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Good Friday Way of the Cross, April 3, 2015

Join us on  Friday, April 3rd as we pray and meditate on the sacrifices Jesus made for us and on the sufferering being endured by so many today. The procession begins at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at  8:30 a.m. All are welcome to participate.

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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.

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.

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.

Feast of the Holy Innocents
Each year, Pax Christi Metro New York remembers victims of violence, especially children, in honor of 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


Etty

by Rosemarie Pace,  PCMNY Director


Seventy years ago, Pax Christi was founded in France to pray for reconciliation between France and Germany, two “Christian” nations that just ended a war with each other. Seventy years ago, the concentration camp at Auschwitz was liberated.

Both these events added significance to Pax Christi Metro New York’s presentation of Etty, a one-woman play directed by Austin Pendleton and performed by Susan Stein in St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Church on Sunday, February 8th.

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum, the subject of the play, was a young Dutch Jewish woman who wrote extensive diaries and letters about her life under German occupation in Amsterdam from 1941 to 1943. Through her prolific writing, she provides an amazing eye-witness account of the gradual and strategic withdrawal of rights and freedoms and the increasing imposition of hardships and cruelty against an entire people. But this is not a story of self-pity or blame. Rather it is a story of love, joy, strength, and hope.

The entire one-act play is in Etty’s words, which Susan Stein magnificently brings to life. Combined with a subsequent talk-back, we learn much about this spirited young woman.

Etty came from a loving family, an intellectual and cultured family, but one in which both her brothers were afflicted with schizophrenia, which Etty feared for herself. Seeking a means to avoid the same fate as her brothers, she sought out the help of Julius Spier, a palm reader and “therapist” with very unconventional methods. Her relationship with him became intimate, but it also succeeded in helping Etty grow in self-worth, insight about people and the world around her, and her own faith. In addition, Etty had a large number of good friends, including those with whom she lived. They -- men and women, varied in age, ethnic background, and religion -- remained very important to her throughout her life.

Etty was a lover not only of people, but also of literature, especially that of Rilke and Dostoevsky. She read and taught Russian and found inspiration in Christian scripture and the Qur’an. She was actually more a secular Jew than a religious one; yet, it was her Jewish identity that caught her in the trap of Nazi malice. Despite it all, she generally relished life, repeatedly proclaiming that life is beautiful.

Etty did work for the Jewish Council, a creation of the Nazis to engage some Jews in their discriminatory policies. She struggled within herself about accepting this position, but then used it as best she could to help those she could, partially because it came with some privileges. Nevertheless, she never wanted to avoid the pain and suffering of her fellow Jews, nor, ultimately, did she. Etty died in Auschwitz on November 30th, 1943.

In introducing the play, PCMNY Director Rosemarie Pace noted that Etty’s diaries and letters from Westerbork were filled with prayers to God in which she openly addresses not only the reality in which she was living, but also her extraordinary devotion to God and humanity.

You are encouraged to read more about Etty. There are many publications, including Etty Hillesum: The Essential Writings of which the PCMNY has some copies (while supplies last), and Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork. You are also encouraged to book a performance of Etty. Find more information at www.ettyplay.org.


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