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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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Be a Change Maker

September 11, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

PLASTIC -- So convenient, yet so harmful!
Plastics are a big drain on finite petroleum resources and a major contributor to greenhouse gases.  Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to biodegrade. Plastic items are not digestible by fish or any animals. (TIME, 9/23/2019)

Action:

  1. Use cloth bags when grocery shopping.
  2. Store food in refrigerator in covered glass containers instead of plastic containers.
  3. Swap disposable plastic water bottles for aluminum, glass, or other reusable containers.
  4. Use dishwasher powdered detergent instead of plastic wrapped detergent.

Resources: 

  1. A webinar “Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet 2020 Interfaith Dialogue,” scheduled for September 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT, honoring Congressman John Lewis’s legacy by the inclusion of international diverse voices; the sharing of experiences by those disproportionately impacted by climate change; and by highlighting the compounding effects of racial inequity and injustice. Register here: Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet Registration
  2. Monday, September 14th, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT The second webinar in the series, “Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020”, is hosted by Interfaith Power & Light, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.  Presenters include: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, endowed professor of political science and director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University and Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power and Light  Register for Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020 here: REGISTER for WEBINAR #2
  3. A New Deal for Planetary Health. COVID 19 is forcing all sectors of society to rethink how they operate and remain resilient in a post COVID future. Building on Planetary Health – Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves, the webinar, led by the book editors Howard Frumkin and Samuel Meyers, will explore reframing planetary health thinking to reimagine food, energy, placemaking, chemistry, and the economy in ways that can leads to a convergence of human wellbeing and the protection of natural systems. Register here. (Wed, Sep 9, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Central)
  4. Climate Change is a Hunger Issue. From Bread for the World, hunger rates have been on the rise for the last several years. Climate change is a contributing factor. Join Bread for the World Institute for a conversation with a panel of experts, including farmers, on how climate change is affecting global food systems and what changes are needed to address the impact of climate change. Register here. (Thu, Sep 24, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central)
  5. Join hundreds of people of faith for a free, virtual Green Team Summit, September 13-17th. People of faith from across Illinois and beyond will join together with experts to explore the connection between COVID-19, the climate crises, and systemic racism. Register here for free today. Recordings will be made available to all who register.

Voting is an Act of Love

Franciscan Action Network is developing three election related videos. The first on Morality in Government has just been released. Forthcoming are videos on Care for Creation and Compassion at the Border. Here is the link to the first one: https://youtu.be/vgZQL3RSfeo.  Watch their web page https://franciscanaction.org for the release of the next two. There is also a toolkit and links to readings and documents for anyone who might be interested.

Immigration

The Immigration 2021 Plan has been in development for months and now over 170 immigration and advocacy organizations have endorsed this blueprint for the next administration to restore human dignity to a system weaponized by the current administration, reinforce core American values, and power the economic recovery of the nation. Link to The Immigration 2021 Plan  For an overview, joint the Live Stream presentation by Sister Attracta Kelly, OP. www.adriandominicans.org/Live Stream.aspx On September 15,12:30 - 2:00 pm CDT

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