Pax Christi USA explores racial justice at national conference
Pax Christi USA, racial justice, Art Laffin
Earlier this month, Pax Christi USA hosted a national gathering entitled, "Building the Beloved Community," which was focused on the necessity of creative nonviolence, social justice, and racial justice.
The gathering included a racial justice training for forty people who are now equipped to take the message of racial justice back to their communities. The training was focused on Catholic Social Teaching; the contributions of people of color to the Catholic Church since its beginning; the history of racism in the United States that many of us were never taught in school; and the perpetuation of racism today.
The conference hosted workshops on the intersection of racial justice with militarism, care for the earth, immigration, Islamophobia, and criminal justice. The big event of the weekend was to join in public witness with the residents of the 900 block of N. Carrollton, Baltimore, Maryland and the No Boundaries Coalition for a block clean-up and a block party. The conference concluded with a beautiful liturgy and the presentation of the Teacher of Peace Award to Art Laffin.