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Biographical Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Born on the Border

by Ray Ybarra Maldonado, Esq.

Minutemen Vigilantes, origins of Arizona's anti-immigrant movement, a call for civil disobedience

DreamsB2:B23 From My Father

by Barack Obama

memoir; a story of race and inheritance

Fluent in Faith: The Gift of Mary McCormick

by Donald J. Mueller & Jacq. Hansen Maggiore

Lay missionary from Wisconsin to Columbia; co-founder of religious communities

Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement

by Lynne Olson

portraits of more than 60 women; women's role in the struggle for racial equality from 1830-1970

Footsoldier for Peace and Justice: the Story of John Gilman

by John Gilman

World War II soldier; progressive; defender of those unjustly persecuted

Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy

by Corrinne Goria, ed.

the human rights crises occurring behind the scenes of the global economy

Love is the Measure

by Jim Forest

biography of Dorothy Day, founder of The Catholic Worker

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion

by Coretta Scott King

compilation from MLK's essays, lectures, and speeches

My Journey from Silence to Solidarity: Roy Bourgeois, M.M.

by ed. Margaret Knapke

Roy Bourgeois becoming an activist for women's ordination

Vessel of Clay: The Inspiration Journey of Sister Carla

by Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore

Maryknoll Sister; worked with the 4 church women killed in El Salvador -- she died before them


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Cosmological Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story

by Jennifer Morgan; illus. by Dana Lynne Anderson

the universe and the young Earth

Born From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story

by Jennifer Morgan; illus. by Dana Lynne Anderson

the beginning of life on Earth

The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness

by Joyce Rupp; Art -- Mary Southard

prose and poetry; oneness with each other and all of life

The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future

by Thomas Berry

transitioning from a disrupting force on the Earth to a benign presence

The Journey of the Universe

by Brian Thomas Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker

readable account of the history of the universe from the Big Band to the present

Mammals Who Morph: the Universe Tells Our Evolution Story

by Jennifer Morgan; illus. by Dana Lynne Anderson

the rise of mammals and humans on planet Earth

Radical Amazement

by Judy Cannato

contemplative lessons from black; holes supernovas and other wonders of the universe

The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth of the Ecozoic Era

by Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry

unites science and the humanities in a coherent story of the evolution of Earth

What Does God Look Like in an Expanding Universe?

by Jim Schenk, ed.

a variety of thinkers, activists, and artists grapple with the questions of God


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Criminal Justice Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Conscience and Consequence: A prison Memoir

by Clare Hanrahan

A political prisoner's six month stay in federal prison

Dead Man Walking

by Sister Helen Prejean

Helen accompanies a man on death row; comes to know the executioners & families of the victims

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stepheson

justice and redemption for one man on death row

Let None Walk Alone: A guide for family and friends of incarcerated people

by Sister Juanita Ujcik, OSF

real-life stories; information, strategies, resources and common sense

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

a memoir of one woman's year in a federal correctional facility

When We Visit Jesus in Prison

by Dale S. Recinella

reflections and stories about a man's prison ministry; sociological and psychological thinking on incarc.

Where Justice and Mercy Meet

by Donald J. Mueller & Jacq. Hansen Maggiore

the Catholic stance against capital punishment intertwined with racism and mental health

The Women in Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry

by Linda Pischke

insights into the journeys of incarcerated women; stories of courage, resilience, and hope


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Ecology Education Resources

Last updated 8/30/2021

Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet

by Bill McKibben

McKibben shows that we’re living on a fundamentally altered planet – and opens our eyes to the kind of change we’ll need to order to make our civilization endure. 

Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

by the Action Institute

This collection of essays seeks to articulate the broad Judeo-Christian theological principles concerning the environment, and to distinguish those principles from contrary ideas popular in the environmental movement. 

Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology

by Sarah McFarland Taylor

How can we as human beings find ethical and sustainable ways to live with one another and with other living beings on this planet?  This book provides compelling answers from a variety of religious communities.

Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Alex Prud’homme

Prud’homme explains the basics of hydraulic fracturing, considers the economic and political benefits and explores concerns about health dangers and damage to the environment.

Kiss the Ground

narrated by Woody Harrelson and directed by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrel

An 85-minute long feature film which unveils a game-changer:  We can reverse global warming and the Earth’s soil is the solution.  Available on disc.

Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature

by Joseph Cornell

A guidebook to a deeper awareness of nature.  You will learn, not mere facts about nature but how to get the feel of nature, through inspiring quotations from famous naturalists, stunning photography, and Cornell’s ever-popular nature awareness activities. 

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

by Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power

From the plots of his Milwaukee, WI urban farm to low-income communities across America, Will Allen shows us a new type of heroism.” 

The Story of Stuff: How our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health – and a vision for change

by Annie Leonard

We have a problem with Stuff.  With just 3% of the world’s population, the U.S. consumes 30% of the world’s resources and creates 30% of the world’s waste.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

by Naomi Klein

Author Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: The war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto

by Steward Brand

Brand shows us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and inventive set of policies and design-based solutions for shaping a more sustainable society. 


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Immigration Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Are We There Yet: Stories From the Border

by Paula Schwendinger PBVM

(2 copies available)
Individual accounts of crossing the border into the US

Blessed Are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children

by S. Rose, L. O'Donovan, stafff and volunteers

stories of immigranat children who are fled Central America

Crossing with the Virgin

by Ferguson, Norma A. Price, Ted Parks

stories of the journeys of people crossing the US-Mexico borders; help from local people

Illegal: Nafta Refugees Forced to Flee

by Peter A. Geniesse

the role of U.S. politics and trade policies in producing the immigration crisis

International Migration: A Very Short Introduction

by Khalid Koser

migration's fundamental links with globalization, development, poverty, and human rights.

Jesus was a Migrant

by Deirdre Cornell

biblical stories of migrants; suffering and blessing that accompanies the migant journey

Living in the Shadows: A primer on the human rights of migrants

by Amnesty International

an overview of the rights of migrants; an agenda for migrants' rights

Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration

by Jeffery Kaye

the phenomena of immigration; how it impact all of us

A Nation of Nations

by Tom Gjelten

US immigration since the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act

A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration

by ed. Daniel G. Groody, Gioacchino Campese

a compilation of essays taking a theological and rights-based approach to the issue of migration

Rescuing Regina: the Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death

by Sr. Josephe Marie Flynn

Sister Josephe's efforts on behalf of Regina reveal the complexity of the US immigration system


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Justice Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

The Gospel of Peace and Justice

by Joseph Gremillion

Catholic social teaching since Pope John XXIII

Hunger for Hope

by Sr. Simone Campbell

(2 copies available)
Prophetic Communities, Contemplation and the Common Good

NAFTA from Below

by Martha A. Ojeda and Rosemary Ennesy, Eds.

Maquiladora workers, farmers, and Indigenous Communities speak out about Free Trade in Mexico

Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World

by Brandon Vogt

social justice as lived by 14 different saints

Voice of the Voiceless

by Archbishop Oscar Romero

Romero's Four Pastoral Letters and Other Statements

We Cry Justice

by Liz Theoharis

Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign


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Non-Violence Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

The End of War

by Captain Paul K. Chappell

A unique perspective on war and peace from the perspective of a soldier

In the Spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan

by George Ardess and Marvin L. Erier Mich

Catholics and Muslims Working Together for the Common Good

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

by Sam Harris and Maajid Hawaz

addresses the question, "Is Islam a religion of peace or war?"

Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way

by Walter Wink

the relation of Jesus and his message to politics and nonviolence.

The Paradox of Power: Moving from Control to Compassion in a Violent World

by Michael Crosby

the creative energy of power can heal

The Risk of the Cross

by Arthur Laffin

Living Gospel non-violence in the nuclear age

The Twelve Steps to Peace

by Johnny F

The use of the twelve step process to bring about peace

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

by Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan

study of countries and territories and their non-violent resistance campaigns


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Politics Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Abuse of Discretion

by Clarke D. Forsythe

Inside story of Roe v. Wade

The Audacity of Hope

by Barack Obama

Thoughts on reclaiming the American Dream

Blue Jeans In High

by Mike McCabe

the makeover of American politics


by John Nichols; Robert McChesney

money-media and the election process

God's Politics

by Jim Wallis

Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

Hostile Takeover

by David Sirota

Big money and corruption conquered our government-- how we take it back

A Nun on the Bus

by Sr. Simone Campbell

in 2012 Simone and other sisters rally against Paul Ryan's budget

People Get Ready

by Robert W. McChesney; John Nichols

The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy

Think and Act Anew

by Larry Snyder

How Poverty in America Affects Us all and What We Can Do about It

$200 a Day

by Kathryn J. Edin, Luke Shaefer

Living on Almost Nothing in America


by Ralph Nader

left-right alliance to dismantle the corporate state

Winner-Take-All Politics

by Jacob Hacker; Paul Pierson

How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class


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Race Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

America's Original Sin

by Jim Wallis

racial justice, redemption, reconciliation

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

by Eddie S. Glaude Jr

race and justice in the US; a prophetic call for revolution

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change

by Brenda Salter McNeil & Rick Richardson

racism as a spiritual battle

Interrupting White Privilege

by Laurie M Cassidy & Alex Mikulich, Eds.

white theologians address colleagues and readers on our complicity in the social sin of racism

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

by U.S Catholic Bishops

articles on racism written by US bishops

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

the US criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by Robert D. Putnam

how growing income gaps have shaped our children

Racism Without Racists

by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

color-blind racism and racial inequality in contemporary America

The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America

by Jeanine Hill Fletcher

the theology of Christian supremacy gave birth to the ideology of White supremacy

Strength for the Struggle

by Joseph Ellwanger

Ellwanger's insights from the Civil Rights Movement and urban ministry

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

by Paul Kivel

tools for helping white people work for equal opportunity, democracy and justice

Waking Up White

by Debby Irving

Irving's story of waking up to the reality of racism

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin Diangelo

a look at "whiteness" for what it is; how to make things better


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Theology & Spirituality Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Catholic Social Teaching

by Edward P. DeBerri and James E. Hug

overview of the history of the Catholic Church's social teaching

The Challenge and Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching

by Marvin L. Krier Mich

overview Catholic Church's social teaching; biographical stories and ethical analysis

The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible

by John J. Pilch

100 distinctive, Middle-Eastern notions found fin the Bible

Dorothy Day -- Selected Writings

by Robert Ellsberg, Ed.

reflects that faith and work of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day -- Writings from Commonweal

by Patrick Jordan, Ed.

articles, reviews, and published letters-to-the editor

Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

by Joan D Chittister

feminist spirituality - shaped by compassion, humility, nonviolence, respect

A History of God

by Karen Armstrong

concept of God shaped and altered by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Jesus Today

by Albert Nolan

the spiritually of Jesus and its relevance for us today

A New Heaven, A New Earth: The Bible and Catholicity

by Dianne Bergant

the biblical notion of the relationship between human beings and the created world.

The Prophetic Imagination Second Edition

by Walter Brueggemann

Old Testament Scripture as it relates to contemporary issues

Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders

by Ann M. Gararido

stories of Catholic Saints depicting the 12 habits

A Sacred Voice is Calling

by John Neafsey

a personal story of vocation and social conscience


by John Dear

finding peace and harmony within in a world torn by violence and hatred through following Jesus

Traveling with the Turtle

by Cindy Preston-Pile and Irene Woodward

A Small Group Process in Women's Spirituality and Peacemaking

We Hold These Truths

by Richard W. Miller, Ed.

Catholicism and American Political Life


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Human Trafficking Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022


by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten, Eds.

stories of human trafficking, especially of women and children is a thriving industry

Girls Like Us

by Rachel Lloyd

Rachel's memoir of being trafficked for sex

Human Trafficking Around the World

by Stephanie Hepburn and Rita J. Simon

economics, geography, civil unrest, societal inequality, gender disparities -- role in trafficking

How You Can Fight Human Trafficking

by Through God's Grace Ministry

ideas and resources about how once individual can make a difference.

Justice Awakening: Hou You and Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking

by Eddie Byun

Biblical and practical perspective on addressing human trafficking

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It

by Victor Malarek

a portrait of the men and organizations that foster and drive the sex trade

Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States

by Denise Brennan

personal stories of people who escaped forced labor in the US

Not a Choice, Not a Job

by Janice G. Raymond

exposing the myths about prostitution and the global sex trade

Not for Sale

by David Batstone

the global slave trade and how to fight it

Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

by Gail Dines

the economics and cultural power of the pornography industry

Walking Prey: How America's Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery

by Holly Austin Smith

Smith's personal story; how to help, not hurt child sex trafficking victims.


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Women Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

reflection on Islam and the role of women

Prophetic Women of Bold Love: Spiritualities of Non-Violence

by Shawn Madigan, PhD, CSJ

women from various parts of the world who have experienced violence and used it to foster peace


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Prayer Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Gift of Many Cultures: Worship Resources for the Global Economy

by Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy


The New American Bible



Living God's Justice: Reflections and Prayers

by Diocesan Social Action Directors


Novena for Justice and Peace

by United States Conference of Bishops


Praying for Peace Around the Globe

by James McGinnis


The Poverty and Justice Bible

by Bible Society

Contemporary English Version of the Bible

Stations of the Cross With All of Creation

by Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

7 copies


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Church Documents

Last updated 01/25/2022

Catechism of the Catholic Church

by The Holy See

official Catholic Church teachings

The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response

by National Conference of Catholic Bishops

a pastoral letter on war and peace

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

a call to political responsibility--revised and published every four years.

Gaudete Et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today's World

by Pope Francis

an Apostolic Exhortation from the Pope

Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

by Pope Francis

Encyclical Letter from the Pope

The Joy of the Gospel

by Pope Francis

an Apostolic Exhortation from the Pope

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

by Pope Francis

Encyclical Letter from the Pope


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Other Education Resources

Last updated 01/25/2022

Can Religious Life Be Prophetic

by Michael H. Crosby, OFM Cap.

prophets in Scripture and Christian tradition to show the way to renewal

A Guide to Religious Ministries for Catholic Men and Women


annual edition: religious communities of priests, brothers and sisters active in the U.S

Witness to Integrity

by Anita M Caspary

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in conflict with Cardinal James McIntyre of Los Angeles


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