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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
NOVEMBER 2015 Newsletter

Greetings,  On Nov 30 leaders from around the world will gather in Paris at the COP21 summit to negotiate a treaty to tackle the climate crisis. As a member of the Catholic Global Climate Movement, Catholics for Peace and Justice is joining with Catholics and Catholic leaders from around the globe calling for a just, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement.

You can participate in this historic event by signing the CGCM petition, praying for the leaders negotiating the treaty and by participating in the local global climate march on Nov 28. Learn more below. 

Blessings on your ministry

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Appeal To Cop 21 Negotiating Parties from Bishops, Cardinals and Patriarchs

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Global Catholic Climate Movement |Take Action!
Local Milwaukee Climate March on Saturday, Nov 28, 12:30 pm
Restoring Our Communities: Beyond 11x15 – ROC Wisconsin on Nov 3 
Support the ONE Campaign to Electrify Africa
Catholic Letter of Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan 
Calls for a Federal Investigation of Exxon for Its Role in Suppressing Research on Global Warming
Support Driver Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin | Take Action! 
Common Ground Update
Wisconsin Catholic Conference [WCC] – WI Pro-Life Bills
WI Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Bill Needs Support
Vision 2050 Planning for Regional Transportation and Housing

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church's Revival and Feast Day Celebration – Oct 31/1
Walk for Peace - Oct. 31
Responding Faithfully to Climate Denial: "Merchants of Doubt" Screening/Discussion – Nov 1
Voces de la Frontera Rally for Local IDs – Nov 2
WISDOM - ROC Wisconsin: Restoring Our Communities - Beyond 11x15 - Nov 3
New Sanctuary Movement Vigils to Support Immigrants – Nov 3 & 5
Partnering to Feed the Multitudes in Today’s World – Nov 7
Finding Home: Fostering At-Risk & Exploited Youth - Nov 7
Black out Domestic Violence Event – Nov 7
Caffeine and Politics/Militarism and Climate Change - Nov 7  
Call to Action Conference – Love Radically, Live Faithfully – Nov 6-8
15th Annual Brother Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 10
Voces de La Frontera March Against Trump – Nov 10
Faith Community Can Impact Poverty in Wisconsin, specifically Waukesha County – Nov 11
Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations – Nov 12
Coming Together to Get Ahead – Training on Poverty – Nov 14
Eco-Encounter Enjoying Abundance – Nov 17
Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony – Dec 5
2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb 26

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities
Reflect: Modern Peacemakers and Redemptive Suffering: Meditation from Richard Rohr
Prayer: Holy Spirit Be My Guide


GENERAL

Appeal To Cop 21 Negotiating Parties from Bishops, Cardinals and Patriarchs
“Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator, since God created the world for everyone. Hence every ecological approach needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged (LS 93)."
 
We join the Holy Father in pleading for a major break-through in Paris, for a comprehensive and transformational agreement supported by all based on principles of solidarity, justice and participation. This agreement must put the common good ahead of national interests.
It is essential too that the negotiations result in an enforceable agreement that protects our common home and all its inhabitants.  Read “APPEAL TO COP 21 NEGOTIATING PARTIES”
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Global Catholic Climate Movement | Climate March Nov 28 | Take Action!
If ever there were a time to pray and act it is now.  Our Holy Father has exhorted us in Laudato Si’ and countless speeches “in the name of God, to defend Mother Earth.” We have two ways you can help defend Mother Earth during this critical time.
Sign up to #Pray4cop21:  As people of faith we believe in the power of prayer. Be a link in the 24/7 #Pray4cop21 prayer chain to pray courage for our world leaders to take bold climate action, for our brothers and sisters already being devastated by climate change, and for our own ecological conversion. Sign up to #Pray4cop21
Join the Global Climate March: A million people are expected to join the Global Climate March taking place in over 3000 cities around the world on Nov 28 and 29 in a cry for action on behalf of the planet and all future generations.  The epicenter will be a mega march in Paris, which will be complemented by marches in all major cities across the globe. - See more info here 
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Local Milwaukee Climate March on Saturday, Nov 28, 12:30 pm
Catholics need to be part of this historic moment to turn Laudato Si’ into action. Let’s pray with our feet by joining the local mobilization to show that we care for creation. March begins at the City Hall Rotunda and ends at WE Energies.  See Flyer for Details.
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Restoring Our Communities: Beyond 11x15 – ROC Wisconsin on Nov 3
JOIN US TO KICK OFF OUR NEW CAMPAIGN! On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, MADISON.  The day includes lunch.  There is no charge; donations to defray costs are encouraged.  Register with your local affiliate organization or email us, wisdomforjustice@gmail.com , to make sure we have enough materials and bus transportation to the Department of Corrections.  The ROC Wisconsin kick-off will include a prayer service to remember all those caught up in the system, a press conference, legislative visits, informational presentations, a trip to the Department of Corrections, and a chance to meet with others who share your concerns. 
 
As 2015 draws to a close, we renew our commitment to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin.  ROC Wisconsin will continue to demand all the reforms that were lifted up by the 11x15 Campaign to keep people out of prison, to treat prisoners more humanely and fairly, and to ensure those returning from prison have a chance to succeed.
 
ROC Wisconsin’s four principal aims:
•    For Wisconsin to invest in the programs and strategies that will end the racial and economic disparities that fuel mass incarceration;
•    For Wisconsin to reduce its prison population to 11,000, and to reduce the number of people on extended supervision;
•    For Wisconsinites to view people who have been convicted of a crime as human beings, members of families, and assets to the community;
•    For formerly-incarcerated people to be restored to full participation in our communities, our economy and our civic life.
 
Please RSVP ASAP through any WISDOM local organization or email us at wisdomforjustice@gmail.com For more information: David Liners at 414-736-2099, or david.liners1@gmail.com
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Support the ONE Campaign to Electrify Africa
The Senate Foreign Relations Committees have passed the bipartisan Electrify Africa Act without objection by voice vote.  This is huge news for ONE and we couldn’t have done it without all of your hard work over the past few months encouraging your Congressmen and your Senators to support this bill and signing the Electrify Africa petitions. Thank you.  Today we are on track and back to work to have this bill passed through the House and the Senate at large.  Momentum is on our side as Hundreds of volunteers in Wisconsin and all over the US have gotten out the week of October 26th to deliver Electrify Africa petitions to the offices of our state Senators and Congressmen.
ACTION: 
Sign the Electrify Africa Petition
A bill was just introduced in Congress that will bring electricity to 50 million African citizens for the very first time - and at no cost to US taxpayers.  Tell Congress you support the bill and let's take a big step forward in the fight against extreme poverty. 
Send a letter to your Representative asking them to support HR 2847
Let's help #ElectrifyAfrica!
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Catholic Letter of Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan 
Sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Dear Speaker Ryan,
As your fellow Catholics, we congratulate you on your election as Speaker of the House. We beg you to set aside the old way of doing things, and create policies that serve the poor and the excluded.

You asked us to pray for you, and we will.  We pray most especially that you take Pope Francis's words to heart and be a politician "who is genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!”
Sign the Petition Here
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Calls for a Federal Investigation of Exxon for Its Role in Suppressing Research on Global Warming
It turns out that Exxon knew of the connections between burning fossil fuels and the threat of global warming as far back as the 1970s and 1980s. Its own scientists warned corporate executives of “potentially catastrophic” impacts, and yet Exxon not only suppressed this information, but funded organizations committed to public denial or skepticism about the research.  Numerous groups have come together to call on the Justice Department to investigate Exxon in the same way it once did the tobacco industry for doing the very same thing – suppressing research showing the lethal effects of cigarette smoking.  You can add your voice to this demand by visiting this link and adding your name to the petition. 
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Support Driver Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin | Take Action!
The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 allows individual states to create alternative driver cards for immigrants that allow the ability to drive, these cards cannot be used for certain official federal purposes. Driver cards are not driver’s license, but they would positively identify the card holder, ensure that driver education and tests were successfully completed, and allow a legal way for immigrants to drive to their jobs, school, church and shopping. Proposed Bill  
Contact your WI Legislators  
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Common Ground Update
Click here for latest Common Ground News.   
Fall Delegates Assembly - Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Mt Mary University - Alumnae Dining Hall
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Wisconsin Catholic Conference [WCC] – WI Pro-Life Bills
The Senate Health Committee on October 16 passed two pro-life bills. Senate Bill 237   (Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield) would prohibit federal Title X funds from going to a private, nonprofit entity that provides abortion services, i.e., Planned Parenthood.  The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) supported the bill.  Senate Bill 260   (Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville) would prohibit the sale and use of abortion-derived fetal body parts.  The WCC supported the bill.  Both bills are now available for floor votes.
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WI Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Bill Needs Support
Assembly Children and Families, AB-267 (Billings, Jill (D) Under this bill, a person who has not attained the age of 18 may not be prosecuted for committing an act of prostitution. The bill also requires the sheriff or police department to refer to an agency, and the agency to investigate, a case of child abuse in which a person who is not a caregiver of the child is suspected of permitting, allowing, or encouraging the child to engage in prostitution. Contact your Wisconsin legislators to request support for this bill.  
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Vision 2050 Planning for Regional Transportation and Housing
The next round of interactive workshops has been scheduled for November 9-19. There will be seven workshops around the Region—one in each county—open to the general public. The November workshops will provide an opportunity for you to find out how three detailed land use and transportation alternatives compare based on a thorough evaluation. You will also be able to provide input into what should be included in a preliminary recommended plan for VISION 2050.  Find out more here.
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EVENTS
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church's Revival and Feast Day Celebration – Oct 31/1
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM) at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3114 N. 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212. St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church's revival theme is, “Victorious in Christ: Overcoming violence and Evils of the World.” A youth gathering will be held on October 31 at 1 PM. Revival service is on October 31 at 7 PM. Feast day celebration is on November 1 at 9 AM. The guest revivalists are brothers, Father Charles Smith, SVD and Father Chester Smith, SVD, who are spirited and talented preachers. More Information  
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Walk for Peace - Oct. 31
In response to Archbishop Listecki’s call for peace, all are invited to walk for an end to violence on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 3722 S. 58th St., Milwaukee, 10 a.m. Prayer and a reception in the parish hall will follow. For additional information, please call (414) 545-4361, ext. 13.
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Responding Faithfully to Climate Denial: "Merchants of Doubt" Screening/Discussion – Nov 1
A documentary exposing a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change. 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 1, Congregation Emanuel B'nei Jeshurun, 2020 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Building tour at 1 p.m.  As people of faith, we have a special responsibility to speak the truth, especially when manufactured confusion about climate change is endangering the very people we are most called to serve: the vulnerable and the voiceless, and the whole of creation. This film will raise your awareness about the climate denial machinery - how to recognize it, the tactics used, and the payers - so you can more effectively counter its influence in your own community. Congregation Emanuel B'nei Jeshurun is an outstanding example of a "green" house of worship!  Come early for a special tour led by Philip Katz, the architect who designed the building! Your pre-registration will help us plan for this free event, but walk-ins are welcome! Register here.   Sponsored by Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light 
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Voces de la Frontera Rally for Local IDs – Nov 2
Rally for local IDs at the DOMES. Leaving Voces to carpool at 5:30 or meet there at 6:00pm. More information
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WISDOM - ROC Wisconsin: Restoring Our Communities - Beyond 11x15 - Nov 3
9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Bethal Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI. A kick off to renew our commitment to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin. The day includes prayer service, press conference, legislative visits, informational presentations and networking. More information. 
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New Sanctuary Movement Vigils to Support Immigrants – Nov 3 & 5
The regular Tuesday vigil will take place on Tuesday, November 3 (6:30pm-7:30pm) at Ascension Lutheran Church (1236 S Layton Blvd in Milwaukee).
The ICE vigil will be take place on Thursday, November 5 (12pm-12:30pm) across the street from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) at 310 E Knapp Street in Milwaukee. We are planning on a high turnout for the ICE vigil this month and would greatly appreciate your presence.
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Partnering to Feed the Multitudes in Today’s World – Nov 7
Please join the Capuchin Community for a Morning of Reflection, Saturday, November 7. A panel discussion will focus on poverty & hunger and how we can all work towards a solution. There is no charge for the morning. Canned food donations appreciated. Please invite a friend to join you! More information and registration here.
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Finding Home: Fostering At-Risk & Exploited Youth - Nov 7
8:30 to 10:45 am, Mount Mary University, 2900 Menomonee River Pkwy, Alumni Dining Rm, enter off 92nd St. Our youth are increasingly at risk and victimized by the commercial sex trade. There is an urgent need for care for youth victimized by sex trafficking in our community. Join us for an informational event about opportunities to foster at-risk and exploited youth. Info and registration. 
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Black out Domestic Violence Event – Nov 7
Date: Saturday, November 7th. Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Location: Heartlove Place: 3229 N. Martin Luther King Drive. Fresh Start Learning LLC will be hosting the 2nd annual Black out Awareness Event to promote prevention and awareness tactics and techniques to eradicate Human trafficking and domestic violence.  We are pleased to have a panel of diverse members of our community to come and Speak Truth to the issue of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.   The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to sponsor this event, please contact Nancy Yarbrough. nncyyarbrough@yahoo.com 
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Caffeine and Politics/Militarism and Climate Change - Nov 7 
Saturday, November 7th at Peace Action Center: 1001 E. Keefe Avenue. Join us from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm for coffee and discussion!  This month's Caffeine and Politics will feature special presentation by Julie Enslow and George Martin about Climate Change. This event is free and open to the public.
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Call to Action Conference – Love Radically, Live Faithfully – Nov 6-8
The Call to Action Conference will take place in Milwaukee. Learn More
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15th Annual Brother Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 10
Tuesday, November 10 , 6:00 p.m. Sr. Camille Kliebhan Conference Center ~ Cardinal Stritch 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee. “Reverencing Creation: Prophetic Voices for Human Dignity” Featuring David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM. “Everyone means Everyone!” Work for social justice and radical inclusion is not just an option of for overachieving, heroic people of faith.  All of us who share the planet will thrive or perish depending on our ability to show compassion and human concern for each other. Justice and equity are not just spiritual requirements, but practical necessities. If we are to live healthy, sane lives. Program is free. All are invited.  See attached flyer.
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Voces de La Frontera March Against Trump – Nov 10
March against Trump. We are marching on the day of the Republican debate and leaving Voces at 4:30 to go downtown. You could also meet us at City Hall at 5:30pm.
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Faith Community Can Impact Poverty in Wisconsin, specifically Waukesha County – Nov 11
Religious Leaders' Caucus Educational Event. Speaker: Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8:30 am. First Congregational, United Church of Christ, Heritage Room, 100 East Broadway, Waukesha.  All are Welcome. Event is Free and Open to All. (free will offering will be accepted). For further information, contact Rev. Ralph Schultz at 262-446-1807 or at rschultz92@att.net
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Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond USCCB/JFI National Convening – Nov 11-13
Wednesday – Friday, November 11-13, 2015 Four Points Sheraton Hotel at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois. Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will give the keynote address at the opening dinner, and a group of dynamic and noteworthy speakers will provide their insights and expertise on immigration during the rest of the conference. Contact acube@usccb.org  with any questions about the convening or registration process.  Regularly updated information about the convening and a link to the convening registration website are at the top of the JFI homepage.  
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Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations – Nov 12
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee invites you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. Pope Francis, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Catholic Relations November 12, 2015, 7 pm. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Rabbi David Sandmel – Director of Interfaith Affairs, Anti-Defamation League. Phillip A.  Cunningham, Ph.D.  – Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. Learn More
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Coming Together to Get Ahead – Nov 14
Attend this eye-opening poverty training and learn about poverty through an economic lens. Gain a better understanding of the reality of living in poverty and how empowerment can change the life of individuals and change communities. Listen and participate with an open mind and heart. Learn what you can do to help those on a life-changing journey out of poverty.  Location: at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc.  Training Session 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided.  This program is presented by Waukesha County St. Vincent de Paul. Registration and Information.
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Eco-Encounter Enjoying Abundance – Nov 17
November 17 program: Eco-Nomincs – Purchasing is an Economic Act. Join the Interfaith Earth Network as we explore our Eco-Logical Identity: Who do we think we are? A series to share and strengthen our faith-based commitment to "living simply that others may simply live." 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park. More Information. 
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Christians with Questions:  “Tex Mix – Stories of Earthy Mysticism” – Nov 21
With Tex Sample, sociologist of religion.  As Christians we love the stories of Christmas time.  Well Tex Sample gives us powerful stories from real life on a whole variety of topics that will create much discussion.  He will cover topics on racism, dealing with polio, a woman preacher, forgiveness, rape, homosexuality, winning a trophy, losing a baby, to coping with life after seeing your mother killed.  Come listen to a master story teller. Calvary United Methodist Church 3177 S. 107th Street 9:00 am – 11:45 am (doors open at 8:30) More Info 
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On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony – Dec 5
The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee invites you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. On the Road Together: Voices in Harmony. December 5, 2015, 7:00-8:15 pm. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. The Jewish Community Chorale, the Archdiocesan Choir and leaders of sung prayer from the Jewish and Catholic community will celebrate in song those texts in sacred scripture that we hold in common, the Psalms and the exultant word Hallelujah – Alleluia.  Reception follows. More info
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2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb 26
A Pastoral & Political Challenge with Sister Simone Campbell. February 26 - 27, 2016. Bethlehem Lutheran Church W8267 Highway 33 East, Portage. Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.  More Information
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Study: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities
By Ruby K. Payne, PhD, Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith
If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor.  People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are largely nonexistent. If your organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths helps you partner with them to create opportunities for success.
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Reflect: Modern Peacemakers and Redemptive Suffering: Meditation from Richard Rohr
Modern Peacemakers, Martin Luther King, Redemptive Suffering. From Richard Rohr Daily Meditation, Oct 27, 2015
I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. --Martin Luther King, Jr. [1]
 
As the school of Paul says in several places, our fight is really against "the principalities and powers" (Ephesians 6:12)--a pre-modern phrase for institutions, nation states, and corporations, which are always organized in their own favor. The problem is not first of all "the flesh" or personal sin, but systemic evil and structural, disguised violence. King's nonviolent actions allowed him, like Jesus, to ask question of the demons: "What is your name?" And they were forced to reveal themselves as a "Legion because they were many" (Luke 8:30). As King writes:
 
It is evil we are seeking to defeat, not the persons victimized by evil. Those of us who struggle against racial injustice must come to see that the basic tension is not between races. . . . The tension is at bottom between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. . . . At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. . . . To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world. [3]
 
This belief that God is on the side of truth and justice comes down to us from the long tradition of our Christian faith. There is something at the very center of our faith which reminds us that Good Friday may reign for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the Easter drums. [4]
 
Worldly systems actually prefer violent partners to nonviolent ones; it gives them a clear target and a credible enemy. Empires are relieved to have terrorists to shoot at and Barabbas figures loose on the streets. Types like Jesus, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi make difficult enemies for empires. They cannot be used or co-opted.
 
The powers that be know that nonviolent prophets are a much deeper problem because they refuse to buy into the very illusions that the whole empire is built on, especially "the myth of redemptive violence." Like Jesus, they live instead a life of redemptive suffering. [6]
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Prayer:
Holy Spirit, as I discern my role in making the world a better place, give me an altruistic heart. Help me to think not only of my convenience and limitations, but to stretch a little to share with those who are truly poor. Give me the grace to be both practical and generous, and let me serve as I would want to be served. Holy Spirit, be my guide. Amen From Living a Spirituality of Action by Joan Mueller
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