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Sister Patricia Chappell Resigns as PCUSA’s Executive Director

Will serve on her religious community’s leadership team


On behalf of Pax Christi USA’s National Council, please join me in congratulating Sister Patty Chappell for being elected to the leadership team of the East-West unit of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. As such, she will be resigning as PCUSA’s executive director effective May 31. We thank Sr. Patty for her nearly nine years of dynamic leadership.

Sister Patty’s deep commitment and passion will be sorely missed. But the many gifts she has brought to Pax Christi USA have made us stronger as an organization, and we are excited to keep building on the good work she has accomplished.

The National Council has begun the search process for a new executive director and will post the position announcement to our website soon. For now, we invite you to extend your own congratulations and gratitude to Sr. Patty as she transitions from Pax Christi USA to congregational leadership.

In Christ’s peace,
Robert Shine
National Council Chair


TAKE ACTION:  Florida Gov. DeSantis – Halt May 23 Execution

Newly-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a Death Warrant for Bobby Joe Long for the 1984 killing of Michelle Simms. The execution is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 6:00pm ET.

Please contact Gov. Ron DeSantis and urge him to halt the execution of Bobby Joe Long and not sign Death Warrants. Urge him to order an unbiased, thorough, and complete investigation of Florida’s costly, racially-biased, and mistake-ridden death penalty program.

Phone: 850-488-7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm ET)

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UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’;

Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’


Current global response insufficient;
‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good

Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
1,000,000 species threatened with extinction


PARIS, 6 May – Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.

“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

To read full article and summaries of the findings, click here.




she moves me


blogging for mother earth




Pax Christi Florida 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. Please click here to read Jim’s blog.


 Sustainable Living Center of North Florida

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A Project of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Inc.

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