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JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER
As we continue to journey through this Covid-19 crisis, I thought it might be helpful to share a portion of Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil homily on hope:

Pope Francis recalled how on the dawn after the Sabbath, the women went to the tomb of Jesus and there an angel told them: “Do not be afraid. He is not here; for he has risen.” The women “hear the words of life even as they stand before a tomb... And then they meet Jesus, the giver of all hope, who confirms the message and says: ‘Do not be afraid’.”

He further shared that because of the resurrection of Jesus, “tonight we acquire a fundamental right that can never be taken away from us: the right to hope. It is a new and living hope that comes from God. It is not mere optimism; it is not a pat on the back or an empty word of encouragement. It is a gift from heaven, which we could not have earned on our own.”

May we all find strength and hope in each other as we journey together on our life’s path.
 
Bob Schuelke


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

EVENTS | EDUCATION 

 

Recurring Events

 
Homelessness and Eviction (Frank Talk) - Jun 2
 
Pray:  Prayer for a Pandemic
Reflect: On Happiness
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
Jesus had authority because there was consistency in what he taught and what he did, in how he lived. Authority is seen in this: consistency and witness. 

Pope Francis
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 


Recurring Events: 

Suppressed: the Fight to Vote
Click to watch this 38 minute documentary - A new film by Robert Greenwald

Or

Click on one of the dates listed below to register to receive a discussion guide and link to the zoom video discussion for that date.

Please have the discussion guide available for reference during the discussion. The discussions will be facilitated by members of the SOPHIA Racial Equity Team.
Questions? Contact Elissa Watson: lissawatson@gmail.com. Flyer.
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Siena Retreat Center
Siena Retreat Center intends to continue to be a place of calm, peace and wellness during this uncertain time. In the hopes of curtailing the virus, we are temporarily suspending most operations through Friday, July 31st.  Spiritual guidance appointments and a small number of offerings have been moved to virtual platforms. Please click here for full message.

In the meantime, enjoy the "micro-retreats" we have posted on our YouTube Channel! and the following are being offered virtually

COVID19 Experience Sharing
See flyer here.
  • Facilitated by Annette Jo Giarrante
    • Wednesday, June 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - OR
    • Monday, June 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Facilitated by Everett Rice
    • Wednesday, July 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m. OR
    • Tuesday, July 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
To check for updates, and for a complete description of programs and retreats, visit  www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs!
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Peace Action Wisconsin - Canceled
  • End the Wars Coalition meetings3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee 414-269-9525, info@peaceactionwi.org
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on FacebookStand for Peace is Canceled! We ask that you post a picture of yourself with a peace sign or peace flag on the Peace Action of WI face book page on Saturdays at noon until the corona virus emergency is over.
 
 
Homelessness and Eviction (Frank Talk) - Jun 2
Join us online via Zoom for a discussion on Homelessness and Eviction. Sr. MacCanon Brown & Lt. Karen Dubois of the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary will be presenting!

Via Zoom! RSVP - the Zoom Meeting Link will be sent to you via email prior to the event.

Frank Talks are real conversations following Frank Zeidler's legacy of civil discourse. Join us monthly in dialogues on vital issues that matter.
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Current Realities for DACA Recipients and Asylum Seekers - Jun 6
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, this online forum will occur on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Learn more. Register here.
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PRAY

Prayer for a Pandemic
by Joan Chittister

God of light
and God of mystery,
give us the faith to see you
in the grey dimness
of this time.

Give us the heart to hear,
in the silence of the sick,
the call to care for those
in pain.

Give us the courage
to find you
where you do not now
appear to be.

Give us the trust it takes
to make our way
through this uncertainty,
this fear,
this seemingly irredeemable sense of limitless loss
to the recognition
of the relentless hope
that each seasonal cycle
of life
confirms in us.

You who made all things
for our good and our growth
show us, too, now
the power of darkness
so that we might see newly—
beyond the ephemeral—
to what are really
the gloriously important things
in life.

Amen
REFLECT

On Happiness

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

“Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.”

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes”

 
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
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