August 2017 Newsletter

Education System
This month we've added Education System to the list of issues on our website. Like the other issues, it has lots of related Facts & Figures, Quotes, Publications, Films, Websites, Church Teaching & Prayers. Check it out here.
Other New Resources
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
Examines the many styles of minimalism by looking at the lives of minimalists from different walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Watch the trailer.
For more about Simple Living, click here.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Former Vice President Al Gore follows up on his earlier film, An Inconvenient Truth and travels around the world to train activists and influence international climate policy. Watch the trailer now.
For more about the Environment, click here.

I Am Miriam
A short documentary from the Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, about a trafficked woman from Ethiopia.  Watch now.
For more on Human Trafficking, click here.
  The Social Justice Bible Challenge
Features forty days of reflections by spiritual leaders and writers from around the world. The meditations connect compassion to God's Word and bridges the gap between knowing the Bible and living it.
For more on Justice, click here.

By Ryan Waller. Holds that we are all broken and in need of God's grace and encourages readers to share their brokenness to God and to each other.
For more on Forgiveness, click here.
Muslims and the Making of America
By Amir Hussain. Addresses the stereotypes that Muslims are new to America and that they are violent extremists who want to overthrow the American way of life. Shows how Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life by chronicling the history of Islam in America. Read more. 
  For more on Religious Intolerance, click here.
A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers
Encourages short-term volunteers to reflect on the reasons why they engage in mission and how to prepare to be more intentional about relationships with those they encounter on their journey.
For more on Volunteering and Service, click here.
By Michelle Warren. Makes the case that merely raising awareness about injustice is not enough and challenges readers to live in communities where they are "proximate to the pain of the poor." By building relationships where one lives, one can discover the complexities of standing with the vulnerable and the commitment needed for long-term change. Proximity changes perspective, compels a response, and keeps one committed to the journey of pursuing justice for all. Read more.
For more about Community Organizing, click here.

In the July 10 issue of the Jesuit magazine, America (circulation 45,000), 62% of respondents say that believe the Federal government should take the lead in protecting the environment. 

Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
Franz Jaegerstetter (August 9th)

Maximilian Kolbe (August 14th)
No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. There are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. 
John Dear (August 15th)
Non-violence confronts systemic injustice with active love and refuses to retaliate with further violence under any circumstances. In order to halt the vicious cycles of violence, it requires a willing acceptance of suffering and death rather than inflicting suffering or death on anyone else.
(August 21st)
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