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Ash Wednesday Leafleting

Our tradition on Ash Wednesday is to offer a Lenten Reflection to the faithful outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Help us spread the Word on March 1st at noon.

Annual Retreat

We’re very excited to have Sr. Megan Rice, one of the Transform Now Plowshares, to lead us on retreat from March 10th to the 12th at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. You won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by one of our greatest contemporary peacemakers. Click here for the brochure that provides all the information and registration form. Registration deadline is February 27th or until all spaces are filled.




Other Scheduled Events


For dates and descriptions of additional upcoming events, click here.

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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 Events


Ending the School to Prison Pipeline: Doing Justice by and for Our Youth

On December 9th, 2016, Pax Christi Metro New York and Catholic Worker co-hosted a special Friday Night Talk at Catholic Worker in recognition of Human Rights Day and the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Our featured speakers were Amy Wagner and Shaktii Mann of the Ya-Ya Network, which stands for Youth Activists-Youth Allies.

As is PCMNY’s custom, the evening began with a prayer that raised up both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and children and youth who are most vulnerable to the effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and all violations of human rights in their homes and schools, on their streets, and between and among communities and nations across the globe. 

After lifting our voices to God, we listened and engaged in dialogue with both Amy and Shaktii.

Amy gave us some background on the Ya-Ya Network, explaining that the issues they have addressed over the years include immigration, anti-war and counter-recruitment, and stop and frisk. As time has gone by, they have shifted their attention to more local concerns. Members of the Ya-Ya Network are largely immigrant youth of color, representing all faiths, often low income, and including LGBTQ. The Network works with counselors, the City Council, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. Members participate in marches, public hearings, and street demonstrations to raise awareness and effect changes in policies and practices that pertain to the issues at hand.

Shaktii highlighted some specifics of current Network initiatives. One focuses on militarization at home. War is considered distant and not of direct impact, but police are right here, using military weapons and technology. The militarization of schools employs excessive force by security guards, often for small offenses like chewing gum or wearing a hat in class, and ending in suspension for “defying authority.” “Dignity in Schools” is a national program in which New York City participates which seeks to eliminate such excessive force and which the Ya-Ya Network supports.

The Network also promotes restorative justice. One such program, “Common Justice,” is being implemented in Brooklyn. This program mostly addresses more serious crimes like robbery and assault. Through restorative justice, perpetrators and victims are brought together to answer the all-important question why, to reveal the impact of the crime, and to evoke remorse. These can lead to community service and financial remuneration. The result often counters the very high imprisonment and recidivism rates in the U.S.

One hundred schools in New York City have restorative justice programs which build community, practice nonviolent conflict resolution strategies, satisfy needs, and build mutual respect. Unfortunately, 100 schools are not enough. Restorative justice takes time and costs money, which is hard to get because there’s no (monetary) profit in it. NYC did give a one-time grant of $1 million, but also imposed a time limit on it and then left at the end of that time period.

The work of the Ya-Ya Network, like so many other invaluable efforts, is counter-intuitive. Rather than being punitive, it reaches deep to get at causes of so many dysfunctions in our schools and neighborhoods, and then it tries to transform the causes to correct the dysfunctions. PCMNY and Catholic Worker were privileged to learn about this important organization and we are pleased to share what we learned with you. You can learn even more by visiting their website at: www.yayanetwork.org.

Ya-Ya Network

 

The Cornelius Eady Trio: An Afternoon of Jazz, Blues and Poetry

In contrast to the very serious topic of our Human Rights Day/Holy Innocents event, Pax Christi Metro New York hosted an afternoon of music and poetry in celebration of Peacemaking through the Arts on Sunday, January 29th, 2017. This combination of poetry readings and concert was entertaining and uplifting, but also had its serious side. The poems by Cornelius Eady, a renowned and award-winning poetwho co-founded a national network of black poets known as Cave Canem, spoke of matters of race and struggle, sorrow and loss, in other words, they spoke of the human experience. The music included some of Mr. Eady’s poems set to song.

Accompanying Mr. Eady were highly accomplished guitarists, Lisa Liu and Charlie Rauh. Ms. Liu is a jazz guitarist based in Brooklyn who plays gypsy jazz, swing and bebop, and performs as a solo fingerstyle guitarist. Her technique and originality were amazing to hear and watch. Mr.
Rauh is a song writer, as well as a guitarist whose songs are mostly about people who have made a huge impact on his life and about small and simple everyday things and experiences. His instrumentalism was a remarkable complement to Ms. Liu’s.

Unexpectedly, our Arts event was blessed with a welcome bonus. We were graced with additional poetry by Tracie Morris, a poet, performer, and scholar who teaches right here in NYC at Pratt Institute. She and Ms. Liu and Mr. Rauh shared their talents with some improvisations, Tracie choosing poems to match whatever Ms. Liu and Mr. Rauh played. It was a creative way to present the cohesive rhythms of music and poetry.

You can learn more about Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem, the Cornelius Eady Trio, and Tracie Morris on the web. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

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