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Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 6:30 PM EST

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Join Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore for our 16th Annual Peacemaker of the Year celebration, honoring Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn is a prominent figure in Catholic peace advocacy, with a strong focus on just peace, care for the poor, environmental stewardship, and gospel nonviolence. As Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, she leads the Office’s commitment to the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. She is a dedicated human rights advocate, championing causes like Guantanamo inmates and migrant rights, often participating in civil disobedience actions.

Susan recently returned from a human rights mission in the Philippines and has shared her experiences in conferences and webinars. She has spoken at Fire Drill Friday climate rallies alongside Jane Fonda and has accompanied refugees in meetings with Congress members

Her visionary leadership empowers her team to prioritize listening to affected voices, challenging prevailing policy narratives, and advocating for nonviolence, racial equity, economic justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

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

Interfaith in Action

Attending my first Parliament of the World's Religions conference was a deeply enriching experience. This conference served as a powerful reminder of the importance of interfaith dialogue in today's world. In a time when division often takes precedence, the Parliament provided a remarkable platform for diverse religious and spiritual traditions to come together, fostering mutual respect, cooperation, and harmony.

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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.


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. . . .


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.”