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Wishing you all a safe and blessed 4th of July! I also want to extend a special thank you to all military personnel and families who have served and fought to protect our freedom. May God bless you all.

As we fire up the grills and set off fireworks celebrating Independence Day this week, let us all call to mind the words of Paul in his letter to the Galatians:

                  13 For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use
                 this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve
                 one another through love. Galatians 5:13

While our nation has been blessed with many freedoms, we must remember that we do not all experience the same freedoms. Unjust social structures continue to afflict our country, and we must always work to serve each other with love and continue to push until we have justice for all.

Breanne Rentschler

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Pope Francis Quote
"Together, we can seek the truth in dialogue, in relaxed conversation or in passionate debate. To do so calls for perseverance; it entails moments of silence and suffering, yet it can patiently embrace the broader experience of individuals and peoples. The flood of information at our fingertips does not make for greater wisdom. . . .The process of building fraternity, be it local or universal, can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters."  

Fratelli Tutti #50 

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Activities of Supermarket Legends (voting promotion group)

Registering Jailed Persons to Vote
Many thousands of Wisconsin residents in detention are eligible to vote but are prevented from voting because no one has helped them register to vote.  Terri Lowder and Peg Shrader from the Milwaukee County League of Women Voters met recently to discuss an initiative to help register eligible persons in detention in Milwaukee County.  They hope to meet soon with Ex-incarcerated Prisoners Organizing (EXPO) to explore how we can partner with them on this initiative. If you want to help, contact Terri Lowder at

Volunteers Needed for Farmers Markets
We would like to do tabling on some Saturdays this summer at both the South Shore Farmers Market and the Fondy Food Market.  If you are able to help one or more times at the South Shore Market, contact Dale Nook at  For the Fondy Food Market, contact Terri Lowder at  You will be paired with another volunteer and given all the supplies and materials needed. 

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World Refugee Day Celebrations

A celebration of World Refugee Day 2021 was launched on Sunday June 20 by a prayer gathering of refugee community leaders, community members, artists, and allies at Lynden Sculpture Garden. The celebration is on-going with outdoor events planned throughout the summer. Read the Wisconsin Muslim Journal's report of the prayer service here and learn more about HOME 2021: World Refugee Day page on Lynden’s website

HOME is the theme underpinning the work of the HOME Refugee Steering Committee to build a space of leading, coming together, and celebrating refugees. HOME 2021 will continue as series of dispersed outdoor events spanning the summer at Lynden’s grounds

Hanan Refugee Relief Group Milwaukee Chapter , serving a pivotal role for communicating with Greater Milwaukee’s refugee communities, has been a multi-year sponsor of HOME. The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee decided to partner this year with HOME-at-Lynden, particularly in organizing the prayer gathering to kick off the 2021 celebration.

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In these times...
For the past couple of weeks, I have been posting nearly daily on Facebook about the record weather – heat domes, deepening drought, torrential rains, all across the northern hemisphere, across the U.S. and Canadian West to Eastern Siberia and Europe. This is not a local phenomenon but worldwide, and it has all the hallmarks, the signals, of the planet’s response to global warming.

Summer. It is becoming a regular thing, a season of disasters. More of us have started to dread summer rather than look upon it as a time to get out and enjoy the natural world, to relax at beaches, in the woods, on mountain hikes. Yes, we can still do these things, but everywhere we go, we see how much the planet is changing. We see the impacts – the 22-year drought in parts of the West, the raging wildfires, the record heat, the deadly floods from torrents of rain.

The evening before I wrote this, my brother who lives in a town some 40 miles or so from Seattle posted that at 9:00 p.m. it was 91 degrees inside his townhouse and rising. A lot of folks in the Pacific Northwest do not have air conditioning – because they have never really needed it.

Perhaps the most difficult thing in this moment is that more and more of the world is beginning to understand that this is not some temporary misery that will end at some point, but rather the permanent trajectory of climate as we continue to heat up the atmosphere with CO2 emissions at industrial scale, to expand the industrial/technological project across the planet.

Read Margaret Swedish's full article here.

St. Mary Catholic Faith Community - Anti-Racism Program
  • One year "Racial Justice Working Team" with the goal of asking our parish to make a covenant to work toward becoming actively anti-racist at some point in the future
  • JustFaith Programs
    • Faith and Racial Equity: September - November 2021
    • Faith and Racial Healing: January - March 2022
    • Faith and Racial Justice: April - June 2022
Learn more, and get involved, on the Parish "Exploring Anti-Racism" Website

Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
The Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees needs members to re-register. If you haven't already done so, please register here

Visit the CCMR facebook page here. Feel free to contact Alex at 414-736-0969  or

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Recurring Events: 

World Refugee Day Celebrations

A celebration of World Refugee Day 2021 was launched on Sunday June 20 by a prayer gathering of refugee community leaders, community members, artists, and allies at Lynden Sculpture Garden. The celebration is on-going with outdoor events planned throughout the summer.

  • Saturday, July 10 • Music Day 
  • Sunday, July 25 • Dance Day
  • Saturday, August 7 • Fashion Day
  • Saturday, August 21 • Craft Day
  • Saturday, September 18 • Craft Day
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Black Lives are Sacred Public Witness Events
Public Witness Events: Each event lasts 1 hour, starting with prayer and including 8 minutes 46 seconds of kneeling in honor of George Floyd and all those affected by police violence. These events are organized by an informal group of Catholic lay people, and we warmly welcome all who want to stand up for the sacredness of Black lives.
  • Next event: Thursday, July 1, 5:30 PM - Black Lives Are Sacred Public Witness 49 - Vigil - Brown Deer at the intersection of Deerwood Dr. and Deerbrook Tr. 
Follow Black Lives are Sacred on their Facebook page Black Lives are Sacred MKE 
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Weekly Racial Justice Reading group - Fridays, 3 p.m.
Racial Justice Reading Group meets virtually every Friday at 3:00 p.m.: Everyone is welcome to an online reading group focused on racial justice and how our faith can inform and shape us as we work towards racial reconciliation and justice in our world. For more information, and to get the link to the Zoom meeting, email Patrick Conlin at
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In-depth Book discussion sponsored by Bay Bridge, starting June 30, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad. Facilitated by Judith Kubish, Whitefish Bay resident, 1 hour overview session and four 1.5 hour group discussion sessions in July & August.  Registration here. Questions?  Contact  or 414-731-6340
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Siena Retreat Center Events,, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402.
For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs.

Peace Action Wisconsin
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook
    Attention! Please wear masks and keep a social distance.
    • July 3: Oakland/North
    • July 10: 92nd/North
    • July 17: King/Locust
    • July 24: 43rd/Forest Home
    • July 31: Lincoln Memorial/LaFayette Hill

Building a Theology of Restoration and Fairness in Wisconsin: Why should faith communities be involved in the work to end mass incarceration - Jul 10
Featuring reflections from Senator Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and founding member of the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration. Saturday, July 10, 9:30 to 11:30, webinar. Register here.
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Lanterns for Peace - Aug 7
Please join Peace Action of Wisconsin on Saturday August 7, 7-9 pm, for a candlelight vigil along Lincoln Memorial Drive to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and renew our commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons. Learn more and register here.
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2021 Sustainability Fair - Aug 28
Experience activities for adults and children of all ages. Participate in the Electric Vehicle showcase, lifestyle exhibits, garden and landscape demos. Talk to solar and urban wood experts. Join in a guided nature hike, Kohls Wild theater, and the Heartbeat drum circle. The 2021 Sustainability Fair is an initiative of the Waukesha County Green Team in partnership with Waukesha County Parks and Land Use, Retzer Nature Center & Plowshare Fair Trade. The Fair is Free to attend. Planetarium shows are $2 and require advance registration. August 28, 9:30 am -3:00 pm, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha. Flyer Learn more at the Fair Event Page
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Moving Forward: Multimodal Transportation for a Strong Region - Sep 28
As we look ahead to the future of the Regional Transit Leadership Council and our region, we are excited to invite you to an in-person gathering at the Brookfield Conference Center this Fall. Please save the date and join us on September 28.September 28, 8 a.m. to Noon, Brookfield Conference Center. Learn more and watch for updates here.
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God, source of all freedom, this day is bright with the memory of those who declared life and liberty are your gift to every human being. Help us to continue a good work begun long ago. Make our vision clear and our will strong: that only in human solidarity will we find liberty, and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth. Turn our hearts toward the family of nations: to understand the ways of others, to offer friendship, and to find safety only in the common good of all. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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The definition of democracy is people of different identities, reaching across differences to work together for the common good.”

Dr. Matthew C. Weiner, Princeton University 
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