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Season of Creation
Endangered Species
Ozone
Clean Up the World
Climate Action
Labor Day
Catholic Day of Action
Literacy
Migrants & Refugees
Hispanic Heritage
Racial Justice & Peace
Day of Peace
Nuclear Weapons
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" Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.  Do justice now.  Love mercy now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."  -  Quaker journal  
 
Thank you for all you do to promote peace and justice in our world in the SSND spirit of Shalom.     
  
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Integrity of Creation              

Season of Creation (9/1-10/4)         
The Season of Creation is a time to reflect on God's presence in all of creation and to renew our commitment to solidarity with Earth and all creatures. The theme this year is the Web of Life; let us enter into it in the spirit of these words from Laudato Si': "The divine Persons are subsistent relations, and the world, created according to the divine model, is a web of relationships. Creatures tend towards God, and in turn it is proper to every living being to tend towards other things, so that throughout the universe we can find any number of constant and secretly interwoven relationships. ... Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity" (240). Please visit https://seasonofcreation.org/guide/ for resources. 
 
Why is biodiversity so important?  
Why is biodiversity so important?
Season of Creation ~ 2019 
Season of Creation ~ 2019
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrity of Creation              

Endangered Species Act          
The Trump administration recently announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied. The new rules would make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for other species. Critics say the change will hurt plants, animals and other species at a time when one million of the world's plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. Learn more, let your voice be heard
 
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Integrity of Creation           

Preservation of the Ozone Layer 
September 16 is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This is an annual reminder of the increasing hazards caused by ozone depletion in the atmosphere and its damaging effects on human health. World governments agreed in the late 1980s to protect the Earth's ozone layer with the Montreal Protocol and, although global action has halted its depletion, much remains to be done to ensure a steady recovery. Learn more.

Integrity of Creation              

Clean Up the World Weekend (9/20-9/22)         
Established in 1993, Clean Up the World weekend is a non-government apolitical event that encourages local community groups to carry out activities that address local environmental issues. By facilitating local action world-wide, the organization works to bring about global environmental change. What could you, will you do to help clean up the world? More information.   
 
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Integrity of Creation           

Climate Action Summit (9/23) 
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on global leaders to participate in a Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23 to address climate change and to accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050 - learn more. Check out these actions you can take to help make a difference.

Secretary-General António Guterres calls for global action on climate change
Secretary-General António Guterres calls for global action on climate change

On September 20, in anticipation of the Summit, young people and adults will participate in protests and other actions all across the US calling for transformative action to be taken to address the climate crisis. Check the interactive map to find an event near you. Prayer resource.

 
Human Life and Dignity            

Labor Day         
In the Catholic tradition, work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continued participation in God's creative action. As we mark Labor Day this year, we are invited in a special way to reflect on the persistence of low wages and inequality in our workplaces. Consider this USCCB reflection resource, and NETWORK's Racial Wealth & Income Gap resources. 
 
CST 101 | The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers 
CST 101 | The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
 
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Human Life and Dignity              

Catholic Day of Action for Immigrants and Refugees (9/4)      
The Trump administration has announced it will use a new immigration rule that would allow it to detain some immigrant children and families indefinitely, replacing the 1997 Flores settlement, which had limited the length of time children could be held in detention, because detention is so harmful to children. Read U.S. Bishops and LCWR concerns about this action and additional deep concerns the US Bishops and others have about the impact the administration's new public charge rule will have on immigrants and asylum seekers. On September 4, you are invited to join with Catholics throughout the country in contacting the White House and members of Congress to insist they treat immigrants and those seeking asylum with the dignity and respect they deserve. Learn more/take action
 
 
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Human Life and Dignity               

International Literacy Day (9/8)  
International Literacy Day provides an opportunity for governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The focus for 2019 is "Literacy and Multilingualism." Learn more/resources.  

Sustainable Development Goal 4
Sustainable Development Goal 4



 
Human Life and Dignity              

World Day of Migrants & Refugees (9/29)     
From the Pope's message for the day, "Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees. They describe the Church's mission to all those living in the existential peripheries, who need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated. If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God." Read Pope Francis' full message here. Resources - An Evening in Solidarity, Host a Welcome Meal, Welcoming Christ in the Migrant, Unity in Diversity Scriptural Rosary
  
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Human Life and Dignity               

Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)
This month, we in the U.S. celebrate "the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." Nearly one-quarter of the total U.S. population is Hispanic, and they make up more than 40% of Catholic parishioners. Learn more here. Find ways to connect with your Hispanic neighbors. Pray for Hispanic immigrants. 


 
Peace and Non-Violence              

Pray for Peace and Racial Justice in Our Communities (9/9)       
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council, racism and every form of discrimination based on "sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God's design" (Catechism, par. 1935 and Gaudium et Spes, no. 29). We must work to protect the dignity of all members of one human family by confronting racism in all its forms and by welcoming and celebrating the diversity of the many faces of the children of God in our communities. Reflect/act on LCWR's recently passed resolution Creating Communion at the Intersection of Racism, Migration & Climate Crisis, explore these USCCB resources
 
             
Peace and Non-Violence              

International Day of Peace (9/21)    
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year's suggested theme "Climate Action for Peace" draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change. Learn more. Resources for prayer and other actions, events listing.   
 
Peace and Non-Violence              

International Day Against Nuclear Tests (8/29)       
"The legacy of nuclear testing is nothing but destruction. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is vital to ensuring there are no more victims; it is also essential to advancing nuclear disarmament. On this International Day Against Nuclear Tests, I reiterate my call for all States that have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Treaty, especially those whose ratification is needed for the Treaty's entry into force. In a world of rising tensions and divisions, our collective security depends on it."- UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Learn more
 
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
 
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Peace and Non-Violence              

Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons     
September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament. It provides an opportunity to educate the public and their leaders about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. In 1969, Canada ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and their missiles were phased out. The U.S. maintains the 2nd largest supply of nuclear weapons in the world. Learn more about efforts to abolish nuclear weapons here.  Let your voice be heard in support of efforts to reduce nuclear weapons. 
 

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