Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

December 2019


Maggie Schaller

Catholic? Lutheran? Marianist? 
What's a Woman to Do? 
Maggie Schaller, a new member of the Women and Justice Team, shares the story of a decision her parents made for her - because she is a woman. It's a captivating story.
Before I was born, a decision was made on my behalf. Whether this decision would have been different if I had been born different, I don't know. But because of who I am, and when I was born, the decision was made regardless. 
My mom, a lifelong Catholic, agreed with my father that I would be raised and baptized Lutheran.My mother grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio just east of Columbus, in a Catholic family of 11. She, along with her six brothers and sister, went to Catholic Mass every week and attended Catholic schools throughout their childhoods. My grandmother still attends the same church my mother and her siblings were raised in and goes nearly every day to Mass. My mother in her professional life prefers to work at Catholic higher educational institutions, and often writes and studies their inner workings. 
So why, with such a rich familial tradition, would I be raised, and still continue to be, Lutheran? 
The answer for my mother is simple: she wanted me to be a pastor if I wanted to be. (Read more...)

Just Mercy - the movie
Based on the bestselling book, Just Mercy presents the unforgettable story of world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson. The movie recounts Stevenson's defense of a condemned death row prisoner, Walter McMillian, who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Movie releases on January 10, 2020.
View the trailer at right.

Christmas Hope -
Team members - Bob Stoughton, John Holden, Sr. Grace Walle, Lauren Olson, and Mary Beaudoin - showing off their new Community Meeting Kit
Beyond the Death Penalty
to Restorative Justice 
  • The Christmas message echoes "peace on earth and good will to all..."
  • In addition to our death penalty abolition efforts, our issue team has been promoting restorative justice. We agreed that restorative justice was pertinent to our work because it focuses on the communal dimension of the human experience and offers an alternative framework for resolving conflict... 
  • At our annual meeting in Dayton, OH we piloted our new Community Meeting Kit.
(Read the full summary of the Death Penalty/Restorative Justice report here.)

San Antonio Folks  
WHAT:  Mass/dinner/talk on Restorative Justice 
WHEN: Sat., Jan. 18 (Mass-5:00, followed by Dinner, Talk-7:15)
WHERE:  Holy Rosary Parish, 159 Camino Santa Maria
INFO: Click here for details.
East Coast residents
WHAT: Philadelphia Changemakers  
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, one day workshop
WHERE: Philadelphia, PA 
Registration opens next month. 
Meanwhile, click here  for a Save the Date flyer.  Spread the word!

The Call to Ecological Conversion - 
Some Ways to Apply Laudato Si
The Marianist Environmental Education Center recommends three recent resources to companion our journey of reconciliation in this Advent and Christmas season.  May they inspire our encounter with Jesus Christ and actions of care for the earth in this Holy Season.

National Migration Week 
National Migration Week is Jan. 5-11, 2020. This year's theme is "Promoting a Church and World for All." It is a time to recommit to being a church that welcomes, protects, promotes, and integrates all, including immigrants and refugees.  For a resource booklet click here.

Don't Patronize Me 
Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish gay poet, theologian, and a community leader of 
Corrymeela , Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation organization . He gives a powerful talk about some of his life experiences  in this short 13-minute podcast. Among other issues, he discusses the impact of the choices we make and the power of language. He tells a story about honest dialogue and how language saved him from putting another into a "monster box." To listen to his podcast, click here .   

Start planning ahead
for the next 
this summer in 
San Antonio.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
The Buddha
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Questions, comments, or feedback for  Justice Jottings can be sent to  Jim Vogt .