May 2017 Newsletter

New Issue
We've added Voting Rights to the list of issues on the Social Justice Resource Center website. Like the others, it has many facts & figures, church teaching, quotes, resources, prayers etc. Check it out here.
New Resources
We've also added many new resources, including the following:
A Recipe for Cutting Food Waste

A TED Talk featuring Peter Lehner, providing facts about the scale of food waste and offering ideas of reducing it. View the video.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

A documentary about an outspoken American-born pastor, writer, political activist and one of the most influential public theologians of the twentieth century, featuring interviews with Jimmy Carter and Andrew Young. Watch the trailer.
The Empathic Civilization

A short animation that asks the question: “Can we extend our empathy to the entire human race, fellow creatures and biosphere?” If we can imagine that possibility, then we can save our species and our planet. View the video.

I Am Not Your Negro

This academy award nominated documentary uses the notes of the late writer James Baldwin, on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., to tell the story about race in America and to explore a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in this country. Watch the trailer.

  Last Days of Solitary

An intense PBS Frontline documentary that goes inside Maine’s attempt to decrease its use of solitary confinement — and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society. Watch the trailer.
Mishwar Music

A small collection of songs recorded in a refugee camp in Akkar, Lebanon, by “The Homsies,” a group of young people from Homs, Syria. An English translation of the lyrics is available. Listen now.
Rikers: An American Jail

A documentary from Bill Moyers, focuses on men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience — from the shock of entry to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world. Watch the trailer.
Shakespeare Behind Bars

A documentary telling the story of convicted felons practicing for over a year to perform Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest and how they are transformed by the power of truth and forgiveness in the process. Watch the trailer now.

In several recent issues of the Jesuit magazine America (circulation 45,000) , surveys indicate that:

35% of respondents would like their parish to make community service a higher priority

80% believe their parish does not do enough to address current events

18% believe religious leaders hold the most moral influence (20% believe media leaders do & 11% say political leaders)

Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
 Peter Maurin (May 9th)
"We can easily read the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them."
Daniel Berrigan (May 9th)
"One is called to live nonviolently even if the change one works for seems impossible."
Sophie Scholl (May 9th)
  "The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest people who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves – or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth and principles are only literature."

Greg Boyle SJ (May 19th)

"There is no 'them and us;' there is only us."


Franz Jagerstatter (May 20th)

"Discipleship to Christ requires heroism."

  Check out latest on local speakers, films, conferences, workshops etc. here.
About Us
Vic & Mary Doucette are members of St. Francis Xavier parish in Wilmette, Illinois, where they have helped coordinate the social justice ministry since 2006. They are JustFaith grads and very active in the community -- volunteering with local organizations as well as doing service work in countries around the world. Vic has spent most of his career working for the church at the parish, diocesan and national levels.

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