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.
- 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.
- 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.