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Whether or not you have already voted by the time you open the Catholics for Peace and Justice newsletter, you most likely have gathered sufficient information to inform your choice. WISDOM ( has done a particularly good job of asking candidates, in a respectful but pointed way, to state their position on issues of relevance to fostering a just, healthy, inclusive society.

Our work for peace and justice continues on many fronts. Bitterness provoked by some of the election rhetoric begs for healing words, compassionate hearts. We all work at the inner transformation to become more apt instruments of peace. We also need to engage in the deliberate and taxing work of building up our personal and communal skill sets for listening, understanding, raising questions, and discussing respectfully. I hope the Catholics for Peace and Justice newsletter provides food for thought and opportunities for making a contribution to the important work of bringing peace to hearts and to our world.
Mary Krolikowski

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Faces of Migration


Kids, the Internet and Trafficking

Continuing the Season of Creation

Justice for Immigrants
Pray: For Children at Our Borders  

Reflect: Legal and Illegal


Volunteer to tutor refugees from Myanmar

Recurring Events
Pope Francis Quote
“Love is the greatest power for the transformation of reality because it pulls down the walls of selfishness and fills the ditches that keep us apart.”  Pope Francis



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:  or call 414-906-0458.

Recurring Events: 

Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues
People of all faiths and no faith, all spiritualities and philosophies gather in small groups to share a meal and participate in a moderated discussion using a proven model, evoking deep exchanges about lived experiences and the role of faith or spirituality in their lives. Learn more and register for these limited seating events here
  • Thursday, November 15, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Milwaukee (East Side)
  • Tuesday, December 11, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Milwaukee (South Side)
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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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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn more.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, (Two separate groups to choose from!)
    • Tuesday Morning Group, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 10:30-Noon from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
    • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.

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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Economic & Interracial Justice Webinar - Nov 1
Dr. Vicki Lott, member of the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team and the National Council, is leading a webinar on "Economic & Interracial Justice." Dr. Lott will discuss the intersection of economic and racial justice by looking at how the United States became wealthy as a direct result of racism. Furthermore, she will illustrate how the U.S. has continued this racist legacy through policy and deep denial and then delve into the hope the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching offers to overcome the deep division and hatred that racism has created. Thursday, November 1, 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register for one of the 100 spots available here
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2018 Vilas Distinguished Lecture / George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture - Nov 1
Amitav Ghosh, will deliver the 2018 Vilas Distinguished Lecture / George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture, "Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean." Thursday, November 1, 6:00 p.m., UWM Peck School of Arts, Music Recital Hall. Learn more
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Human Trafficking in Our Back Yard - Nov 4
What Can you Do? Human Trafficking happens in All 72 Wisconsin Counties! This event is sponsored by St. Mary's Human Dignity Committee. Sunday, November 4, 12:15-2:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Community Room, 225 S. Hartwell, Waukesha. Flyer.
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Affordable Housing Forum - Nov 6
Learn about the efforts of CommonBond Communities and our partners to address the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. Tuesday, November 6, 11:00 a.m., Miller Park. Learn More.
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Soup with Substance - Nov 7
Sr. MacCanon Brown and panel will discuss Reality, Misconceptions, Struggles and Hopes, November 7, noon, Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, Room 157, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
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Energy Saving Workshop for Faith Communities - Nov 10
This event is sponsored by Racine Green Congregations, Racine Interfaith Coalition, WI Green Muslims, and WI Interfaith Power and Light. Attend to learn about ways to reduce energy and save money, incentives from Focus on Energy, get a free energy audit, and explore solar. Saturday, November 10, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Fellowship of Christian Believers Church 703 Washington Ave. Racine. Register here or contact Myles Mullikin 262-639-2671.
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A Call for Global Armistice - Nov 10
The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee invites you to, “A Call for A Global Armistice: Lessons Learned from the Cease Fires on the Western Front of France in 1918 & the Korean Peninsula in 1953." Presentation by Dr. G. A. Shellman. Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St. (Rear Entrance), Milwaukee. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the MATC Holiday Food Drive. Learn more and register here. For further information, contact Debbie Metke at 414.881.0904
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Solar for Good Grant Program - Due Nov 13
Through a generous partnership with a local philanthropists Cal and Laurie Couillard, RENEW Wisconsin awards grants to nonprofit organizations to assist them in installing solar and for technical assistance to get projects started. Apply now for a grant for your congregation! Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m.
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WI, We Need to Talk - Nov 14
The LARCUM Churches of Menomonee Falls present, "WI, we need to talk about youth sex trafficking," - a community conversation about sex trafficking. Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Good Shepherd Parish (Daniels Hall, N88W17658 Christman Rd. Flyer.
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Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Breakfast - Nov 15
Join us for the inaugural Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Breakfast in support of The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, honoring our 2018 keynote speaker Justice Janine Geske and our 2018 Youth Facilitator of the Year! Thursday, November 15, 7:30-9:00 a.m., The Wisconsin Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Do Black Lives Matter: The Hidden History Behind Today's Headlines - Nov 17
Free lecture by Reggie Jackson, head griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum, on the history and current impact of the devaluation of black lives in America. This  final lecture in the series focuses on the Devaluation of Black Lives in the Justice System. Co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter to WI Unitarian Universalists. . Saturday, November 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Parklawn Assembly of God, 3725 N Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. Learn more and register here. Facebook page.
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Dream Crazy Big! - Dec 6
The 48th Annual Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Luncheon features keynote speaker, Pastor Hurmon Hamilton. Thursday, December 6 Learn more and register here
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Songs of Ascent - Dec 11
Announcing Advent Preparation with Scripture with Scholars - Michael Donahou, PhD, will present "Songs of Ascent" Psalms 120-134 Tuesday, December 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cathedral Atrium. Learn more.
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SAVE THE DATE: National Migration Week - January 6-12, 2019
Learn more
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SAVE THE DATE: WISDOM's Madison Action Day - March 26, 2019
We will gather from around the state in our Capitol Building in Madison. No matter who wins the coming elections, it is important for our legislators in Madison to understand that we want ACTION! We will provide more information as it becomes available.  
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SAVE THE DATE: Catholics at the Capitol - April 30, 2019
Every two years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol.  Hundreds of Catholics from around the state come to Madison for this day of formation and legislative advocacy.  Catholics at the Capitol 2019 will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Watch the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site for more information as it becomes available.  
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Source of grace,
Creator of kindness and goodness,
You call upon us to stand in the name of justice and fairness,
To witness against this abuse of power,
To battle the systematic assault on human beings,
To speak out against their suffering.

Bless those who rise up against this horror.
Give them courage and determination.
Bless those who plead on behalf of the oppressed and the subjugated
Before the seats of power.
May the work of their hands never falter
Nor despair deter them from this holy calling.


Excerpt from "For Children at Our Borders"
By Alden Solovy


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Make laws fair, then look at 'legal' and 'illegal'

“Legal good, illegal bad.” That summed up Sen. Ted Cruz’s view on immigration during his debate with his challenger Beto O’Rourke. Cruz used a profoundly simplistic phrase designed to appeal to a population that thinks simplistically. I am not surprised that Cruz used that slogan, and I have heard a number of other people say the same thing. I have even heard legal immigrants say something like that, which astonishes me.

That people who arrived here lawfully would make that kind of comment shows a total lack of empathy for other immigrants who, for whatever reason, have not been able to enter the U.S. through legal channels. The immigration laws and regulations of the United States are outdated, confusing and unjust. 

Read the rest of Francis Pauc's September 18, 2018 Dear Editor Letter in The Capitol Times,

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