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FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
Did you ever notice that Jesus does not tend to give what we would call “inspiring”  “motivational” talks? He is not a football coach, nor does he try to engage your will power as such. Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self-image, world image, and God image, and thus re-framing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this.

If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day. If it is a true Gospel message, it will be more about re-grounding, re-shaping and re-directing you from your core. Richard Rohr


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

ACTIONS | ISSUES


Pray: You lead me and never leave me

Reflect

EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Volunteer to tutor refugees from Myanmar

Recurring Events
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
Each day in our world, beauty is born anew, it rises transformed through the storms of history.

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EVENTS AND EDUCATION

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:  deborah.lindberg@att.net  or call 414-906-0458.
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Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing [back to top]


Food, Faith and Farming Network - Milwaukee Winter Farmers' Market Schedule
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Conversation on Race: A Talk Worth Having
Bringing people together from across the community to be agents of transformation as we work to dismantle racism. Gatherings occur on the 2nd Tuesdays of each month (dates are set through 6/11/19) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd. Learn more.
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Interfaith Earth Network Faith & Ecology Conversation Series
Moral Ground: a reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice. Every 3rd Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Place, Milwaukee. Learn more about the February conversations here.
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn more.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, (Two separate groups to choose from!)
    • Tuesday Morning Group, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 10:30-Noon from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
    • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.


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 hainesa@archmil.org.
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Peace Action Wisconsin's Stand for Peace
Every Saturday at noon. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
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2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering - Feb 2-5
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is the central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the United States. It equips leaders and emerging leaders with the knowledge, relationships, and skills to build communities where all can thrive. The theme of the 2019 gathering is rooted in our commitment as disciples to cultivate God's justice, at home and around the world, to heal the brokenness our communities reflected in racism, incivility, and poverty. February 2-5, Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel. Learn more and register here
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On the Issues: Reggie Moore - Feb 6
On the Issues with Mike Gousha: Reggie Moore, Director, Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention. Wednesday, February 6, 4:30—5:30 p.m., Marquette University, Lubar Center, 1st floor of Eckstein Hall, 1215 West Michigan Street (limited complimentary parking available). Learn more and register here.
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Reducing the Burden of Global Respiratory Disease - Feb 9
The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee invites you to “Reducing the Burden of Global Respiratory Disease: A Physician’s Journey of Advocacy for Global Respiratory Health Care.” Presented by Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD. Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church - 631 N. 19th Street (Rear Entrance), Milwaukee. Learn more and register here.
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Living in the Web of Creation - Feb 17
The Waukesha County Creation Care Network is an outreach program of the Waukesha County Green Team, designed to connect faith communities working on care for our greater home – Earth. Anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join us!  In partnership with: WI Green Muslims, Laudato Si Project, St. James Catholic Church, St. Anthony on the Lake, Catholics for Peace and Justice, and with support of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Social Justice Ministry.  Learn More at  www.WCCCN.org . Flyer
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Scripture with Scholars - Mar 13
Fr. Leslie Hoppe will discuss "Isaiah on Sin and Redemption" (Isaiah 2:2 - 4:6). Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Atrium. Learn more.
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An Evening with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 15
“The Heart’s Evolution,” from the author of If Darwin Prayed. When the evolutionary narrative that science has given us is stripped of its materialistic assumptions, it is possible to interpret our deepest longings as signs of a sacred unfolding—the very heart of the divine moving in and through us and through this Great Unfolding. Friday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here
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A Day with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 16
"The Heart of the Christ,” from the Author of If Darwin Prayed. This day will focus on the heart as a spiritual center of deep intelligence, where the energies of the Heavens and Earth meet.  We will explore the spiritual path of purification through the lens of emotional, psychological, and physical trauma, and trauma’s impact on our capacity for intimacy, joy and authenticity. Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a,m, - 3:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here.
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 A Conversation about Sex Trafficking in OUR Communities - Mar 19
Human trafficking IS modern day slavery and its happening right here in OUR Communities. Come learn how youth and adults are being coerced into slavery, why they can't see their way out, and how we can keep our families safe. Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280 N2101 Prospect Avenue. Learn more and register here.
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WISDOM's Madison Action Day - Mar 26
We will gather from around the state in our Capitol Building in Madison. It is important for our legislators in Madison to understand that we want ACTION! Learn more here.
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Human Concerns Summit - Apr 6 (Registration deadline - Mar 27)
A morning of prayer, formation, and networking to unite people in Catholic Social Teaching and its commitment to serve our neighbors, especially those living in need. April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more and register here
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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction - Apr 27
La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha. More information will be available here.
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SAVE THE DATE: Catholics at the Capitol - Apr 30
Every two years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol.  Hundreds of Catholics from around the state come to Madison for this day of formation and legislative advocacy.  Catholics at the Capitol 2019 will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Watch the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site for more information as it becomes available and learn more hereFlyer.
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PRAY


My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that, if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton
 


REFLECT
Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature –
even a caterpillar –
I would never have to prepare a sermon.
so full of God is every creature.
 
 
from Our Hearts Still Sing by Meister Eckhart
 
 
 
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