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So many challenges in our world, in my own self too! What is God calling me to? Whatever it is, God is calling me to joy. God has bestowed so many gifts: prophesy, knowledge, wisdom, single-mindedness, healing, faith, discernment, listening, writing, accounting, creative thinking, humor, designing, building; the list can go on and on. Placing whatever gifts I find in myself in service to benefit others is a font of joy beyond imagining, as well as a small step toward my further growth as a person.  

God’s world and this newsletter offer opportunities to step forward and try something new.  Perhaps a hidden gift will be discovered, perhaps new joy will be generated! Perhaps my laughter will reverberate around the world, like butterfly wings creating wind.

Mary Krolikowski

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Reflect: Our Hearts Still Sing


Pope Francis Quote
With God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being. Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 8

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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
November Programs
  • Deep Down in My Soul, Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Creating a Shrine for Everyday Life, Sunday, Nov. 3, 8:30am—3:00pm
  • Wellness Wednesday, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9am-3pm
  • How to Plan Retreats & Days of Reflection, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00am—3:30pm
  • Women for Women, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30am-noon
  • An Evening with Mirabai Starr, Sunday, Nov. 10, 6:30pm
  • A Day with Mirabai Starr, Monday, Nov. 11, 9:00am—3:00pm,
  • Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference, Nov. 14-17, 2pm Thurs—12:30pm Sun
  • Loss, Grief & Spirituality: Crisis, Invitation or Both? Grief Retreat Day, Sunday, Nov. 17, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Martin de Porres, OP: Apostle of Friendship, Healer, Pioneer Social Worker, and Social Guide, (Mystics and Prophets), Monday, Nov. 18, offered twice: 10:00-11:15am and 6:30-7:45pm
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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.
    • Nov. 2; Sherman & North
    • Nov. 9: 16th & National
    • Nov. 23: Port Washington & Silver Spring
    • Nov. 30: Hwy 100 & North
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Phoenix Forum - Nov 1
Phoenix Forum...a rising of song, dance, and poetry to benefit The Maccanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary. Friday, November 1, 5:30-11:00 PM. Anodyne Coffee, 224 West Bruce St., Walkers Point.Admission: Free Will Offering. Learn more and print flyer here.
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J Ryan Trio - Nov 2
Part of the 2019 Living Activism Series - This event is open to the public. Your free will donations will support the growing compassionate work of the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary to create a daytime refuge/resource center in the 53206 zip code. Saturday, November 2, 8:00-10:30 PM, The Coffee House, 2717 E Hampshire St., Milwaukee. Learn more and print flyer here.
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Immigration and Belonging - Nov 5
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, November 5, 7:30-8:00 PM. Any questions regarding Frank Talks? Reach out to our Lead Facilitation Trainer, Jules, at Register here.
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Reclaim Armistice Day - Nov 11
Observe Armistice Day / Veterans’ Day with a program sponsored by Veterans for Peace. Nov. 11 -- now a day to honor veterans – was established as a day to promote world peace at the end of World War I, the “war to end all wars,” in 1918. Join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at Central United Methodist Church, 25th and Wisconsin Avenue. Learn more here
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How to Preach, Teach, and Live our Faith Values in these Divisive Times - Nov 13
SOPHIA Religious Leaders' Caucus is hosting a panel with share-their-faith perspectives on this theme, followed by Q & A. Wednesday, November 13, 8:30-11:00 AM
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 100 E Broadway, Waukesha. Pre-register here (appreciated, but not required).
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Holy Hour for Migrants and Refugees in West Bend - Nov 13
Co-sponsored by the parish and CCMR. If you live in the Washington County area, please join us after work to pray for migration justice on the feast day of the patron saint of immigrants, at her namesake parish. Wednesday, November 135:30 – 6:30 PM at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 South 7th Avenue
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Eat, Drink and Be Catholic - Nov 13
Eat, Drink and Be Catholic offers women and men of all ages a casual opportunity to explore the Catholic faith. We provide a space for intellectual, relational and spiritual growth. Our hope is that at the end of each evening, individuals not only know more but are also inspired and empowered to live out what our faith celebrates and teaches. Adults of all ages are invited to Mo’s…A Place for Steaks! (720 N Plankinton – across the street from Mo’s…A Place for Steaks!) on Wednesday, November 13th starting at 7:00pm. We will view and discuss the film, Invisible Lines, in which "ten Milwaukee residents of color share their personal stories of segregation, racism and prejudice...Invisible Lines invites viewers to experience conversations they would not ordinarily hear, and encourages the audience to do one thing not often done in this increasingly noisy world -- listen."  Please RSVP to Chad Griesel at or call 414-271-6180 x111
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The Trauma of Torture Conference - Nov 15-16
Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union & Haggerty Art Museum
Despite its prohibition in international law, torture continues to occur in prisons, detention centers, and in counterterrorism operations, and the use of torture continues to be defended in the public sphere. This two-day interdisciplinary conference will address the prevalence and trauma of torture by bringing together researchers, activists, and survivors to discuss the impact of torture on survivors, communities, and society. Please contact T. Michael McNulty, SJ at with any questions. Learn more and register here.
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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 PM.Any questions regarding Frank Talks? Reach out to our Lead Facilitation Trainer, Jules, at Register here.
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May we have the moral courage to speak up
May we have the passion to show up
May we have the empathy to keep up 
May we have the humility to look up...for, “as leaders of justice, like the stars, you will shine forevermore.” (Dan. 12:3) 

S. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Pax Christi USA

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Poem by Julia McGuiness in Our Hearts Still Sing
Some people travel in straight lines:
Sit in metal boxes, eyes ahead
Always mindful of their target,
Moving in obedience to coloured lights and white lines,
Mission accomplished at journey’s end.
Some people travel around in circles:
Trudging in drudgery, eyes looking down,
Knowing only too well their daily, unchanging round,
Moving in response to clock and to habit,
Journey never finished yet never begun.
I want to travel in patterns of God’s making:
Walking in wonder, gazing all around,
Knowing my destiny, though not my destination,
Moving to the rhythm of the surging of his spirit,
A journey which when life ends, in Christ has just begun.

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