Prayer – Study – Action
From Gathered in Peace, a publication of Pax Christi USA:
Pax Christi promotes a small group method of peacemaking based on the pastoral circle of prayer, study, and action. Through prayer, groups open themselves to the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in the world. By studying issues of local, national, and international concern, Pax Christi groups discern the signs of the times. Through action they proclaim God’s word and articulate a vision of peace and justice that challenges social, religious, and political structures.
Action for a social change takes many forms: letter writing campaigns, visits to political and church leaders, public witnesses, marches, rallies, peace liturgies, letters to the editor, community meetings, petition drives, teach-ins and other education, nonviolent direct action, resistance actions, boycotts, fasts, sanctuary, military counter-recruitment in high schools and colleges, candlelight vigils, public statements, friendshipments (food, clothing and material drives), and many, many more.
Direct action is any public act done for the purpose of influencing public policy and/or articulating or challenging social, religious, and political values. From their discernment of the signs of the times. Pax Christi groups initiate action—as a community—in a concrete effort to affect change. Community becomes an indispensable source of support for those engaged in actions for social justice and peace. The many communities of Pax Christi USA, acting together, make up our national movement.