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JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
Friends,

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.  The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?  The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed..

This evil wolf is your inner critic. The one who tells you that you are a failure, the one who says that no one will love you or understand you for who you are. This wolf is a representation of your depression, your anxiety, and your low self-esteem.  

Just as you would with the bad wolf, it is imperative that you exercise your freedom of choice and decide to nourish the wolf of joy, peace and love. We often look to feed this wolf with external objects for our fulfillment and happiness.

Happiness isn’t a conditional state. It’s a state of being. Sylvia Boorstein’s book  Happiness is an Inside Job leads us to consider that we already have everything we need to be happy because we are whole as we are, right now. I would suggest further that we are whole and complete based on our Baptism.  The Spirit God dwells deeply in each and every one of us.  As we listen, the Spirit guides us to the realization that happiness is about kindness and seeing people as God sees them.  May we feed the wolf of kindness by seeing the face of Jesus in all people we encounter.

Bob Schuelke



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pray:  Blessing of the Ages


Reflect: God loves you by becoming you,

EVENTS | EDUCATION

GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
“Sometimes fears are legitimate but that they become an obstacle 'when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist.' Fear keeps us from encountering the Lord in another person.”  Pope Francis 5/27/2019


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EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael's Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street.  We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.
 
Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.
 
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Deborah Lindberg:  deborah.lindberg@att.net  or call 414-906-0458.
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Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing
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Conversation on Race: A Talk Worth Having
Bringing people together from across the community to be agents of transformation as we work to dismantle racism. Gatherings occur on the 2nd Tuesdays of each month (dates are set through 6/11/19) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd. Learn more.
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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's Stand for Peace
Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
  • June 1: National Ave & Cesar Chavez Dr
  • June 8: Brady & Farwell 
  • June 15: Highway 100 & Bluemound
  • June 22: Capitol & Teutonia
  • June 29: Port Washington & Silver Spring
 
Peace Action Wisconsin's Stand for Peace - Jun 1
This action will protest US plans to intervene with military action for regime change in Iran. Noon, National Ave & Cesar Chavez Dr.
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Medicaid Expansion Presentation & Action - Jun 6
Please join SOPHIA's Health Care Task Force for a presentation on how Medicaid Expansion will benefit ALL of us -- not just those directly receiving Medicaid. After the presentation, we'll take ACTION to let our state legislators know that Medicaid Expansion is right for Wisconsin. Free and open to the public. Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha. Contact Bev Bradford at bevj.bradford@gmail.com with questions.
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Implicit Bias Training- Jun 8
Recognizing and understanding implicit bias to build stronger communitiespresented by MICAH and WISDOM at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, 2647 N. Stowell Ave., Milwaukee. Gathering at 8:30 a.m., Training is from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. No cost to attend - Bring a dish to pass. Register for the workshop here. For questions, email lisa@micahmke.org
Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba - Jun 13
Hear Fr. Luis Barrios talk about Cuba today, current US-Cuba relations, and the Pastors for Peace/IFCO Caravan. Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St. Milwaukee. Learn more.  Flyer.

2019 Capuchin Walk for the Hungry - Jun 14
Register for the Capuchin Walk for the Hungry and help feed, clothe and care for those in need. Friday, June 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Henry Maier Festival Park Mid-Gate (Summerfest grounds). Learn more and register here.
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Implicit Bias Workshop - Jun 14-15
Recognizing and understanding implicit bias to build stronger communities is a two-part workshop presented by SOPHIA and WISDOM at the Church of the Resurrection, W287N3700 N Shore Dr, Pewaukee. No cost to attend - Free childcare is available. Learn more about implicit bias and register for the workshop here.

S.O.A.P. Hotel/Motel Project - Jun 15 and 17-21
S.O.A.P. stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” and is a hands-on outreach to fight sex trafficking in our communities. We will be labeling and bagging soap and make up wipes to deliver to hotels and motels in Waukesha and Washington Counties.
  • Saturday, June 15, 8:00-11:00 a.m. - Soap labeling, bagging and training, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 225 S Hartwell Ave., Waukesha.
  • Monday, June17 through Friday, June 21. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Soap delivery to Hotels/Motels in Waukesha and Washington Counties.
Learn more and register here.
Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice - Aug 18
Sunday, August 18, 2019; Bishop Brendon Kelly of Galway Ireland will be the celebrant. The Irish Fest Peace and Justice Choir will begin music at 9 a.m.; the Liturgy will start at 9:30 AM; bring food for the Hunger Task Force to get in free. Learn more.

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PRAY


BLESSING OF THE AGES

On the day when your inner child
Curls up in fetal mode
With thumb in mouth
And blanket clutched
May a thousand memories of childhood play
On rocks, in creeks
On lookouts, in hideouts
Call out to you, caress you
And carry you onward

When the inner crisis of mid-life
Grabs your throat tight at midnight
And drowns you in droves of unrealized dreams
May you find a pause on the path
A rock on which to rest
With a view above the valleys
And a peace in the present

When your soul feels as useless
As hunched-back old man
In nursing home wheelchair
May you awaken in the world around you
A renewed hope in humanity
By welcoming care and concern
With a single, simple smile

May the wonder of children be yours
May the dreams of youth be yours
May the pragmatism of adults be yours
May the wisdom of elders be yours

And may the Ancient of Days
He who looms large and long over your life
Your past, your present and your path yet unknown
Whisper deeply and daily
Into the depths of your soul

David Brazzeal
(in the spirit of John O’Donohue’s “Beannacht”)


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REFLECT

God loves you by becoming you, taking your side in the inner dialogue of self-accusation and defense. God loves you by turning your mistakes into grace, by constantly giving you back to yourself in a larger shape. God stands with you, not against you, whenever you are tempted to shame or self-hatred. If your authority figures resorted to threat and punishment, it can be hard to feel or trust this inner give and take. Remember, the only thing that separates you from God is the thought that you are separate from God!


Taken from Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Sunday, May 26, 2019


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