June 2017 Newsletter

Religious Intolerance

We've added Religious Intolerance to the issues on our website. Like the other issues, it has many facts & figures, quotes, prayers, church teaching and outstanding resources such as these:

  A Tale of Two Americas, And the Mini-Mart Where They Collided
A Ted talk, featuring Anand Giridharadas, who tells the story of an attack at a Texas mini-mart ten days after 9/11, that shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker and what happened next. It’s a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.
  Islamophobia Killed My Brother;
Let's End the Hate
A TED Talk featuring Suzanne Barakat, who had three family murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina because they were Muslims. Calls on people to speak up when they witness hateful bigotry and express kinship with those who face discrimination. Watch now.
A TED Talk, featuring Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman— known as the Interfaith Amigos— that started working together after 9/11. Dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration to the major social and economic issues of our time. Watch now.
Other New Resources

Milwaukee 53206

A documentary that tells the story of those affected by mass incarceration in America’s most incarcerated ZIP code. Following the journeys of several individuals, it shows how incarceration has shaped their lives, their families and their community, revealing how a community fights to move forward even as a majority of its young men end up in prison. It examines how decades of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of opportunity has contributed to the crisis of mass incarceration in this community and communities across the nation. See the trailer.

It's Time to Reclaim Religion

An inspirational TED Talk, featuring Rabbi Sharon Brous, shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism. Watch now

Before the Flood

A National Geographic documentary that provides an account of the changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent disruption of life on the planet. Watch now.

The Age of Consequences

Through case-study analysis, military leaders explain how the stress of climate change interacts with social tensions, sparking conflict. Through long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, shows how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world. Makes the case that the consequences of business as usual with climate change will be waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – and will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. Watch the trailer.

Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
(June 1st)
"In my empty cell, I experience a growing awareness of the communion of saints -- and of the possibility of a world where the vast chasm of violence and injustice enforced by torture and war is bridged and transformed."
 Jim Wallis (June 4th)
"You can’t be evangelical and associate yourself with Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy people."
"Poverty is not a fate; it is a condition. It is not a misfortune; it is an injustice."
Ann Frank (June 12th)

  "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death."


Muhammed Yunus (June 28th)

"When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences."

  Dorothy Kazel (June 30th)
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