June 2018 Meeting
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Come at 6:00 for a simple supper and conversation
Meeting begins at 7:00
First timers, for questions or directions, call 214-357-2173
The highlight of our June meeting will be the new documentary: The Nuns, The Priests and the Bomb by award winning filmmaker, Helen Young.
Pax Christi Dallas will be the only place in Texas where this has been seen, so far.
Notre Dame screened it in the spring semester and will do so again in the fall. Fordham has scheduled it for October, and two other Jesuit universities are looking at it for the fall, Georgetown and Loyola (I don’t know which one).
We will use the screening process recommended by the the filmmaker for small discussion groups, watching the first half, about 50 minutes leaving time for discussion, then watch the second half at our July meeting.
If you would like to add anything to the agenda or have announcements, please email.
Please let us know if you will be attending in order to plan for seating as we may have some who are not regular attendees present for this meeting.
May 2018 Meeting
Our fourth Wednesday meeting is coming up this week, May 23rd.
We will finish the discussion of Daniel Ellsberg’s book, The Doomsday Machine, covering chapters 14 through 21. Five members have volunteered to take a chapter or so to summarize and pose questions. We have had excellent discussions on the first part of the book.
Come at 6:00 for a simple supper and conversation. Meeting begins at 7:00.
Time permitting, we can have a discussion on the Dr. Ira Helfand event last Wednesday. See below for notes on that presentation.
AND a brief report on Pax Christi Texas March conference.
If you have anything to add to the agenda or announcements, please let me know.
First timers, please email by reply or call me at 214-357-2173 for location, and other information.—Joyce Hall
Notes from Dr. Ira Helfand event, May 16, 2018
After the nuclear non-proliferation treaties, we acted as if the danger had gone, but this is a miscalculation—-the weapons are still with us.
Here are factors that have changed.
· Geopolitical situation between the U.S. and Russia is worse than ever.
· U. S Chinese relations are worse than ever.
· There is very tense economic competition around the world and military near misses are very dangerous.
· Korea—not out of the woods. Not necessarily designed for military peace.
· India/Pakistan—-fought four wars. Kashmir fighting every day; can easily escalate and would almost certainly inflate to nukes.
· Iran—confrontation could be catastrophic
· Cyberterrorism—Hack into command and control system; convince them that they are under attack
· Climate change—massive movements of people, fighting over land.
A huge educational campaign is necessary.
There is talk in some quarters of a limited nuclear war which could be a threat to the entire planet.
Example: India/Pakistan—–1st week-20 million will die; causing firestorms with world wide climate destruction.
There are 1000 warheads on hair trigger alert. The president has unchecked authority to destroy the world.
We need desperately to try:
Abandon money spent on nukes, set forth a timetable and have a group to oversee.
This is a step to secure our own security. Three years to turn arms race around—-Already did it once with the ‘Freeze’ program and we can do it again.
Q and A
What about getting corporations on board. There are a few corporations in ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons)—won the Nobel Peace prize in July 1917. 120 countries have signed on to the resolution but it requires 50 countries to ratify it. The U.S. is leaning on some countries to not ratify, but thinks we are on a good trajectory to get the fifty, but it may take a while longer that first anticipated because countries have to go through a process.
Nine countries have nuclear weapons, but 95 percent are in the U.S. and Russia.
The media is resistant to cover this, so it’s not on most people’s radar screen as they have not been given the information.
China stopped at 300. They decided that 300 could destroy the world so why make more.
But their policy is beginning to change and we are not sure why.
First Use Policy—–The U.S. has never had a no first use policy, and have threatened to use them several times, i.e. Formosa Straits, North Korea, Iran in 1978.
The U.S. has a terrible track record here. We have them to threaten other countries and this is fully and widely understood in the rest of the world.
Use for deterrence—some element of truth, but doesn’t guarantee they won’t be used. Deterrence can fail completely in so many different situations
During the cold are, we were prepared to use.
We were saved only because we were lucky. Luck cannot continue to prevent a nuclear war. It is hard to understand how we have been so lucky. It can’t last forever. At some point they will be used intentionally or by accident or by cyber attack.
Those of us who have nukes are living in a fantasy world. We need to be aggressive about education and insisting that this be reversed. It seems impossible but it happened before in three years between Gorbachev and Reagan who had been enemies and then came together to talk about the understanding that we either eliminate nuclear weapons or they will eliminate us.
We must get young people into the movement but how to get them in the door??
SGI-Buddhist youth group met with Dr. Helfand in the afternoon and they were enthusiastic about devising a way.
Money is a big issue, but people who think that making and keeping nuclear weapons will spend anything if they think they will protect them and their children. It may take our children to educate us and lead the way.
We tell people to get rid of their nukes, like Libya, but countries like North Korea have seen what happened to Libya when they did—-we attacked them. We also attacked Iraq because we didn’t believe they had nukes. We are sending a message to the rest of the world—-have nukes or we might invade you. It is the exact opposite of what we say we want to do.
We meet at summits with countries that have nukes. Constantly sending messages that it’s good to have them.
We have become more and more complacent about permanent war.
We have a very distorted economy—–much depends on war.
9/11 was a cover for the military to invade other countries.
New project from Physicians for Social Responsibility—–Back from the Brink
Go to this website to learn more about this project and learn more about how you might get involved:
Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War
We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by: Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first ending the sole, unchecked
authority of any President to launch a nuclear attack takkng U.S. nuclear weapons
off hair-trigger alert cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with
enhanced weapons actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed
states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
April 2018 Meeting
At our April 25 meeting, we will continue the discussion of Daniel Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine, pages 90 through the end of the first section. Five people will be responsible for certain chapters, but we will not be giving a review of each chapter as we have for other books. So as you read, highlight the parts that you think are important enough for dicussion — or an overall brief reflection on the chapter. As always, even if you don’t have an opportunity to get all of it read, do come and join in the discussion.
In addition, Joan, Carolyn and I will be giving a brief report on the Pax Christi Texas Conference in Houston in March with Paul K. Chappell.
Come at six for soup and conversation. We will begin the meeting at 7:00.
Any first-timers, please call for location, etc. 214-357-2173 or reply to this email.
If you would like to add something to the agenda or have an announcement, please let me know ahead of time, if possible.
Please respond if you are coming.
March 2018 Meeting
Our next Pax Christi meeting, Wednesday, March 28, is more of a special event—-really special.
Four Russian Women are visiting Dallas that week in a program called
Russians Meet Mainstream America, part of a month long visit to the U.S.
We will be hosting all four, March 28 for a PotLuck Supper from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
At my home, 4330 Crowley Drive, Dallas 75229
After dinner, there will be plenty of time for round table discussions about
Americans and Russians, and how we understand each other—-or not!
It is short notice, but because of numbers we would like to have your RSVP
By this Thursday, March 22
You may reply to this email or call at 214-357-2173
Also, if you would like to contribute a food item for the dinner, please let me know.
February 2018 Meeting
The February meeting of Pax Christi will be on Wednesday the 28th.
Come at 6:00 for a simple supper, meeting begins at 7:00.
We will be discussing the first five chapters of Daniel Ellsberg’s book, The Doomsday Machine.
If you haven’t read it, come anyway, but do make the effort if you can—–we would like to have your contribution to the conversation.
Please reply if you are coming, either to this email or call 214-357-2173.
Look forward to a good meeting and much discussion.
If you want to add anything to the agenda or have an announcement, please reply or bring with you.
Hope to see you on Wednesday,
January 2018 Meeting
Dear Pax Christi Members and Friends,
At our January 24th meeting, in keeping with the MLK holiday, we will be watching the address by Sr. Patricia Chappell, director of Pax Christi USA, to the Ignatian Family Tech-In annual assembly on November 8, 2017. This is on racism from a different perspective. You will not want to miss this. It runs about 40 minutes. And we hope to have some special guests with us.
Also, Carolyn Bentley will present a proposal to our group to join the Pace e Bene Nonviolent Cities Project with the intention of working toward making Dallas a Nonviolent City by collaborating with other nonviolent groups and starting a movement. She will tell us how it works and give us some ideas for networking. Go to their website if you would like to learn something more about the project before the meeting.
There will be a short report on the January 9 steering committee.
The regular format is to arrive at 6:00 for light supper and conversation. The meeting begins at 7:00. Please let me know if you will be coming so we will know how many chairs and servings in the soup pot.
Also, if you have anything you would like to have added to the agenda or have an announcement for upcoming events/actions, please let me know ahead of time if you can.
THEN, (advanced notice) at our February 28th meeting, we will start a book discussion. The book is Daniel Ellsberg’s new book, The Doomsday Machine. We believe that this is very timely due to the fact that the UN has just passed a treaty for the eradication of nuclear weapons and Pax Christi International is doing so much work with the Vatican on this subject. Also, perhaps to inspire us even further is the new film, The Post, about Daniel Ellsberg’s exposing the Pentagon Papers.
Here is a blurb from the book:
Framed as a memoir—a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating—this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistle-blower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful—and powerfully important—book about not just our country, but the future of the world.
So, this advance notice will give you a chance to get a copy of the book and start reading. We will discuss the first five chapters at our February meeting.
Some other issues will be covered at this meeting, so the book discussion will not take up the entire time.
*** March meeting, people to people delegation, four women from Russia to be in Dallas. We may be able to host an event for them.
October 2017 Meeting
Just a reminder that we meet this Wednesday for Pax Christi. BUT we will gather at 5:30 because of a Webinar that begins at 6:00. See information below. If you have not already responded that you are coming, please do so.
See you then,
For our October Pax Christi meeting, we will be gathering earlier because we will be watching the third Webinar sponsored by the Korea Collaborative (a group of large Peace Groups from across the nation). This one is titled:
On the Brink of War: Peace Activists in South Korea and Japan Respond.
It will begin at 6:00 pm on the dot and go for one hour. So please try to arrive by about 5:30. We can fix our plates and watch in the den on the big screen. We will be watching it live through the internet. Then we can have our regular meeting after the webinar.
We’ll have a few items of business and some letter/postcard writing. Please bring additional agenda items and announcements of upcoming events/actions.
If time allows, we have a new film, a documentary that runs for 80 minutes.
The Great White Hoax, featuring acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. The film’s primary focus is Donald Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign for the presidency. But it widens its scope to show how Trump’s charged rhetoric about African-Americans, Latinos, and Muslims fits within a long standing historical pattern, offering a stunning survey of how racism and racial scapegoating have shaped American politics for centuries. The Great White Hoax is an ideal resource for courses that look at race relations, white privilege, the intersectionality of race, class, and gender identities, presidential politics, and political propaganda.
Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent anti-racist writers and activists. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Between Barak and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama, and most recently, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.
Please respond if you are coming or call at 214-357-2173 if you are a first-timer and need place and directions.
September 2017 Meeting
Reminder of the September Pax Christi meeting on Wednesday, the 27th.
We will be discussing three timely issues that members have brought to the fore for information and possible participation/involvement.
Also we will watch a new documentary:
The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States
We come together (regular meeting place) at 6:00 for food and conversation (hope to cover most of the issues during this time)
Meeting and film (84 minutes) begins at 7:00 with discussion afterward.
Please let me know if you will be coming.
For newcomers, please email or call 214-357-2173 for location and directions.
We do have a website: Paxchristidallas.org
Take a look. If you have any suggestions for additions (it is still in process) please contact me or Laura.
Look forward to seeing you this coming Wednesday.
August 2017 Meeting
Our next Pax Christi gathering will be Wednesday, August 23 at the regular meeting place.
As usual, we gather for a simple meal at 6:00. Since it’s still so hot, bring a salad of any kind to share, or whatever you have to offer. If you don’t have a chance to do that, come anyway, there is always plenty.
Our meeting begins at 7:00 and we will see a talk by Paul Chappell, an international peace educator. He serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Paul graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a captain.
Please submit your agenda items and/or announcements for the meeting. We have much to discuss.
If you are coming, please respond to this message or call 214-357-2173, so we will know how many to expect. First timers, please call to get location and directions.
Looking forward to Wednesday and a very good meeting.
July 2017 Meeting
This Wednesday, July 26 is our monthly Pax Christi meeting.
Everyone seemed to love the salad supper last month and because it’s so hot will repeat that plan. So bring a salad of any kind to share for our simple supper at 6:00 pm.
Our meeting will begin at 7:00.
Also, bring with you the issue/issues having to do with peace and justice that are near and dear to your heart——issues that are the most pressing perhaps and be prepared to say a little about them. No big presentation, just what and why will do unless you want to say more.
Regular meeting place.
If you are a first-timer call me at 214-357-2173 for directions and more information.
Looking forward to gathering this week.
June 2017 Meeting
Our agenda will include watching a film from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. It was part of a March, 2017 conference entitled ‘Daniel Berrigan and the Spirituality of Prophecy’. This segment is a presentation by Robert Ellsberg who for many years was the editor of Orbis Books and now is their publisher. His is an especially good presentation.
This is the site for that one along with some others, including Liz McAlister, widow of Phil Berrigan, and also Fr. Ron Rolheiser:
We will also spend some time debriefing the film at the Angelika on May 24th, 30 Seconds to Midnight. The filmmaker is now breaking the film up into short segments on different subjects to be used for educational purposes.
As time allows we will discuss some structural and focus issues with our group. Hope to have some really good input.
This month, instead of soup we are asking everyone to bring a small salad to share——any kind. It’s summertime, so something cool would be appropriate.
We meet as usual for food and conversation at 6:00 and meeting starts at 7:00.
For newcomers, please call me at 214-357-2173 for questions and or directions.
Please let me know if you plan to attend.
April 2017 Meeting
The date is April 26 (fourth Wednesday as usual). Again, gathering at 6:00 for soup and a simple supper. Our meeting begins at 7:00.
There will be a short follow-up discussion on the effort to refocus on Nonviolence in church teaching and the program effort by Pax Christi International. Next, we will see a short (20 minute) documentary about children traveling from Central America to the U.S. in search of their families.
We will put some energy into our May project—the showing of a new film at the Angelika on May 24. The filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will be with us that evening for a Q & A after the film. This is a big deal, so please be thinking about how to get information to lots of people. It will be free and open to the public, so cost will not be a hindrance. Much to talk about. the title of the film is 30 Seconds to Midnight. It’s brand new. Don’t confuse with another entitled 3 Minutes to Midnight.
If you have anything else you would like to place on the agenda, please feel free to do so. Also, any announcements of coming events, etc. Please let me know if you are coming. And if you are a first timer and need directions to my house, call 214-357-2173.
You will want to know that the husband of one of our long-time members, Margaret Gillett died a few days ago. His service will be in May. Will send that out when I have more information.
Some of you might want to know about and perhaps attend the luncheon and presentation by Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst under seven presidents, and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. His specialty is Russia and still keeps up with that. That will be on May 3 at the Belo. Tickets are 40.00. If you are interested, let me know and I will forward more information to you.
March 2017 Meeting
Don’t forget, it’s the fourth Wednesday of the month this week, March 21.
We have several things on the agenda as well as plan to watch an 18-minute film by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey.
She is a prize-winning journalist and author. She tells of her experience following the same three-month trek on foot as many children going through Mexico from Central America.
Also, Susan Sporl, Ann Sansone and I will give a report on the Pax Christi Texas conference in Houston this past weekend. Lots of good information including the ongoing Catholic Nonviolent Initiative at the Vatican.
Come at 6:00 for soup and a light supper with conversation, etc. Our meeting starts at 7:00.
Let me know if you are coming
First timers call me at 214-357-2173 for place and directions.
January 2017 Meeting
Our first meeting of the year for Pax Christi Dallas will be on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
This gathering will be very important. We need your input as we organize and focus for the coming year. There are many things happening right now and we can have a positive influence with some planning and action. You are very important and we need you to be present for the discussion.
First of all, we need to decide just what that our main focus will be for the year. One very important issue right now is nuclear weapons, especially as tensions increase between NATO and Russia. There is a lot going on, much that we are not aware of, so we would like to educate ourselves and others about these issues.
Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International are both focusing on nuclear weapons as well as the broader issue of non-violence. Pax Christi International was one of the two actors in setting up the nonviolence conference at the Vatican. Much is now coming from that meeting, including the final document called “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.” (http://www.paxchristi.net/sites/default/files/documents/appeal-to-catholic-church-to-recommit-to-nonviolence.pdf) Also Marie Dennis, co-director of Pax Christi International, will be the speaker for our Pax Christi Texas conference in Houston on March 11. Perhaps there is a program or a partnership we can develop locally to help carry on this work of the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Secondly we would like input on and help with the Pax Christi Dallas website. Sometime in the next few days, go to our website: http://www.paxchristidallastx.org/
The postings are a bit behind and we are asking for recommendations for the site. What do you think should be posted on the site? How can it be improved? Do you want to a help?
Thirdly, what does it mean for Pax Christi Dallas that we have a new bishop in the Dallas Diocese? How might we nurture that relationship?
We need some good suggestions and discussion here. Might it be possible to get the U.S. Bishops to write a new peace pastoral, one that does not allow for nuclear weapons for deterrence?
And finally, we know it is important to be aware of current peace and justice actions and to be connected to other peace and justice groups. As usual our meetings also work as a clearing house for important issues and actions having to do with peace and justice. Lots of things fit under those categories. So bring that information with you. If you cannot come, pass the information along so it can be part of the announcements on our agenda.
There are lots of things going on now in the area that we all want to be aware of:
For one, take note of the Sunday, January 29 event sponsored by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center. Medea Benjamin and Col. Ann Wright will be in Dallas for a program. There will be a dinner with the speaking event. Go to the website of the DPJC for more information and to make a reservation if you would like to attend. I have a feeling they are going to sell out with these two women as the program.
DPJC committees are being formed and gearing up for the year with discussions and planning on being ready for the actions of the new national administration. One such group has already met twice having to do with treatment of Muslims and other people considered as outsiders by some.
So, spend some time thinking in the next few days about what input you might have for the Wednesday night meeting. We will gather, as usual at 6:00 pm for soup (a light meal) and conversation. Then the meeting begins at 7:00 pm. Email or call if you can come. Call for directions if this is your first time to meet with us. Phone is 214-357-2173.
Please let us know if you are coming. If you haven’t been attending, consider this as one of your new involvements for 2017. Bring a friend. Hope to see a large group of you here on the 25th.
October 2016 Meeting
This month, October, Pax Christi will be meeting on the third Wednesday, October 19, instead of our regular day, the fourth Wednesday. So please make note of this change.
We will continue our discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy. If you couldn’t make it in September, come in October and we will catch you up. We will be covering chapters 6-10, using these discussion questions as our guide. Discussion Questions: just-mercy-discussion-questions
Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy, the book we are discussing, is going to be speaking at SMU on 10/13. There is a free lecture at 4:30 (though you have to register at smu.edu/smureads). The event is in McFarlin Auditorium. He is also the Tate Lecturer that night.
Also, Laura sent this interview with Michelle Alexander which is very pertinent to what we’re reading about in the book. Think you might be interested in this.
A conversation with the civil rights law scholar Michelle Alexander on how to dismantle the mass incarceration crisis in the U.S.
Hope to see you on the 19th.
September 2016 Meeting
We stopped meeting over the summer after a fire at Joyce Hall’s home. Fortunately, we will be able to start again in September, finally starting our discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.
We will gather for food and conversation at 6:00; the meeting will begin at 7:00. If you want to add anything to the agenda, please let Joyce know. If you cannot attend, but want to make an announcement, please send that ahead of time.
We need to know if you will be coming, so please reply if you are. We will meet at the regular place, the Hall household. If you are new, please call for information and directions, 214-357-2173.
On September 28, our Pax Christi group will begin the discussion of Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. We hope to cover the first five chapters. Here are the discussion questions we will be using:
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Discussion Questions, from Study Guide Prepared by Melissanne Scheld, September 2014
Chapter 1 – Mockingbird Players
1. How did Stevenson’s background prepare him for law school?
2. In the introduction, he discusses his grandmother’s background and what impact that had on his career choices. How important are our backgrounds to our career choices?
3. What famous novel was written in Monroe County, AL, and how is it relevant to Just Mercy?
4. In what ways ‘Alabama’s economic policies disadvantage the state’s African American population?
5. Why was Ralph Myers considered to be so trustworthy by the Monroe County police department?
Chapter 2 – Stand
1. Does your state have Stand Your Ground laws? Do you support them?
2. Stevenson wished he had been more assertive with the police while they were illegally searching his car. Do you think that would have been effective? How would you recommend someone respond in a similar situation?
3. Do you think the police officers acted appropriately? How else might they have approached the situation?
4. Likewise, did their supervisors respond fairly to Stevenson’s official complaint?
5. How did the senior citizen attending Stevenson’s church lecture earn his “medals of honor”?
Chapter 3 – Trials and Tribulations
1. What is the importance of the 1986 Batson v. Kentucky ruling?
2. How does diversity in a jury affect its deliberations?
3. If you were in Chestnut or Boynton’s position, would you have tried to move the trial?
4. Who were some of Walter McMillian’s most important allies?
5. In your opinion, who is most to blame for Walter’s conviction?
6. Walter was both poor and black. Do you think his story would have played out the same if he had been wealthy and white?
Chapter 4 – The Old Rugged Cross
1. Describe the 1982 Supreme Court ruling related to death penalty appeals. What impact did that have across the country?
2. When do judge overrides increase and for what reason?
3. Define the 2002 Supreme Court case of Atkins v. Virginia.
4. Alabama’s capital statute requires that murder be intentional in order for a defendant to be eligible for the death penalty. Why is this relevant in Richardson’s case?
5. Richardson was a U.S. war veteran who suffered tremendous mental trauma while serving our nation. How should that be factored into his defense?
6. What is “untimely” evidence? Was this a fair ruling, in your opinion, in Stevenson’s appeals filing?
7. Richardson remarks on the frequent offers of help from the prison staff during his final day. What do you make of these offers?
8. At this point in Just Mercy, Stevenson’s legal defense center is seriously underfunded while also highly in demand. Not many people would have the stamina to continue facing the major challenges he is facing. What impact does Richardson’s execution have on him? How would you feel in his position?
Chapter 5 – Of the Coming of John
1. What is the origin of this chapter’s name?
2. While Stevenson is meeting Walter’s family, do you think he is confident Walter will be free? How would you handle that situation?
3. How is the relationship between Stevenson and Walter changing? What does the author cite as an important activity for lawyers to do when defending death row prisoners? Why?
4. Why does it annoy Stevenson that To Kill a Mockingbird is a point of pride in Monroeville?
5. How would you characterize Stevenson’s mood at the end of this chapter?
6. Based only on what you know up to this point, are you hopeful for Walter’s release?
Do hope you can make it. It’s a wonderful book. Bryan appeared and spoke at the book fair at the Dallas main public library in April.
April 2016 Meeting
This is a reminder for our upcoming meeting on Wedneday, April 27.
In keeping with our focus on racism we will watch the DVD of Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas who was one of the keynote speakers at the national Call to Action meeting in Milwaukee in November. See below for more information about her.
So, as usual, gather for food and conversation at 6:00 and meeting will begin at 7:00. If you want to add anything to the agenda, please let me know. If you cannot attend, but want to make an announcement, please send that ahead of time.
We need to know if you will be coming, so please reply if you are.
Meeting at the regular place, the Hall household. If you are new, please call for information and directions. 214-357-2173.
Look forward to our gathering and to a good program.—Joyce Hall
The Speaker on Video: Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Title: Stand Your Ground: A Call to Action
Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is an Episcopal priest and serves as the Director of the Religion Program at Goucher College. A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Dr. Douglas has been a pioneer in addressing sexual issues in the black religious community where she is an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights. Widely published, Dr. Douglas has authored numerous books, including her most recent, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.
Just a little heads up for the May meeting, we will start the discussion on Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy. If you don’t already have the book, you might want to get a copy and start reading. Bryan will be speaking at the book fair in Dallas on the last Saturday in April if you have a chance to go to that. The book is on our criminal justice system and has gotten wonderful reviews, will make for a good discussion. We will be taking two meetings to do that.
March 2016 Meeting
There will be a change of venue and program for our Pax Christi March 23 meeting. We are co-sponsoring the Texas Syrian Refugee Crisis program to be held at SMU Law School in Karcher Auditorium of Story Hall at the corner of Daniel and Hillcrest, northwest corner of campus.
The event takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
For more information, the flyer is attached and information for parking is at the site highlighted below.
This is an excellent opportunity for Pax Christi to be involved with important issues in the city and state. Hopefully, many of you can attend.
Attached is the flyer. We have no special arrangements for parking, but there is a visitor lot across from Storey Hall (http://www.law.smu.edu/admissions/visiting-smu). In the past, ACS has also recommended 2 hours of free parking at Snider Plaza, which is a short walk from the law school.
At our February meeting, Wednesday, the 24th, we will be finishing up Ta-Nehisi Coates book, Between the World and Me, as we discuss the second half.
Please come for this even though you may not have been here for the discussion of the first half.
We used the Discussion Questions by Alexis Elafros.
It has proven to provoke a lively discussion with good insights.
As usual, come at 6:00 for food and conversation. Always a pot of soup on the stove.
Then the meeting begins at 7:00.
Our meetings are also a clearing house for information, meetings, programs on peace and social justice issues, so bring those; or if you can’t be here, email announcements so we can make them known.
Do hope that you can join us. Next months’ meetings will be decided by you, so bring ideas forward. We do have some videos based on racism which would be worthwhile to watch, but depend on your suggestions.
Please let me know if you are coming so that we can plan with amount of soup, number of chairs, etc.
Remember, Wednesday(4th Wednesday) February 24.
See you then,
January 2016 Meeting
Our next meeting is on January 27th. Continuing our focus on racism, we will begin our discussion of the popular and insightful Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is a little longer than Robert Jensen’s book, The Heart of Whiteness, but is still an easy read. We will finish our discussion in February.
Today we spend the hour with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of an explosive new book about white supremacy and being black in America. Titled “Between the World and Me,” it is written as a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In July, Ta-Nehisi Coates launched the book in his hometown of Baltimore. He spoke at the historic Union Baptist Church. “It seems like there’s a kind of national conversation going on right now about those who are paid to protect us, who sometimes end up inflicting lethal harm upon us,” Coates said. “But for me, this conversation is old, and I’m sure for many of you the conversation is quite old. It’s the cameras that are new. It’s not the violence that’s new.”
As usual, come at 6:00 pm for food and conversation. The program begins about 7:00. At the home of Joyce Hall. First comers, please call me at 214-357-2173 for directions and more information. Also, let me know if you are coming by responding to this email so we’ll know how many to plan for.
October 2015 Meeting
For some time now, our Pax Christi Dallas group has discussed the possibility of delving into the subject of racism. So last month we decided as a group at the August meeting to begin by reading and discussing a couple of books.
The first, which we will discuss at our October meeting, is a rather short book by Robert Jensen, The Heart of Whitness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege. Jensen is a projessor of journalism at UT Austin. The book is available on line at very low prices, so should not be hard to get. Because it has fewer than 100 pages, it can be read quickly, no problem with accomplishing that by the October 28th meeting.
On the back cover:
IN THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK, W.E.B. DUBOIS WROTE THAT THE QUESTION WHITES WANTED TO ASK HIM WAS: “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?”
In The Heart of Whiteness, Robert Jensen writes that it is time for white America to reverse the direction of that question at the heart of color. It’s time for white people to fully acknowledge that in the racial arena, they are the problem.
Jensen sets his sights not only on the racism that can’t be hidden, but also on the liberal platitudes that sometimes conceal the depths of that racism in American “polite society.” Mixing personal experience with data and theory, he faces down the difficult realities of race, racism, and white privilege in the United States.
The second book is one of which you probably have heard a lot in the past few months: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is a little longer than the first book, but still an easy read. The plan is to start the discussion of that book at our January meeting, so plenty of time to get and read it after Jensen’s book.
Traditionally we don’t have a regular meeting in November and December because fourth Wednesdays fall on holiday times. But we will try to find a date during that time to have a more informal gathering.
So get the first book, start reading, and be prepared for an interesting discussion on October 28.
September 2015 Meeting
Pax Christi meets Wednesday, September 23
Thanks to our friend and Pax Christi member, Maria Bergh, we will have an evening of talk, prayer, music and fun. Marie, and hopefully, her friend Ryan will be telling us about this summer’s experience in Assisi, the city of peace, and then a week at Taize, France, a monastery devoted to healing the church by reuniting Catholics and Protestants, as well as those of other faiths. It is a place of peace and discernment and sanctuary for Christians throughout all of Europe as well as Africa and Asia.
She was part of a special week for young people only called “towards a new solidarity” inviting them to consider how their lives intersect and how they might be called to devote themselves to working for peace.
We look forward to her presentation and conversation with her about her experiences.
As usual, come at 6:00 pm for food and conversation. The program begins about 7:00. At the home of Joyce Hall.
First comers, please call me at 214-357-2173 for directions and more information.
Also, let me know if you are coming by responding to this email so we’ll know how many to plan for.
See you next Wednesday, September 23.
August 2015 Meeting
Pax Christi August meeting will be on Wednesday, the 26th.
This month, we will watch the presentation made by Erica Chenoweth at the first Campaign Nonviolence Conference in Santa Fe New Mexico on August 7-9.
Erica Chenoweth is an American political scientist as well as a faculty member and Ph.D. program co-director at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Chenoweth is also the Director of the university’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research and a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Within the international relations community, she is known for her work on civil resistance movements and political violence.
Erica is young, only 32, passionate, and amazingly knowlegable about comparing violent vs nonviolent effectiveness to secure peace.
Please come early, 6:00 pm if you can, for food and conversation. The program will start at 7:00.
July 2015 Meeting
At our Wednesday, July 22 meeting we will have a guest speaker, Aleen Masaud, a young woman from Bethlehem University who is interning with Catholic Charities Ft. Worth this summer.
Bethlehem University, is a Christian Brothers led university, open to both Christian and Muslim students, located in the middle of Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She will give a short presentation on the typical daily life of people in that area and then plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion with Q and A.
Come at 6:00 for food and socializing. The program will begin at 7:00. Please let me know if you’re coming so that I will be sure to have enough chairs. We are expecting a somewhat larger crowd this month. You can email your response or call me at 214-357-2173.
June 2015 Meeting
This is just a notice that there will be no Pax Christi meeting in June.
Hope to resume in July on the usual fourth Wednesday.
Hope you all have a pleasant and safe summer.
April 2015 Meeting
Pax Christi Dallas meets on Wednesday, April 22
Soup and conversation at 6:00 and meeting begins at 7:00
Place: 4330 Crowley Drive, Dallas 75229
Our topic for the meeting will be a presentation and discussion of the Symposium on Nuclear Weapons in New York on Feb 28/Mar1
I will be giving a presention of the event but am asking you to go to the website:
At that point you will see the list of 25 speakers for the two days. You don’t have to listen to them all, just click on the name of the person you would like to hear. The speakers are grouped as 3 or 4 on a panel with 20 minutes each to speak. At the end of that panel there is a 15 minute Q and A. For example you might like to listen to Robert Parry, editor and journalist for Consortium news and then listen to the Q and A at the end of his group panel. He is on the first day.
Another you might want to watch is Noam Chomsky. You will find him toward the end of the second day.
Just watch as little or as much as you like, but the more you all watch, the better discussion we can have. Take notes, I had to.
This should be an interesting participatory program.
If you have any announcements or additions to the agenda, please let me know.
***Also, if anyone is interested, there will be a statewide meeting of Pax Christi Texas in San Antonio on May 9. If you are interested in attending, please let me know. It will be held at the Oblate Seminary in San Antonio.
Look forward to seeing many of you on the 22nd for our April meeting.
March 2015 Meeting
Wednesday, March 25
6:00 for food and conversation
7:00 for program
If you have any announcements or agenda items, please let me know.
To know how many will be here, please respond to this email if you can come.
Our March meeting will be in honor of Oscar Romero, the month he was assasinated. One of our members, Rita Calvert will give a presentation to the group. Her own words to summarize the program:
A powerpoint presentation by Rita Calvert depictinig 20 years working with Fr.
Roy Bourgieos as he struggles to close the School of the Americas (dubbed “School of Assassins'” at Ft. Benning, Ga where Latin American graduates have returned to their countries and have been used as death squads against their own people. Includes personal histories, descriptions of the civil war in El Salvador, scenes of the country, demonstrations at Ft. Benning and DC and stories of countries whose leaders who have agreed to stop sending
soldiers to be trained at this controversial school. I was part of a delegation honoring the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 2010. They will commermerate the 35th year in April,
Also depicted is the story of our attempt to persuade President Oscar Arias to quit sending Costa Rican police to be trained at the SOA, where we met at his office and he agreed to stop. The stories pf Roy’s decision to advocate for women priests is discussed and the
painful fact of his excommunication. Roy and the SOW were nominated 2010 for the Nobel prize.
Rita Calvert, Former Director of the Dallas Peace Center, 1994-9999
January 2015 Meeting
A reminder that Wednesday, January 28 is the date of our next meeting. This month, we will watch the powerful and disturbing film, Nuclear Savage.
NUCLEAR SAVAGE: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there, in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations.
Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled ‘Nuclear Savage;’ a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents,devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, This untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. Marshall islanders were used as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings with devastating results. Nuclear Savage is a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles.
As usual, we gather at 6:00 for soup and conversation with the meeting starting at 7:00. We need to know if you are planning on coming so that we can plan for enough soup and a place at the table. Reply to this email or you can call me at 214-357-2173. For newcomers, please call this phone number for location and directions.
Also, please let me know if you have anything to add to the agenda or announcements you would like to be made. Hope to see you on the 28th.
Dear Members and Friends,
We’re coming around to the fourth Wednesday of October. Our meeting will be on Oct. 22.
Come for soup and conversation at 6:00 pm and meeting will begin at 7:00.
Our program will be to watch a documentary: Anatomy of a Great Deception. Hope you will find it interesting. Should spur good conversation.
Usual place, the Hall residence. If you are new, please call me at 214-357-2173 for information and directions. Still having water main replacement in the neighborhood, so be careful of torn up streets and construction vehicles, and piles of sand and gravel.
Please let me know if you are coming so we can accommodate for the number.
If you would like to put anything on the agenda or if you would like to make an announcement and cannot attend to do it in person, please let me know. We all want to be informed of what’s going on.
Hope to see you on Wednesday evening,
September 2014 Meeting
This month we’ll be watching IN GOD’S NAME, a CBS primetime special produced in association with the acclaimed French filmmakers Jules and Gédéon Naudet, which explores the complex questions of our time through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of 12 of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders. These diverse and powerful voices offer provocative, compelling and enlightening perspective on myriad issues in our post-9/11 world, including the rise of terrorism, fanaticism, intolerance and war. Published by National Geographic in 2008.
As usual, come for soup and conversation beginning at 6:00 pm. The official starting time for our program is 7:00. If you are new and need place and directions, please call at 214-357-2173. If you have anything you would like added to the agenda, or announcements if you cannot be here, please let me know. Also, please let me know if you are coming.
Also, be aware that the Dallas Peace Center is accepting nominees for this years Peacemaker of the Year awardee. Think about whom you think would be worthy of that award. The annual Peacemaker of the Year Award Dinner will be December 4.
AND, this Sunday, September 21 there will be a World Peace Day event on SMU campus on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall, 4:00 to 7:00. This is one of over 150 events happening around the country, listed on Campaign Nonviolence website. Here is the site for listing of events by state: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/859/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=5283
August 2014 Meeting
It’s Pax Christi meeting time this coming week.
We will be watching a relatively new film, Pandora’s Promise which should spur lots of conversation. This is a blurb from Netflix:
Former antinuclear activists and groundbreaking scientists speak out in favor of the much-maligned energy source in this provocative documentary that explores the history and future of nuclear power.
Remember, beginning at 6:00 come for soup and talk. Then official starting time for program is 7:00. Members of the Dallas Peace Center’s Nuclear Free World Committee have been invited to watch it with us, so be prepared for some good conversation.
If you are new and need place and directions, please call at 214-357-2173.
Also, please let me know if you are coming. —-Even more critical this time as we may be having extra guests.
July 2014 Meeting
This is a reminder that Pax Christi will be meeting on Wednesday, July 23. We will discuss the last third of John Dear’s book, pp 99-140.
Please be prepared to have some questions and comments about this section as well as the book as a whole.
Let me know as soon as you can if you will be attending – we need a count.
Remember, we eat at 6:00 and the meeting begins at 7:00.
If you have anything to add to the agenda, please let me know. Also, announcements of other events/speakers are welcome. Let me know in order to make sure everything is passed on.
See you on Wednesday,
June 2014 Meeting
This is the week of our regular meeting, June 25.
We will be discussing the second section of John Dear’s book, The Nonviolent Life, so please read pp. 63-97.
Laura suggests that you come prepared with a question or comment on each chapter.
We had an excellent discussion on the first section in April so look forward to this one.
As usual, come at 6:00 pm for supper. Our meeting begins at 7:00.
Please reply if you are coming—–we need to have a count.
If you are a first timer and need directions, you can also call me at 214-357-2173.
Look forward to getting back to discussion of important issues.
See you Wednesday,
May 2014 Meeting
This month instead of our regular meeting, we are attending a presentation by John Dear at the Community of Hope on May 17, 2014.
Come be inspired by Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Pace e Bene staff member, John Dear, as he explains Campaign Nonviolence and speaks about his new book, The Nonviolent Life. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Books will be available to purchase.
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75235
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Presentation
Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence –making nonviolence an obvious and natural way of living and of fostering a world that works for all.
Presented by: Pax Christi Dallas and Hope for Peace and Justice
Co-sponsors: Code Pink Greater Dallas, Comm. for Middle East Peace, Comm. for a Nuclear Free World, Dallas MoveOn, Dallas Peace Center, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Maryknoll North TX, North TX Veterans for Peace, The North TX Light Brigade, The Open Window, Peacemakers Inc., UNT Castleberry Peace Institute, Dallas Chapter UNA
April 2014 Meeting
This is to remind you of the Pax Christi meeting this coming Wednesday, April 23.
Remember, we are doing a book discussion on the first part of John Dear’s book, The Nonviolent Life. So, this gives you time to read it if you have not already done so.
Regular time frame, 6:00 for supper and conversation, 7:00 meeting begins.
Any new attendees, please call for location and directions.
Please let me know if you are coming in order to arrange for enough seating and food.
Look forward to seeing all of you and to the discussion. Be sure to have a question for the group regarding this first of the three sections in the book.
Dear Pax Christi members and friends,
This is a last minute reminder aboout our meeting this Wednesday night.
We will be meeting at Le Madeleine on Mockingbird just west of I-75 next to SMU campus. We are meeting at 6:30 an hour before people from other groups show up to hear the speaker Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. That will give us time to order what we might want to eat and have a brief meeting.
See below for more information about the program.
Hope to see many of you there.
This Wednesday night please join me and Dallas & Fort Washington area civil rights activists for a thought-provoking discussion about our escalating constitutional crisis—and how you can get involved to stop the assault on your and your family’s rights.
Revelations of dragnet NSA spying has reignited grassroots action across the country, spurred multiple federal lawsuits, over 20 proposed congressional bills, two presidential review panels, and made way for the light of scrutiny to penetrate the opaque and unconstitutional operations of the NSA.
More recently, allegations that the CIA has spied on Congress to impede oversight into the agency’s human rights violations have expanded the domestic spying controversy.
How do the several agencies involved in domestic surveillance relate to each other? How can states and communities fight back? And what can We the People do to raise our voices and force long overdue institutional action to restore constitutional rights?
Wed., March 26, 2014
7:30 – 9:30 PM
3072 Mockingbird Lane
Bill of Rights Defense Committee Dallas
CODEPINK Greater Dallas
North Texas Veterans For Peace
The Dallas Peace Center
North Texas Civil Rights Project
Pax Christi Dallas
South Asia Democracy Watch
Hope to see you there,
As you know, our Pax Christi meeting was canceled on Wednesday January 22 because I was out of town for a funeral for my sister-in-law. I am back now and realizedthat we have five Wednesdays in January, so would like to reschedule the meeting for the 29th. Do hope that many can make it. We will do the same program, a one woman play (53 minutes) of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. It occurred to me that it would be a nice gesture for us to make a contribution to a Catholic Worker house after watching the film. Most of you know Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable. He and his wife Shelly have founded Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker House in Birmingham. It is used primarily for homeless women and children.
Also, for anyone who might not be able to come to the meeting, but would like to make a contribution for any amount, make your check out to Mary’s House and send it to me at 4330 Crowley Drive, Dallas, TX 75229 and I will send them in together as a gift from our Pax Christi group. Let me know if you plan to make a contribution so I will not send them to Jim and Shelly until I receive them all, or if you like, I can send you the address for Mary’s House in Birmingham.
Wednesday, January 22 if the date of the meeting this month. [Meeting canceled]
In addition to a discussion including Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence by Laura Wilder and planning for the year, we will watch a short play on video, A Fool for Christ: The Story of Dorothy Day. This is a one woman play with Sarah Melici.
“Dorothy Day, one of the most dynamic and beloved religious figures in modern history, is brought to life by Sarah Melici in this acclaimed one-woman play. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1897, Day made her mark as a journalist, social activist and a devout convert to Catholicism. Co-founder of the Catholic Worker Newspaper/Movement in 1933, Dorothy Day is perhaps best known for her long battle for peace and justice on behalf of the poor and homeless. Dorothy died in 1980. Her work continues today aound the world in over 180 Catholic Worker Communities protesting injustice and violence in all forms.”
Soup and conversation begin at 6:00 and the meeting begins at 7:00. Please let me know if you are coming by replying to this email or calling at 214-357-2173.
Looking forward to a good year.
The program for the October 23rd meeting of Pax Christi Dallas will be the film, Chasing Ice. See the synopsis below.
We will gather beginning at 6:00 pm for soup and conversation. IF you have anything you would like to put on the agenda or an announcement that you would like to have made, please email me. David Noblin will bring some names of those on death row who have requested to have someone write to them. So be thinking about being a pen pal to someone on death row.
Please respond if you are coming to the meeting. Newcomers, please call 214-357-2173 for location and directions. The program will begin at 7:00
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
– See more at: http://www.chasingice.com/about-the-film/synopsis/#sthash.Ylwi66ab.dpuf
This coming Wednesday, July 24 is our Pax Christi meeting.
Regular gathering time for a simple supper, soup and snacks, and good conversation.
Special speaker for the evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.:
Catherine Bentley, daughter of our dear friend Carolyn Bentley and the late Earl Bentley, is in Dallas from the Middle East for a brief visit. Catherine has spent a great deal of time in Sulemaniyeh in the Kurdish north of Iraq, and will be returning to work in Jordan. She will give us a perspective of life in postwar Iraq. Lots of time for Q and A.
Catherine has acquired perspectives on the affairs of the region that she is planning on turning into a book, ” From Within: The Untold Truth of the Modern Middle East”. The book will seek to illustrate a new paradigm to interpreting the dynamics of the modern Middle East.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be attending.
Call 214.357.2173 if you are new and/or need directions.
We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 26. Gather at 6:00 for food and conversation. Program begins about 7:00.
We meet at the home of Joyce and Mac Hall. Please let us know if you will be attending so we will know how much soup to have in the pot. Reply via this email or phone 214-357-2173.
Sharon and David Noblin will talk to us about their work to abolish the death penalty. They will bring a friend, Paula Keeth who is the leader of the Dallas Quaker Meeting and active in the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
If you have any announcements of upcoming events or report of recent happenings or would like to have something added to the agenda, please let me know.