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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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Resource/Actions (September 15)

September 15, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Season of Creation

TRANSPORTATION
Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming.  Cars and trucks account for one fifth of all US emissions, emitting 24 of CO2, and other global warming gases, for every gallon of gas. In a congested commute a car can emit 50 lbs. of CO2 for 5 miles of crawling each way in an average car. (Mike Berners, op. sit.)
 Action

  1. Drive 20 less miles a week (saves 1,062 lbs. of CO2 and $175 per year).
  2. Perform regular vehicle maintenance (saves $124 and 892 lbs. of CO2 per year).
  3. Avoid rush hour traffic.
  4. Drive the speed limit; slow down starts and stops.
  5. Carpool, use public transportation, ride a bike

Immigration

The year 2020 has been a challenge for our nation. It has been a year like no other.  

Last week, Franciscan Action Network shared Morality in Government, the first in a series of three videos entitled 2020: A Franciscan Moment

This week, the topic is “Compassion”, a powerful, personal reflection on the plight of refugees and immigrants who knock on America's door.

Ending Human Trafficking

A Must Read!

The Sisters of Saint Agnes are supporters of Sisters Program South which welcomes women on the streets of Milwaukee. National Catholic Reporter's Global Sisters Report posted this article today about a program designed to address the many crises of women struggling in trafficking and the street-based sex trade. Read the article HERE

COVID-19 Pandemic

To help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is offering a series of webinars in which they dive deeper into the key global issues featured in our series of two-page global issue briefs, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.

Their next 30-minute webinar, "Rethinking Security in a Pandemic: No Justice, No Peace," will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 12:30-1:00 pm EDT. Register Here  (Delete my information and put in yours.)

Dan Moriarty, Sustainable Pathways to Peace Program Coordinator, will speak about how the COVID-19 crisis highlights the failures of our national security paradigm and how Catholic social teaching can help us formulate a more integral approach to security built with nonviolent tools and in pursuit of the common good.  

Peaceful and Just Elections

  1. As election day approaches we all must plan to vote and then make a choice for whom we will cast our vote. Neither political party holds all of our Christian values, yet we are called to engage in politics.The following is an excellent read in allowing our faith and conscience to lead us to the best decision we can make. Bishop McElroy on voting with faith and a conscience
  2. NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Website has resources under 2020 Election on their home page. Equally Sacred Priorities addresses life issues supported by Catholics along side their pro-life stance toward abortion.
  3. Tell the Senate to step up for voting by mail by funding and protecting the U.S. Postal Service, and expanding absentee voting options wherever possible.  Sign Here
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