UK: Pax Christi UK has annual gathering in Nottingham


from Independent Catholic News

9/6/18 - They came from Sussex, Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool, Abingdon, Leicester, Salford, London, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Lincoln and beyond, Pax Christi members and supporters attending the Annual Gathering of Pax Christi in Nottingham on 2 June.

They heard chair Holly Ball outline a time of transition and long-term planning as the movement prepares for the retirement of its General Secretary, Pat Gaffney, in spring 2019 and a change in its Peace Education work when Matt Jeziorski leaves this summer.

The movement is in a stable financial position and planning will include a commitment to develop a theology and practice of active nonviolence; the strengthening of peacemaking communities around the country and a deepening of Pax Christi's work with teachers, chaplains and schools. Pax Christi currently has 1,100 members who contribute around 15% of income and 1,700 supporters, mostly parishes, who support the annual Peace Sunday appeal to the tune of around £102,000, 43% of income. Administrator, Fausta Valentine, thanked members for their ideas and engagement in their own parishes on Peace Sunday.

Pax Christi team member Valerie Flessati spoke of plans to commemorate the lives of Catholic COs from the FWW on 2 October, International Day of Nonviolence and of joint work in preparation for Remembrance Day that will enable parishes and groups to raise a much-needed commitment to peaceamaking in this season. A new logo/image has been created entitled 'No More War: Let's make peace happen'.

Pax Christi's on-line shop attracts much attention and new nonviolence resources, including Choosing Peace - the Catholic church and Gospel nonviolence were presented...

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