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Bending the Arc references a quote by Rev. Dr. King who said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This twice-monthly digital newsletter from the CSA Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation office showcases the work of changemakers, opportunities to learn, and opportunities for you to help “bend the arc” toward justice. Full contents of the newsletter are published on this page. 
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Plastic Free July

June 20, 2024
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

GET READY! Plastic Free JulyⓇ is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution - so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take the challenge!

Curious to know what people have done for Plastic Free July? Read inspirational stories to learn what participants are doing to reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, or in their community. Learn about the steps they took, the challenges they overcame, and lessons learned. 

Do you have a story to share that will inspire and empower others? Share it with us!

Many sisters in the CSA motherhouse have been experimenting with a variety of plastic-free household items, including laundry detergent sheets, shampoo bars, toothpaste tabs, bamboo toothbrushes, beeswax food wrap, lip balm, dryer balls, and much more. Sister Peg Spindler has created an extensive list of companies offering alternative products for your kitchen, bath, laundry, and other areas. 

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Yoga & Nonviolence: Moving Toward a State of Inner Peace

June 18, 2024
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

Yoga & Nonviolence: Moving Toward a State of Inner Peace
Saturday, August 10, 2024
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time
Join Campaign Nonviolence (A Project of Pace e Bene) for an online event with Carla Conde

In this workshop you will:

  • Understand the Definition of Yoga and Its Connection to Nonviolence:
    Learn how yoga supports individual growth and betterment physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Explore Various Definitions of Violence and Its Types/Aspects:
    Gain a deeper understanding of what nonviolence entails.
  • Learn Yoga's Principles to Address Violence:
    Discover how principles such as ahimsa (nonviolence), satya (truthfulness), and svadhaya (self-study/discovery) can address violence towards oneself and society.
  • Understand the Role of the Autonomic Nervous System and Polyvagal Theory:
    Explore how these concepts impact our sense of inner peace and provide insights into cultivating self-awareness and self-regulation in daily life.
  • Practice Gentle Physical Postures and Breathing Exercises:
    Enhance self-awareness, self-regulation, and empowerment through Yoga practices.
  • Engage in Questions and Discussion:
    Participate in an interactive session for further clarification and discussion.

Learn more/Register

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Execute Justice, Not People

June 14, 2024
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

A select number of US states demonstrate a chilling commitment to the death penalty with at least seven scheduled executions this summer.

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes opposes the death penalty. In Pope Francis’ revised Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph number 2267, he reminds us: “The Church teaches, in light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

Still, the death penalty is legal in 27 U.S. states with Texas being responsible for the most executions over the years. The vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, but Texas and Alabama have continued to go against the trend by carrying on with scheduled execution dates. Oklahoma, Florida, and Missouri have also executed people in the past year.

Polling indicates that public skepticism of the fairness and propriety of the death penalty continues to increase. And increasingly, bipartisan coalitions in legislatures are pushing to abolish it in states that haven’t already.

Advocates know that when we come together, we’re powerful. Women religious have always led the way in ensuring the dignity of persons, human rights, and justice are served.

Please consider calling or writing the governors or Boards of Pardons and Petitions in states that have scheduled executions to ask that they do everything within their power to stop the up to seven executions scheduled in their states this summer. For more information and resources, visit

Additionally, please sign any of the several petitions that Action Network has created for cases that have unique circumstances that must be considered before taking another life. They are:

Ramiro Gonzalez scheduled for execution June 26 in Texas.
Richard Rojem scheduled for execution June 27 in Oklahoma
Ruben Gutierrez scheduled for execution on July 16 in Texas
Keith Gavin scheduled for execution on July 18 in Alabama
Arthur Burton scheduled for execution on August 7 in Texas

Follow all execution petitions here: 

Lastly, please join Amnesty International and remind President Biden of his promise to work to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level.

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