Pax Christi Michigan
What is Pax Christi?
In a world that settles differences by armed violence or the threat of it, Pax Christi offers a nonviolent alternative. In a world that too often defines “justice” as “revenge,” Pax Christi dares to break the cycle of violence by fostering reconciliation. In a world where countries invest more money in weapons than in the well-being of their people, Pax Christi calls individuals to disarm their hearts and work toward a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons. Pax Christi is the national catholic peace movement of 14,000 members who are committed to the gospel imperative of nonviolence. Our membership includes: Over 550 religious communities; Over 450 parish sponsors; Over 140 bishops; over 130 Youth and Young Adult Forum members; approximately 230 Pax Christi local groups; and 18 regions that coordinate activities in their geographic areas.
Pax Christi embraces four priorities:
Spirituality of Nonviolence and Peacemaking Pax Christi USA promotes Christian nonviolence on the personal, communal, national and international levels. Believing in the gospel call to conversion as found in the Beatitudes, Pax Christi USA denounces and resists the evils of violence while striving to reflect the Peace of Christ.
Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reconciliation with Justice Pax Christi USA members promote nuclear, conventional and domestic disarmament, an end to the international arms trade, economic conversion to a non-military economy, conscientious objection, and nonviolent alternatives to war. Pax Christi USA promotes the just reconciliation of enemies through the United Nations and other channels.
Economic and Interracial Justice in the United States Pax Christi USA joins the struggle against economic injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction which are particularly harmful to those who are poor, minorities, children, and women. Pax Christi USA works toward eliminating racist structures in the Catholic Church and the country, working toward equality of all people.
Human Rights and Global Restoration Pax Christi USA promotes universal human rights, both at home and abroad, through solidarity with oppressed and marginalized people struggling for dignity. Pax Christi USA rejects every form of political and economic domination over others and fosters a reverence for all creation.
Purpose: Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates the primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.
Pax Christi USA commits itself to peace education and, with the help of its bishop members, promotes the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States. Through the efforts of all its members and in cooperation with other groups, Pax Christi USA works toward a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
You do not need to be Catholic, or of any particular faith or spiritual tradition to join us....All are welcome who share our priorities of peace & justice through nonviolence!