Meeting Minutes – Aug. 26, 2014

Notes from Pax Christi St. Louis Meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In attendance: Wilma, Edna. Kathy, Richard, Tom and Laura, Heather, Mary Pat, John, Sr. Carla Mae, Carol, Margaret Mary.

Upcoming Events:

  • Labor Day 8:45 parade, meet in Christ Church Parking lot. Contact Sr. Carla Mae if you would like to participate. She will represent the Faith and Labor Alliance. They meet each 4th Thursday of the month at Maggie O’Brien’s.
  • Metropolitan Congregations United citywide gathering taking place this Thursday, 8/28/14 at St. Alphonsus The Rock Church. Focus on voter rights, Medicare expansion and the situation in Ferguson. They are a very effective group. They present out their agenda and then ask elected officials and executives to support. It is highly organized and public. Good for accountability. Agenda is all about peace and justice.
  • Town Hall meeting with Michel Martin in Ferguson. Doors open at 5:00 at Wellspring Church. From 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
  • There will be an introductory workshop on centering prayer, November 8, 2014, 9am-3pm at Grace Episcopal Church 514 E. Argonne (entrance off Madison Ave.), Kirkwood MO 63122. How does a Contemplative Lifestyle contribute to social justice? Speakers will be Fr. Rich Creason and Fr. Carl Scheble.
  • Charter of Compassion St Louis first Town Hall Meeting November13, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The next meeting will take place in the spring. As momentum builds, they will start to take place quarterly. More information can be found at: compassionatestl.org. This is a 10-year program.

Discussion about Ferguson

  • Commentary by Percy Green II was passed around.
  • What is the role of white people in Ferguson? John reported that he lives in Ferguson and restated the importance of white people being present. There are several meetings going on in Ferguson and we could try to encourage a Catholic presence through our network.
  • Maybe we could come up with a date and time to visit Ferguson and have a Catholic, peaceful presence.

Old Business

  • Kathy reported about the recent PCART meeting. Two people have expressed willingness to coming to St. Louis: Tom Cordaro and Cathy Woodson. Next steps: give Tom and Cathy some dates. The local group is responsible for transportation and lodging. They are also requesting an honorarium from the local group that would be given to Pax Christi USA. It would be a one-day, 7-hour seminar. Could be a good opportunity to reach out to high school and college campus chapters. It would be good to work with Clergy Coalition new chair of Interfaith Partnership. What about religious educators? Is there a way for this to count as CEUs? Maybe we could get some funding from religious communities to bring PCART here. We would need to raise about $1,200 for airfare and a small honorarium. Maybe set up a Go Fund Me site.
  • Contact high schools and young people who are open and willing to learn and need to have contact with people they have never had a chance to know.
  • It was decided to move forward with planning the PCART workshop in St. Louis, with some reservations that it not be focused only on the Pax Christi STL group, but opened up to the larger community.
  • Offer it as a service to Catholic educators in light of what is going on in Ferguson. Would be important for the representation to be a manifestation of who we want Pax Christi to be. This could have multiple benefits — most importantly to raise people’s conscience, but should also encourage people to join Pax Christi.
  • We will begin looking at dates in February and will work to have the date secured in time to start promoting it this fall.

The meeting ended at 8:40 pm.

Meeting Minutes May 27, 2014

Pax Christi Minutes – May 27, 2014

I. Workshop Follow-up

– comments from evaluations

– Small group ideas

– Javier and Leon suggested we evaluate the action strategies from the small groups

Our ideas for action:

– share stories of minorities in our community, Kathy volunteered to help

– short “meet your neighbor” column in the Archdiocese magazine, Laura to contact magazine editor

– encourage preachers to talk about race issues, esp. violence

– rides to polls for people who might not otherwise be able

– early voting petition (on ballot in november)

– no one is speaking out against the NRA

– support businesses that are paying their workers fairly

– communities communicating online; more difficult in disadvantaged neighborhoods where connectivity is hard

II. Charter of Compassion

May 21 was first public meeting at History Museum

– “connectors” who are passionate about an issue get together and share what each group has done

– Pax Christi’s action can be to get people from parishes, schools etc. involved with the compassion charter

III. Subcommittee on parish outreach project

– Need updated list of parishes from Mary Pat

IV. PCART Subcommittee

– proposed an anti-racism workshop possibly in October

– 2 PCART leaders would come all day on a Saturday

– We need to raise money for transportation to St. Louis and food

V. Climate Change Letter

– PC-STL supports it

– Need to make sure developing nations are remembered when working on solutions to climate change

VI. For the Sake of All

– Event this Friday, May 30 to unveil final data on African Americans in St. Louis

VII. Junior daughters and Junior Knights Event

– Christine requested handouts to put in the backpacks about Pax Christi

– approx 120 needed by June 10

– See if National has handouts for youth

VIII. Events

June 6 7pm – MO History Museum Movie, Freedom Summer, about civil rights in Mississippi 1964

Praise rally for young people

Thurs. 7:30am, Faith & Labor Alliance @ Maggie O’Briens

Meeting Minutes April 22, 2014

Pax Christi St Louis Meeting Notes
St Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church
April 22, 2014
7:00 pm
In attendance: Lucy, Gary t, Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Ida , Margaret-Mary, Sr. Carla Mae , Laura, Tom, Kathy, Wilma and Mary Pat
We started by gathering everyone’s contact information for a group roster, including name, address, e-mail address and phone numbers.
We started with a report on the workshop organized by Pax Christi USA, reaching out to Catholics of Color.  We then discussed what we could take from the successful workshop and apply to our local work.
Appreciations about the Workshop:
  • Frank and open discussion in the small groups. People had a lot to say about race in St. Louis.
  • Small groups were formed with representation from white, black and Latino/a groups. It broadened our minds to hear about things from people from other groups and helped us see what is similar. It was also great to give more exposure to Pax Christi.  True collaboration will take a long time, but it was a good beginning.
  • Sr. Patty was very direct that unless PC becomes more multi-cultural and diverse, PC won’t survive. There were about 25 people there, three priests.  Two members of the curia were there. Others were health care workers, educators, volunteers, some community workers. Good mix of people.
Where do we go from here?
  • Maybe we could we build on it. We’re all Catholic. If we got to know each other more, maybe we could support each other more.  It’s good to get good people together.
  • It would help if could maintain communication between groups. It makes a difference if we can support each other’s events/activities. Question is what means of communication. Over time it does wonders for the cohesion of groups.
  • We need some kind of communication to everyone from the workshop, asking about his or her expectations going forward. How could we continue the dialog? Maybe we need to try to get together on a Saturday some time.  A lot of people came because of the people who asked them to come. Some were probably just interested.
  • Maybe we should start showing up at events these other groups are having.
  • If Javier has wider vision of Latino community and find his parallel in the African American community, it would be helpful. Otherwise we would just be going around and around.  At the workshop, Leon Henderson and Javier are the two people who got people there. What if we invite Javier and Leon to come to a meeting to talk about how to move forward? Where do we go from here? Invite everybody who was at the meeting.
  • Start with the folks who had the common experience. Get the group together and ask how people would want to proceed.  Later, maybe invite a broader group of Catholic activists/service providers, get everybody around the table, give everyone 10 minutes to talk about what they are doing, what are their strengths and what are their deficits. Get to know each other.
  • PC USA didn’t articulate what they want to see come out of these meetings. Our sense is that they are just planting seeds in the community and leaving follow up to us locally.  Follow up with them about that.
Laura then raised the question about the direction of the group. We need an overarching goal or vision as to where we want to go as a group.  Ideally, what would we want to happen?
  • We decided to focus on anti-racism, but not sure how involved we really are on that issue at this point.
  • If we go back to Pax Christi’s 4 Priorities, there are two we are working on: Nonviolence, and Economic & Racial Justice. If we want to continue to work on those two issues, they would be relevant locally and still within the national priorities.
  • Heart of what we are working on is building relationships. Inviting others to become a part of this is part of the relationship building.
Laura challenged the group to get more specific:  What would Pax Christi STL do?
  • Build relationships and get to know people/be a convener, support people’s groups/celebrations. Build relationships and let the holy spirit work
  • Pax Christi STL exists to build relationships and collegiality/solidarity among peoples and groups to bring about a peaceful, just community.  Anything that helps people live with dignity and peace.  The North Star is relationship building.  When you build relationships, you take direction from people you are building relationships with. We should ask other people what they need. Do they need for us to picket? Sign a petition? Stand up for a community event? We need to be able to respond to that so that we can stand with you.  That would be something this city needs: A group that connects what this city is doing.
  • Maybe we should start doing some travelling, visiting other groups, trying to  find out what is going on. Ask what they need.  Make it part of every meeting: Where have you been, what groups have you been in contact with, and what do you have to tell us?  Everyone will have the responsibility to build relationships.
Logistics/Next Steps:
  • We should send any upcoming events to the following e-mail address and Laura could get it on the website.Facilitator@paxchrististl.org.
  • Follow up on the workshop, starting with Javier and Leon.
  • Decide what relationship we are going to start with. What group do we start with? Come with an idea —  what group would you like to learn more about? Or share whom you’re already working with.
  • Plan follow up two hour meeting at Ritter.
  • Kathy will see Javier and Leon next Monday, will talk with them.
  • Get the evaluations from the PC USA office.
  • Tell PC USA to have some sort of prepared sheet with questions for folks who attend the meeting.
  • Carla Mae sent letter drafted by Sr. Barbara Jennings’ letter.
  • Include subcommittees on the roster.

Latino Documentary at College Church

“HARVEST OF EMPIRE:The Untold Story of Latinos in America”
on Sunday, Nov 9th at 11:45 (after our 10:30 Mass)
in the College Church ballroom – light lunch included.

If anyone cooks – and would like to bring a dish – GREAT!

“Harvest of Empire: ” presents a punchy history of a seldom-explored basis for the “immigration crisis,” of Latin American emigration after U.S. interventions”

Harvest of Empire is a breakthrough documentary in the way it connects the historical interaction between the US and Latin America with the immigration debate. Using rarely seen newsreel footage and interviews with prominent migrants from countries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, the film puts a human face on an issue too often reduced to vulgar stereotyping. It has the effect of changing the discourse from one of “illegality” to “historical truth.”
Ed Morales, Univision News and Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race – See more at: http://harvestofempiremovie.com/articles/#sthash.SVUL9kEo.dpuf

A Weekend of Resistance

October 10 -13

Please join the Organization for Black Struggle, and Don’t Shoot Coalition members for  a weekend of demonstrations demanding racial justice in Ferguson, MO.  Events will include:

– Saturday, Oct 11th –  large mobilization march.

– Sunday, Oct 12 – local break out events, including a possible
Anti-Racism workshop hosted by the STL CW Anti-Racism Collective

Monday, October 13th –  multiple civil disobedience actions
throughout the area.

For more information see:  http://fergusonoctober.com/