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Catholics for Peace and Justice March 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
FEBRUARY 2014 Newsletter

The seasonal rhythm of the Church is a blessing.  It not only offers us a sense of tradition, but a sense of what it means to constantly live an active life in Christ.  We encourage you during Lent to take time, as Jesus took time, to refresh your soul in prayer, contemplation, and spiritual renewal - especially for those engaged in the arduous work of social and cultural change.  

Speaking of renewal, later in March you will receive a short survey from Catholics for Peace Justice.  Our goal is to renew our understanding of your deepest social justice concerns, the issues you are most passionate about, and what we can do to better serve the greater Milwaukee social justice community.  

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Face book page https://www.facebook.com/catholicsforpeaceandjustice 

Take action. Together in Christ we can make a greater difference. 

Blessings on your ministry!.   

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 
and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Face book page


TABLE OF CONTENTS
GENERAL
Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World

ACTIONS
Deportation and Its Effect on Families
New Immigration Education/Action Resources
   St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Lenten Immigration Program 
   Detention, Deportation, and Family Separation in Perspective
   The Short Guide to How Arrests & Convictions Separate Families
11X15 March Actions Needed for Reform
Parole a Distant Dream for Too Many – 11X15 
Elimination of Parole Contributes to States Prison Population
My Night in Solitary 
Common Ground Update and Catholics for Peace and Justice Core Team Invite
Common Ground Healthcare Exceeds Enrollment Goals
State Assembly Passes Human Trafficking Bill
How to End Homelessness: Give People Housing
WAVE Petition for Background Checks In WI Shatters Goal – One More Task
Opportunity to Comment during the Final Public Comment Period for Keystone XL 
GreenFaith's Nationwide Water Shield program 
World Council of Churches Condemns Use of Armed Drones

EVENTS
Walking the Labyrinth in Lent – Thursdays in Lent
Spiritual Refreshment during Lent – Mar 1, 31, Apr 23
Interfaith Bilingual Vigil - Mar 4th
Interfaith Conference Tuesdays in March Series “Issues that Matter” – Mar 4, 11, 18, 24
Local Farmer Open House – Mar 8
The Way of the Cross, Contemporary Lives of Discipleship – Mar 9
Black Men in Prison: WUWM Live Radio Broadcast – Mar 11
Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship – Mar 17
Plowshare’s 25 Years: Persevering for Peace Anniversary Celebration – Mar 21
Taizé Prayer – Mar 23
Stations of the Cross with a Focus on Migrants and Refugees – Mar 28
Immigration Film Night at Seton – Apr 2
"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
SOPHIA's Annual Prayer Breakfast and Tenth anniversary Celebration! – Apr 26
2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book Review: “Mercy in the City...”
Reflection: Quote from Dorothy Day
Prayer: To Be Your Agents: A Prayer of Those Who Work for Justice


GENERAL
Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World
“Development cannot be reduced to economic growth alone, often attained without a thought for the poor and the vulnerable.  A better world will come about only if attention is first paid to individuals; itf human promotion is integral, taking account of every dimension of the person, including the spiritual; if no one is neglected, including the poor, the sick, prisoners, the needy and the stranger (cr. Mt 25:31-46); if we can prove capable of leaving behind a throwaway culture and embracing one of encounter and acceptance.” Pope Francis, “Message of his holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2014)”.
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ACTIONS
Deportation and Its Effect on Families
The President is deporting more than 1,000 immigrants every day – “the greatest mass deportation in the history of the United States,” says the Economist magazine.  Deportation has separated nearly 2 million families under the Obama administration, while immigrant families are stuck in the middle of partisan politics.  What can we do? 

When we talk about immigration in our churches and communities we need to
1. Emphasize the cost of separating children from their parents and husbands from wives. Families are the foundation of our American life, culture and faith.  Separation of families has future social consequences. 
2. When possible share your first hand knowledge of the immigrant experience.
3.  Counter the anti-immigrant rhetoric – when you hear negative rhetoric in the media or in conversation speak up by responding by letter or voice – not letting these comments pass.
4.  Attend the Town Halls of your legislators. If they don’t support immigration reform, ask why they don’t support reform and what they think is the solution. State your case on deportation and families as well as the cost of not addressing immigration reform. Attend as a group for support. There is reason why Jesus sent the apostles out 2x2. 
5.  Pray for our legislators and immigrant families
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New Immigration Education/Action Resources
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Lenten Immigration Program 
Note:  We posted the wrong resource doc in February – please note the correct resource below. 
The social justice committee at Elizabeth Ann Seton has put into action their need to educate members of their parish on the importance of immigration reform. Together with members of JFI and parish staff they put together an excellent Lenten program using Pope Francis’ message on “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World”.  Deacon Jeff Copson wrote an excellent introduction to the Lenten program inviting all parishioners to respond to Pope Francis’s call to breakdown the fear and stereotypes that accompany the entrance of migrants and refugees into our communities. Their program can offer us all some great ideas for developing events within our own parishes. Everyone is invited to attend these events. Access their bulletin announcement here

Detention, Deportation, and Family Separation in Perspective
President Obama has deported more than 1.95 million people during his time in office. This is like deporting the city of Dallas and then deporting Boston... 5,100 kids have been put in foster care because of deported parents. This doesn't need to be put in perspective. One is too many.  VIEW the full Perspective poster with more facts

The Short Immigration Guide to How Arrests & Convictions Separate Families from CAMBIO and The Immigrant Justice Network In English and Spanish  
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11X15 March Actions Needed for Reform
Please take time to help the 11x15 campaign by calling your state Senator! There are three very good initiatives coming up in the State Senate. Call your Senator to ask him / her to support all three:

1. SB 374 – which would increase Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) funding, especially for people suffering mental illness; 
2. SB507 - which calls for another $1.5 million per year to be added to TAD because the amounts originally budgeted were well below the amounts requested by Wisconsin counties administering TAD programs. 
3. SB 308 – which would permit moving many cases involving 17 year-olds charged with certain non-violent crimes back to juvenile court;

Click here for your State Senator’s contact information, or to learn who your Senator is or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472. When you call, you just need to give your name and address, and let them know you support these three initiatives. Ask if the Senator will also support them. If you learn anything interesting, or simply to report the response you received, please e-mail wisdomwi@sbcglobal.net 

To learn a little more and to see a sample of the letter being sent to all Senators, click here:  Summary of research on detrimental effects of trying youth in adult courts from WCCF  . 
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Parole a Distant Dream for Too Many – 11X15 
James E. Causey, Op ed in the Journal Sentinel
Please read the attached article and distribute it widely. It is a great way to educate others on the issues of incarceration and parole in our state. 
“Wisconsin reserves life sentences without parole for a few horrific crimes because there is a belief that at some point most prisoners can earn their way back to life in the community. But some inmates sentenced prior to truth-in-sentencing rules are caught in a vicious circle: They are repeatedly denied parole even though they have done everything asked of them. .....That's one of several factors that helps explain why Wisconsin leads the nation in black male incarceration.” Read the full article :  

NOTE: The WISDOM 11x15 Campaign, after months of inquiry, has finally learned that 2,887 of Wisconsin's inmates have been in our prisons since before "Truth In Sentencing" was introduced to our state.  All of these 2,887 prisoners have been in prison for more than thirteen years.  Many have been there for fifteen, twenty, or more years and have done everything possible to comply with the conditions for their release, yet have encountered a system that makes their release impossible. WISDOM is continuing to follow up with the Governor’s Office on this issue. 
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Elimination of Parole Contributes to States Prison Population
Letter to Journal Sentinel by Joel Gaughan 
“Routinely denying parole to hundreds, perhaps thousands of eligible offenders who have satisfied or exceeded the expectations of their sentencing authorities is not justice.  Denying and / or delaying treatment and programming for prisoners who sincerely want to be rehabilitated is wrongheaded and wasteful. Wisconsin spends two to three times as much on Corrections as neighboring Minnesota which has very similar demographic characteristics and crime rates.  Clearly we are getting a lower return on our tax dollars spent on Corrections in terms of public safety.  One major difference is that Minnesota has a rational, functioning parole system while it would be very difficult to make that claim about Wisconsin.”  Read the full Letter 
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My Night in Solitary 
By Rick Raemisch, Colorado Department of Corrections experiences Administrative Segregation. Read the article 
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Common Ground Update and Catholics for Peace and Justice Core Team Invite
Catholics for Peace and Justice offers a way to participate in Common Ground if you don’t belong to a parish or other organization with a CG membership.  All are welcome to join us! We meet quarterly. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 15th.  We meet at Panera 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI at 4:30 p.m.  If you want to come, but the time doesn’t work for you, let me know.  To learn more about CG go to www.commongroundwi.org . Numbers count in advocacy and it is an amazing experience to be part of a group made up of so many people working for social justice. I hope you will join us!  Mary Kleist Maryakleist@sbcglobal.net 
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Common Ground Healthcare Exceeds Enrollment Goals
http://www.commongroundhealthcare.org/ leaders are proud to report that as of the end of January, CGHC had exceeded its 2014 enrollment goal of 10,000 members. Because of this dramatic success, a new goal of 15 to 20 thousand members has been set for the end of 2014. Read More  
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Below are some upcoming Common Ground Events. Go here for a listing of current CG news and events. Contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net about CG University Registration. 
Fair Play Assembly - Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm Location:  TBA
Common Ground U – Saturdays Mar 29 and April 5, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at MU 
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How to End Homelessness: Give People Housing
From Wisconsin Public Radio – A recent article suggests that the state of Utah is on track to end homelessness by 2015 Listen here 
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State Assembly Passes Human Trafficking Bill
From Wisconsin Catholic Conference  
On a voice vote, the Assembly passed Assembly Bill 620 (Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton), which would further protect victims of human trafficking and aid in prosecuting perpetrators. The WCC provided testimony  in support of the bill, which now awaits action in the Senate. Contact your senator by Going to “Who are my Legislators”  
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WAVE Petition for Background Checks In WI Shatters Goal – One More Task
WAVE [Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund] not only hit their revised goal of 10,000 signers demanding background checks, they topped with 16,500 signatures. On Thursday Feb 27 they are headed to Madison to speak to lawmakers to demand action on background checks. WAVE is asking you to participate by calling your legislator urging them to pass Assembly Bill A.B. 128 and Senate Bill S.B. 124.  Here are the talking points.    Here contact info for your legislator “Who are my Legislators” To connect directly with the WAVE effort  
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Opportunity to Comment during the Final Public Comment Period for Keystone XL 
Here's a message from May Boeve from 350.org: Right now we are in the middle of the last public comment period for Keystone XL -- one of the very last steps before President Obama makes his decision on the pipeline, and the final opportunity to give your input (in an official way). This is one of those things where numbers really count, and a flood of comments would show the President that there’s a huge risk, politically and scientifically, to approving the pipeline. The last time the State Department was accepting comments, we submitted over 1 million as a movement. I think we can top that this time around -- click here to submit your comment against the pipeline and talking points.  
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GreenFaith's Nationwide Water Shield program 
On Sunday, January 26th, Interfaith Earth Network held "Making Waves for Water," an event that drew around 200 participants. The event launched GreenFaith's nationwide Water Shield program, for which IEN is the first regional partner. Water Shield is a great way for faith communities to develop a richer relationship with, and more responsible stewardship of, water. They can do it in less than a month and receive a certification for their efforts. To learn more about Water Shield or get assistance getting started, contact Interfaith Earth Network at KirstenS@interfaithconference.org
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World Council of Churches Condemns Use of Armed Drones
The WCC Executive Committee has condemned the use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles saying that they pose “serious threats to humanity” and the “right to life” while setting “dangerous precedents in inter-state relations”.  Read more    For a limited time you can screen Brave New Films documentary “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” on line for free 
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EVENTS
Walking the Labyrinth in Lent – Thursdays in Lent
Come and spend some individual prayer time walking the Labyrinth on Thursday evenings during Lent [beginning March 6] at Sippel Hall at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W. Howard Ave, New Berlin. Arrive anytime from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. People will be available to answer your labyrinth questions. 
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Spiritual Refreshment during Lent – Mar 1, 31, Apr 23
Holy Apostles, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Luke are offering a series of Lenten programs including Preparing for the Lenten Marathon: Spiritual Exercises to Get in Shape – Mar 1; Exile and Journey: God’s people eon the Move – Mar 31; and Saint Paul and the Early Church – April 23. Detailed Information can be found here.  
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Interfaith Bilingual Vigil - Mar 4th
Interfaith bilingual vigil: Tuesday, March 4th - 7:00pm at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53217. Please join us next Tuesday night to pray for an end to deportations and for the needs of people affected by our broken immigration system's unjust practices. If you want to go there with us as a group, we will be leaving from the Voces office (1027 S. 5th Street in Milwaukee) at 6:30 pm. 

The Thursday noon vigil will take place as usual in front of the ICE office. We continue the struggle to stop raids and deportations and to emphasize the violation of civil rights when ICE officials confront people in the County Court house demanding to see their identification.
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Interfaith Conference Tuesdays in March Series “Issues that Matter” – Mar 4, 11, 18, 24
Wisconsin Issues That Matter Justice, Equity, Democracy – Mar 4, 11, 18, 24 The Peace & International Issues Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is again offering a series of lectures at noon on each Tuesday of the month. This year, as our state faces another crucial round of elections, we are focusing on four "Issues That Matter:" March 4/The Corporate Takeover of Wisconsin State Government  with Rebecca Kemble of The Progressive magazine; March 11/Crude Comes to Wisconsin with Margaret Swedish; The Midwest Mining Rush with Prof. Al Gedicks; and Protecting Voting Rights in 2014 with ACLU's Karyn Rotker. $15 for each lecture, $50 for all four, includes a fabulous lunch provided by Aladdin. Find details and registration here.    
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Local Farmer Open House – Mar 8
Do you want to get fresh fruits and veggies through a CSA. Then join us for the Local Farmer Open House on March 8th at our Riverside Park branch of the Urban Ecology Center! We’ll have workshops explaining how CSAs work and presentations on how to prepare all that produce. Most importantly you’ll be able to meet the very farmers that grow your food and determine which CSA is right for you.  Saturday, March 8, 11 am to 3 pm. Learn More  
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The Way of the Cross, Contemporary Lives of Discipleship – Mar 9
Contemporary lives of discipleship: Dorothy Day and others. Presented by Lincoln Rice, PhD, Sunday, March 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am, This program is part of an adult formation series at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 12700 W. Howard Ave in New Berlin.  Phone: 262-782-6760 All are welcome.  Flyer   
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Black Men in Prison: WUWM Live Radio Broadcast – Mar 11
WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio and MPTV - Milwaukee Public Television have embarked on a six month collaboration examining Wisconsin's high rate of African American male incarceration - the highest in the nation. Now, we would like to invite you to attend a live radio broadcast that will address how this issue impacts our entire community. Tuesday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m., Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee. Joanne Williams, host of MPTV's Black Nouveau, and Mitch Teich, executive producer of WUWM's Lake Effect, will moderate a panel discussion of experts and take your questions. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; the live broadcast of Lake Effect begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Details and reservation information here. 
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Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship – Mar 17
Save the Date. Fast for Families ended its first fast on the National Mall Dec. 12, 2013, with a commissioning to the country to continue to Act. Fast. & Pray until immigration reform is achieved. Building on momentum created last year, Fast for Families is entering the next phase of its campaign to enact commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship by visiting more than 100 congressional districts in the coming months to engage constituents in a dialogue about the moral crisis caused by our broken immigration system and encourage them to fast, act and pray.  Fast for Families will be in Milwaukee March 17 for a press conference [morning] and community forum [afternoon/evening].  Specific information on the events tba. 
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Plowshare’s 25 Years: Persevering for Peace Anniversary Celebration – Mar 21
Friday, March 21, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:30 pm Stackner Ballroom at the Carroll University Campus Center 101 N. East Avenue, Waukesha. The Plowshare Center Board of Directors invite you to our Gala Anniversary Celebration 5:00 to 6:00 Social Hour, Silent Auction, Cash Bar and Waukesha South High School Chamber Strings.  Dinner and program featuring Keynote Dr. Margaret Rozga “Bending Toward Justice and Peace” to follow.  More Details on event and reservation of tickets.  RSVP by March 10. 
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Taizé Prayer – Mar 23
March 23, 7 pm. Taizé is an international, ecumenical movement of prayer, which is contemplative in nature and consists of music, readings and periods of silence. The intention is to still the soul in order to invite the presence of God into our lives to bring peace and unity. A light reception is planned after the service. Questions, please contact Craig Bodoh, Director of Music, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 100 East Main Street [Corner of Main St. and East Ave] Waukesha. Contact Craig Bodoh Phone:414-460-3253 timeman@earthlink.net
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Stations of the Cross with a Focus on Migrants and Refugees – Mar 28
On Friday March 28 at 7 pm, Deacon Jeff and members of Seton’s Social Justice Committee will lead the Stations of the Cross which will have a focus on the needs of migrants and refugees.  All are invited to participate. More details
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Immigration Film Night at Seton – Apr 2
On Wednesday, April  2nd at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Seton Hall, the film entitled “Dying to Live: A Migranst Story” will be shown. This film is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.  A discussion of the film will follow. Refreshments will be served. Click here for more details. See page 2.
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"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and UW–Whitewater are pleased to invite faculty members and students, as well as the public, to a joint conference to explore Resources for Peace, an Interdisciplinary Conference for Faculty and Students Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Information   
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SOPHIA's Annual Prayer Breakfast and Tenth anniversary Celebration! – Apr 26
Save the Date for SOPHIA's Annual Prayer Breakfast and Tenth anniversary Celebration!  Saturday, April 26.  www.sophiawaukesha.org 
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2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
2014 National Migration Conference in Washington D.C. is July 7-10, 2014. Co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities, USA. Early Bird registration deadline is Saturday, March 1. Meet and network with 800+ conference attendees, including: Legal service providers and pro-bono attorneys affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Diocesan refugee resettlement and immigration directors and staff; Social service providers working with unaccompanied refugee children; Partners in the Church’s anti-trafficking programs; Immigration advocates; and more. Click here for more information: 
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book Review
“Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job” by Kerry Weber, Associate Editor of America Magazine.  This book is a wonderful story of how Kerry attempted to accomplish the Matthew 25 works of mercy within the forty days of Lent. It is an easy read with 25 brief chapters. The author of this book is going to be on Relevant Radio on Sunday, March 2 at 1:30.  You can listen at 100.1 FM or at www.relevantradio.com .

Reflection:Quote from Dorothy Day
People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
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Prayer: To Be Your Agents: A Prayer of Those Who Work for Justice
From Education for Justice 
Loving God,
Guide us to use the talents and skills
You have so generously given us
To work in collaboration with others
To bring change to those
Who suffer and are oppressed in this world.
Guide us to creatively educate and advocate
For others who are denied a voice.
 
Help us to be present
To members of the global human family
In many ways.
Help us to recognize the systems and structures
That deny the dignity of the human person.
Help us to be engaged and fully focused
So we may envision and develop effective strategies
To further justice and to be your agents in this world.

Keep us aware of the bigger picture
And move us beyond our own self-interest
So we may participate in solidarity with those who need our support.
Help us to persist in the face of challenges.
Renew our hearts and remind us
That your grace is working in us and through us
So we may play a small part
In the building of your kingdom.
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