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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
OCTOBER 2015 Newsletter

Greetings,

Wow!! What a week with Pope Francis turning Congress, Washington, D.C., New York and everywhere upside down.  It is a rare thing to see Americans weeping at the presence of a public figure.  But it happened.  Thank you Papa Francesco.

And thank you to all who attended Praise Be! Healing our relationship with creation.  It was a great morning with lots of energy. For those who could not make the event, and for those who did, we offer quick access to great resources on Laudato Si’, spiritual ecology and environmental action.  Check them out.

Enjoy fall.  Its finally here.

Blessings on your ministry. 

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   

www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 

and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Facebook page


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
The Connection between Migration, the Environment and Poverty

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
After The Pope's Visit, Time to |Take Action!
Suggestions and Resources for Moving Ahead with Laudato Si’
Two WI Legislative Actions on Sustainability | Take Action!
A Resting Place for Your Plastic Bags
Support Driver Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin | Take Action!
Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Concerned about Immigration
ONE Campaign – The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
ONE Campaign – Global Poverty Electrify Africa Petition |Take Action!
25th SOA Anniversary Vigil
Common Ground Update


EVENTS AND EDUCATION
A Symposium of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si - Oct 6
Interfaith Prayer Vigils for Immigrant Justice – Oct 6 and 8
Jewish Mysticism, Nostra Aetate and Renewal in Judaism and Christianity – Oct 8
A Tapestry of Sustainability Alverno Community Conference – Oct 9
“Awakening the Dreamer Symposium”- Oct 10
30th Annual Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk - Oct. 11
People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action in Milwaukee – Oct 14
Christians with Questions: “The Ten Commandments/Laws of the Heart” - Oct 17
Catholics and Clothes – Oct 18
The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons: An Insider's Take on the Iran Deal – Oct 27
Call to Action Conference – Love Radically, Live Faithfully – Nov 6-8
15th Annual Brother Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 10
Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations – Nov 12
Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony – Dec 5
2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb 26

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: USCCB Discussion Guide on Laudato Si’
Reflect: Nostra Aetate for Real, by Frank Pauc
Prayer: Morning Prayer


GENERAL

The Connection between Migration, the Environment and Poverty
“There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.” -Laudato Si  
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ISSUES AND ACTIONS
After The Pope's Visit, Time to Take Action
From Margaret Swedish Center for New Creation
The encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, has been released into the world and the Pope has finished his visit to the U.S. In the aftermath of these spectacular events, what comes next?

Among the many challenges left to the Catholic community of this country during Pope Francis' time with us is his "urgent appeal," issued in the encyclical, for us to take action to address the grave ecological crises of our times. And while much of the world continued to refer to the documents as the pope's teaching on climate change, we know now that it is about a lot more than that. It is about the human relationship with the planet, with Nature, in which we participate as "ecological citizens" (using Francis's term in the document). It is an indictment of the structures and operations of the global market, a statement of profound solidarity with all of the Earth's living systems and beings, and a call to a radical new way of life.

How do we wrap our minds and our hearts around something this enormous? Well, one thing is to learn what is in Laudato Si, to pour over it thoughtfully, slowly, prayerfully, not just alone with our own thoughts, but in the company of others, in community. This document begs more than a deep reading but also a deep dialogue (which he called for over and over again during his visit). We are called to a dialogue in which we together open its meaning for us as people of faith in this world in this time. And we are called to respond by taking action together, as a people committed to following a path inspired by a Gospel-based spirituality in THIS time, in THIS place, amidst THESE crises and challenges.
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Margaret's Suggestions for Moving Ahead Plus Resource Links:
Form groups to read, study, and discuss the encyclical section by section, in a spirit of prayerful consideration and deep discernment  Resources USCCB Discussion Guide  Catholic Relief Services Resources on Care for Creation     Catholic Climate Covenant Feast of St. Francis Program  

If you participate in a parish, call for study of this kind as a parish-wide commitment and invite pastors and pastoral leaders to not only take part, but to teach and preach from this document;  Resource: USCCB Resource for Liturgy, Preaching and Taking Action    Care for Creation-Scripture   Bulletin Insert    Laudato Si’ Vatican Video 

Ask for a deep commitment and prophetic leadership from the archdiocese and its several agencies to find meaningful ways to respond to Pope Francis' "urgent appeal" with concrete programs and action. Resources: Catholic Climate Covenant  and Global Catholic Climate Movement     Interfaith Earth Network Milwaukee  

Meanwhile, we can all get ourselves linked up with groups that are working toward ecological solidarity with creation, both human and other-than-human. In Laudato Si', the Pope includes the Earth among those poor of our world for whom a preferential option is required of us. We are called to a deeper and broader solidarity that encompasses Creation itself in its integrity, beauty, mystery, and as source of spiritual meaning.

Have you initiated a Laudato Si’ study group or sustainability group in your parish or looking to initiate a group and would like to network with others who are doing the same?  Email Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com to get connected.
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Two WI Legislative Actions on Sustainability | Take Action!
Restoring Funding for Local Recycling Programs
Legislation that bans shipping of crude oil by tankers on the Great Lakes
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A Resting Place for Your Plastic Bags
It came to light at Saturday’s Praise Be! event that Charlie Neuman at St. Ben’s has been weaving plastic bags into “mercy mats” for the homeless. Charlie would welcome bags for his ministry, but is also especially open to teaching people how to weave the mats.  Want to start a ministry at your parish?  Contact Charlie Neuman at charlieneuman@sbcglobal.net .
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Support Driver Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin | Take Action!
The Problem: In May 2005 the U.S. Congress passed the REAL ID Act, requiring all states to turn driver’s licenses into a federal identification card. The REAL ID Act took effect in Wisconsin on April 1, 2007. Because driver’s licenses are now federal identifications, they require social security numbers, which caused undocumented immigrants and persons to no longer be able to obtain a driver’s license or have any other legal way to drive a car. 
The Solution: The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 allows individual states to create alternative driver cards for immigrants that allow the ability to drive, these cards cannot be used for certain official federal purposes. Driver cards are not drivers license, but they would positively identify the card holder, ensure that driver education and tests were successfully completed, and allow a legal way for immigrants to drive to their jobs, school, church and shopping. Proposed Bill  
Contact your WI Legislators  
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Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Concerned about Immigration
By Jessica Arp, jarp@wisctv.com 
Immigrant labor makes up a huge part of the Wisconsin dairy workforce. A University of Wisconsin-Madison study in 2009 estimated 40 percent of dairy farm workers were immigrants. But farmers say to expand, they'd like to allow even more workers into the country.  Read the full article 
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ONE Campaign – The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. TELL EVERYONE.  Learn about the 17 global goals here.  
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ONE Campaign – Global Poverty Electrify Africa Petition |Take Action!
Right now, 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack reliable access to electricity, meaning that students can't study when the sun goes down, and hospitals can't use modern medical equipment or properly store medications.  The ONE Electrify Africa Campaign is supporting legislation in the form of HR 2847 to bring life-changing electricity to 50 million people for the first time. ONE had a lot of success, with petition deliveries in over 220 congressional offices and all 50 states to get this bill moving.   This bill encourages sub-Saharan Africa countries to move toward electrification through changes in U.S. policy. No new tax dollars are required.
ACTION: 
Sign the Electrify Africa Petition
Send a letter to your Representative asking them to support HR 2847.   
 Six Ways Energy Poverty Threatens Health Care for the Poorest 
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25th SOA Anniversary Vigil
Yes, it is that time again to make plans to join Peacemakers at the gates of Fort Benning the weekend of November 20 – 22nd.  Your local SOAW committee is in the process of working on local fall events and November travel arrangements.   Completed plans will be mailed and advertised in September. This year is the 35th anniversary of the murders of the Four Church Women; Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean.  Presente’!  We remember them and all of the martyrs as we continue their struggle for peace and justice.  Let your voice be heard by contacting the President and your Congressional representative to encourage them to work for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC. 

If you are unable to travel to Fort Benning, please consider sponsoring someone who needs financial help for the trip, especially a young or a low income person.   For more Vigil information:  SOA Watch site: www.soaw.org. Contact:  Barb Messerknecht, SOAW/PA-WI 262 - 255 2062 or jandb@wi.rr.com  Flyer
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Common Ground Update
Click here for latest Common Ground News.   
Mark your calendar for the Fall Delegates Assembly - Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Mt Mary University - Alumnae Dining Hall
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
A Symposium of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si - Oct 6
On May 24, Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis signed the first encyclical dedicated to caring for Earth. He addressed Laudato Si’ to all people, emphasizing our interconnections with one another and all other creatures that constitute Earth, pointing to the complexities of ecological problems that are especially harmful to poor and vulnerable people now and projected to jeopardize future generations, and urging all people to address these problems from multiple perspectives in a spirit of solidarity. The symposium will be held October 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in Marquette University’s Raynor Library’s Beaumier Suites B/C. Light refreshments will be provided. More Information On program and panelists here.  
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Interfaith Prayer Vigils for Immigrant Justice – Oct 6 and 8
Our regular Tuesday vigil will be take place Tuesday, October 6 (6pm-7pm) at Ascension Lutheran Church (1236 S Layton Blvd in Milwaukee).
Prayer Vigil across the street from immigration and customs enforcement will take place at 310 E. Knapp Street on Thursday, October 8 at 12 noon to 12:45 pm. In response to anti-immigrant rhetoric and prejudice, we are praying in solidarity with those families affected by our unjust immigration system.  No one is illegal! All are invited.
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Jewish Mysticism, Nostra Aetate and Renewal in Judaism and Christianity – Oct 8
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee invites you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. October 8, 2015, 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Rd., River Hills. Presenter: Dr. Bruce Chilton – Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College. Respondent: Rabbi Marc Berkson – Spiritual Leader of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun Learn more  
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A Tapestry of Sustainability Alverno Community Conference – Oct 9
Through workshops discussions and creative activities, w will look beyond clichés to see how the diverse strands of community life can connect local and global efforts. How can we artfully weave together the treads of our lives and communities to achieve the common goal of sustaining the planet and ourselves.  Lean more 
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“Awakening the Dreamer Symposium”- Oct 10
Do you feel overwhelmed by the effects climate change has on all life on Earth? Do you wish you could do something about it? If so, consider attending this symposium. All over the world it has awakened participants to the need for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet.  Where: First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street, corner of Ogden Street  When: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Fee: None. R.S.V.P: Elizabeth, 414-607-8771 by Monday, October 5, 2015 Learn more
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30th Annual Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk - Oct. 11
Interfaith Conference’s 30th annual Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday afternoon, October 11, at Milwaukee’s lakefront next to McKinley Marina. We will be collecting fresh produce from home gardens or stores in addition to packaged, nonperishable food for the Hunger Task Force. Special features include the Mariachi Zamora band, the Salsabrosa Dance Company, the Kohl’s Design It! mobile craft lab, a costumed balloon lady, a fun obstacle course for kids plus cookies, pizza, bananas and other snacks. Registration is free and starts at 12:15 p.m., with 2-mile and 5-mile walks at 1:30 p.m. For pledge sheets, fliers and information,  call (414) 276-9050, send email to CROP Director Norma Duckworth at Normad@interfaithconference.org
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People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action in Milwaukee – Oct 14
Time Is Running Out For the Planet! People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action. Wed., Oct. 14. Milwaukee Target: Senator Ron Johnson - Climate Change Denier. This US Senator needs to represent the people and our future, not the fossil fuel industry with their fi nancial contributions. Federal Court House (outside Sen. Johnson’s offi ce) 517 E. Wisconsin Ave., Downtown Milwaukee 4:30 pm - 6:00pm. Major actions are planned around the world leading up to the critical international climate conference in Paris on Nov. 30. The Paris meeting (COP21 Paris) will result in a binding agreement to reduce global CO2 emissions. Organized by the Milwaukee Climate Crisis Coalition for more info: 414-964-9478
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Christians with Questions: “The Ten Commandments/Laws of the Heart” - Oct 17
With  Joan Chittister, OSB.  As Christians we are looked to for making moral decisions in our society.  We often use the Ten Commandments as our foundation.  Civil law attaches punishment, the Decalogue does not but is meant to create community.  Joan Chittister takes us beyond what we learned in second grade religion class. Calvary United Methodist Church3177 S. 107th Street9:00 am – 11:45am (doors open at 8:30) More Info  
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Catholics and Clothes – Oct 18
Ever wonder where your clothes is made?  Join us as two garment workers from the Dominican Republic share their story and explain the injustices within the garment industries and how their lives have changed for the better since working for the revolutionary Alt Gracia factory where they receive a just wage.  October 18 at 7 pm at St. John Cathedral - Atrium.  Hosted by Solidarity Ignite and The Human Thread Campaign.
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The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons: An Insider's Take on the Iran Deal – Oct 27
October 27 | 5:30 pm | Eisenberg Reading Room (3rd Floor, Sensenbrenner Hall) Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund, the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, the author of three books on nuclear weapons, and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.   
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Call to Action Conference – Love Radically, Live Faithfully – Nov 6-8
The Call to Action Conference will take place in Milwaukee. Learn More 
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15th Annual Brother Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 10
Tuesday, November 10 , 6:00 p.m. Sr. Camille Kliebhan Conference Center ~ Cardinal Stritch 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee. “Reverencing Creation: Prophetic Voices for Human Dignity” Featuring David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM. “Everyone means Everyone!” Work for social justice and radical inclusion is not just an option of for overachieving, heroic people of faith.  All of us who share the planet will thrive or perish depending on our ability to show compassion and human concern for each other. Justice and equity are not just spiritual requirements, but practical necessities. If we are to live healthy, sane lives. Program is free. All are invited.  See attached flyer.
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Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Wednesday – Friday, November 11-13, 2015 Four Points Sheraton Hotel at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois. Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will give the keynote address at the opening dinner, and a group of dynamic and noteworthy speakers will provide their insights and expertise on immigration during the rest of the conference.  Registration  Contact acube@usccb.org  with any questions about the convening or registration process.  Regularly updated information about the convening and a link to the convening registration website are at the top of the JFI homepage.   
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Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations – Nov 12
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee invites you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations November 12, 2015, 7 pm. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Rabbi David Sandmel – Director of Interfaith Affairs, Anti-Defamation League. Phillip A.  Cunningham, Ph.D.  – Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. Learn More 
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Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
With Tex Sample, sociologist of religion.  As Christians we love the stories of Christmas time.  Well Tex Sample gives us powerful stories from real life on a whole variety of topics that will create much discussion.  He will cover topics on racism, dealing with polio, a woman preacher, forgiveness, rape, homosexuality, winning a trophy, losing a baby, to coping with life after seeing your mother killed.  Come listen to a master story teller. Calvary United Methodist Church3177 S. 107th Street 9:00 am – 11:45am (doors open at 8:30) More Info  
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On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony – Dec 5
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee invites you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony. December 5, 2015, 7:00-8:15 pm. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. The Jewish Community Chorale, the Archdiocesan Choir and leaders of sung prayer from the Jewish and Catholic community will celebrate in song those texts in sacred scripture that we hold in common, the Psalms and the exultant word Hallelujah – Alleluia.  Reception follows. More info
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2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb 26
A Pastoral & Political Challenge with Sister Simone Campbell. February 26 - 27, 2016. Bethlehem Lutheran Church W8267 Highway 33 East, Portage. Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.  More Information 
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Study: USCCB Discussion Guide on Laudato Si’
Here is a link to Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home Discussion Guide  
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Reflect: Nostra Aetate for Real, by Frank Pauc
Nostra Aetate for Real By Frank Pauc – September 25, 2015
 
"What do you know about Nostra Aetate?"
 
I was a bit taken aback by the question. It wasn't a question that often comes up in casual conversation. It was especially unusual for me to hear it asked by an Orthodox Jewish friend right after the completion of Shacharit on Shabbat morning. The person who asked the question was Jay, an older man who serves as the "gabbai" in the Shul. The position of gabbai can roughly be translated as sexton, but to me Jay is like a master of ceremonies, keeping the Jewish service running smoothly. A Jewish service on Shabbat has at least as many moving parts as a Catholic Mass. Jay brings an extensive knowledge of the Jewish liturgy, along with a deep understanding of the Hebrew language, to his work in the synagogue. He knows his stuff.   Read the reflection
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Prayer: Morning Prayer
From Education for Justice, Morning Prayer
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND April08

Loving God, grant us the ability to use the talents we have been given to work in collaboration with others to change unjust systems, to persist in the face of challenges, to hope in the face of despair. Keep us focused on the bigger picture and remind us that your grace is working in us and through us to bring about your vision of the reign of God.

God of Justice, May we resist the temptation to pursue our own interest, to preserve the status quo, and to participate in the conspiracy of silence which protects the rich and harms the poor. Renew our hearts, focus our vision, and strengthen our commitment to each other and the work we do in your name.

We make our prayer in Jesus’ name,
Amen.
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