Roundtable: Human Dignity and Abuse/Torture

Thursday, January 27
Dinner: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Roundtable: 7:00 p.m.

In the last year we have had some incredible conversations regarding a broad range of topics including Dorothy Day herself, the Death Penalty, The School of the Americas, Prayer, Peace and more.  Our prayer together has been reverent, sincere and uplifting.  Peter Maurin (co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement) had in mind “clarification of thought” when he began the Roundtable long ago at a house in the heart of  New York City.  I believe, for many of us, our thoughts have been clarified as well as challenged.  We have been called to continued prayer and to ACTION.  I find that each of our conversations is firmly grounded in the common and sacred belief in the dignity of each and every human life. . .and so our conversation continues.  This month our thoughts turn to the issue of torture.  On January 11, Guantanamo began its 10th year of detention.  This site is one of many U.S run detention centers across the world where there have been numerous reports of the use of torture.  As people of faith, we can no more remain silent on this issue than we can on any other issue that threatens the sanctity of life or life itself.  We remember that Christ himself was a victim of torture at the hands of those who feared and misunderstood him. So we gather at Roundtable to reflect on this issue, to discern as community and as individuals how we are to respond and to act.  The following are some resources you may want to glance at in preparation for this conversation or to use for your own personal reflection.

Witness Against Torture
This sight has a link to pictures of the vigil and fast that is happening now in DC.

Torture is A Moral Issue
A four week study guide authored by National Religious Campaign against Torture and the Office of International Peace and Justice of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Close Guantanamo with Justice Now (Center for Constitutional Rights)

Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition

Reprieve

National Religious Campaign Against Torture