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Catholics for Peace and Justice January 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
AUGUST 2014 Newsletter

Keep Pope Francis’s top 10 Secrets to Happiness, (which is at the top of this month’s newsletter) in mind as you read through the rest of the newsletter.  You may need to circle back to it occasionally with all that’s going on in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our nation and the world.

If we could all practice these tenants more on a daily basis, a lot of our troubles would start to fade away.  So how do we start to discipline ourselves to bring about our own happiness and the Kingdom?  We become more informed, join with others and get involved.  As you read this month’s newsletter, you’ll find many simple opportunities to do just that.

A bundle of sticks cannot be broken.

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 Face book page




TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness
“Inequality for All” Film Screening and Discussion September 23
“Building a Thriving Community” Segregation Dialogue/Greater Together Challenge

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Children at the Border – Request for Legislative Action
Why Maintaining TVPRA Funding is Important
Wisconsin's broken parole system leaves inmates behind
Join the Next 11X15 ACTION – August 20
Faith Leaders Prod Scott Walker On Alleged Inmate Abuse
Common Ground Update
Revisiting Racism – Black Theology and a Legacy of Oppression
Wisconsin Election Dates, Guidelines for Churches, and Faithful Citizenship 
End the Violence in Gaza – Prayer and Action Resources from Pax Christi
Paul Ryan: A Compassionate Plan for Expanding Opportunity in America
WAVE Hearts and Soles Campaign Against Gun Violence
Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch "Teach-in and Vigil"
Kids Count Data from WCCF
Share your Gift of the English Language
A Retreat in Daily Life An opportunity to pray the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
SEWRPC – Vision 2050 Workshops - September
We Are Water: Beachfront Celebration of Milwaukee’s Water – Aug 3
District 97 – City of Waukesha Candidate Forum –Aug 4
Prayer Vigil for Immigrants – Aug 5
Vigil at ICE – Aug 7
TINY: A Story About Living Small – Aug 7 
Palestinian Solidarity Coalition at Arab World Fest – Aug 8-10 
Lanterns for Peace - Aug 9
Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
Common Ground 101 – Aug 19
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Sept 2
Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel with Bishop Hying – Sep 6
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things/Book Discussion – Aug 28
Civil Discourse in a Changing Society with Parker Palmer – Sept 13
The People’s Climate March – Sept 21
Inequality for All Film Screening and Discussion - September 23
Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9

PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Book: The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times
Reflection: Finding God in Our Failure
Prayer: God of Freedom, Goodness and Grace


GENERAL
Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness
National Catholic Reporter – The Francis Chronicles 
Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness. Read more…  
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"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion September 23
A passionate argument for the middle class. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. INEQUALITY FOR ALL explains why. There is no vilifying of the rich here. With Prof. Reich as our guide, INEQUALITY FOR ALL looks at how policy changes over the past 30 years threaten an economy dependent on middle class spending. The screening of the film will be follow by a 30 min guided group discussion. Date September 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes.  Sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Regional Social Justice Committee. For more information contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com 
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Building a Thriving Community: Segregation Dialogue and the Greater Together Challenge
Did you miss the CPJ Dialogue on Segregation [btw it was an excellent mind opening experience], but still want to participate?  Here are 3 ways you can do that. 
1.    Convene a group dialogue. The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is continuing to organize 15-person small group community dialogues across Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and sectors (i.e. nurses, police, students etc.) to meet throughout the Summer 2014.  Find out how you can convene a group dialogue here. 
2.    Mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon, October 5, 2014 [new date] to participate in the Large Community Dialogue following the summer small group dialogues. Participants in the small group dialogues are being asked to bring 3 to 5 people [or more] with them to the event in October. We are inviting ALL of you. Reports from the small group dialogues, the Greater Together Challenge and UW Professor Mark Levine will be the foundation for the October dialogue. 
3.    Participate in the Greater Together Challenge: The Greater Together Challenge, sponsored by the Greater Together coalition of volunteer organizations, is an open contest of ideas. They are inviting individuals and groups to share concrete ideas,  large and small, designed to dismantle segregation and racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee. The deadline to submit solutions-based proposals is September 7. Learn more.  
Questions? Contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com  
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Children at the Border – Request for Legislative Action
Background: Central American children are continuing to flee the rampant violence in their countries. With the fourth quarter just beginning, the number of arriving children has well-exceeded budget projections for the full fiscal year. Without critical supplemental funding in FY2014 and continued robust funding in FY2015, vital programs that assist refugees, unaccompanied children and other vulnerable populations and support communities that welcome them will continue facing the loss of significant funding and capacity.

View this video from Jesuit Conference / JRS on why children and families are fleeing to Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States  

Additionally, changes should not be made to the Trafficking Victims Protection Re-authorization Act [TVPRA] of 2008. Any crippling changes to current TVPRA would send these vulnerable children, and others in the future who have fled trauma, exploitation, and violence, back into harm's way, likely resulting in continued degradation, injury, and death for many of them.
 
We urge you to send the Justice for Immigrants action alert that supports the current Senate bill with this message to your U.S. Senators: Please pass a clean 2014 supplemental appropriations bill that makes NO CHANGES to the TVPRA.  
 
To quickly send an e-mail to both your senators, through the Justice for Immigrants website
click here: Take Action!  or Call Senators Johnson and Baldwin using the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or find local contact info here.  

Resources
Parish Resource for Bulletins and Newsletters 
CRS Testimony on “Challenges at the Border” Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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Why Maintaining TVPRA Funding is Important
“A family in Guatemala City received a knock on the door. Standing there were several gang members with one demand. “We’ve come to take your daughter,” they said, according to one of our local Church World Service partners. “Our boss wants her.” … Read this article to understand why we need to maintain TVPRA funding and for the children who are at our border… 
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Wisconsin's broken parole system leaves inmates behind
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
Anthony K. Brown is still in prison and there doesn't appear to be any reason he should be. Brown is one of 400 minimum security inmates who are eligible for parole but remain behind bars at a cost to taxpayers of $15 million a year.  Read the article...  and Opinion Piece    

Activists Call for Parole Reforms at Statehouse – Great WPR Interview and Summary of July 9 WISDOM Action in Madison. Over 125 people from WISDOM affiliates attended.  
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Next 11X15 ACTION – August 20 – Join Us!
We Need 100 People - Can YOU Turn Out for the Next Action???: August 20 in Milwaukee.  9:30 am to 1 pm. Meet at St. Bens where we will begin with prayer and briefing then proceed to the Secure Detention Facility for a press conference then deliver our message to the Governor’s Milwaukee Office. We will close at St. Bens with lunch. Contact Joel at jgaughan@wi.rr.com for more information.  Bring a friend. 
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Faith Leaders Prod Scott Walker On Alleged Inmate Abuse
In response to a five-month investigation that uncovered allegations of staff-on-inmate abuse in the segregation unit of Waupun Correctional Institution, faith leaders demanded Tuesday that Gov. Scott Walker request an independent investigation of solitary confinement practices at Waupun and in prisons throughout the state. Read more... 
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Common Ground Update
CPJ Core Team Meeting: Please mark your calendar for our next CPJ Common Ground meeting.  All are invited.  Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM  Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd. The CPJ Common Ground Core Group provides a place to learn about community advocacy, details about issues and how to participate, a place to lift each other up as well as identify issues that would be taken to the larger group. 
Fair Play: The lack of decent sports facilities for Milwaukee kids is the situation that Fair Play seeks to remedy. Our position is that if public money is spent on a new arena for the Bucks, at least $150 million must be spent on improving school and park play facilities in Milwaukee County. The Fair Play charrette was called to gather community input for concrete images of the changes the money would make possible for sports fields and playgrounds for Milwaukee’s kids. Keep your eye on the Fair Play Web site for news of the press conference in August. Display of the prototypes will be a major feature at the October 19 Fair Play assembly.
Common Ground 101, an interactive exploration of why and how we organize, and the results we achieve. When: Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Where: Family Enrichment Center, 855 Badger Circle, Grafton, WI 53024 contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net for more info or RSVP directly to Rusty Borken at rusty.borkin@commongroundwi.org if you plan to attend.  Include your organization association with Catholics for Peace and Justice when you sign up. 
Fall Assembly - Save-the-Date, Sunday, 10/19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Location:TBA. Fair Play will be heating up this Fall. Do not miss this important Assembly.  It will be our largest and most energizing yet.  More exciting information to follow in the coming month.
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Revisiting Racism – Black Theology and a Legacy of Oppression
America Magazine: For white people living in the United States, the entanglement of Christianity with chattel slavery and antiblack racism forms a set of deep and confusing paradoxes. As a nation, we understand ourselves in terms of freedom, but we have been unable to grapple with our depriving blacks of freedom in the name of white prosperity and with our tolerance of legalized racial segregation and discrimination.  Read more…  
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Wisconsin Election Dates, Guidelines for Churches, and Faithful Citizenship 
The Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Guidelines from Wisconsin Catholic Conference  
And US Conference of Catholic Bishops Info 
Other Faithful Citizenship Resources from the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and US Bishops   
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End the Violence in Gaza – Prayer and Action Resources from Pax Christi
As the number of dead and wounded continues to rise in Gaza, Pax Christi USA calls for an immediate cease-fire by all parties in order to open the possibility for negotiations to end the senseless violence and address the underlying causes which fuel the decades-long tragedy in the Middle East. Resources Talking Points for Contacting Legislators.  U.S. taxpayers fund over $3 billion in military aid to Israel annually.  
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Paul Ryan: A Compassionate Plan for Expanding Opportunity in America
On July 24, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, released a discussion draft entitled “Expanding Opportunity in America,”  his plan for compassionate conservatism.   Sister Marge Clark, BVM of Network Lobby addresses Ryan’s draft plan with “If Paul Ryan Wants Discussion on Safety Net, We’re Ready as Long as He Is Willing to Listen”  
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WAVE Hearts and Soles Campaign Against Gun Violence
Every year in Wisconsin, 467 men, women, and children are killed by guns. That's why we’re launching the Hearts and Soles campaign. We’ll be traveling 467 miles around the state demanding action from our leaders. At each stop, we will display 467 pairs of empty shoes as a stark reminder of those we've lost and as a compelling call to action. Find out how you can help: www.WaveEdFund.org
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Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch "Teach-in and Vigil"
Participate in the annual School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23, 2014, in Columbus, GA. More info here...   Police restrict SOA Watch's permit for annual protest 
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Kids Count Data from WCCF
Wisconsin children have made important gains in the areas of health and education over the last quarter century, according to the new KIDS COUNT Data Book.   But in many ways, Wisconsin children are worse off economically than they were 25 years ago, and progress on improving family and community conditions for children has been mixed. Wisconsin currently ranks 13th among the states in child well-being, according to the KIDS COUNT Index. The KIDS COUNT Data Book includes data on child well-being in every state, and is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This fact sheet includes information on how Wisconsin children are faring. 
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Share your Gift of the English Language
Here is a wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Church, 1445 N. 24th Street.  They are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar (the former Burma) in learning English. Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  Exact time during the day would be determined by tutor and student.   Materials are provided.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the volunteer ESL Coordinator, Pat Roehrig, at 414-461-5592.  [back to top]            
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A Retreat in Daily Life An opportunity to pray the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are the heart of Ignatian spirituality and the foundation of Christian Life Communities. The “Retreat in Daily Life,” also referred to as the “Nineteenth Annotation,” will be offered this fall in Milwaukee at Gesu parish. Groups of 10 will meet with a companion experienced with the retreat. For almost 500 years, this retreat has opened up countless women and men to the love of God and transformed them. Is God calling you to this experience? Come and see meetings will take place on Thursday, August 7, Sunday, August 10, and Sunday, September 7.  See this Flyer for more details and locations and times for the “come and see” meetings. Sponsored by Gesu Companions - member of Christian Life Community and Gesu church. 
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EVENTS
SEWRPC – Vision 2050 Workshops - September
The next round of interactive workshops has been scheduled in September, with seven workshops around the Region—one in each county—open to the general public. The September workshops will revolve around getting your input on a series of conceptual, sketch-level scenarios. These scenarios illustrate potential land development patterns and transportation systems for the Region in the year 2050.  Learn more and register for a workshop  
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We Are Water: Beachfront Celebration of Milwaukee’s Water – Aug 3
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Location: North end of Bradford Beach 2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr Milwaukee, WI 53211. Join Milwaukee Water Commons in creating a temporary art installation of the Great Lakes in the sand. The image will be illuminated at sunset, 8:11 pm, Illumination by Overpass Light Brigade. Inspiration by local community and spiritual leaders. Activation coordinated by DanceCircus. Documentation by doc|UWM. Percussion and Vocalization by the Strawberry Moon Singers. We encourage biking or walking to this event.  Details 
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District 97 – City of Waukesha Candidate Forum –Aug 4
Forum for Wisconsin State Assembly District 97.  This Candidate Forum will take place on Monday, August 4 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Avenue in Waukesha. Since there are only Republican candidates running for this office, the candidate who wins the primary will likely win the state election in November and hold this office for the next two years, representing this area in our state legislature. This is a great opportunity to meet and hear from all 6 candidates eight days before the election.
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Prayer Vigil for Immigrants – Aug 5
Tuesday August 5th at 6:30pm- Bilingual Interfaith Vigil at Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street) Milwaukee, WI 53215.  
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Vigil at ICE – Aug 7
Thursday August 7th at 12pm- ICE Vigil 310 E. Knapp St. Milwaukee, WI.  We will elevate prayerful advocacy for members in our communities affected by deportations and family separations, come find out how you can help!
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TINY: A Story About Living Small – Aug 7 
Thursday, August 7th at 6pm at Four Corners Fair Trade Store, 5401 W. Vliet Street / 414-443-9606 "TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it. Learn more about the tiny house movement as this film follows one couple on their quest to live with less and discover what home is really all about. Join us for a viewing and short discussion on how we can live more consciously amidst today's culture of overconsumption. In addition, enjoy 10% off your total purchase at Four Corners that night.
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Palestinian Solidarity Coalition at Arab World Fest – Aug 8-10 
Arab World Fest is a three day celebration of Arab society and culture. Enjoy traditional foods, music, dance, and much more. Palestinian Solidarity Coalition members will be tabling all three days of this amazing festival sharing information on the occupation, as well as ways for people to get involved in solidarity activism. Link: www.arabworldfest.com 
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Lanterns for Peace – Aug 9
Peace Action Wisconsin will commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday, August 9, at Pere Marquette Park.  The event features food, live music, family activities and the floating of traditional Japanese paper lanterns on the Milwaukee River.  Groups interested in sponsoring the event will be recognized at the event and can set up a promotional table.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeffrey Kroll at jeff@peaceactionwi.org.
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Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
A Christine Center and Holy Wisdom Monastery Collaboration 4200 County Road M, Middleton August 15-17, 2014. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion in action that marries the fire of the mystic's passion for God with the activist's passion for justice.  We have entered a critical time in human history. The more people who engage love in action, the greater the hope for the fruits of meditation and for the survival of our planet, its people and all life on earth.  More Information 
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Common Ground 101 – Aug 19
Common Ground 101, an interactive exploration of why and how we organize, and the results we achieve. When: Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Where: Family Enrichment Center, 855 Badger Circle, Grafton, WI 53024 contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net for more info or RSVP directly to Rusty Borken at rusty.borkin@commongroundwi.org if you plan to attend.  Include your organization association with Catholics for Peace and Justice when you sign up. 
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CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Sept 2
Please mark your calendar for our next Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground core team meeting.  All are invited.  Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM  Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd. The CPJ Common Ground Core Group provides a place to learn about community advocacy, details about issues and how to participate, a place to lift each other up as well as identify issues that would be taken to the larger group. Contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net for more info.
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Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel with Bishop Hying – Sep 6
Saturday morning September 6 from 8 am to noon, Community Center at St. James, W220 N6588 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. “Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel – A morning of Formation and Reflection on Charity and Justice”.  The morning includes mass followed by continental breakfast, keynote by Bishop Hying, and workshops on a variety of topics related to charity and justice ministry including the St Vincent de Paul mentoring program, recruiting  volunteers, Catholic social teaching, moving from charity to justice, discussing “hot topics” and more.  District parishes will host “networking” tables to share a variety of successful outreach ministries. ALL People interested in social justice ministry are invited, but you must register for this event by September 2nd.   Learn about Charity and Justice as a spiritual practice answering the call of Pope Francis to evangelize by action through humility and generous service.  Contact Rob Shelledy, Archdiocesan Director of Social Justice Ministry at shelledyr@archmil.org 
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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things/Book Discussion – Aug 28
Thursday, August 28th at 6-7:30pm at Four Corners Fair Trade Store, 5401 W. Vliet Street / 414-443-9606 - Explore new ways to actually make products giving them life beyond original their purpose. These ground-breaking ideas can inspire individuals and call on big companies to shift their manufacturing paradigm so we can go beyond just recycling. Come ready to discuss the book. In addition, enjoy 10% off your total purchase at Four Corners that night.  Read more about the book.  
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Civil Discourse in a Changing Society with Parker Palmer – Sept 13
Madison Civics Club, Monona Terrace, Madison, September 13. Are we, as a civilized society, becoming increasingly polarized, to the point of abandoning respectful discourse in favor of abrasive "win at all costs" tactics? A world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, Parker Palmer is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including: Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness and Healing the Heart of Democracy. Registration opens August 15.
More information  
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The People’s Climate March – Sept 21
On September 23, world leaders will gather in New York City for a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. They will be preparing for the International Climate Change Conference to be held in Lima, Peru, in early December. On Sunday, September 21, hundreds of thousands of people are planning to greet those leaders with the largest climate mobilization in history. The  People's Climate March  is being organized by 350.org and Avaaz. They expect half a million people.  We need to be there! 350.org Milwaukee is planning buses to the march from Milwaukee, which will leave in the evening on Saturday 9/20 and return Monday morning. We're also organizing a bus for people to attend the NYC Climate Convergence, to leave Thursday 9/18 and return the morning of Monday 9/22.  More info  Contact Julie at (414) 964-9478 or Devon at (414) 617-5843 with questions and to buy tickets offline. sponsored by 350.org Milwaukee 
CPJ Note: Can’t attend the march?  Sign a petition to President Obama and members of Congress  
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Inequality for All Film Screening and Discussion - Sept 23
A passionate argument for the middle class. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. INEQUALITY FOR ALL explains why. There is no vilifying of the rich here. With Prof. Reich as our guide, INEQUALITY FOR ALL looks at how policy changes over the past 30 years threaten an economy dependent on middle class spending. The screening of the film will be follow by a 30 min guided group discussion. Date September 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes.  Sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Regional Social Justice Committee. For more information contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com 
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Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9
The Well of Many Rivers: Creating Currents of Change is the theme of this year's Call to Action national conference in Memphis TN.  For details and online registration go to www.cta-usa.org/conference .
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PRAYER, STUDY AND REFLECTION
Book: The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times
by Dean Brackley
It is new perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola. Destined to become a classic, it reintroduces the reader to Christianity as a lived experience, rather than a set of doctrines.  In these times of spreading violence, poverty, and environmental crisis, this book points the reader beyond paralyzing fear to inner freedom, hope and constructive response. Following the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola, which has benefited millions for over four centuries, these reflections chart a course for wise decision-making, transformative action - a fuller life.  Whether you consider yourself a "religious" person or more of a searcher, here is a book that can help and inspire you on your journey.
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Reflection: Finding God in Our Failure
“We expect that God, in his omnipotence, will defeat injustice, evil, sin and suffering with a triumphant divine victory. Instead, God shows us a humble victory that in human terms seems to be a failure. And we can say this: God wins in failure. Indeed, the Son of God on the Cross appears to be a defeated man. He suffers, He is betrayed, He is vilified, and finally dies. But Jesus allows evil to set upon Him, He takes it all upon Him in order to vanquish it. His Passion is not incidental; his death — that death — was ‘foretold.’ It is an unsettling mystery, but we know the secret of this mystery, of this extraordinary humility: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.’”   -- Pope Francis to General audience on Holy Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Questions: Am I sacrificially serving, helping, comforting, and humbly loving everyone around me or am I focused on ensuring that my opinions and actions count? Am I reflecting the attitude of Jesus by being a peacemaker, promoting reconciliation, and working towards unity? Where and how am I finding God in my failure?
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Prayer
God of Freedom, goodness and grace;
You know what is best for us even when we do not.
You desire us to choose to do what satisfies and fulfills us
even though we choose not to do that much of the time.
From the beginning, you created us separately from you
with full freedom and self-determination
wanting us to be our own persons
knowing that our full potential is only achieved in you.
Stubbornly, we live our lives thinking and believing that everything depends upon us,
giving ourselves credit for the successes and
then disappointed in you when things go wrong.
Help us to acknowledge your appropriate place in our lives,
to accept that weakness, illness, brokenness, suffering and weariness
are not only a part of life in general,
but a part of our lives
and most importantly
to open up our bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and spirits 
to the power of your love.
We know that your love and grace can and will heal us.
We acknowledge that as we offer to allow ourselves
to be instruments of that same healing to one another,
because we have never truly received anything from you 
unless we have shared it with others as you have shared it with us.
Amen
By Fr. David Ruby
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