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Fr. Greg Boyle, of Homeboy Industries, reminds us that following Jesus means standing where he stands — at the margins, in the lowly places, making voices heard. And that matters to Jesus. Fr. Greg suggests that we imagine a circle of compassion; then imagine no one standing outside that circle, dismantling any barriers keeping anyone out. Just as God is so taken up in his compassion and love for us that he isn’t concerned with his own exaltation and he doesn’t have time to be disappointed with us. To Jesus, it’s all about us — community, transformation, and living in the truth that we are exactly who God had in mind when he made us. That is the only praise that Jesus has any interest in.

Bob Schuelke

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Reflect: Jesus Stands


Recurring Events
Pope Francis Quote

The true worship of God is always expressed in love of one’s neighbour.
Pope Francis

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Recurring Events: 

Waking up White - This community book discussion is facilitated by the SOPHIA's Racial Equity Team and will be a conversation about race to challenge yourself and share with others. The discussions will be held, Wednesdays, 2/12, 2/19, 3/4 & 3/11, 1:30-3:00 p.m., at Martha Merrell's Book Store, 231 W. Main St., Waukesha. Learn more, reserve a place at the discussions, and print the flyer here.
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Protest to Divest Every Friday at Noonin front of Chase Bank & Wells Fargo Bank on Water & Wisconsin. They are the 2 largest investors in fossil fuels on Earth.  
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Just Mercy (by Bryan Stevenson) Tosa All-City Read Book Discussions
  • February 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Stock House Brewing, 7208 W. North Ave
  • February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Meadowbrook Church, 1025 N. 70th Street
  • February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Corner Bakery Cafe, 11500 W. Burleigh St
  • February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Design Vision Optical, 8720 W. North Ave
  • February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 12012 W. North Ave
  • February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Cafe Blue, 6428 W. North Ave
Learn more about these and other Tosa Events here.
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Just Mercy (by Bryan Stevenson)Sisters of the Divine Savior Book Discussions
Sisters of the Divine Savior Community House, 4311 North 100th Street, Milwaukee
Friday, March 13 – 1:30-3:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 14 – 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Thanks to a generous donation, each person who registers for a book event can request a free copy of Just Mercy. Register at:
If you have questions, call the Mission Advancement Office at (414) 466-7414. The Salvatorian Sisters hope you can join in turning the page on conversation about criminal justice.
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Food, Faith and Farming Network

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Good Shepherd Parish Pray for Peace - Come join us to Pray for Peace on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. [for less than 30 minutes] in our Mary of Magdala chapel – south entrance, N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing

February and March Programs
  • Feb 1 | 9:00 a.m. - noon: Morning of Refreshment for Those Who Help Others
  • Feb 4 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care Today
  • Feb 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Wellness Wednesday
  • Feb 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Mystical World of Icons
  • Feb 17 | 10-11:15 a.m. or 6:30-7:45 p.m.: The Beguines: Radical Women's Movement of Medieval Times
  • Feb 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Democracy: Meeting Today's Political Challenges
  • Feb 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Spring Basket Making
  • Feb 19 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Ukranian Egg Decorating
  • Feb 28 - Mar 1: Family of Origin Reflective Workshop
  • Feb 29 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: "Raising Mom" 4 Keys to Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
  • Mar 1 and 2Tolton-From Slave to Priest, the remarkable story of America’s first black Catholic clergy person, presented by St. Luke Productions, is a powerful multi-media live production, filled with music, drama and inspiring performances bringing a message of hope and healing for the wounds that plague our culture.  Born into slavery, Augustus escaped to freedom with his mother and three siblings, attended seminary in Rome, as no US seminary would accept him, and was sent back into the hostile environment of his own hometown of Quincy, Illinois.  Here, and later in Chicago, his sermons and presence drew people of all races to his parish.  Today, his cause for canonization is moving forward quickly.  Performances at the Siena Center auditorium, 5637 Erie St., Racine, Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. and Monday, March 2 at 2 and 6:30 p.m..  A free-will offering will be taken at the door.  Seating is limited. Reserve your seats at  Sponsored by the Dominican Center for Justice Resources, Racine Dominican Sisters, Racine Interfaith Coalition, Racine Police Department and Public Library, Racine Vocational Ministry, Siena Retreat Center and University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  For more information contact Jim Gill at Siena Retreat Center, 262-898-2581 or

For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs!
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups.
Learn more
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm.  More information here
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), 7:00-8:30 pm from September 16, 2019 - May 18, 2020. Note:  We will meet on Monday, March 30 instead of April 6.  No meeting on April 6.  More information here
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, Tuesday Morning group (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month), 10:30 am -12:30 pm from September 17, 2019 - May 19, 2020. More information here
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Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines
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Peace Action Wisconsin
  • End the Wars Coalition meetings3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee 414-269-9525,
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
    • February 1: Howell & Howard
    • February 8:  16th & Wisconsin
    • February 15: Capitol & Teutonia
    • February 22: 92nd & North
    • February 29: KK & Lincoln 
    • March 7: Capitol & Oakland
    • March 14: 16th & Wisconsin 
    • March 21: Sherman & North 
    • March 28: National & Greenfield
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Voces de la Frontera Statewide Annual Assembly - Feb 1
Discuss plans for 2020-the census, driver’s licenses and DACA. Saturday, Feb 1, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., South Division High School, 1515 S Lapham Blvd, Milwaukee.
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PUSH OUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School - Feb 4
Movie Screening. Tuesday, 5:30-8 p.m., WI Black Historical Society, 2620 W Center St, Milwaukee, hosted by Black Lives Matter at School- Milwaukee. 
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A Jesuit Approach to Peace and Justice - Feb 4
Learn from human rights defender, Owen Chourappa, S.J. as he shares about the role of peacemaking in his work protecting migrants and the marginalized in India. Join us to discuss how race and religion play a role in India's recent Citizenship Amendment and learn about how the Legal Cell for Human Rights is protecting civilians during times of political unrest and violence. Tuesday, February 4, 4-5 p.m., Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, room 227. Learn more and register here.
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Salute to the African American Veteran - Feb 7
Trials and Triumphs: 21st Annual Salute the the African American Veteran. The program focuses on unique contributions that African Americans have made serving in the Military all the way back to the Revolution, almost always in spite of the Racial inequity they faced while serving, and certainly after coming home. In addition to historical video clips, there is a keynote speaker (this year a Vietnam Vet), the Navy Band, and other musical segments, and a really great reception afterwards. This event is free, open to the public and will be held February 7, 6:30 p.m., Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000W National Ave., Milwaukee. Learn more and print flyer here.
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Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Ending the Scourge of War? - Feb 8
The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee invites you to hear an informative review of the policies, actions, and positions of the leading Democratic presidential candidates and President Trump on ending war and maintaining peace. The information to be presented is taken from Peace Action, a national peace group, and their website Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. - noon, Redeemer Lutheran Church - 631 N. 19th Street (rear entrance), Milwaukee. Learn more here.
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Waking up White - Feb 12 & 19, Mar 4 & 11
This community book discussion is facilitated by the SOPHIA's Racial Equity Team and will be a conversation about race to challenge yourself and share with others. The discussions will be held, Wednesdays, 2/12, 2/19, 3/4 & 3/11, 1:30-3:00 p.m., at Martha Merrell's Book Store, 231 W. Main St., Waukesha. Learn more, reserve a place at the discussion, and print the flyer here.
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Bridging Faiths for a Stronger Democracy - Feb 13
A Kick-off Event for the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Project. Thursday, Feb 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m., First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. For further information about the event or the campaign, contact WCC's Justice and Witness Coordinator, Peter Bakken at Register here.
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Honoring African American Environmental Pioneers - Feb 17
Brenda Coley of the Milwaukee Water Commons, Ko-Thi African Dance Company, music. Awards will be given and include  Peace Action's George Martin, who has made the crucial link between militarism and fossil fuel use. Monday, February 17, 5:30- 8:30 p.m., Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W Center St, Milwaukee. Hosted by Nearby Nature Milwaukee, register with the Great Waters Group of Sierra Club, 414-344-1044 or
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“Milwaukee’s Great Divide” - Feb 21
A Film by local film-makers Dan Folkman and Chris Christie, on racial separation and inequality with interviews of people directly affected by segregation of Milwaukee. In observation of the World Day of Social Justice.  Friday, February 21, 7 p.m., Film Peace Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Sponsored by Peace Action WI.
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International Women’s Day Celebration - Mar 8
Guest speaker, Lakota elder Madonna Thunder Hawk, lifelong activist for Native American rights. Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., Room at UWM to be announced.
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International Days of Action Against Sanctions and Economic War - Mar 13
Panel Discussion with Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance (he's a Venezuelan Embassy protector) on sanctions in Venezuela and Iran, Art Heitzer of the Cuba Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, and Tom Seery, member of Peace Action WI's anti-sanctions delegation to Iraq in 1998 when the sanctions there killed 500,000 children. Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., Peace Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Sponsored by Peace Action of WI.
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International Day Against Racism, Fascism and War - Mar 14
Special Stand for Peace as a part of national actions that day. Saturday, March 14, Noon, Wisconsin Ave & 16th St.
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"The World is my Country" - Mar 19
Gary Davis's Fight for Global Citizenship and a world without borders, and his commitment to the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m., Peace Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Sponsored by Peace Action WI
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Water Walk 2020 - Apr 25
Led by Native American women who have a blessing of the waters of the Menomonee, Milwaukee and Kinnickinick Rivers and Lake Michigan. Saturday, April 25, Menomonee River Parkway. Sponsored by Flowering Tree and Inter-Tribal Water Walkers.

Prayer for Our Community:

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Fr. Richard Rohr

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“Jesus was not a man for others. He was one with others. There is a world of difference in that. Jesus didn't seek the rights of lepers. He touched the leper even before he got around to curing him. He didn't champion the cause of the outcast. He was the outcast. He didn't fight for improved conditions for the prisoner. He simply said, 'I was in prison.'

The strategy of Jesus is not centered in taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place—with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.”
― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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