VISION AND VALUES Peace Reconciliation Nonviolence Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in any form
Pax Christi believes in peace based on justice. Peace is not only the absence of violence and war, but a world where human rights are respected, basic needs are met and people feel safe in their schools, families and communities. PEACE
RECONCILIATION The process of reconciliation starts when people try to mend relationships which have been damaged, perhaps by war or violence. These can be relationships between individuals, groups or whole countries.
NONVIOLENCE Pax Christi members try to live nonviolently by Respecting the lives of others and the whole of creation Challenging what is not fair or just Offering alternatives to violence and war
What do Pax Christi members believe? Many Pax Christi members are pacifists and reject any use of violence. Other Pax Christi members follow the just war teaching which sets out a series of moral principles that must be strictly observed to limit the damage of war.
Pax Christi and Christianity Pax Christi is inspired by Christianity but membership is open to all people who share our values and work
Pax Christi works to make peace a reality for everyone by: Supporting peace groups in Palestine and Israel Campaigning against nuclear weapons and the arms trade Bringing young people together so they can learn from each other through summer camps, peace pilgrimages and competitions Working with schools, teachers and chaplains to promote peace education Celebrating the lives of peacemakers who have made a real difference in the world Providing prayer and liturgy resources
Examples of our work - The Arms Trade Did you know…? In 2007 Britain was the biggest arms exporter in the world One third of countries spend more on the military than they do on health-care services One person every minute is killed with small arms Pax Christi members: Raise awareness through talks and workshops Campaign for churches not to invest money in arms companies Joined demonstrations to close the Defence Exports Services Organisation
Examples of our work - Palestine and Israel Did you know…? There are over 4 million Palestinian refugees From September 2000 to July 2008 1024 Israelis and 4228 Palestinians were killed Pax Christi members: Raise awareness of what life is like for people in Palestine and Israel Send Christmas peace messages to Bethlehem Support the Palestinian economy by buying olive wood crafts Campaign against the separation wall between Israel and Palestine
Examples of our work – Nuclear Weapons Did you know…? Britain’s nuclear weapons system, trident, is due to be renewed at a cost of between £25 - £75 billion UK Trident submarines carry 48 100- kiloton (kT) warheads – equivalent to 380 Hiroshima bombs Pax Christi members: Lobby members of Parliament and organise talks and meetings Hold an annual service outside the ministry of defence Mark the anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Examples of our work – Peace Education PeaceZone at the Greenbelt festival Talks and workshops in schools on conflict resolution and violence, the arms trade, Palestine/Israel, nuclear weapons, peacemaking.
Examples of our work – Bringing young people together Competition for young people from across Europe International summer camp – Peace House, Italy
Staying involved and finding out more Students join service outside Ministry of Defence on Ash Wednesday Check out the Pax Christi website – especially the Education for Peace and Young People as Peacemakers pages which have details of volunteering opportunities and events. Join our Facebook group – Pax Christi UK Youth Network Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org