Nov 16, 2019 Peacemaker of the Year Dinner and Annual Meeting

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Date: November 16, 2019
Place: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 
Arlington, VA (Father Ray Hall)
Membership Meeting: 4:30
Mass: 5:30
Peacemaker of the Year Award Dinner: 6:30
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This year's recipient: Paul Magno

Paul believes that the Martin Luther King, Jr. articulation of the “giant triplets of racism, militarism and extreme materialism” remains compelling over 50 years after King’s murder and suggests that what we often analyze as structural injustice is a complex and comprehensive tapestry of violence plaguing and deforming virtually every aspect of life on Earth.

His own background centered in many years' participation in the Catholic Worker movement, Paul has worked with and supported many causes in the past (notably its solidarity with Puerto Rico’s liberation movement), and has spent his career advocating for the poor and marginalized. He is a resident of Baltimore’s Jonah House, a 45-year-old faith-based community committed to nonviolent resistance to war and kindred oppressions.

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

Standing on the Side of Love

Since I retired, most days I walk to morning Mass. And almost every time, just outside the chapel, I pass a car with a bumper sticker that says, “Vote Left and You’ll Lose Your Religious Freedom.”

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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.”