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Greetings friends!

The fullness of summer is upon us! Produce and flowers abound in our gardens and markets—God’s blessings are awesome!

Simultaneously, we grapple with increasing tensions in the Middle East, paralleled by an unprecedented military budget. Likewise, the plight of refugees throughout the world displaced by war, or fleeing poverty and violence reflective of our generation’s inability to share the abundance of our planet, is excruciating.

What is God asking of us in this moment? Let us not hide from the challenges. Let us confront them joyfully, bolstered by our rich spiritual tradition calling us to reflect, to engage, to dialogue, to assist, to sacrifice, and to celebrate. We are privileged to daily work arm in arm with God, increasing our capacity for God’s Kingdom among us.

--Mary Krolikowski

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Pray:  Peacemaking Prayer

Reflect: from Psalm 4


Pope Francis Quote
True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others. The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, #88

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Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort (WAVE) Part Time Organizer Needed - Click here for job description and application process.

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Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael's Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street.  We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.
Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Deborah Lindberg:  or call 414-906-0458.

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Siena Retreat Center (Racine, WI) will be mailing out their 2019-2020 Program Booklet in August. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send a request to or call 262-898-2590.  Group and private retreats, days of reflection, grief-support and spiritual director training programs, Taizé Prayer, and events with authors, including Matthew Fox, Paul Knitter, and Mirabai Starr, are among the programs which will be offered.
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Recurring Events: 

Evicted Exhibit - open Fridays (5-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) through Sep 30
Join us for Evicted, an exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.The exhibit is free to the public and on display from June 21 through September 30, 753 North 27th St. Milwaukee. Learn more

Pray for Peace at Good Shepherd Parish
Come join us to Pray for Peace on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. [for less than 30 minutes] in our Mary of Magdala chapel – south entrance at Good Shepherd Parish, N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls, 53051-2610. 
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing
September and Early October Programs Information
  • Exploring Prayer in Recovery: Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19; and October 3; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Grieving Through the Seasons Grief Retreat Day: Saturday, September 21
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sacred Sites Day Pilgrimage Baha’i House of Worship: Sunday, September 22
  • De Mujer a Mujer Aprendiendo A Valorarnos Más Retiro en Español: Viernes, 20 de septiembre al domingo, 22 de septiembre
  • Naming the Unnameable An Evening with Matthew Fox: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • The Future of Religion, Spirituality, and Earth A Day with Matthew Fox: Saturday, October 5 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines
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Peace Action Wisconsin
End the Wars Coalition meetings

3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Stand for Peace
Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.

Friday Freedom Flicks-Peacemaking Through Music and Song 
Every Friday, 7 p.m., Peace Action Center, 1001 E. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee
  • August 2, "The Power of Song". Pete Seeger
  • August 16, "How Sweet the Sound", Joan Baez
  • August 23, "A Vision Shared, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly", Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly
  • August 30, "Amandla: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony", Music in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa
Potluck and Politics – Aug 3
Join us Saturday, August 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in New Berlin for a 6  p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. presentation. Paul Jozef, a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer making a special visit from Arizona, will demonstrate how to communicate in a powerful yet compassionate and connecting way about political issues that are often highly charged and divisive.  (We ask those joining us for dinner to please bring a dish to share.) Free. See flyer here.
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Rag Head - Aug 3-4
Critically acclaimed one woman show, "Rag Head" about Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting makes its Milwaukee debut. Written, performed and directed by celebrated actor & activist Sundeep Morrison, RAG HEAD explores hate, hope and American identity
  • Sikh awareness workshop with Q&A after each performance
  • Tickets $12 in Advance $15 at the Door proceeds will support the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Learn more and purchase tickets here
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Complete Communication Class –  Aug 4  
Looking to enhance your Communication skills?  Join us at the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, on Sunday, August 4, 1-3:30 p.m. when Paul Jozef, a communication trainer making a special visit from Arizona, will give a workshop on how to communicate compassionately and effectively even when our minds want to judge, argue or complain.  Early bird discount is available. See flyer here for more information and registration.
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End Prison Slavery - Aug 5
End Prison Slavery, Support incarcerated people's organizing. Monday, August 5, 5 p.m., Milwaukee Public Library, Room 2A, 814 W Wisconsin Ave, International Workers of the World-Milwaukee
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Lanterns for Peace - Aug 9
Annual Commemoration of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Friday, August 9, 6 - 9 p.m., Washington Park Urban Ecology Center (N.E. corner of the park, south of Lisbon-1859 N 40th St.). Learn more and RSVP here or contact Peace Action T 414-269-9525. 
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Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School with Tommy Sands - Aug 12 and 13-15
Both events will be held at the CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213. For registration to the “Songs of Peace” and other classes and for all ages, please visit or call 414-877-5451. Learn more about Tommy Sands here.
  1. Monday, August 12, 7-9 p.m., FREE! ~ “Songs and Stories with Tommy Sands” 8 p.m.: Legendary singer, song-writer, and activist Tommy Sands shares songs, stories, and conversation moderated by Ed Ward exploring his music and life.
  2. Tuesday-Thursday, August 13-15, 2:30-4 p.m., 3 day class, $100 ~ “Songs of Peace” This class will focus on the strong relationship between song and peace movements throughout the world. Past students have described his class as mesmerizing, powerful and inspiring.
Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice - Aug 18
Sunday, August 18, Bishop Brendon Kelly of Galway, Ireland will be the celebrant. The Irish Fest Peace and Justice Choir will begin music at 9 a.m.; the Liturgy will start at 9:30 a.m.; bring food for the Hunger Task Force to get in free. Learn more.
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Come Celebrate Sustainability with Us!  - Aug 24
Members of the public are invited to the 2019 Sustainability Fair, a family-oriented event to promote green living, in support of sustainable use of Waukesha County’s natural resources and protection of our natural environment. Attendees will learn how to implement sustainable practices into their everyday lives, such as renewable energy, gardening and composting, sustainable transportation, zero waste practices and more. The fair is free, and will take place at Retzer Nature Center (S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More Information about the Sustainability FairFlyer and Press Release
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Laborfest - Sep 2
Monday, September 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more here.
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Unlock the Vote - Sep 5
WISDOM/EXPO will do a community presentation on the UnLock the Vote Campaign on Thursday, September 5, 6-8 p.m.  Location TBA. “Unlock the Vote” intends to restore voting rights to all people when they return from incarceration. Watch for more information here
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Campaign for Nonviolence - Sep 14-22 
People around the world creating a new culture of non-violence, and an end to war, poverty, racism, sexism and environmental destruction, in coordination with the UN International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. Pace e Bene. Contact George Martin at 414-745-5740 for more details about the Milwaukee events.
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Peacemaking Prayer

O God, we believe that peacemaking means planting seeds
even though we may never see the flower,
And that it means never losing sight of the vision
promised by you.
We hold fast to your Word that
one day swords will be beat into plowshares.
May we, as peacemakers, stake our lives on that promise.
We ask this through you life-giving Spirit. Amen.

--Pax Christi USA

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The joy you give me, O God of Justice,
is greater than the happiness
of those who have an abundant harvest.
In You alone I find peace.  

From Psalm 4


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