Meeting Minutes Jan 2015

Pax Christi STL Meeting

January 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
St. Alphonsus Liguori “The Rock” Church
In attendance: Kathy, Laura and Tom , Fr. Jim, Wilma, Carla Mae , Gary, Carol, Mary Pat.
We will stay with Tuesdays for the next three meetings, February 10 and March 10 and April 14.
  • World Religion Readings starting Jan. 28:  Muslims, Jews and Christians participate on Wednesday, 12:10-1:30 for seven Wednesdays, from January 28 through March 8 at The Aquinas Institute. Anyone is welcome.
  • College Church has contacted The Rock Church about collaborating on an initiative on race. Perhaps starting a dialog with a screening of Selma.  More information forthcoming and Kathy will pass it along as it develops.
  • PCART workshop on March 14 at the Wash U Catholic Student Center
    • Will be an all day workshop with two speakers from Chicago (Tom Cordaro) and Richmond, VA (Cathy Woodson).  8:30am – 5pm
    • Biggest task now is to fundraise for the workshop.  We received letterhead from PCUSA and we need everyone to send out at least one letter.
    • Laura will talk to the Archdiocese.
    • Let Laura know whom you will be soliciting.
o Jim already received a commitment of $100 from the Dominican Friars.
o Anna Sandidge has already pledged $500 from the CSJ justice ministry.
o Mary Pat will send a letter to St. Cronan’s.
o Wilma will send a letter to Drury Inn. Idea: One benefit to Drury for supporting the event is we could use their notepads and pens.
o Carol will send a letter to the Benedictines
o Sr. Carla Mae will send a letter to Richard DeBona and the pastor of College Church.
o Kathy and Wilma will request from The Rock.
o We need a volunteer to look into the Vatterott Foundation.
o Carol will send a letter to Most Holy Trinity parish.
o Need to volunteer to contact Sisters of Mercy
o Laura will send a letter to School Sisters of Notre Dame.  Paulette Zimmerman is the social justice coordinator.
o Need a volunteer to look into NCCJ.
o Need a volunteer to contact Incarnate Word Foundation
o Someone should call Marie Kenyon. Not sure if she has a budget, but we are asking for $100.  (Laura will attempt)  If anyone know her personally – please let me know
    • The letter on letterhead should be in our e-mail tomorrow. We can use that as a base and customize it for our contacts.
    • Food:  They would like us to do it in a way that requires the least amount of time, so box lunches or something quick.  Kathy  coordinating food.
• Mary Pat will oversee the budget.
• Need to figure out how much to reimburse per mile, perhaps .56/mile.
• Need to clarify how Cathy is to handle getting her ticket.

Notes about March 14 Workshop

  • Everyone who participates needs to commit for the entire session. 8:30am – 5pm
  • Need to decide whether to invite young people – can they really commit to the whole session?
  • Sr. Carla Mae expressed that we should be explicit about the requirements.
  • Ask John and Rob about their peers at other high schools. Could they recommend kids?  Need to put together a one-pager on what the event is and what is required so the students know what they are getting into.
  • Ask the history museum about using some of their resources on the history of race relations in St Louis.
  • We will make the meeting all on Saturday (as opposed to breaking it up between Friday night and Saturday).
  • We need name tags
  • What outcome do we want from this workshop?
o Increase our own understanding of racism
o See the possibility of ripple effects — Participants share the information. Challenge participants to give one presentation.
o What does it mean in a sustained manner, an ongoing response to Ferguson.
o Do more intentional outreach to people of color to join PC USA to help us do our anti-racism work.
  • What do we want to call this workshop? Something to do with sustained, systemic change. Suggestions below:
o Peace begins with Me; A Pax Christi Anti-Racism Workshop
o Resisting Racism in St. Louis

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm

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