2020 Peacemaker of the Year Award

If you missed our 13th annual Peacemaker of the Year Award Ceremony honoring our 2020 award winner Malachy Kilbride, Executive Director of the  National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and longtime peace activist, you can view the event below.

We had a great lineup of speakers, including Mairead Maguire, winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize,  and Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International.

Monthly Reflection

We have new monthly reflection from our Council member, Charlene Howard. It is a timely reflection on the storming of the Capitol on January 6th, the reactions of the high school juniors she was teaching, and how to turn this event into positive energy for change.

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Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore is a region of Pax Christi USA, a national section of Pax Christi International. Rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, we witness to Jesus’ teaching and example of nonviolence, rejecting war and affirming the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.

Monthly Reflection

WHAT TO TELL THEM?

On Thursday, January 7th, I made an abrupt about face in my lesson plan to lend time for the juniors in the Social Justice course to talk about what took place at the Capitol the day before. Upon my request, a few early arrivals searched the internet for footage of that day’s events so that it could be posted in the chat or on our Google Classroom page for their classmates’ convenience. As students trickled in they were instructed that after viewing the video, there would be an opportunity for them to share comments, feelings, etc., as we discuss...

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Priorities

Human Dignity

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred. Our passion for peace is rooted in respect for life. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops summarizes the proud tradition of Catholic Social Teaching under seven themes. Life and Dignity of the Human Person is listed first, as the foundation of all succeeding principles and “the foundation of a moral vision for society.” Abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, and war are cited together as violations of our God-given dignity.

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Nuclear Weapons

The time has come for new thinking on how to challenge complacency surrounding the belief in nuclear deterrence. Changed circumstances bring new responsibilities for decision-makers. The apparent benefits that nuclear deterrence once provided have been compromised, and proliferation results in grave new dangers. The time has come to embrace the abolition of nuclear weapons as an essential foundation of collective security. . . .

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Just Peace

“No one has greater love,” Jesus said, than “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13), not “to kill others for one’s friends.”

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