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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
December 2016 Newsletter

Greetings and Blessings of Advent

The reading from Isaiah 11 this coming Sunday expresses that familiar and eternal vision of a world that is permeated by the Spirit of God. A world where wisdom, courage, justice and faithfulness reign. Where the "wolf shall be the guest of the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid". A world "filled with knowledge of the Lord as water covers the sea."

More than ever, this advent can be a time for all of us to renew our commitment to daily pray for peace and justice in our community, our nation and the world. Let's all find a way to stretch out our hand and our voice in gratitude and kindness toward ALL people and in that action welcome the one God that leads us to love, compassion and resurrection.

Blessings on your ministry


  
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Parish/Congregation Ministry Collaboration | Save the date: Feb 11, 2017
Pope Francis Quote – Restoring Dignity

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Collars on the Corner - Find Us on Facebook
"Evicted" Call for Books and More Discussions
Immigration Concerns - Transitioning to a New Administration
Human Trafficking: A Crime Hidden in Plain Sight
ROC Wisconsin Update for Prison Reform | Public Transportation for the 21st Century
Archdiocesan Creation Care Collaboration | Protecting Creation Our Common Home

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Recurring Events
International Gift Shop - December 2 and 3
Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System for Wisconsin - Dec 3
An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6
Interfaith Vigil for Immigrant Justice - Dec 6
Labyrinth at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Dec 8 and 15
Human Rights Day "Write-a-thon" and Reflection - Dec 9
Healing Racism in Milwaukee discussion - Dec 13
Posada Celebration - Dec 18
Prayer and Reflection - National Migration Week - Jan 12
Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass - Jan 23
Save the Date! Mission Week - Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church - Feb 5-10
Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - March 3-4
Save the Date! WISDOM Madison Action Day - March 30
Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace - April 7

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: "In the Footsteps of the Holy Family: Refugees in an Era of Climate Change"
Reflect: Recognize our common humanity
Pray: An Advent Poem

GENERAL


 Parish/Congregation Ministry Collaboration | Save the date: Feb 11, 2017 
 How do we start a Care for Creation ministry?  What about a ministry to fight Human Trafficking or address Prison Reform?  What can  we effectively do to address poverty besides charitable giving? Come learn about the possibilities for your parish ministry from those  who are doing it.  Saturday morning, Feb 11, 2017 at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, New Berlin.  Stay tuned.  More information coming soon. 
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Pope Francis Quote – Restoring Dignity
“To clothe the naked: what does it mean if not to restore dignity to one who has lost it? Certainly giving clothing to one who has none; but let us also think about the women victims of trafficking, cast onto the streets, or of other many ways of using the human body as a commodity, even that of minors. Likewise, not having a job, a house, a fair wage are forms of nakedness; being discriminated against on account of race, of faith, are all forms of ‘nakedness,’ to which as Christians we are called to be attentive, vigilant and ready to act.”  Pope Francis 
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Collars on the Corner - Find Us on Facebook
Like Us on Facebook 
Check out Collars on the Corner on our Facebook page.  Help spread the word about this urban ministry by liking them on Facebook.  Learn about this much needed ministry.  
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"Evicted" Call for Books and More Discussions
The St Vincent de Paul Society's Voice of the Poor Archdiocesan Council will be holding a discussion of Evicted in 2017, exact date to be determined.  They are looking for people who may be willing to loan or sell their copy of the book.  If you are interested in finding out more about the book discussion or would like to help by loaning or selling your book, please contact Barbara Schultz at 262-470-7825 or barbaraschultz32644@gmail.com  

CPJ has been discussing how we can effectively respond to the issue of housing and evictions in our community.  Has your Evicted book discussion yielded ideas for addressing issues of housing in our city?  Share your ideas with us at info@catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 
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Immigration Concerns - Transitioning to a New Administration
From USCCB Justice for Immigrants Campaign
How Can We Assist Immigrants and Refugees?
Communicate to your parish/congregation that the Bishops and the Catholic Church support immigrants and refugees. The US Bishops are committed to working with the new administration to ensure that refugees and immigrants are humanely welcomed to the US without sacrificing our nation's security.
What guidance can we provide to undocumented immigrants?
*Meet with an immigration legal services provider to get screened for forms of relief.
*Apply for citizenship if you are eligible. Over 8 million immigrants in the US are eligible for citizenship.
*Avoid immigration scams and notario fraud
*U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is the government entity that processes immigration application. Go to uscis.gov
*Get Legal Assistance. Contact Catholic Charities in Milwaukee
*Learn about your rights in an enforcement situation.  See important details here.
*Organize your family’s documents and points of contact. See important details here.
What guidance can we provide to DACA recipients?
It is not known if the new administration will repeal the program for deferred action for childhood arrivals. More information here.
What guidance can we provide to refugees?
*Continue to work to integrate into your new community
*Report Hate Crimes See important details here.
How can we be supportive of immigrants and refugees at this time?
*Host a solidarity event or interfaith prayer service
*Engage in dialogue about Catholic Social Teaching on migration
*Pray together
*Host a multicultural potluck night
*Participate in Ethnic Celebrations of the Church
*Educate members of your community and ask them to take action on the Justice for Immigrants website
Engage your parish community in National Migration Week Tool Kit Here
 
 
Human Trafficking: A Crime Hidden in Plain Sight
Want to learn more about Human Trafficking in the Milwaukee area?  This article is an excellent place to start. Human Trafficking: A Crime Hidden in Plain Sight

More Human Trafficking Resources for You and Your Parish
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ROC Wisconsin Update for Prison Reform | Public Transportation for the 21st Century
On August 11, WISDOM held an event called "Thirsting for Justice. More than 200 people learned about the problem of contaminated drinking water in some of Wisconsin's prisons, especially at Fox Lake and Waupun.  As a result of that action, Milwaukee Channel 4 investigated and aired the story on Nov 16. To watch the story, click here.
 
Join WISDOM leaders from around the state to push for more resources for public transit. Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System in Wisconsin. For access to work, food, healthcare and social engagement, transportation is essential. For many around the state, owning or driving a car is not a possibility, whether that is due to income level, disability or lack of driver's license. In these cases, public transit becomes a necessity. For others, choosing public transit provides an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to driving. Saturday, December 3 | 9am - 5pm Click here for details and Registration information.
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Archdiocesan Creation Care Collaboration | Protecting Creation Our Common Home
On November 21, representatives from parishes, the Archdiocese, Marquette University, Marquette HS/Laudato Si' Project, City of Milwaukee, and Catholics for Peace and Justice/Waukesha County Green Team met to begin discussing how we can bring the content of Laudato Si’ more fully alive and prominent in our parishes and our community. Lots of good information was shared and connections made.  The next meeting is Jan 13 at 12 noon. Contact Rob Shelledy at the Archdiocese to get on the information/invitation list.  If you are interested in building a Creation Care ministry in your parish, connect with this group.   Find Parish and Congregation Resources for Creation Care Ministry here.
 
Protecting Creation, Our ‘Common Home”
From Margaret Swedish | Follow Margaret at
 Center for New Creation
“From attempts to dismantle the state’s stewardship program, to the DNR’s sale of over 10,000 acres of public lands, to a national Republican platform that calls for the privatization of public lands — the potential loss of our treasured shared spaces is real.”

That message was part of a press release from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters on November 17 [Conservationists, Hunters Call for Defense of Public Lands]. It is but one of the many implications of the November 8 elections, in the state and nationally. The environment, Creation, did not come out well. We face a new era in which more environmental regulations will be undone, and more of the natural world left endangered by polluting or otherwise destructive industries and economic “development.”

What to do? Perhaps one of our most important tasks right now is to strengthen our collective voice around the Pope’s urgent theme of “Care for our Common Home.” When land and water are polluted, or too much water is taken by industries affecting  wetlands and waterways, the impacts are not isolated. They impact that “home” we share in common.  Read More . . .
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Recurring Events:

  • Soup with Substance: Weekly on Wednesdays at noon during the fall and spring academic sessions, Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking. Soup with substance is a series of presentations on contemporary issues related to peacemaking and social justice and is open to the public - a simple meal of soup and bread is provided at each presentation. Sign up for Soup with Substance event notices here.
  • New Sanctuary Movement [NSM] Monthly - Check NSM calendar to confirm event locations
    • Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity (1st Tuesday of every month),This month Dec 6 at 6:30 pm, Cathedral of St John the Evangelist 812 N Jackson St, Milwaukee
    • ICE Vigil (1st Thursday of every month), Usually at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 Knapp St. 
  • ECHO: Weekly film series about US Catholic Catechism, September 14th-May 31st. Once a week, you will be sent, via email, the latest ECHO video with chapter reading, and reflection questions from the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  Prior to the beginning of this series, you will need the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  To view a free online copy of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults visit the USCCB website. Register for the series here.
  • Faith & Ecology Conversation Series: Renewal in the Wilderness (3rd Tuesday of every month), Sponsored by Interfaith Earth Network, September 20 - April 18. Flyer.
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Group. Flyer.
    • Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church LCUUC, (1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of every month), October 6 - May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information and registration details here.
    • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), October 3 - May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information here.

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International Gift Shop - December 2 and 3
Holiday shoppers discover lovely and unusual gifts and all proceeds support peace and social justice programs in American and around the world. Quaker (Friends) Meetinghouse, 3224 N. Gordon Place, Friday, December 2nd, 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Major credit cards accepted. Free admission.  Friends Café on lower level serves coffee, tea, homemade soup, bread and sweets for cash or check. Poster. Learn more.
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Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System for Wisconsin - Dec 3
Sponsored by 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, WISPIRG, Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter, Wisdom and Wisconsin Green Muslims - Join transit users, community advocates and allies from around Wisconsin to explore the impact of transportation on people in our state and how we can advocate for change. December 3rd, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W State St. Learn more and register here.
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An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6
The YWCA is sponsoring a celebration of those working for racial equality. The 2016 Evening to Promote Racial Justice features keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo. Tuesday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.
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Interfaith Vigil for Immigrant Justice - Dec 6
The New Sanctuary Movement Milwaukee is sponsoring this interfaith vigil for immigrant justice on Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 pm, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N Jackson St. Flyer.
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Labyrinth at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Dec 8 and 15
The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool used for quiet reflection.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s indoor labyrinth will be available for private prayer and reflection on Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 PM before the 6:30 PM Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass and on December 15, at 5:30 PM before the 6:30 PM Communal Penance Service. The labyrinth will reopen after the services and will remain open until 8:00 PM. Come walk and pray with us! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W. Howard Avenue.
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Human Rights Day "Write-a-thon" and Reflection - Dec 9
In commemoration of International Human Rights Day,  the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) are again sponsoring a human rights day “write-a-thon” at Notre Dame of Elm Grove.  Anytime between noon and 5 pm, folks are welcome to join sisters for some Fair Trade coffee and cookies and to sign/write letters on behalf of individuals and groups imprisoned or at-risk of human rights abuses.  From 4 – 4:30 pm, we will take a break from the write-a-thon for a quiet, inspiring, Advent-themed reflection featuring prayer and poetry, symbols and song.  All are welcome! Flyer.
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Healing Racism in Milwaukee discussion - Dec 13
Hosted by Michael Adams - to continue the November 15 discussion about how we as Catholics can integrate Anti-Racism into our work/parishes/lives. Tuesday, December 13, 1:00-2:30 pm @ Milwaukee JobsWork, 2821 N 4th St.
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Posada Celebration - Dec 18
New Sanctuary Movement Milwaukee would like to invite you to a Posada celebration on Sunday, December 18, 4:00 pm at Ascension Lutheran. Invitation.
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Prayer and Reflection - National Migration Week - Jan 12
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, (12700 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin 262-782-6760) will have a day of prayer and reflection in recognition of National Migration week.  On Thursday, January 12, opportunities for prayer and reflection will begin at 8 am with mass and continue all day until 8 pm with our indoor labyrinth.  Come - Journey with us! Click here for more information about the National Migration Week 2017.
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Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass - Jan 23
On the National Day of Prayer and Penance for Life, we will hold the Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass at St. Anthony Parish, 1711 9th Street, Milwaukee beginning with a Rosary at 6:30 pm followed by Mass at 7:00 pm. Posters and information about the mass and items needed for collection here.
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Save the Date! Mission Week - Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church - Feb 5-10
Marquette’s annual exploration of the university’s Catholic, Jesuit intellectual mission and how that mission might be stretched even further for the good of the human community. More information and call for research papers here.
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Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - March 3-4
Wisconsin Council of Churches 2017 Winter Forum with Dr. Drew G.I. Hart. March 3-4, Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Learn more and register here.
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Save the Date! WISDOM Madison Action Day - March 30
Learn more here.
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Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace - April 7
Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, 1616 W. Wells St.
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: 
Webinar: "In the Footsteps of the Holy Family: Refugees in an Era of Climate Change"
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

This webinar will explore the impacts that climate change has on human migration and how climate change has already created climate refugees. Joining us will be Dr. Todd Scribner, Education Outreach Coordinator at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services, and Chantel Comardelle, Executive Secretary of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe in Louisiana, who has first-hand experience with displacement due to climate change. 

As we enter the Christmas season, we'll take our inspiration from the example of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt, and explore how we are called to care for refugees around the world and to prevent additional displacement by acting on climate change. 

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

Short Video from CRS on Care for Creation

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Reflection:  
Printed in the Chicago Tribune on November 27, 2016
by Frank Pauc

"I spoke yesterday to a young woman at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. She told me that, since the election, her children had been increasingly harassed in school. A Latino friend of mine told me about racist comments in his workplace. A rabbi that I know mentioned the sudden uptick in anti-Semitic attacks. Muslim people are more under the gun than ever. The hate and resentment that were simmering below the surface of our society are now out there for all to see and hear. 

The most common, and probably most natural, reaction to this kind of bigotry is for the people on the receiving end of prejudice to retreat into their group, to seek the comfort and safety of their own tribe. People become increasingly suspicious of outsiders. Society splinters into isolated communities that view each other with fear. This normal reaction is exactly the wrong response to take. 

This is a time for us to reach out more than ever. This is the time for us to meet with strangers and build new and unexpected relationships. We need to look at others and recognize our common humanity. We need to do this now." 

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Prayer: 
From S. Lillia Langreck, SSND
O God of Mercy and Compassion,
Our land of the free
Has entered a time of darkness
Like Sister Joan, I decry
The extinguishing of the lamp
Of America’s Lady Liberty.*
Her welcoming beacon
Has been darkened
Proposed laws wall people out
Our border walls are extended
To keep the suffering from coming in.
My heart cries out for these suffering ones.
But God of mercy, I know
Your tears flow with ours

Help us risk and dare
To speak out against unjust laws
Let your cosmic light
Shine in us to keep
The fires of love alive
We must risk and dare
To reach out in love
To these suffering ones
We must keep the fire of love alive
Let us risk and dare to stand strong
Awaken  us to oneness
Let your cosmic light shine in us
Till Lady Liberty’s light shines again.

Read full Advent poem here.
* Reference to Joan Chittister's 11/23/16 NCR article on Thanksgiving

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