Pax Christi Florida’s 2014 Retreat
“Gandhi and the Unspeakable”
Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?
James W. Douglass
Theologian, Author, Activist and Practitioner of Nonviolence
March 29 and 30, 2014
DaySpring Conference Center, Parrish, Florida
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“It seems as though the spirit of war has taken hold of us”
In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday morning, 25 February, Pope Francis commented on the day’s readings from the Letter of James (4:1-10) and the Gospel of Mark (9:30-37). The Gospel is especially sobering, the Pope said. There we are told that the disciples “were discussing” and even “arguing on the way.
And they did so in order to clarify who was the greatest among them: ambition”. They carried on this discussion because “one or two of them wanted to be the greatest: fighting”. Thus, the Pope said, “they withdrew their hearts”. The disciples had “distant hearts” and “when hearts become distant war is caused”. This is the essence of “the teaching the Apostle James offers us today,” he said, as he poses a very direct question: “My brothers, what causes wars, and what causes fightings among you?”
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Could Florida Become the New Fracking Frontier?
by Roger Drouin (Truthout: Feb. 4, 2014)
Disney. The Everglades. Migrating Birds. Tourists.
Fracked wells and impoundments were once a far-fetched possibility in Florida, but soon they could be hitting close to home.
As industry interest in bringing fracking to the Sunshine State intensifies, environmental groups worry about risks ranging from contaminated groundwater, disruption to some of the county’s most bio-diverse ecosystems and aquifers sucked dry.
“The camel’s nose is in the tent,” said Mary Jean Yon, legislative director at Audubon Florida, which has started a petition opposed to hydraulic fracturing (otherwise known as fracking) in Florida. “We know there is an interest.”
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ACT TO END FLORIDA’S DEATH PENALTY!
Florida has become “the worst of the worst” of Death Penalty states. Florida is now second only to Texas for the number of executions in 2013. Last year Florida led the nation in new death sentences (22). Florida has the nation’s second largest Death Row with 405 men and women awaiting the executioner. In tragic irony, Florida leads the nation in exonerations of Death Row inmates (24).
TAKE ACTION!!! . Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.
Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146; Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com
Robert Laverne Henry is scheduled to be executed on
March 2o, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Robert Laverne Henry’s execution is scheduled for 6 pm EST, on March 20, 2014, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. Fifty-five-year-old Robert is convicted of the murders of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor, whom Robert worked with at Deerfield Beach fabric store in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Phyllis was murdered on November 1, 1987, and Janet died of injuries the following day. Robert has spent the last 25 years on Florida’s death row.
WE MUST NOT BE SILENT!
Pax Christi Florida joins Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other allies in calling for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil. If you do not see your area listed or would like to organize a local action, please contact FADP at 727-215-9646 or email@example.com. List of some Florida actions beginning with bus and carpools:
RESOURCE: For execution prayer service, statistics and other resources, click here and once the PCF’s Resource page comes up, scroll down to Death Penalty Resources.
SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO END FLORIDA’S DEATH PENALTY
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has filed HB 4011 Death Penalty in the Florida Legislature to end the use of the Death Penalty. This bill MUST have a Florida Senate sponsor to move forward. Please contact your Florida State Senator and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate.
- Please contact your Florida Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB 4011
- Contact Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda and thank her for sponsoring HB 4011. (Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda; Phone: (850) 717-5009; Email: Michelle.Rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov
Death Penalty Articles/Reports
The Death Penalty in 2013: Year End Report (Death Penalty Information Center – Dec. 2013)
Editorial: Sensible safeguard (The Gainesville Sun – Nov. 16, 2013)
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she moves me
blogging for mother earth
PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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Photos from Pax Christi Events
In right column, you will find photos of Pax Christi Florida’s 2011 Assembly, God, Country, and the Common Good led by Jean Sammon of NETWORK – Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. This event was held October 15 and 16 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. For additional Pax Christi Florida event photos, click here.