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AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER
I thought Richard Rohr’s reflection on Covid-19 is so relevant for our guidance during this most difficult time.

“It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.

But for God to reach us, we have to allow suffering to wound us. Now is no time for an academic solidarity with the world. Real solidarity needs to be felt and suffered. That’s the real meaning of the word “suffer” – to allow someone else’s pain to influence us in a real way. We need to move beyond our own personal feelings and take in the whole.

I hope this experience will force our attention outwards to the suffering of the most vulnerable. Love always means going beyond yourself to otherness. It takes two. There has to be the lover and the beloved. We must be stretched to an encounter with otherness, and only then do we know it’s love. This is what we call the subject-subject relationship. Love alone overcomes fear and is the true foundation that lasts (1 Corinthians 13:13).”

Bob Schuelke

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pope Francis Quote

Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism


 

ACTIONS | ISSUES

 

EVENTS | EDUCATION 
Recurring Events

GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity, calls us to right relationship with God, ourselves, and others. As the Body of Christ, it sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world. 
 
Pope Francis

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Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism
Sign up here - www.tinyurl.com/healracism - to receive a monthly prayer guide with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Monthly gatherings have been postponed due to Covid, but may resume in the fall.  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, Franciscan Peacemakers. For more information, please contact: Shelly Roder, shelly.roder@franciscanpeacemakers.com

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ACTIONS AND ISSUES

 
Faces of Migration

 

Post the above Justice for Immigrants image to your Facebook page. 

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Voter Updates
Do you want to serve as an election inspector (poll worker) in Milwaukee county? Apply at  https://city.milwaukee.gov/Helpmilwaukeevote

Many organizations are working toward turning out voters for the August 11 and November 3 elections. Common Ground and MICAH are promoting voter registration; If your congregation belongs to one of these organizations, they are seeking volunteers. Other organizations that seek volunteers from the general public are League of Women Voters and Supermarket Legends. Use their websites to connect with the volunteer activity of interest to you.

Supermarket Legends is seeking volunteers to speak with people (from a safe social distance)  about voting, at both the Fondy Farmers’ Market and the South Shore Farmers’ Market. Get involved by emailing Terri Lowder, tlowder996@gmail.com

Do you need more information about candidates on your ballot? Use the League of Women Voter’s information page at https://www.vote411.org/wisconsin
 
Need help getting an ID to vote?   Call Statewide 608-285-2141.

Problems when voting?   Call Election Protection 866-687-8683
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COVID-19 Prevention
State Senator Chris Larson is asking citizens to sign a petition to mandate mask-wearing in the State of Wisconsin.

“As COVID-19 case totals, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to mount right here in Wisconsin, there is increasing demand for a statewide mask requirement. I am circulating a petition for a Wisconsin Mask Mandate, and would love you to sign and share with friends.

This is not a matter of political preference. This is about saving lives. If we want schools to open for in-person instruction this fall, a mask mandate is the least we can do.”

Link to the petition and its rationale: https://forms.gle/mdxQZrMVUPeVNoGB7
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Militarism
  • Please thank both Representatives Gwen Moore and Jim Sensenbrenner for voting against the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Despite their votes to the contrary, the bill passed in the House of Representatives, meaning that 740.5 billion dollars in military spending has been approved for 2021.  Representative Moore had voted to include an amendment reducing the military budget by 10%, but the amendment failed to pass.
 
  • Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate in Maine
    • 'The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past. The global pandemic emphasizes for us all the interconnectivity of our global society and the folly, wastefulness, and moral failure of war in all forms. We must transform facilities like BIW and Marinette into hubs of manufacturing for solutions to the climate crisis, including public transportation, resources for the creation of renewable energy, and disaster-response vessels.’
    • 'Building clean energy systems would generate up to 50% more jobs than making arms systems according to research by leading economists. The two biggest security threats to the United States are currently the climate crisis and COVID-19. The Pentagon’s contractors have long contributed to the climate crisis, and the time for conversion is now.' 
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Who is in our prayers?
We have focused much attention on the pandemic and the protests following the slayings of George Floyd and other black Americans. Our prayers lift them, and hopefully lead to our own conversion.

Additional less-reported places of immense suffering still require our prayers:
  • detention facilities holding migrants
  • our overcrowded jails
  • continuing starvation due to warfare in Yemen and Sudan
  • terrorist attacks in Afghanistan
  • re-education centers in northwest China
  • exile camps in Bangladesh and other places
  • political unrest, hunger and imprisonment in El Salvador and other Latin American nations
Let us keep the needs of our whole global family raised up to our loving God, that all may be blessed.
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WISDOM’s Summer of Solidarity presentations have been wildly successful! The interactive webinars will continue every Saturday this summer, from 10 am to Noon.

To register, contact wisdomforjustice@gmail.com

Here’s the tentative schedule:
August 1 – Mass Supervision in Wisconsin
August 8 – Crimeless Revocations
August 15 – Policing
August 22 – Environmental Justice

Recordings of the Trainings are available on the WISDOM website
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Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
To be part of CCMR, sign up here. Visit the CCMR facebook page here.

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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 


Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center

August Promotions
  • Siena Retreat Center Private Retreats: A Welcoming Space for your Inner Voice
  • The Spiritual Guidance Training Program
Explore more

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WISDOM’s Summer of Solidarity
To register, contact wisdomforjustice@gmail.com

Tentative schedule:
August 1 – Mass Supervision in Wisconsin
August 8 – Crimeless Revocations
August 15 – Policing
August 22 – Environmental Justice

Recordings of the Trainings are available on the WISDOM website
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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
    Peace Action of Wisconsin is carefully restarting the Stand for Peace with directives advised by the Milwaukee Health Commissioner.We will take all precautions and if any stay-at-home orders change, we will suspend the Stand for Peace again.Stand for Peace participants will obey social distancing guidelines, and we will wear masks.Shared signs and flags will be sanitized after each Stand. 
    • August 1: Michigan/Lincoln Memorial
    • August 8: 43rd/Forest Home
    • August 15: Sherman/North
    • August 22: Hwy 100/Bluemound
    • August 29: Howell/Layton
 

A Conversation with our Front-Line Allies on the Current State of Trafficking - Aug 6
A series of virtual conversations with front-line organizations working with victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Representatives will provide an update on their activities and what groups/individuals can do to assist their efforts followed by a Q&A conversation. The Women's Center & Lad Lake, August 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register here


75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki - Aug 6
Join Peace Action of Wisconsin for a candlelight vigil along Lincoln Memorial Drive to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and renew our commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons. Thursday, August 6, 8:00–9:30 p.m., Along Lincoln Memorial Drive near Bradford Beach Pedestrian Bridge.

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 130,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing 70,000. Hibakusha, survivors of the bombing, continue to suffer from cancer and other illnesses from radiation exposure.

Today there are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons throughout the world, most of which are more powerful than the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rather than fulfilling international obligations to disarm, the U.S. and other countries are rebuilding their arsenals, bringing us closer to nuclear war and diverting millions of dollars from critical human needs in the process.

In today’s increasingly dangerous world, it is imperative that we redouble our efforts to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Please join us on August 6th to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and help grow the movement for a safer, healthier world.
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Gift, Gratitude and Joy: Finding our Sacred Roots in God's Creation - Oct 4
Save the Date and Mark Your Calendar for Gift, Gratitude and Joy: Finding Our Sacred Roots in God's Creation. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Waukesha County Creation Care Network invite you to an At-Home Retreat on the Feast of St. Francis. Beginning Friday evening October 2 through Sunday, October 4 2020. Registration details coming soon. Flyer.
 
PRAY

 
O Lord, this world is full of fear. Make my fear into a prayer for the fearful. Let that prayer lift up the hearts of others. Perhaps then my darkness can become light for others, and my inner pain a source of healing for others.

Henri Nouwen
 
REFLECT

Anger is like a howling baby, suffering and crying. The baby needs his mother to embrace him. You are the mother for your baby, your anger. The moment you begin to practice breathing mindfully in and out, you have the energy of a mother, to cradle and embrace the baby. Just embracing your anger, just breathing in and breathing out, that is good enough. The baby will feel relief right away. 

Thich Nhat Hahn
 
 
 
 
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