HOLY WEEK FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT

Dear Friends,
Due to the fact that our regular monthly Clarification of Thought talk falls on Good Friday, there will not be a program at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker on April 3. We do, however, invite you to participate in the Holy Week Faith and Resistance Retreat that the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Jonah House are hosting. For more information about the Retreat please see the below announcement.
If you would like a schedule for the retreat please notify Art Laffin: artlaffin@hotmail.com.
With gratitude,
The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
 
HOLY WEEK FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT

WHEN: Holy Thursday, April 2 — Good Friday, April 3, 2015

WHAT: As we 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” (Matthew: 26:52). 

The retreat will begin at 10:00 a.m. on April 2, Holy Thursday and conclude on Good Friday following a nonviolent witness at the White House from 12 Noon -1:00 p.m. which will focus on contemporary crucifixion’s taking place in our world today. There will also be a Pentagon witness early on Good Friday. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, will give a presentation on Holy Thursday from 1:15-3:00 p.m. The retreat is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Jonah House. Please join us!

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

(NOTE: There is no parking in the St. Stephen Parking lot. There is some unrestricted parking on side streets north of the church. (Homestead St., Center St., Ogden St., Otis St., and Spring St. Closest metro is Columbia Heights- Green Line).

For more info contact: Jonah House, disarmnow2@verizon.net.
and Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, www.DCcatholicworker.wordpress.com.
phone#: Jonah House: 410-233-6238, Dorothy Day House: 202-882-9649.

Published in: on March 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Malcolm and Martin: Pilgrimages into the Unspeakable

Speaker:  Jim Douglass  

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Date: Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

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

 

Renowned peacemaker, author and theologian, Jim Douglass will speak on the deepening journeys

of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. into what Thomas Merton called “the Unspeakable.”

Why was the U.S. government so threatened by where Malcolm and Martin were going?
Why did they persist in striving toward visions they knew would cost them their lives?
How are their converging stories of martyrdom touchstones for our own pilgrimages into the Unspeakable?

Jim and his wife, Shelley Douglass, founded the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington and Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1997 the Douglasses received the Pacem in Terris Award. See below a listing of books Jim has authored.

 

Please Join us!

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

Books by Jim Douglass:

The Nonviolent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and Peace (Macmillan 1968)
(2nd edition, Wipf & Stock, 2006).

Resistance and Contemplation: The Way of Liberation (Doubleday 1972)
(2nd edition, Wipf & Stock, 2006).

Lightning East to West: Jesus, Gandhi, and the Nuclear Age (Crossroads 1983)
(2nd edition, Wipf & Stock, 2006).

The Nonviolent Coming of God (Orbis Books 1991)
(2nd edition, Wipf & Stock, 2006).

Compassion and the Unspeakable in the Murders of Martin, Malcolm, JFK, RFK
Keynote address to the International Thomas Merton Society, Mobile, Alabama, June 13, 1997.
(Project Hope 1998) 16 pages
(on amazon.com)

JFK and the Unspeakable – Why He Died and Why It Matters

2008 hardcover edition by Orbis Books

2010 softcover edition published by Simon & Schuster

Gandhi and the Unspeakable – His Final Experiment With Truth
Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, 2012

Published in: on February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ash Wednesday: A Call to Personal and Societal Repentance and Conversion

Dear Friends,

Today, Ash Wednesday, about 30 friends from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C.-Baltimore area gathered outside the White House for a Liturgy of Repentance that was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Below is the Opening Reflection/Leaflet that I offered as well as an Order of the Liturgy.  Please also see photos that were taken by Sarah Magno. Toward the end of the Liturgy, ashes were blessed and distributed among the participants. A different batch of woodstove ashes were then used to mark Pennsylvania Ave., directly in front of the White House, as a sign of repentance for the sins of the nation as well as our commitment to follow the Gospel. 

 

Let us pray with and for each other, and for our church and world, that we can truly repent and convert our lives to making God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality.

 

With great gratitude, 

Art  
Ash Wednesday: A Call to Personal and Societal Repentance and Conversion

(Opening Reflection/Leaflet)

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Today is Ash Wednesday which 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 is responsible for so much needless death and suffering in our world, we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever.

 

As people from different faith-based communities committed to nonviolence, justice and peace, we come to pray and witness outside the White House today, calling 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. Seeking to eradicate what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, we call for an end to a corporate, political and military order that is based on greed and violence and which translates into systemic domination and exploitation. We call for debt cancellation for poor nations and a just economic order; justice for the poor and all immigrants; an end to torture, indefinite detention, solitary confinement and the mass incarceration complex; the closing of Guantanamo, the SOA/WHINSEC and all secret detention and torture sites; a criminal justice system based on compassion, fairness  and  restorative justice; and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting our endangered environment. Living in a nation whose origin is rooted in slavery and genocide, we commit ourselves to ending racism and all forms of discrimination as we call for an end to all violence and killing everywhere, an end to Islamophobia and the demonization of Muslims, and accountability for those responsible for acts of violence, especially with respect to the killing of so many blacks by white police.

 

As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has now moved the doomsday clock to three minutes to midnight because climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, we call for urgent action to be taken to end the climate crisis, safeguard the environment and abolish all nuclear weapons. We call, too, for an end to the U.S. militarization of space, all warmaking and U.S. military intervention worldwide, and the elimination of all weapons–from guns to killer drones. We also call for an end to the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation of Palestine and we implore those in power to unequivocally renounce the use of force and pursue nonviolent and diplomatic  actions to bring about just resolutions to conflicts worldwide, especially now in the Ukraine, the Middle East and West Africa.

 

On this Ash Wednesday, we commit ourselves to working with sister’s and brother’s  worldwide to create the Beloved Community as we seek to make God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality in our society and world, right here, right now!

 

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

Archbishop Oscar Romero on the Meaning of Lent

This Lent, which we observe amid blood and sorrow, ought to presage a transfiguration of our people, a resurrection of our nation. The church invites us to a modern form of penance, of fasting and prayer – perennial Christian practices, but adapted to the circumstances of each people.

Lenten fasting is not the same thing in those lands where people eat well as is a Lent among our third-world peoples, undernourished as they are, living in a perpetual Lent, always fasting. For those who eat well, Lent is a call to austerity, a call to give away in order to share with those in need. But in poor lands, in homes where there is hunger, Lent should be observed in order to give to the sacrifice that is everyday life the meaning of the cross. But it should not be out of a mistaken sense of resignation. God does not want that. Rather, feeling in one’s flesh the consequences of sin and injustice, one is stimulated to work for social justice and a genuine love for the poor. Our Lent should awaken a sense of social justice.

Published in: on February 20, 2015 at 5:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service of Repentance at the White House

When: Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 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 is responsible for so much needless death and suffering in our 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. Seeking to eradicate what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, we call for an end to corporate domination and systemic exploitation and discrimination; justice for the poor and all immigrants; an end to torture, indefinite detention and the mass incarceration complex; and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting our endangered environment. We commit ourselves to ending racial hatred as we call for an end to all violence and killing everywhere and accountability for those responsible for acts of violence, especially with respect to the killing of so many blacks by white police. 
As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has now moved the doomsday clock to three minutes to midnight because climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, we call for urgent action to be taken to end the climate crisis, safeguard the environment and abolish all nuclear weapons. We call, too, for an end to the U.S. militarization of space, all warmaking and U.S. military intervention worldwide, and the elimination of all weapons–from guns to killer drones. 
Let us begin Lent together by joining in this important Ash Wednesday witness as we strive together to make God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality.
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 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gathering Momentum Toward Nuclear Zero

Speaker: Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International; former Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; member of Assisi Community

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

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

“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of … peaceful coexistence among peoples and states.” (Pope Francis, Dec. 7, 2014)

In landmark cases filed in the International Court of Justice and a U.S. Federal District Court, the Marshall Islands, itself a U.S. nuclear weapons testing ground, is making a powerful claim that the nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.

Thanks to the Marshall Islands legal action and to three major conferences focused on the humanitarian consequences of a nuclear exchange – as well as to the persistent efforts of Ploughshares activists, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and so many others, the discussion about nuclear disarmament has been reframed. As the NPT Review Conference approaches in April/May 2015, the focus is shifting from national security strategy and stability to what the detonation of these weapons would do to humans and to the earth. At the same time, “Cold War” rhetoric is pointing to rattling of the nuclear sabre by Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, as well as to threats of proliferation.

Pax Christi International filed an amicus brief in support of the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the U.S. government. Pax Christi member organizations are deeply involved at every level in nuclear disarmament efforts, including in the leadership of ICAN and Abolition 2000. Please come for an update and discussion — action toward nuclear zero will be crucial in the coming months.

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

Published in: on January 29, 2015 at 5:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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