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DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
Advent, a season of special grace, is a time set aside to prepare to receive Jesus more fully at Christmas.  Advent is about readying one’s heart to cradle the One who will be born anew when the Nativity feast is celebrated once again.  Advent is a time of hopeful expectation that Jesus will heed one’s ardent longing that He abide more completely within oneself.  If one’s desire for Jesus is great, one’s whole being will become centered in the joy that will accompany His renewed birthing in one’s life. 

“What joy is ours when we find Jesus, the sunshine of the universe.  Heaven and earth kiss in Jesus.  Jesus is God’s smile on the earth.”  Thomas Merton

May we all listen and be open to receive Jesus more fully at Christmas.

Bob Schuelke


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pray:  What you need

Reflect: Christmas

EVENTS | EDUCATION

GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
“We are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness. In order to do this we need to learn to not depend on our own securities, our own established plans, because the Lord comes in the hour which we don’t imagine.”
Pope Francis

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EVENTS AND EDUCATION


Reflection Books from Pax Christi USA
As peacemakers and justice-seekers we prioritize paying attention to the "signs of the times," being in touch with the suffering of the world, and doing our part to work for peace with justice. 
 
It can be sad. It can be frustrating. It can be overwhelming.  But God makes all things new, God gives us strength, and God gives us peace.
 
We must prioritize peace within us if we want to create to peace in the world.
 
This is why we are offering you the 2019 Advent reflection booklet AND we have brought back "Peacemaking Day by Day"!  Go to these links to learn more.
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Recurring Events: 

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
December Programs
  • Advent Theme of Reflection, “Hail, You Are Full of Grace,” Wednesday, Dec 4, offered twice 9:30-11:00am and 6:30-8:00pm
  • Advent Day of Solitude: Ever Ancient, Ever New, Sunday, Dec 8, 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Meditation and Life Integration, Monday, Dec 9, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Taizé Prayer, Monday, Dec 16, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Honoring Grief…Intending to Heal, Saturdays, January 25, February 22, March 21, April 25, and July 11, 2020.
    (Snow date May 9), 8:30am—4:30pm
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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 hainesa@archmil.org.

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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, info@peaceactionwi.org
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
    • Nov. 30: Hwy 100 & North
    • December 7: Locust & Humboldt
    • December 14: 76th & Layton
    • December 21: Port Washington & Silver Spring
    • December 28: St. Paul & Water 
    • January 4: 27th and Oklahoma
    • January 11: Cesar Chavez (16th) and Greenfield
    • January 18: Hawley and Bluemound
    • January 25: King and North
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Fr. G. Simon Harak, S.J. Room Dedication - Dec 3
Join us for a memorial dedication of the Center for Peacemaking's student room in honor of Fr. G. Simon Harak, S.J.
Simon; the founding director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. Tuesday, December 3, 1-2 p.m., MU Center for Peacemaking, 1616 W. Wells St. Learn more and register here. CCMR All-Member Gathering - Dec 4
Several of our Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees Border Delegation members will reflect on their recent Border Awareness Experience in El Paso last month. They will report on our education, advocacy and recruitment efforts, and get your input on next steps. We hope you will plan to attend and invite others to join us.  Click here to get on CCMR's mailing list.Wednesday, December 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Priests of the Sacred Heart U.S. Province Conference Center, 7373 S. Lovers Lane Rd.
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Scripture with Scholars - "O" What a Season! - Dec 4
The "O" Antiphons have been sung in the Catholic Church since at least the eighth century. In 2019 from December 17 - 23 they accompany the Magnificat as part of Evening Prayer (Vespers) in the Liturgy of the Hours and are used as the Alleluia verses on the same days in the Liturgy of the Mass. The well-known hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is o paraphrase of the "O" Antiphons. We will discuss the biblical context of the Messianic titles used in the antiphons to better prepare ourselves for the arrival/return of Christ. Come!Wednesday, December 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Atrium, 812 N. Jackson St.,  Milwaukee. Learn more.

The Impact of Incarceration on Communities: A Systems Perspective - Dec 5
This is the third in the Milwaukee Turners’ program Confronting Mass Incarceration (CMI) - Rethinking Justice and Incarceration in Wisconsin, in collaboration with ACLU-WI, Wisconsin Justice Initiative (WJI), Marquette University, UWM, MSOE and MATC, have worked together at organizing this groundbreaking series aimed at moving the community conversation forward on confronting the broken criminal justice system in Wisconsin. Thursday, December 5, 6:00 PM  8:00 p.m., UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 East Hartford Ave., Milwaukee. Learn more and RSVP for the free tickets here. Series flyer.
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Whiteness: A Dialogue on Race - Dec 10
A Zeidler Center Frank Talk - a new, public program inspired by Frank P. Zeidler's legacy of civil discourse. Facilitators in training will be able to attend Frank Talk discussions as a way to get further experience with our Listening Circle model and will count toward their trajectory to becoming a fully certified facilitator with the Zeidler Center. Tuesday, December 10, 7:30-8:00 p.m..Any questions regarding Frank Talks? Reach out to our Lead Facilitation Trainer, Jules, at facilitation@zeidlercenter.org. Register here.
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National Migration Prayer Event – Jan 9
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated the week starting on Sunday, January 5th, as National Migration Week. You are invited to join us at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 12700 W Howard Ave, New Berlin (262-782-6760) on Thursday, January 9th for a National Migration Day of Prayer and Reflection. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with Mass. After Mass, our indoor labyrinth will be open until 8:00 p.m. to allow for private prayer and reflection. You are welcome to join us at any time throughout the day. Come journey with us! Flyer.
 
Violence, Violence, Violence: Where does it Start and How do we Deal with it? - Jan 16
This is the fourth in the Milwaukee Turners’ program Confronting Mass Incarceration (CMI) - Rethinking Justice and Incarceration in Wisconsin, in collaboration with ACLU-WI, Wisconsin Justice Initiative (WJI), Marquette University, UWM, MSOE and MATC, have worked together at organizing this groundbreaking series aimed at moving the community conversation forward on confronting the broken criminal justice system in Wisconsin. Thursday, January 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., MSOE Michael J. Cudahy Student Center, 1033 N Broadway, Milwaukee. Learn more and RSVP for the free tickets here. Series flyer.
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Reentry: Ready or Not - Jan 23
This is the fifth and final part of the Milwaukee Turners’ program Confronting Mass Incarceration (CMI) - Rethinking Justice and Incarceration in Wisconsin, in collaboration with ACLU-WI, Wisconsin Justice Initiative (WJI), Marquette University, UWM, MSOE and MATC, have worked together at organizing this groundbreaking series aimed at moving the community conversation forward on confronting the broken criminal justice system in Wisconsin. Thursday, January 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee. Learn more and RSVP for the free tickets here. Series flyer.
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PRAY

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.

What you need, is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by this present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

Thomas Merton



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REFLECT

Christmas is a reminder that I’m invited to be born again and again in the shape of my God-given self, born in all the vulnerability of the Christmas story.  An infant in a manger is as vulnerable as we get. What an infant needs is not theological debate but nurturing. The same is true of all the good words seeded in our souls that cry out to become embodied in this broken world. If these vulnerable but powerful parts of ourselves are to find the courage to take on flesh — to suffer yet survive and thrive, transforming our lives along with the life of the world — they need the shelter of unconditional love.
 

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