes a weekend retreat, usually during Lent, facilitated by a noted spiritual leader to challenge and nurture participants in their commitment to Christian nonviolence.

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Featured Recent Event


Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Protesting Nuclear Weapons

 by Rosemarie Pace

 

In commemoration of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th in 1945, Pax Christi Metro New York has held a memorial each year for many years. Our memorial has traditionally included an education piece with a speaker and/or film and a public witness at which we distribute information leaflets not just reminding people of the bombings, but calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons today. We provide suggested actions. We pray and sing at the vigil, as well, but the main feature is the slow banging of a gong the number of years since the bombings, this year 73 times.

This year was a little different. This year we joined with a colleague, the Rev. T. K. Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist monk who has been presenting an Interfaith Gathering for 25 years. We included our public vigil under the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village and then processed to Judson Memorial Church for the Interfaith Gathering.


At our Vigil, about 25 people held signs, distributed our information leaflet, prayed the Nuclear Prayer from United Religions Initiative (
https://uri.org/uri-story/20160624-global-prayer-calling-nuclear-abolition),and stood in reverent silence while the gong was rung. Many passersby could not help but notice. Some stopped and stood with us for at least a little while, despite the oppressive heat and humidity.

The Interfaith Gathering drew hundreds of people of all ages, races, nationalities, and faiths. There was a mournful dance to the musical piece, “Nada Soso (Never-Ending Tears).” Several choirs sang, including a children's choir that included a very young and accomplished cellist and a slightly older and equally accomplished violinist. Representatives from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Interfaith religions led brief prayers. A Hibakusha, atomic bombing survivor, spoke about the importance of family, regretting to this day that she left home after an argument with her mother on the day of the Hiroshima bombing and never saw her mother again.

The keynote speaker was Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon who spent over three decades serving in Japan. Her talk emphasized the necessity of all of us committing to nonviolence, not just governments committing to nuclear abolition; we all share responsibility to be a “Nonviolent Declaration of Peace.”

At precisely 7:15 PM, 8:15 AM August 6th in Hiroshima, the exact time the atomic bomb struck, the faith leaders and representatives of the co-sponsoring organizations, including Pax Christi Metro New York, took turns ringing a peace bell. Following the ringing of the peace bell, a calligrapher created a massive art piece to music. His movements were like a dance, his product a mixture of color and words in Japanese that called for love and forgiveness among humanity. Two people read letters from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to express their solidarity with our efforts here in New York City to abolish nuclear weapons and to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by the United Nations last year. To date, 60 nations have signed and 14 have ratified. We need50 to ratify to make the Treaty international law.

We can only hope and pray that the strong feeling of community that penetrated the afternoon and evening among a few hundred people will grow and grow until the nuclear weapons states can no longer ignore us and we will all be able to celebrate the end to the threat of nuclear annihilation.

To see much more of our Hiroshima/Nagasaki actions, including one at the Japanese Consulate on August 3rd, you can visit:

https://youtu.be/riVw9IAe8KM

https://youtu.be/08K4hLMZ7ZQ

https://youtu.be/Zh88H6fq7Tw

https://www.flickr.com/photos/felton-nyc/albums/72157699406861624

https://www.facebook.com/nypaxchristi/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/events/193384168024324/212185179477556/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1533591083884962

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1757550740980533&type=3

https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/justice-action-bulletin-atomic-bomb-anniversaries-preventing-nuclear-war

More Pictures of this Event


 

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