Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat/Witness

WHEN: Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM — Friday, December 28 at Noon

WHERE: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 

WHAT: Please join members of the Atlantic and Southern Life communities and other peacemaking friends in a time of prayer, reflection and nonviolent witness to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents – past and present. We ask that people arrive by 1:00 PM so that we can begin our gathering around 1:30 PM.  

On Thursday, we will reflect on the scriptural passage of the slaughter on the holy innocents and its meaning for us today. Joan and Don Wages will share about their journey into nonviolence, how they have tried to embody nonviolence in their life-style and family living, and the challenges they have faced. We will plan our nonviolent witness for the next day. And, as part of our liturgy, we will listen to and reflect together on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Christmas Sermon on Peace that he delivered on Dec. 24, 1967 (see link below). This was Dr. King’s final Christmas sermon.  

In our public witness at the Pentagon we will convey our hope for a disarmed world–a world free of war, nuclear weapons, killer drones, all weapons, racial hatred, torture, systemic oppression, social inequality and climate chaos. 

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring sleeping bags and bedding for sleeping in the church sanctuary. Also please bring food for a pot-luck breakfast on December 28. 

During this time we remember in a special way the Kings Bay Plowshares as they prepare for their upcoming trial (date still unknown). Liz McAlister, Steve Kelly and Mark Colville are currently in Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, Georgia. Martha Hennessy, Patrick O’Neill, Clare Grady and Carmen Trotta remain out on bond and have court mandated electronic monitors, curfews and other restrictions. 

We also hold in our hearts the children and people of Yemen who are experiencing widespread famine, cholera and death as a result of the ruthless U.S.-backed Saudi war being waged against them. On December 13, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution calling for an end to U.S. military and financial support for this criminal war. This represents the first time in U.S. history the Senate has voted to withdraw military military forces from an unauthorized war using the War Powers  Resolution. However the House narrowly voted to continue U.S. support, and Mr. Trump has threatened a veto. 

We remember, too, the suffering Palestinian people who continue to live under a brutal Israeli state of siege, the courageous migrant caravan on the Mexico-U.S. border, and all immigrants and refugees who are fleeing repression and war. 

As we daily face what Dr. King called the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, and as we confront the “apocalyptic twins” of nuclear war and global warming, let us pray for each other as we seek to make the Word flesh in building, ever wider and stronger, the Beloved Community. Let us recommit ourselves to ending the slaughter of innocents everywhere!

Please join us. 

For more info contact Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: artlaffin@hotmail.com

Martin Luther King Speaks! “A Christmas Service for Peace” Massey Lecture Five December 24, 1967

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