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Catholics for Peace and Justice September 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
SEPTEMBER 2014 Newsletter

You may have seen it. An urgent and desperate prayer request for the people in northern Iraq. It originated from a CRI relief worker on August 9. It began "We lost the city of Queragosh." "It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically." ISIS has pushed back Kurdish forces and is within 10 minutes of where our team is working.  "Our team is unmoved and will stay." "Prayer cover needed”

“Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.” [LK 6:12]

They say being exposed to too much violence can make us numb. It can cause us to react to violence with violence or force us to duck for cover from the bombardment of our ears, our eyes, our hearts and emotions.  It can cause us to raise our voice in anger or feel helpless and walk away.   

“Lord, teach us to pray” [LK 11:1]  ...for the victims, for those who commit violence, for leaders, and for ourselves to act with mercy, wisdom, courage and action.

"So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." [MK 11:24]
 
Iraq, Ferguson, Syria, Central America, Gaza, South Sudan, the U.S. border, Ukraine, Pakistan, Milwaukee…  

“Prayer cover needed.”

Blessings and prayers for your ministries.

        Last chance to register for the September 6 conference with Bishop Hying.


For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   
www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL 
Following Pope Francis: On Conflict
Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee "City Wide Dialogue" on Oct 5
…And The Greater Together Challenge
"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion September 23
Synodal Declaration September 14

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Sign On to Poverty Statement
11X15 - Call for Reform
Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back
Do You Hear Their Voices? – Invitation to the SOAW Vigil - Nov 20-23
Common Ground Update
Strength in numbers: The power of community organizing
Nuns on the Bus Are Back on the Road
Human Trafficking – World Day of Peace Message 2015
Milwaukee Sister City Delegation 
“Sailing Past Plastic” in our Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
Twelve Priority Measures to Save Energy at Your Church
Northwest Earth Institute Eco-Challenge

EDUCATION AND EVENTS
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Sept 2
“Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel” – Sept 6
Eat Local Resource Fair- Sept 6
Disruption - A Film About Climate Change – Sept 7
Vision 2050 SEWRPC – Sept 8 - 18
The Dialogue Initiative – Sept 9
Civil Discourse in a Changing Society with Parker Palmer – Sept 13
Doctors Without Borders Film - Access to the Danger Zone – Sept 15
Thrive WI Health Equity Training – Sept 16
SSND Public Prayer for Peace on International Day of Peace – Sept 19
The People’s Climate March – Sept 21
"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion – Sept 23
The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community – Sept 23
Hearts and Soles Rally Against Gun Violence – Sept. 27
Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9

PRAYER, STUDY, REFLECTION
Book: Radical Compassion:  Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor
Reflection: The U.S., ISIS and Violence in Iraq by Frank Pauc
Prayer: Prayer of St. Francis

GENERAL
Following Pope Francis: On Conflict
“Conflict arises when people judge others; look only at others' defects, not their gifts; give more weight to differences than common ground; make themselves the top priority; and follow their own ambitions and points of view"

“...the holiness of the church [is] in recognizing in each other the image of God," Pope Francis – August 27, 2014
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Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee "City Wide Dialogue" – Oct 5
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 5, 12:30-3:30 pm to participate in the City-wide Dialogue “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” at the Zilber School of Public Health. The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion will lead a citywide dialogue on segregation in greater Milwaukee. Participants across the greater Milwaukee area will be led in facilitated small groups to discuss their stories, personal experiences, and ideas on building thriving community across Milwaukee.  Come to engage with others in dialogue, to share diverse perspectives, and to create new relationships and networks. The Zeidler Center Report on dialogues held over the summer will also be available for all participants. A free light lunch will be included at the beginning of the event. All are invited!  Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE   This dialogue is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Questions? Contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com  
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…And The Greater Together Challenge
Participate in the Greater Together Challenge: The Greater Together Challenge, sponsored by the Greater Together coalition of volunteer organizations, is an open contest of ideas. They are inviting individuals and groups to share concrete ideas,  large and small, designed to dismantle segregation and racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee. The deadline to submit solutions-based proposals is September 7. Learn more.  Ten finalists will be announced at The Greater Together Challenge on October 13 at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N 4th St, Milwaukee. The 10 finalists will have 6 minutes each to share an idea with the audience, civic leaders, advocates and experts. Each member of the audience will vote for the idea that they think is the best. After the presentations, there will be a celebration with music and an opportunity to share your ideas with your new friends. Learn more
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"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion September 23
A passionate argument for the middle class. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. "Inequality For All" explains why. With Prof. Reich as our guide,"Inequality For All" looks at how policy changes over the past 30 years threaten an economy dependent on middle class spending. The screening of the film will be follow by a 30 min guided group discussion. Date September 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes.  FLYER Spread the word.  Bring your friends. Excellent pre-election education. Sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Regional Social Justice Committee. For more information contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com 
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Synodal Declaration September 14
On September 14, the feast of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Listecki plans to issue a Synodal Declaration. This document will integrate all the priorities established by the Synod that was held on Pentecost weekend in June. Archbishop Listecki has stated, “It will give us our blueprint for the next 10-15 years.”  You can view synod priority results, videos and background papers here.  
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Sign On to Poverty Statement
WISDOM, along with the Wisconsin Council of Churches, is asking people of faith from throughout Wisconsin to sign on to the “Faithful Citizenship” statement. Together with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, we are holding gatherings around the state to talk about the depth of the scandal of poverty and about the role of faith communities and faithful individuals in confronting it. You can read and sign on to our statement here.   It is drawn from the input of more than 150 diverse faith leaders in Wisconsin.  Use the letter in your conversations about the upcoming election. Invite your friends, family and fellow congregants to add their names. We will present these letters and signatures in October to those who wish to be elected in November. Together we can make poverty a key issue of the upcoming election!
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11X15 - Call for Reform
Over 150 people participated in WISDOM’s press conference on Wednesday, August 20.  We released our new brief, Failures in Revocation and GPS Monitoring, in front of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Center and we did a good job of educating about the serious problems, and the ways they hurt real people – many of whom were with us yesterday.  Then we marched to Governor Walker’s Milwaukee office and left him a letter:     “… a study by the Council of State Governments showed that about 4,000 of the people who enter our prisons each year do so because of technical violations of their probation or parole. That is, they are not sent back to prison because they have committed a crime, but because they have violated a rule of probation. If those 4,000 people serve just one year back in prison, the cost to the taxpayers is about $140 million per year…”  We reminded the Governor that “The Department of Corrections is out of control. The budget is out of control, and the rate of incarceration is out of control. Much of this is the direct result of decisions made, or not made, by your office”.

Our next Reform Now brief will be on the injustices related to solitary confinement. That event will be in Madison. Watch our website   and Facebook page for ways you can help with this campaign to reform Wisconsin’s criminal justice system. 

JS Online Aug 20, 2014 “Thousands of Wisconsin Parolees Go Back to Prison for Technical Reasons”.  
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Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back
Let's Not Let This Get Buried: Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back.  It's bad enough when 18 year olds get executed and infants get flash-bang grenaded. Do we as a country have to knowingly send children to their death as well?  Apparently so.  Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times.  Read Article  
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Do You Hear Their Voices? – Invitation to the SOAW Vigil - Nov 20-23
The voices of the martyrs and of our recently deceased dear friend, Fr. Bill Brennan S.J., are calling you to join Peacemakers at the gates of Fort Benning the weekend of November 20 – 23th.   This year will mark the 25th anniversary of both the protest and one of the events that motivated the 1st nonviolent demonstration: the massacre of 16 year old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos and six Jesuit priests at the University of Central America in El Salvador.

For 25 years, thousands of protesters have gathered nonviolently on Ft. Benning Rd, just outside Fort Benning located in Columbus, Ga. to demand the closing of what was once called the School of the Americas, a Defense Department program that brings Latin American soldiers to the U.S. for military training (supported with U.S. tax dollars).  “SOA Watch calls for the closure of the institute which exports the militarization of police, perpetuates coups, torture, and human rights abuses in the face of social and political problems.  Learn More about joining the SOAW Vigil .   Vigil Application Form.  
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Common Ground Update
CPJ Core Team Meeting: Join us for the CPJ Common Ground meeting.  All are invited.  Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM  Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd. The CPJ Common Ground Core Group provides a place to learn about community advocacy, details about issues and how to participate, a place to lift each other up as well as identify issues. Contact Mary Kleist at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net
Help Common Ground Fight for Senior Transit in Waukesha Co. - Throughout Waukesha County seniors and people with disabilities who can’t drive have been struggling to get to medical appointments and jobs, attend church, shop for food and visit their family/friends.  Learn more here 
Fall Assembly - Mark Your Calendar, Sunday, 10/19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Location: TBA. Fair Play will be heating up this Fall. Do not miss this important Assembly.  It will be our largest and most energizing yet.
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Strength in numbers: The power of community organizing
U.S. Catholic / If a community wants things to change, sometimes they have to be willing to get together and track mud on the carpets of city hall.   While growing up in the Dominican Republic, Ana Garcia-Ashley lived on a dirt road that always had plenty of traffic, making it too dangerous a place for neighborhood children to play. One morning, her grandmother got fed up with the situation and decided to take action. She went door to door, rounding up other concerned community members. Together they created a human chain to block the road, stopping traffic in hopes of having their concerns heard. Garcia-Ashley recalls standing in the road holding the hand of her grandmother, who looked down at her and said, “This is what it means to be a Catholic.”  Read Article Here   
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Nuns on the Bus Are Back on the Road
From Network Lobby
As you may know, NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are going back on the road to mobilize voters. When we all vote, we have the power to overcome the corrupting influence of "big money" campaign donations.  While NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are only going to a few states, everyone can participate in a nationwide push to motivate, register, and mobilize voters. Preview our Voter Toolkit
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Human Trafficking – World Day of Peace Message
Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon.  "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" will be the theme for the Jan. 1, 2015, commemoration and for the message Pope Francis will write for the occasion, according to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.   
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Milwaukee Sister City Delegation 
Peace Action Wisconsin is partnering with the Milwaukee Common Council’s Sister Cities Committee to send a delegation of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago-area residents to Carora, Venezuela from February 3-13, 2015--and you’re invited! In 2009 Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Mayor Edgar Carrasco of Carora, Venezuela signed the Sister Cities Agreement in the name of creating strong cultural and economic bonds between the two cities. Learn more about the Sister City Delegation here..  
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“Sailing Past Plastic” in our Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
Annie Leonard of “Story of Stuff” sits down with Stiv Wilson from 5 Gyres and takes a close look at plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers and what we can do to stop it.  Listen to “Sailing Past Plastic” Find out the facts and what you can do.   
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Twelve Priority Measures to Save Energy at Your Church
 To conserve energy at your religious institution, you need to focus on several areas: people, temperature, lighting, appliances, and water.  Here are twelve priority measures to save energy which GreenFaith recommends.  These recommendations are based on research and our experience conducting energy audits at hundreds of religious institutions.  
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Northwest Earth Institute Eco-Challenge
For two weeks, October 15-29th, the NWEI challenges you to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. It’s a win-win that’s designed to inspire a lifetime of positive change. For years our participants have told great stories and developed lasting habits that echo beyond their individual communities. If you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 stories to inspire you.  
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EDUCATION AND EVENTS
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Sept 2
Please mark your calendar for our next Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground core team meeting.  All are invited.  Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM  Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd. The CPJ Common Ground Core Group provides a place to learn about community advocacy, details about issues and how to participate, a place to lift each other up as well as identify issues that would be taken to the larger group. Contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net for more info.
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“Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel” – Sept 6
“Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel” with Bishop Hying Saturday Morning, Sept 6.  A morning of Formation and Reflection on Charity and Justice” with mass and keynote by Bishop Hying.  Eight workshops offered including the St Vincent de Paul mentoring program, recruiting volunteers, Catholic social teaching in your parish, moving from charity to justice, discussing “hot topics” and more. FLYER with details.  Parishes and Orgs will share a variety of successful outreach ministries. ALL People interested in social justice ministry are invited. REGISTER HERE  by September 2nd. FREE. September 6, 8 am to noon. St. James Catholic Church, W220 N6588 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.  Contact Rob Shelledy at shelledyr@archmil.org
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Eat Local Resource Fair- Sept 6
The Eat Local Challenge takes place during the first two weeks in September! Attend workshops and talks about how you can eat more locally and why it is important to you, our community and the environment. Also gather resources about buying and eating local food, exchange recipes and much more!  Sept 6, 11am - 3:00 p.m at the Urban Ecology Center.  Learn more… 
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Disruption - A Film About Climate Change – Sept 7
From 350.org - Here's the brand-new trailer for Disruption, a movie for the climate movement that we’re hoping will galvanize a new wave of climate action and climate leadership this fall:  Click here to watch the trailer. Disruption will be released for free online on September 7 -- and on that day there will also be independent screenings and house parties around the country to watch the movie in groups. Together, we’ll gather in movie theaters, church basements, and living rooms -- to get a taste of that movement energy, while building toward something even bigger. Click here to watch and share the trailer and to learn more about local screening events and how to host a screening.  
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Vision 2050 SEWRPC – Sept 8 - 18
Let this serve as your reminder: please join us in exploring the future of land use and transportation at an interactive workshop in September!  Find out more…     Register for a workshop  
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The Dialogue Initiative – Sept 9
How tired are you of defending your actions, or your opinions and beliefs? How many of us do anything to avoid a tough situation? Are you worn out from trying to be perfect, never making a mistake? How many of us are filled with fear when faced with a conflict, ultimately avoiding it? The Dialogue Initiative begins by examining our own behavior as it relates to escalating difficult situations. This four week session of 2 hours a week, (6:30 – 8:30 pm) beginning September 9th, is a powerful, interactive and community building course. Please join us – your time will be well spent. Sponsored by the Plowshare Center.  Flyer here 
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Civil Discourse in a Changing Society with Parker Palmer – Sept 13
Madison Civics Club, Monona Terrace, Madison, September 13. Are we, as a civilized society, becoming increasingly polarized, to the point of abandoning respectful discourse in favor of abrasive "win at all costs" tactics? A world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, Parker Palmer is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including: Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness and Healing the Heart of Democracy. Registration opens August 15. More Information  
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Doctors Without Borders Film Screening - Access to the Danger Zone – Sept 15
Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free screening of the engaging and informative film Access to the Danger Zone, narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, about the challenges MSF has faced while providing emergency medical aid in the complex conflict areas of Somalia, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A Q&A with MSF aid workers will follow each screening. Register for Milwaukee Screeenting  on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:00 PM Oriental Theatre, 2230 North Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Thrive WI Health Equity Training – Sept 16
Community organizing to advance health in Wisconsin. Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 11:00am-4:00pm, UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N 10th Street, Milwaukee. Increase understanding of health equity and community organizing; Cultivate partnerships between public health and community organizing networks; Establish action steps to advance policy and systems change; Case study: Second Chance Act. Learn more…
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SSND Public Prayer for Peace on International Day of Peace – Sept 19
Public Prayer for Peace All Are Welcome! Notre Dame of Elm Grove, 13105 Watertown Plank Road – by the Peace Pole in the North Courtyard* In response to the many situations of violence and unrest throughout our world, and in commemoration of the International Day of Peace  , Go here for more information  or call Tim at 262-787-1023. Please help us get the word out by sharing this flyer.  Consider making a peace crane (or several) and bring them with you to the prayer service.  You can find directions for making origami peace cranes here.    “We are living in a time of many wars and the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive.” – Pope Francis.  Please consider joining us this year and bring a friend.
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The People’s Climate March – Sept 21
On September 23, world leaders will gather in New York City for a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. They will be preparing for the International Climate Change Conference to be held in Lima, Peru, in early December. On Sunday, September 21, hundreds of thousands of people are planning to greet those leaders with the largest climate mobilization in history. The  People's Climate March  is being organized by 350.org and Avaaz. They expect half a million people.  We need to be there! 350.org Milwaukee is planning buses to the march from Milwaukee, which will leave in the evening on Saturday 9/20 and return Monday morning. We're also organizing a bus for people to attend the NYC Climate Convergence, to leave Thursday 9/18 and return the morning of Monday 9/22.  More info  Contact Julie at (414) 964-9478 or Devon at (414) 617-5843 with questions and to buy tickets offline. sponsored by 350.org Milwaukee 
CPJ Note: Can’t attend the march?  Sign a petition to President Obama and members of Congress  
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"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion – Sept 23
Film Screening and Discussion Tuesday, September 23. A passionate argument for the middle class and important precursor to the fall elections. Come. Learn. Bring a Friend. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. Inequality for All" explains why. The screening of the film will be followed by a 30 min guided group discussion. FLYER with details. FREE. September 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Our Lady of Lourdes, 3722 S. 58th St., Milwaukee.  Spread the word.  Bring a friend. Sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Regional Social Justice Committee. Contact Deb Schneider at djschneider@wi.rr.com
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The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community – Sept 23
The EDGE SSND, an ecological and educational effort integrating the Universe Story, is presenting a thought-provoking, challenging and expertly produced film: Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community. The interviewees featured throughout this film, focus on the interaction among major issues of our day. Film shown: September 23, 2014; 11:30-1:00 PM; Maria Conference Center; Notre Dame of Elm Grove; 13105 Watertown Plank Road; Elm Grove, WI. Since this is part of our Brown Bag Buzz series, please pack your lunch; dessert and refreshments are provided. Registration: theedge@ssndcp.org or call 262-787-1011 by 9-11-14. Cost $10.0011:30-1:00 PM.  FLYER
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Hearts and Soles Rally Against Gun Violence – Sept. 27
Take a Stand Against Gun Violence: Attend a Hearts & Soles Rally in Your Area. Hearts & Soles: A five-city tour to prevent gun violence in Wisconsin. Every year, an average of 467 men, women, and children in Wisconsin are killed by guns. One death is too many -- 467 is a crisis that requires immediate action. That’s why we’ll be traveling with a display of 467 empty pairs of shoes all across Wisconsin to honor the lives of people lost to gun violence and to rally citizens to form a united front in the fight to prevent the tragedies that have devastated so many families and communities. Sponsored by Organizing for Action-WI and WAVE Educational Fund (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) or call 414-351-9283 . Hearts & Soles Tour Schedule: Milwaukee: September 27, 2014. 10:00am - 12:00pm. Alice’s Garden: 2136 N. 21st St. Click Here for more dates/locations
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Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9
The Well of Many Rivers: Creating Currents of Change is the theme of this year's Call to Action national conference in Memphis TN.  For details and online registration go to www.cta-usa.org/conference .
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PRAYER, STUDY AND REFLECTION
Book: Radical Compassion:  Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor
By Gary Smith, SJ
For more than twenty-five years, Gary Smith, S.J., has lived among and ministered to the poor. Through a series of compelling vignettes that read like personal journal entries, Smith chronicles his life and work in the poverty-stricken Old Town section of Portland, Oregon. In his touching and often heart-breaking stories, Smith reveals the gritty reality of life on the streets, introduces many of the people who have touched his life, and shares hard-won wisdom on love, acceptance, and forgiveness.  As a passionate and dedicated advocate for the poor, Smith addresses the major problems and important issues facing this growing population. From the ravages of mental illness and addiction to struggles for affordable housing and quality health care, Smith brings attention to problems that many choose to ignore
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Reflection: The U.S., ISIS and Violence in Iraq by Frank Pauc
The following was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It is apparent that the United States must act to combat the forces of ISIS. The members of the Islamic State have committed barbaric crimes and have endangered thousands of innocent people. It is very possible that the ISIS may attempt to attack America at some point. Something needs to be done.
 
Having said this, it is also apparent that military action against ISIS, problematic as that is, is only a short term solution to the violence in that part of the world. In actuality, bombing ISIS and arming the opponents of the Islamic State is the easy part. The real work comes when trying to create a lasting peace. We may destroy the military strength of ISIS and decimate its forces, but that will only provide a temporary relief. The need to provide healing and reconciliation between peoples will take much greater efforts and much more time. 
 
The question boils down to whether we simply want to eliminate the current military and political threat that ISIS presents, or do we want to attempt to establish a lasting peace. If we only attack and destroy and kill, then we will have to confront this issue again, and soon. Violence begets violence, and hate begets hate. We bear some responsibility for the current state of affairs, and we should look at the results of our past deeds.
 
Finally, it is essential to keep in mind that, regardless of how wicked and offensive the actions of ISIS are, the people who committed these acts are still human beings. They are not monsters. They are more like us than we would like to admit. Despite their crimes, they are still loved by God.
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Prayer: Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.   
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