USA: Building the Beloved Community workshop in New York led by Pax Christi USA
(from the Albany Times Union, USA)
Two nuns who led a retreat in the Capital District last year about the sin of racism are returning this month to present a two-day workshop, Building the Beloved Community: Racism and Beyond.
Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA and Sr. Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Director of Programs at Pax Christi USA, will be at First Church, 110 North Pearl Street in Albany on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. The program is hosted by FOCUS Churches of Albany.
In 1999, Pax Christi undertook a 20-year initiative to transform itself into an anti-racist, multicultural Catholic peace and justice movement.
In an interview with Wisdom Voices, Sr. Patricia said, “Racism still exists – people want to say it doesn’t, but institutional racism exists. What we’re trying to do is specifically partner with our members of color and communities of color to work together on how to solve these issues.”
“We here at Pax Christi USA are still struggling with how do we implement this,” she said in the interview. “We know that for years PCUSA has been a predominately white, male Catholic movement. In order for us to become more authentic we have to allow the universality of the Church to enter into PCUSA. We must realize whose presence has ben [sic] missing in our organization and begin to aggressively invite people of color to look at PCUSA and to partner with us to move towards economic and racial equality.”...