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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
September 2016 Newsletter

Greetings,

“You can’t police your way out of this. More police does not reduce hopelessness; more police does not reduce disparities. That happens through jobs, through less incarceration and through education,”  Willie Brisco, president of Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH)

The violence, poverty, segregation, racism in our community is sad, complex and overwhelming. It leaves us asking what we can do as individuals, parishes and organizations to turn things around. Prayer is a start, but prayer must lead to action.  In your prayer, what one action is God calling you and your parish to do?  We as individuals cannot solve everything, but we can do something. Let's start to turn words into actions.

Evicted Book Discussions: September 14 and October 18.  Find Details Here.

Bring Christ to Election 2016!  The candidates are confirmed. Where do you stand? Being Christian means we get informed. We take action. We vote. Come join the discussion on forming our conscience and a facilitated dialogue on the issues.  Info, registration and promotion materials below. Help pass the word! 

Sept 1 is the world Day of Prayer for Creation. Learn about the Season of Care for Creation here.

Blessings on your ministry.

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   

www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 

and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Facebook page


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Bring Christ to Election 2016! Sept 8/15, 21/28 or Oct 6/13
Discussion Sessions Set for "Evicted" Book Readers

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Milwaukee ‘Can’t Police’ Its Way Out of Violence
Thirsting for Justice - ROC Wisconsin
Following the Prayer for Peace at All Saints Parish: A Letter from Fr. Tim Kitzke
Addressing the Depravity of Human Trafficking in Our Community
Season of Prayer and Action for Creation
Convener[s] Needed for Laudato Si' Parish Network
No Profits on Immigrant Detention


EVENTS AND EDUCATION
On the Issues with Mike Gousha - September and October Programs 
A Time of Encounter with Pope Francis: Confronting a World of Exclusion 9/1-10/6
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity- Sep 6
Public Policy and American Drinking Water- Sep 7
Bring Christ to Election 2016! Faithful Citizenship Program - Sep 8/15, 21/28, Oct 6/13
2016 CROP Hunger Walk - walker and/or donor organizers needed - Sep 8
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly ICE Vigil - Sep 8

A Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities - Sep 9
"Does the United States Still Need the United Nations?" - Sep 10
'Sex + Human Trafficking' Movie and Discussion - Exploit No More  - Sep 14
Conversation on Waukesha County Transportation - Sept 14
Racial Justice Tipping Point - Sept 17
“The LOVE > Hate Project” - Sept 18
Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light Conference: Earth Care: A Faith Imperative - Sep 18
Scripture with Scholars: “A Plea for Mercy and God’s Response” - Sep 20
Public Prayer for Peace - Sept 21
Pubic Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin- Sep 21

No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism - Sep 23-26
Communicate with Compassion - Sept 24
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples - Sep 24
Reviving Peace: Inspiration, Education & Action for Change - Sep 24-25
Christian Muslim Dialogue - Sep 25
Ecology & Spirit: The Sacredness of Place - Oct 1
Christian Faith and Dialogue in Election 2016 - Oct 2
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity- Oct 4
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly ICE Vigil - Oct 6
A Night of Nonpartisanship - Oct 6

"Catholic Media: Reporters or Preachers – Countercultural or Indiscreetly Accommodating?" - Oct 6
2016 CROP Hunger Walk - Oct 9
From SOA Watch to the Border/Join Us at the U.S./Mexico Border Oct 7-10
Refugee Realities: The Who, How and Why Refugees settle in SE WI - Oct 12
The Growing Food and Justice for All's Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training - Nov 16-18
Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference - Nov 16-20
Three Perspectives on Food: A Conversation with Will Allen, Ron Finley and Alice Waters - Nov 18
An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: The Candidates on Mending the Gaps
Reflect: What We Are Missing as a City is Empathy
Pray: Prayer for Creation and Change 



GENERAL

Bring Christ to Election 2016! Sept 8/15, 21/28 or Oct 6/13
Not happy with the election?  Is it difficult to engage in civil dialogue with friends and neighbors? There is hope.  In September and October Catholics for Peace and Justice along with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be sponsoring a 2 evening program to reflect on the 2016 election through the eyes of faith. 
Night OneFr. Chuck Schramm, ThM, MSW will discuss the challenge of interfacing spirituality and politics and forming our conscience in these tough political times and Debra Schneider, MA will provide some practical tips for engaging in civil dialogue.
 Night Twofacilitators will lead small group discussions on issues facing the electorate. Learn skills for civil dialogue, share your views, and listen to other members of our faith community in a safe environment. 

Registration Requested: The program will be held three times at three different locations across the archdiocese. SO... Pick a location: Sept 8/15 at Our Lady of Lourdes; Sept 21/28 St James Menomonee Falls; Oct 6/13 St John Cathedral.  All sessions begin at 6:30 pm 
Register at www.VoteYourFaithMKE.org or Call Andrew Musgrave at 414.271.6577 or Debra Schneider at 414.550.2167

PLEASE PROMOTE WIDELY TO YOUR PARISH, ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER GROUPS 
FLYER pdf | FLYER jpg | BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT | LOGO FOR BULLETIN

As Christians we are called by Christ to vote for candidates that respect the dignity of all stages of human life. Come together to find calm amidst the chaos. 
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Discussion Sessions Set for "Evicted" Book Readers
Have you read "Evicted" yet?  Just getting started?  or have a good intention?  
Join other CPJ readers in a single meeting of discussion at one of 2 locations

September 14, 6:30 pm at St. Sebastian Parish, 5400 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee WI - Enter through 54th Street door
October 18, 6:30 pm at St. Anthony on the Lake ParishW280N2101 Prospect Avenue, Pewaukee, WI - Enter at the main church entrance.

Or form your own parish discussion group.
The book is available from many vendors.  Here is an Amazon link to identify the book.  

About: Evicted is a must read for anyone working in the areas of social justice or direct service in the city of Milwaukee.  In his book, Desmond tells the stories of eight families living in poverty in Milwaukee and their struggle to remain in housing.  It also tells the stories of two landlords and how they manage their properties.  Desmond did embedded research, living for a time on both the north and south sides of Milwaukee.  Through these stories the reader is given a window into the world of the urban poor--decision making processes, stumbling blocks to stability, personal and economic challenges and substance abuse are all woven through the interesting and very readable narrative.   Get reading!
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Milwaukee ‘Can’t Police’ Its Way Out of Violence
“You can’t police your way out of this. More police does not reduce hopelessness; more police does not reduce disparities. That happens through jobs, through less incarceration and through education,” said Willie Brisco, president of Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).

Read these 2 very good articles about addressing core issues of unrest in Milwaukee passed on by S. Barbara Pfarr.
How Wisconsin Became the Home of Black Incarceration
Community leaders say Milwaukee ‘can’t police’ its way out of violence
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Thirsting for Justice - ROC Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s overuse of jails and prisons is out of control.  A few facts give a sense of the overwhelming failure of our state’s criminal justice system:

  • Wisconsin has the nation’s highest rate of incarceration for African American males AND for Native American males;
  • Over half of all African American men from Milwaukee County in their 30s and early 40s have been or are incarcerated;
  • The Wisconsin prison population has more than tripled since 1990;
  • Wisconsin spends over $1.3 billion per year on the Department of Corrections.  The state’s Corrections budget passed the University of Wisconsin budget as the destination for taxpayer dollars.
Our state's commitment to mass incarceration has reached a point where it has broken the system. The most basic problem is not too few guards, too few programs or mismanagement.  The biggest problem is that we have far too many prisoners. Find out more here.

IMMEDIATE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: Call the Governor's Office and Corrections to request that bottled water be given to Cesar de Leon # 322800 and LaRon Mckinley # 42642  They are two inmates refusing food, they were force fed then they stopped the force feeding, they continued to refuse food, then they (Waupun) went back to force feeding and that is causing dangerous life threatening situations because of the quality of the water. See Cesar's letter attached.  

SAMPLE MESSAGE: Hello my name is _____ a resident of _____. I am calling to request that  Waupun inmates Cesar De Leon and LaRon Mckinley be given bottled water. They are currently refusing food to protest against solitary confinement and the water in Waupon is making them sick.  We also want to make sure they receive proper medical care as we have received information that they are very ill. 
Governor's Office:  608-266-1212
Department of Corrections:  608-240-5000


"We have a Department of Corrections with deep, deep problems that are causing a lot of harm to many people and that are costing us a lot of money; and we have a lot of people on the government payroll who don't seem very interested.  Both of those things have to change." David Liners, WISDOM
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Following the Prayer for Peace at All Saints Parish:
A Letter from Fr. Tim Kitzke to the Archdiocese 

Dear Friends,
Thanks to all of you who joined us either by presence or prayer across Milwaukee at All Saints Parish to pray for peace last Thursday.  As I said then, and I repeat now, this must be a springboard from prayer to action, so, “Let’s put our hearts and our heads and our minds together that we can begin the work needed together. Thanks be to God for the rich tradition in social teaching our church has given to us. Now, everyone, let’s get to work.”
 
One resource that our social teaching gives us is the important reminder of the “both/and” approach. To quote Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Catholicism, somewhat simplistically, has always been considered the religion of the great “et et” {both-and}: not of great forms of exclusivism but of synthesis.” In other words, to quote Fr. Stiefvater’s homily, we need to be bridge builders because it is not black or white, rich or poor, city or suburb, but both black and white, both rich and poor, both city and suburb. Our work needs to be both short and long term. It needs to be both individual and community-based.   Read the entire letter
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Addressing the Depravity of Human Trafficking in Our Community
From Debra Schneider - Catholics for Peace and Justice
When a group of us at St. James, Men Falls, starting researching human trafficking 2 years ago, we were overwhelmed by the shear breadth of this global issue.  In fact, a few of the stories we researched were so disturbing some us could not bring ourselves to finish the reading. It quickly became clear why Pope Francis has raised a high level of awareness calling “human trafficking, which includes forced labor and prostitution, organ trafficking and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are created equal and have the same freedom and dignity, a crime against humanity.”
 
What have we learned through our research?

  • After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world. 
  • Human trafficking is a $9.8 billion industry in the United States
  • 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States
  • The average age of a sex trafficking victim is between 12 and 14 years old
  • In the U. S. Milwaukee is 3rd in human sex trafficking, behind Detroit and Denver.
  • In general, men, drive the sex trafficking industry through demand.

 The good news is that awareness of this issue is increasing in Wisconsin and in our area.  Franciscan Peacemakers has developed Clare Community as a safe place for adult women coming from the street to integrate back into the community.  Exploit No More is working on acquiring a safe house for minors. 
 
What you can do. 
Begin with education. All parishes in the Milwaukee Archdiocese received an Anti-Human Trafficking Parish Toolkit from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross.  Ask your parish staff for the Toolkit or visit this link to find the online version.  Attend one of many Anti-Human Trafficking presentations or film screening to make connections with others  working on this important issue.  
Create awareness in your parish.  Visit the CPJ website for more information.    
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Season of Prayer and Action for Creation
September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and many other Christian churches have joined since then, with Pope Francis most recently in 2015, and now extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4 - the Feast of St. Francis.

Many priests and bishops are still not aware about the World Day of Prayer for Creation: Pope Francis officially instituted this celebration in 2015 for the Catholic Church, but it takes time to get our global family of 1.2 billion Catholics to learn about it and start celebrating it.  So that’s where YOU come in. If your parish is unaware of this important celebration, God counts on you to let them know.  

Here are resources you can request your parish to use during this season to create awareness.

So what can you do during the Season of Creation?
Prayer – Include a prayer for creation and change in your daily prayer and parish prayer.  Rosary for Creation | Prayer Service with elements that can also be used at mass
Video View Pope Francis’s video on the Season of Creation. Ask for the video to be placed on your parish website and face book page.
Awareness - Consider creating more parish awareness using any of the many resources listed here 
ActionReduce your carbon foot print during the Season of Creation then see if you
can continue to make it a habit!  Invite others in your parish to do the same.  Here are ways you can do that!
Involvement - Join the Global Catholic Climate Movement.  Consider becoming a Laudato Si' convener of Catholics Archdiocesan wide [see request here].
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Convener[s] Needed for Laudato Si' Parish Network
The Office for the Dignity of the Human Person is looking for a volunteer to convene several meetings with Catholics around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who are involved in projects related to Laudato Si. The volunteer would be responsible for convening one or two in-person meetings of Catholics already involved in efforts to promote or implement Laudato Si, draft a summary of the meetings, and meet once or twice with Rob Shelledy, the Director of the Office for the Dignity of the Human Person. Contact Rob at ShelledyR@archmil.org
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No Profits on Immigrant Detention
The Department of Justice announced that it is cancelling its contracts with private prison companies because of dangers and abuses outlined in exposés and a recent official government report. However, the majority of federal private prison contracts are actually held by the Department of Homeland Security for its sprawling immigrant detention facilities. While private prisons make up 8% of the prison population, they made up 62% of immigrant detention in 2014.  As we push for an end to immigrant detention, sign the petition supported by LCWR to remove the profit motive from detention or the petition sponsored by Global Exchange
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
On the Issues with Mike Gousha - September and October Programs - all are 12:15 - 1:15 pm at Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall. 

  • September 7— Public Policy and American Drinking Water - For more information and to reserve your complimentary spot click here.
  • October 4 — Sam Mihara, Japanese-American Internment Camp Survivor — For more information and to reserve your complimentary spot click here
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A Time of Encounter with Pope Francis: Confronting a World of Exclusion 9/1-10/6
Thursdays, September 1st – October 6th. 11:00 am OR 6:30 pm at Gesu Parish Center or other meeting sites. Some of the topics of this six-part small group discussion are how the economy, the immigration system, the criminal justice system, and racism exclude people. There is no fee to participate; registration is appreciated. Contact Mike Heimbach: 414-288-7412 or michael.heimbach@mu.edu . If you’d like to start a small group of your own, contact Mike as well! Learn more.  
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity- Sep 6
Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S, Layton Blvd.  
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Bring Christ to Election 2016! Faithful Citizenship Program - Sep 8 & 15, 21 & 28 and Oct 6 &13
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Human Dignity and Catholics for Peace and Justice. Join Fr. Chuck Schramm, ThM, MSW and Debra Schneider, MA to reflect on the 2016 election through the eyes of faith. Flyer. Learn more and register here. Sept 8 & 15 - Our Lady of Lourdes  /  Sept 21 & 28 - St James Menomonee Falls /  Oct 6 & 13 Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly ICE Vigil - Sep 8
Thursday, September 8, 12:00 pm, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 Knapp St. Special Baby Shower themed Vigil in support with CLINC's interfaith campaign called “Diapers in Detention", which seeks to shed light on the increased number of babies in detention, continued practice of family detention and the effects that the recent 9th Circuit case may have on continuing to separate vulnerable newly-arriving asylum seeking families from Central America. 
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2016 CROP Hunger Walk - walker and/or donor organizers are needed - Sep 8
If you would like to help organize walkers and/or donors from your congregation or organization, pick up materials September 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm at St. Mathew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1615 N. Wauwatosa Ave. in the Upper Room. Materials also can be picked up by appointment at the Interfaith Conference office, 5409 W. Vliet St. For more information on the CROP Hunger Walk, click here. For more details, please call (414) 276-9050 and/or send an email to greatermkecropwalk@gmail.com
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A Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities - Sep 9
USCCB President Calls For National Day Of Prayer And Appoints Special Task Force To Promote Peace and Unity. Learn more.
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"Does the United States Still Need the United Nations?" - Sep 10
Peter Yeo will address the United Nations Charter binding the United States to the UN and it's mission. This presentation will be at the United Nations Association-Greater Milwaukee Chapter meeting on Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 am-Noon at Redeemer Lutheran Church auditorium (2nd floor), 19th and Wisconsin Ave.
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Conversation on Waukesha County Transportation - Sept 14
Join SOPHIA and other members of the Waukesha County Transportation Coalition us for a conversation on public transportation: Wednesday, September 14th, 8:30-10:00 am at Ascension Lutheran Church 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha. Learn more and register here.
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Racial Justice Tipping Point - Sept 17
Join concerned citizens of Fond du Lac for a a fast-paced and energizing training on racial justice. September 17th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Marian University Stayer Center, Fond du Lac. Learn more and register here.
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“The LOVE > Hate Project” - Sept 18
On September 18, 2016, at 10:10 at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, N. Astor (corner of Ogden Ave) the Forum will feature Buck Blodgett, father of Jessie. In “A Message from Jessie” Buck shares the story of her murder, and the timeless and profound messages she left for us. A call to action to advance human culture and end violence against women. Learn more.
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'Sex + Human Trafficking' Movie and Discussion - Exploit No More  - Sep 14
The movie ‘Sex + Money’, and the discussion will be presented by the "Exploit No More" advocacy group, Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp Street, in Waukesha.  Learn about the reality and pervasiveness of sex trafficking in Southeastern Wisconsin, including our own Milwaukee and Waukesha area communities. Learn more and register here.
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Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light - Earth Care: A Faith Imperative - Sep 18
Keynote speaker Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger will present "An Evangelical Perspective on LAUDATO SI': How Pope Francis' Message Inspires All of Us to Care for the Earth." Sunday, September 18, 1:00 - 5:00 pm at St Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W Pine St, Appleton. Learn more and register here.
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Scripture with Scholars: “A Plea for Mercy and God’s Response” - Sep 20
Presentation by Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union. This presentation will examine Psalm 51 (The Miserere) in its Old Testament context and its appropriation by the New Testament to see how the psalm can shed light on the shape of Christian life today. Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Atrium. Free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Connie Bach, connie.bach@sbcglobal.net.
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Public Prayer for Peace - Sept 21
In commemoration of the International Day of Peace, all are welcome to join School Sisters of Notre Dame, associates, employees and area students in a public prayer for peace on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 1:30-2 pm, at Notre Dame of Elm Grove, 13150 Watertown Plank Road (outside at the peace pole on the front grounds / north side of the campus). If the weather is inclement, the prayer will be held at St. Mary’s Visitation Church, 1260 Church St., Elm Grove. For more information call 262-787-1023 or email tdewane@ssncp.org
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Pubic Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin- Sep 21
"How to Save Money and Make Our Communities Safer", Speakers include EXPO members (Ex-Prisoners Organizing), members of SOPHIA’s Treatment Instead of Prison (TIP) Task force, WISDOM’s Old Law and Compassionate Release Work group, and state and local politicians. Wednesday, September 21, 7:30-8:30 pm at the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 W. Library Lane . Learn more.
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No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism - Sep 23-26
As the war system keeps societies in a state of permawar, we have reached  a stage in human history at which we can say with confidence that there are better and more effective alternatives. Of course we know the question: “You say you are against war, but what’s the alternative?” This event will develop answers to that question, building on World Beyond War’s publication A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. Learn more and register here.
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Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples - Sep 24
The Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) are hosting this social justice workshop created in response to calls from the World Council of Churches and Indigenous leaders at the United Nations, who urge faith communities and civic organizations to support implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Event will be held at the Sisters of the Divine Savior Community House, 4311 North 100th St. Learn more and register here.
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Communicate with Compassion - Sept 24
Join us for an introduction to Nonviolent Communication with Jennifer Warnick. September 24th, 9:00 am-Noon at the Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church. More information, cost and registration deadline here
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Reviving Peace: Inspiration, Education & Action for Change - Sep 24-25
The "Reviving Peace" conference will provide attendees with opportunities for deeper learning and to make new personal and community connections for Peace Work. Learn more and register here.
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Christian Muslim Dialogue - Sep 25
Faith Forum. Presenter Dr. Irfan A. Omar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Theology Dept., Marquette University. Gesu parish, Gathering space in the lower church, 10:15 to 11:15 am.
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Ecology & Spirit: The Sacredness of Place - Oct 1
October 1st, from dawn to dusk, at the Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton. Keynote address The Spirituality of Place. Spirituality begins where we are, in interconnection with all the living communities that envelop us. Through meditation, reflection, and sharing, we will root ourselves in the sacredness of “place” to help us find where we are and what of God, or the Divine, is revealed to us there. Learn more and register here.
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Christian Faith and Dialogue in Election 2016 - Oct 2
Our faith can provide insight to make informed decisions and good moral choices. At the same time, political, cultural and media drama is making it harder to effectively hear one another and build the loving community Jesus intended. Come learn how we can form our conscience and be civil and loving in our dialogue with others. Leader: Debra Schneider, Catholics for Peace and Justice. Sunday, October 2nd at Good Shepherd Parish, N88 W17658 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls.
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity- Oct 4
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S, Layton Blvd. 
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly ICE Vigil - Oct 6
Thursday, October 6, 12:00 pm, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 Knapp St. 
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A Night of Nonpartisanship - Oct 6
Please join the Public Policy Forum and legendary journalist Bob Woodward for “A Night of Nonpartisanship.” Woodward will discuss the modern American presidency and the 2016 presidential election at a dinner event that will set aside political acrimony in favor of civil and thoughtful discourse.  Cost is $150. Learn more. For more information or to sponsor this event, please contact Therese Schneider at tschneider@publicpolicyforum.org or 414-276-8240 x.3 or Rob Henken at rhenken@publicpolicyforum.org 414-276-8240 x.1.
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Pallium Lecture: "Catholic Media: Reporters or Preachers – Prudently Countercultural or Indiscreetly Accommodating?" - Oct 6
In Conversation: Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., President and Editor in Chief, America Media, and Anne Thompson, Environmental Affairs and Vatican Correspondent, NBC Nightly News. Moderator: Deacon Michael Bowen. Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, 4257 N. 100th Street. Reception to follow presentation. Free of charge/open to the public. Please register by Friday, September 30: Rosalita (414)758-2217 or email: villar@archmil.org. For additional information, contact Connie Bach, connie.bach@sbcglobal.net.
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2016 CROP Hunger Walk - Oct 9
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee has organized these CROP Hunger walks for 30 years, collecting donations of food for the Hunger Task Force and raising pledges of monetary donations for international and domestic hunger and disaster relief through Church World Service or other organizations designated by the donors. More information will be available soon. in the meantime, for more details, please call (414) 276-9050 or send an email to greatermkecropwalk@gmail.com
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From SOA Watch to the Border/Join Us at the U.S./Mexico Border Oct 7-10
This October 7-10, join us in Nogales, Arizona for our first bi-national convergence at the U.S./Mexico border to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy. SOA Watch Field Organizer María Luisa Rosal and movement Founder, Father Roy Bourgeois move the popular mobilization to the U.S./Mexico border in the Fall of 2016. Learn more
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Refugee Realities: The Who, How and Why Refugees settle in Southeastern Wisconsin - Oct 12
Representatives from Catholic Charities will explain the role of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the process of refugee resettlement. Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30 pm, St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 1025 S 7th Ave., West Bend, Cabrini Hall. Enter from lower church parking lot off Hawthorn Drive. Contact Lucy Bloerdorn at 262-338-2075 or at bloedorn@alexssa.net. EMAIL 
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The Growing Food and Justice for All's Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training - Nov 16-18
This is a pre-conference training for the Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference and will focus on dismantling racism. This training will begin at 1 pm on November 16th and end on November 18th around noon and is held at the Growing Power Warehouse. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference - Nov 16-20
"Lets Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building." Learn more and purchase tickets for preconferences and the conference here.
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Three Perspectives on Food: A Conversation with Will Allen, Ron Finley and Alice Waters - Nov 18
Join Leaders in the food world as they come together to share their perspective on how farming, social justice and the culinary arts can be a powerful tool to make change locally, nationally and internationally. This event will be held at the Growing Power Warehouse, November 18, 7:30-9:30 pm Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6
A celebration of those working for racial equality, the 2016 Evening to Promote Racial Justice features keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo. Tuesday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: The Candidates on Mending the Gaps
From Nuns on the Bus - The Wisconsin Senate Candidates on the Issues
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Reflection: What We Are Missing as a City is Empathy
Reflection by Tarik Moody of 88Nine Milwaukee Radio
"Last night after the final night of the festival at Cactus Club, I was driving back to Riverwest with Jay Anderson, musician and one of the festival organizers. I started to get really hungry and I thought about grabbing something to eat from the BP gas station on the corner of Becher and KK.  I decided not to go in."

"Why? I was afraid."

Read Moody's reflection here...
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Prayer: A Prayer for Creation and Change
God and Creator of all, help us to grow with
the wisdom and strength needed to nurture
a culture of life, to protect all people and
all of God’s creation.

We pray especially for the young and
unborn who will dwell on your earth long
after we have gone, for the elderly, the
poor, the hospitalized, the prisoner, the
hungry, the thirsty , the lonely, the lost.
With your grace may we build a world that
loves and nurtures all life and all of God’s
creation.

Lord help me to see change in my life, not
as sacrifice, but as a means of increasing
my love for you and others. That I may
place the love of You and the needs of all
people and all creation before my own
fleeting desires.

Amen
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Help our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge who are suffering from devastating flooding.
In addition to praying, we may contribute directly to Catholic Charities USA either at their website or by mail: Catholic Charities USA, PO Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066. You may also choose to donate directly to Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge at their website or by mail: Catholic Charities Baton Rouge, 900 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. 
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