HOLY WEEK FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT

When: Wednesday, April 16 (6:00 p.m. dinner) — Good Friday, April 18 (Ending after Noon White House Witness)

What: As we prepare to enter into Holy Week to commemorate the Last Supper, arrest, torture, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, please join in a time of prayer, reflection, community building and acts of nonviolent resistance focusing on the theme: “PUT AWAY THE SWORD.” The retreat, which will include time for communal reflection and several nonviolent actions, will commence with a 6:00 p.m. dinner on April 16 and conclude on Good Friday following a nonviolent witness at the White House from Noon – 1:00 p.m. The retreat is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and the Jonah House Community. Please join us!

Where: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 (corner of 16th St. and Newton)

For more info contact:
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, www.DCcatholicworker.wordpress.com.
Jonah House Community, disarmnow2@verizon.net


phone#: Dorothy Day House: 202-882-9649
Jonah House Community: 410-233-6238
Published in: on April 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

King-Mandela-Romero – For the Long Haul – the Struggle Continues

Speaker: Bishop Tom Gumbleton
 

Drawing from the examples of three prophets of nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Oscar Romero, join Bishop Gumbleton in accepting the challenge to recommit our lives to struggle against violence.

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

 
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
 

For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, 202-360-6416

Published in: on March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Take the Message to Jerusalem

Speaker: Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a Catholic priest of the Eastern Rite whose entire adult life has been used to call all the Churches of Christianity back to following the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies.
In his talk, Fr. McCarthy will share his belief that in the teaching of Jesus the kingdoms of this world are not objects of redemption. They operate by violence. Violence is part of their very DNA. As Carl J. Friedrich, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard, writes in his The Pathology of Politics: “Our analysis has shown that politics needs all these dubious practices; it cannot be managed without violence, betrayal, corruption, secrecy and propaganda.” Jesus taught that violence belongs to the reign of Satan. Wanting to get one’s hands on the levers of state power or wanting to control those who have their hands on the levers of state power is not the means to bring about the revolution initiated by Jesus. It is the means to non-revolution.

Please join us!

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010

For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

Published in: on March 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ash Wednesday Witness of Repentance at the White Hous

Dear Friends,

The beginning of Lent is not far away. On Ash Wednesday a prayer service will be held in front of the White House to call for personal and societal repentance and conversion to the Gospel call of justice, nonviolence and peacemaking. Please come, bring a friend, and share the below info with your network. 
With gratitude,
Art

When: Ash Wednesday, March 5 from Noon-1:00 p.m.

Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.)

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15)

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance, a time for radical conversion, renewal and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman empire, Jesus declared: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15) Living in the U.S. empire, which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever.
On Ash Wednesday people from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C. area will hold a prayer service in front of the White House to call for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of justice, nonviolence and a reverence for all life and creation. We call for an end to all war and the elimination of all weapons–from guns, to killer drones, to nuclear weapons. We call, too, for an end to corporate domination, justice for the poor and all immigrants, and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting the environment.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed. Please Join us.
For more info contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-360-6416 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.
Published in: on February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Conscience and War: What We Learn from Soldiers Who Seek To Leave the Military

Speaker: Maria Santelli 

Maria Santelli has been director of the Center on Conscience & War (CCW) since 2011. Before coming to DC, Maria lived and worked at Trinity House Catholic Worker in Albuquerque, New Mexico and founded the New Mexico branch of the GI Rights Hotline. For 73 years, CCW has worked to extend and defend the rights of conscientious objectors to war and violence. In draft time, CCW supported those who resisted conscription to war. Today, CCW’s work is with active duty members of a voluntary military who seek discharge as objectors to war. This work puts CCW in the unique and privileged position of sharing rare and valuable insights and information with members of our communities working to build a more just and peaceful world. In the course of CCW’s work, staff are often asked, “Why have empathy for an individual who joined the armed forces voluntarily and now decides he or she cannot fight, cannot kill? Didn’t they know what they were signing up for? Didn’t they know that the purpose of the US military is to fight wars? The answers are complex and vary for each individual. What they share in common, though, is a personal transformation, brought about by a crisis of conscience. And contained within each military conscientious objector’s personal journey are powerful guideposts that can help steer our collective passage from militarism to nonviolence.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, 202-360-6416

Published in: on January 25, 2014 at 2:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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