Nonviolence Skills Training on April 22

Our thanks to those who responded to our recent survey about nonviolence skills training. The clear favorite was Active Bystander Intervention and De-escalation, which we will offer via Zoom on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break for lunch. Experienced facilitators from the DC Peace Team will lead the training. Click here for the program flyer and here for a description of the training.

All spaces have been taken, but the DC Peace Team is offering the same class a week later on April 29. Registration fee is on a sliding scale. Click here to register. (PCMDCB is covering the fees for our April 22 session.)

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

Prayer and Action for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

The papal intention for the month of September is: “That the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.” To see a two-minute video of the Pope’s prayer message about this, go to The Catechism of the Catholic Church states clearly

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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.”