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Dear friend of ARCC,
The Board of Directors for ARCC met October 27-28 in Baltimore.  Thankfully, everyone managed to get home safely after Hurricane Sandy.  Most of us left ahead of the storm through frantically revised travel arrangements.  A couple of us stayed in the Washington, D. C. area but found safe quarters and rode out the storm.
In so many ways, this experience is demonstrative of the condition of our church today. Many, far too many, are simply fleeing ahead of the storms of repression and reactionary forces that continue to gather strength.  Many others simply choose to ride out the storm, hoping for better conditions in the future.  Just as we saw in the Northeast, there are still a large number who deny that there is any danger at all. 
So how do we make the clarion call that there is a "storm" brewing and it will sweep many away if they do not prepare. In spite of the signs of the times -- cover-up of crimes, financial malfeasance, clericalism, and a leadership that has grown intoxicated with power and aligned itself with the plutocrats -- so many in the congregation refuse to take the warnings seriously.  We cannot simply wait until our brothers and sisters in Christ are stranded without nourishment and power.

A recent Pew Research report indicated that the fastest growing group in the U. S. is the unaffiliated.  Those individuals I know who fit this category typically describe themselves as "adrift."  This is tragic in itself.  When they have sought comfort and strength from their church community they have been met with a culture of rules and judgment instead of one of love. We must reclaim our authentic selves as communion - one which celebrates the Risen Christ and acknowledges that all are the beloved children of God.  We as the People of God must be prepared to reinvigorate our church as the one that believes in social justice and the real presence of Jesus of Nazareth.

You are aware of injustices in the Church.
You know that action must be taken to stand against them until they are brought into the light.
You are not alone!
The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) invites you to a time of reflection and empowerment-moving from identifying issues, to taking effective action in response.
This time of reflection is presented in a workshop which will empower you to identify issues of injustice, then determine in community with others how to respond in a way that is both non-violent and effective.  Together we will follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth, who eschewed violence while insisting on living faithfully his relationship with the Source of All Being.
As the workshop progresses, we will become aware of the following:
  • All hierarchical systems of government are dependent on the obedience and cooperation of the governed and their social institutions.
  • The governed have the ability to limit or retain their contributions and obedience to the system.
  • If the governed retain their contributions and obedience to the system in large enough numbers and for a long enough time, the system will have to negotiate or collapse.
By the end of the workshop, you will be equipped, with tools and a community, to take action against injustice in a way that is non-violent while fully consistent with who you are as a Catholic Christian before God.
ARCC now offers a special opportunity to its members.  We will deliver the first four of these workshops to any of our subscribers with no registration fee.  That is, if you want us to bring the workshop to you, wherever you are and you will gather together at least 20 participants, we will do so at our expense.  You need only arrange for the location, recruit the participants, and decide how you want to provide the lunch.
We are prepared to offer the workshop in a one-day format (Saturday; 9 AM - 6 PM), two day format (Friday: 6-9 PM; Saturday; 9 AM - 6 PM) or three-day format (Friday; 6-9 PM; Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM; Sunday; 9 AM - Noon) based on your preference.  If there is some other variation in the schedule, we are willing to discuss the possibilities. We are so confident that these workshops will make a difference by empowering the participants, that we will go out of our way to provide them for you.

To organize a workshop in your area, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-870-235-5200 or 1-314-837-0678.

Patrick B. Edgar, DPA, M.Div. 


Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church 

Patrick Edgar is Director of the MPA Program, Southern Arkansas University


Nonviolent Action as a Tool of Resistance

Caridad Inda, CHM, Ph.D.


At its recent ARCC Board meeting, the members agreed that being hopeful about the future and projecting that hope in word and deed  was an important task for ARCC -- one that we all should take seriously.  I would therefore like to share with you the hopeful message that we derive from our study of power under the lens of nonviolent action.
There are basically two ways to look at  social power.  It can be perceived as coming from above and taking shape as a monolithic structure that is indestructible.  Many people view the Catholic Church like this, as the source of their powerlessness and subjection.  They are to pray, pay and obey because the all-powerful institution is unchangeable.  The power resides in the few men at the top and they are unreachable.
The pluralistic view of power, however, sees no monolith -- in fact, its view of power is that it is fragile because its sources are many and cannot be completely controlled by the ruler/s.  The pluralistic view sees power emanating from the governed and therefore subject to being withheld or diminished by them.  In this view, the attitude towards  obedience and submission is at the heart of political power.  The governed are the ones who provide legitimacy to the the ruler as well as skills and   knowledge and material contributions.  Should the governed decide to retain their cooperation in sufficient numbers and for a long enough period of time, the institution would change or collapse.
The more of us governed who understand the message and organize to make it possible to bring pressure on the system, the more hopeful our future.
ARCC is inviting its members and the general public to attend workshops it is sponsoring featuring nonviolent action as a tool of resistance in theory and practice.  For more information, please reply to this email or contact President Patrick Edgar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sr. Caridad Inda is an ARCC Board member and Executive Director of the Center for International Resources, Inc. (CIRIMEX)
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