Lenten Reflection Guide: A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence: The season of Lent is March 1 – April 15. Download the 16-page weekly guide produced by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns with the support of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. http://bit.ly/MaryknollLent2017
Lenten Novena for Protectors of Earth: The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach invite you to join in prayer the first nine days of Lent, (March 1 – 9), for indigenous communities who speak out against the impacts of extractive industries. http://columbancenter.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Lenten-Novena-Protectors-Mother-Earth.pdf
Complete the “Labeling For Lent” Survey: From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Your answers will help them work with seafood companies that are engaged in cleaning up their supply chains to create a label for their packaged products.
World Day of Peace Message Two-pager: Download our two-page summary of Pope Francis’ message. Ideal for parish bulletins and small groups. http://bit.ly/WDP2pager
Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Plan now to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in Washington, D.C., April 21 – 24. The theme is “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community.” Together, we will grapple with the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism - the ‘triplets’ named by Dr. King in his speech fifty years ago at Riverside Church in New York. Through prayer, worship, training, and networking, we will face the triplets and advocate for change in public policy that better reflects the Beloved Community. For more information, go to https://advocacydays.org/ or contact the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Peace Stories blog: Read stories from peacemakers around the world (a project of Pax Christi International). https://paxchristipeacestories.com/
Resources to advocate for immigrants and refugees: Find videos, toolkits, guides, action alerts, and more at Justice for Immigrants Campaign http://justiceforimmigrants.org/ and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/
New economy of nature: Find videos, maps, and articles about attempts to place monetary value on nature, a false solution to environmental problems https://www.boell.de/en/dossier-new-economy-nature
No More Deaths seeks volunteers: The organization No More Deaths seeks trauma-informed and -experienced mental-health professionals and wellness coaches/healers willing to provide no-cost or sliding-scale mental-health and holistic-health services to undocumented border crossers, refugees, recent immigrants, and their families. Ideal candidates are those with expertise in secondary or vicarious trauma and who are located in Tucson, Phoenix, or southern Arizona or provide long-distance services via phone or Skype. Interested individuals are invited to complete a Provider Information Sheet: http://bit.ly/ProviderInfoSheet. To respond by email, or for more information, write to Emily Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org, and write "Call for Providers" in the subject line. Website: http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/en/
“Disturbing the Peace” film screening: Churches for Middle East Peace is promoting the film “Disturbing the Peace” which follows former enemy combatants, Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough." Watch the trailer at http://bit.ly/DTPtrailer For more information: http://disturbingthepeacefilm.com/screenings/
Winners of the Cool Congregations Challenge: Get inspired by the five winners of Interfaith Power and Light’s 2016 Cool Congregations Challenge:
- Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh, NC for organizing 15 churches to work together to weatherize low-income homes;
- Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD for replacing 477 light fixtures with more cost and energy saving technologies;
- Congregational Church in in Cumberland, ME for pursing creative solutions for installing solar panels within a limited budget;
- Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, NY for creating sustainable farms on their property;
- Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, MO for conducting an audit of their facilities and following through on opportunities to cut their carbon footprint and save money.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/CoolWinners2016