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Nonviolence... Human trafficking... Women... The elderly... Immigrants' rights... Housing... Children... Prisoners' rights... Health care... World Hunger... Globalization, as it affects Latin America... Care of the earth... Seamless ethic of life
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.
Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.
Resource/Actions (January 12)
The Best Way to Move On
244. When conflicts are not resolved but kept hidden or buried in the past, silence can lead to complicity in grave misdeeds and sins. Authentic reconciliation does not flee from conflict, but is achieved in conflict, resolving it through dialogue and open, honest and patient negotiation. Conflict between different groups “if it abstains from enmities and mutual hatred, gradually changes into an honest discussion of differences founded on a desire for justice”.
Pax Christi Post
I share with you today's Pax Christi Post. It is insightful and concise.
"Trump was the match, but other factors also contributed to the events at the U.S. Capitol" by David Atwood, Pax Christi Texas. Click here.
Some Good News
- Congress passed the Global Child Thrive Act and it is now law, which will help millions of children reach their God-given potential.
- Vital poverty-reducing foreign assistance was protected in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, meaning migrants, refugees, families impacted by hunger and other vulnerable communities will receive lifesaving support.
- A COVID-19 emergency bill passed at the end of December and included some funding to support our nation’s global response to the pandemic.
- A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Omnibus Asylum Regulation on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. This ruling means that the final rule published by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security titled “Procedures for Asylum and Bars to Asylum Eligibility,” also known as the “Death to Asylum” regulation which was scheduled to go into effect today, has been halted nationwide.
Resources for Individuals/Groups
Resource on Racism
open wide our hearts—the enduring call to love is a four session process provided by The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center. This Study Guide on the USCCB Pastoral on Racism is designed to enable faith communities to understand individual and systemic racism; to listen to the stories of our brothers and sisters and be moved to restore right relationships; to unpack white privilege; and to work to end racism. It includes a timeline on Racism Legislation & Resistance from 1452-2018.
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From JustFaith Ministries
Tuesday, January 19 – The first of what will be a bi-monthly resource intended for a small group Zoom gathering or personal prayer/reflection will be sent via email. This month’s resource will focus on how we might think of a “New Year’s Resolution Checklist for Justice.” Click here if you’d like to receive it and the ones that will follow in the months to come.
Thursday, January 21 – “Acting for Justice” Zoom Presentation. Hear Dr. Lewis Brogdon address the topic, “The Unknown King: Why You Need a Class on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Description: As racism has emerged as an issue we can no longer ignore, it is time to take Dr. King seriously as a civil rights leader and a radical intellectual leader whose ideas spurred a movement of global change. Dr. Lewis Brogdon is the Visiting Professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies and chair of the Department of Religion at Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically black college. To register, click here.
Capital Punishment/Lisa Montgomery
Late Monday night, a federal judge in Indiana blocked the execution of 52-year-old Lisa Montgomery — hours before she was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Barring an immediate appeal by prosecutors, Lisa is spared today.
Care of the Earth - Plastics Beyond Convenience
From the Mercy Justice Team:
Increased plastic pollution is turning out to be one of the fall-outs from the coronavirus pandemic.
People who study these things date the problem of plastic pollution to the late 1950s, with a significant increase in the 1990s. Now they wonder if 2020-21 will mark another bump with the use of disposable face masks, gloves, and gowns; bottled water and hand sanitizer; and take-out containers and plastic packaging for home-delivered groceries all on the rise.
While some of this increased use of plastic may be necessary for health and safety during the pandemic, we can look for opportunities to reduce plastic waste where we can and plan for doing even more once it’s safe to do so.
Many of us are well aware of the harms of plastic pollution in our oceans. We’ve seen photos or videos of animals, fish, or birds entangled in plastic debris, and heard tragic stories of deaths by starvation as marine life mistake bits of plastic as food. We’ve learned of the huge garbage patch in the northern Pacific Ocean.
What we might not have considered is the harm to human health from the full life cycle of plastics. This starts with the extraction of fossil fuels that are the building blocks of plastics and continues through the manufacturing process, incineration of plastics and exposure through the food chain, and release of toxins in packaging. Additionally, waste pickers in poor nations risk their health during covid-19 to make a little money cleaning up other people’s trash and keeping their communities free from litter. This four-minute video from the Story of Stuff series illustrates the impacts of plastics manufacturing on small towns in Texas.
What can we do?
- Consider tips for plastics alternatives and re-use of plastics in our Plastics: Beyond Convenience calendar.
- Advocate for bans on or small fees for plastic bags, straws and plastic foam-based take-out containers in your community.
- Follow efforts to implement a global agreement on plastics through the United Nations Environment Assembly this year and next.