Updates and Actions (May 27)
Journey Ended--Journey Begun
This is my last Justice Alert as Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Agnes. It has been an honor and a blessing to serve in this role for nearly four years. Like many of you, I have not ventured out for meetings, conferences, and other gatherings for many months allowing me the time to connect with you twice a week with Justice Alerts. Your great response has been heartening and humbling. Thank you!
There will be no hiatus in the work of the JPIC office with Tracy Abler taking on the role of coordinator on June 1. She comes with a rich background of social justice involvements and deep respect for the values held by the Sisters of St. Agnes. Recently she became an associate with the congregation. She will introduce herself to you in an upcoming Justice Alert.
While the current form of my justice ministry is ending, I will continue, along with you, to be an advocate for the dignity of every person, for peace and nonviolence, and for care of Earth.
Sister Ruth Battaglia CSA
Care of Earth
All Catholics in the U.S. who care about faithfully protecting creation are invited to attend the virtual LSUS conference: “Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home.” Registration is now open for the July 13-15, 2021 virtual gathering. Register Here (free).
The LSUS conference opens July 13th with keynote addresses by His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Maureen Day, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology. Together, they will assess why the U.S. Catholic response to Laudato Si’ has not been commensurate with the urgency and gravity of the climate crisis. See full conference schedule.
On July 14-15, the conference continues, featuring interactive breakout sessions in eight areas of the U.S. Catholic Church working to more faithfully incorporate Laudato Si’:
- Creation Care Teams (especially at parishes and dioceses)
- Environmental Justice
- Parochial School Education
- Youth & Young Adults
Each ministry leadership team will share the strategies, plans, and resources being developed with members of their working group. Presentations will be followed by discussion with conference participants.
The conference concludes July 15 with a closing address by Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, and Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University.
Ghost guns may be the scariest and fastest growing gun safety threat in the country. They allow anyone to make an untraceable weapon in less than an hour. And to make matters worse, they have already started to show up as a weapon of choice for violent criminals, gun traffickers, dangerous extremists, and more generally, people legally prohibited from buying firearms.
The good news is that the Biden-Harris Administration has put forward a new proposed rule to end the spread of these dangerous firearms.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) is asking for the public—for people like you—to weigh in on a proposed rule that would stop the spread of these ghost guns and save lives. Tell the ATF to regulate these dangerous firearms and help end gun violence. Click Here.
Addressing Human Trafficking
Engaging Men in Ending Sex Trafficking
The National Faith Coalition Against Human Trafficking is hosting a panel on men's role in ending sex trafficking. They will share the kinds of action that men are uniquely qualified to do that will make a real difference in reducing sex buying. As the initiators of many organizing efforts it is important for women to attend this event as well as men. Register Here (Free)