August 2020


New Video - Living our Marianist Charism:
Embracing the LGBTQ+ Community 
If you haven't already seen this new video, watch it now by clicking at right. For background information that includes a link to a Video Resource Guide, click here. It will help you and your community to prayerfully reflect on and dialogue about the message of the video.

When Ish Ruiz told the members of the LGBT Initiative Team to expect guests at our annual meeting, which was to be via Zoom this year, we all thought we'd be joined by some potential new members for our team, possibly people who saw our video at the Assembly or online and wanted to meet us. 
Were we ever surprised to see Fr. James Martin, SJ, was part of our "Brady Bunch" screen shot. Ish had invited him to lead us in a beautiful reflection on the Visitation to begin the retreat portion of our meeting and Fr. Jim had said "Yes!" After that he had to say good-bye. We'll always remember that amazing start of our get together. (Read more...)

WHAT: a virtual gathering with a a focus on prayer, storytelling, and participant discussion. 

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16
7:00-8:00pm EST

RSVP to receive Zoom link by emailing

Five New Community Resources on Immigrant Justice
MSJC, in partnership with the No. American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), has produced five immigration-themed community meeting kits. These kits include all you need for a community or small group meeting on each topic: an opening prayer, program material (stories, articles, podcasts, videos), reflection questions, additional resources, and a closing prayer. The topics of the kits include:
  1. The Call to Be Advocates for Immigrant Justice
  2. Catholic Teaching on Immigration
  3. Why Do People Migrate?
  4. A Question of White Supremacy?
  5. An Evening at the Movies (in this case TED Talks)-- reflections on TED Talks related to the topic
You can click on the kits above, or access them on the NACMS website.
Call your Senators to Protect DACA
During this pandemic, DACA recipients (those brought to this country as children) are facing the double uncertainty of a global health crisis and the dismantling of their deportation protections and work permits under DACA. It is critical that the next COVID-19 relief package include provisions to extend work permits and protections from deportation for DACA and temporary protected status (TPS) holders. 
Right now, Congress is considering what will be included in the package, and the current House bill includes these provisions. Now is the time to call your senator - a suggested message is provided on the website - and demand that, when passed, the final version of the bill keep these extensions. 

New Immigration Documentaries You Won't Want to Miss

1. Immigration Nation - An Inside View of ICE & How it Operates
According to Forbes magazine, "The most searing, emotional and important film Americans can watch this year is Immigration Nation on Netflix. This 6-part documentary tells the story of America's immigration system through both sides -from the perspective of the immigrants and the enforcers. The film makes important observations about the U.S. government "weaponizing bureaucracy" to inflict pain in a broken immigration system.
2. Blood on the Wall - Humanizing the Immigration Debate
Immigration remains a key topic in the United States, including issues such as undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the country and controversy over whether immigrants should be counted in the 2020 Census. This film documentary includes interviews with numerous people in an effort to humanize an issue prone to demonization. Wed., Sept. 30, 9:00 pm on the National Geographic Channel.

Bob Stoughton
Transforming the Restorative Justice Journey 
Bob Stoughton, a member of the Death Penalty Abolition/Restorative Justice Team, writes:
The death of George Floyd has catalyzed in our nation a deeper discussion about racial injustice and our criminal justice system. I asked myself this question: "What can restorative justice and restorative practices (RJ/RP) add to this discussion?"...
I am a White American male who is increasingly aware of the privileges associated with each of those attributes, especially in combination. I also have a mobility disability which makes me even more aware of the concept of privilege - in this case the privileges accorded to people without disabilities. For example, I recently called a pizza restaurant that I had never tried and which did not deliver to my address. I explained my situation - that traditional carryout was not practical - and asked if I could pull into their parking lot and have an employee carry it out. She (rather brusquely) said No. The point is that privileges are real; their presence or absence has felt consequences. (Read more...)
Want to Learn More about the Circle Process? 
Interested in learning more about restorative justice circles? Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) is hosting virtual one-day Restorative Circle Intensives. They highlight the use of peacemaking circles as a restorative practice that can create opportunities for healing and repair. In addition to addressing instances of harm, circles can be applied to various ministry settings for reflection, community building, and social action. For background about the circle process click here.
CMN is willing to offer MSJC a private Circle Intensive. Participants in this intensive will gain a shared understanding of restorative justice principles and practices. Through experienced facilitation and spirit-filled reflection, participants will learn about applications for circles, hear stories and examples, experience the transformative power of participating in peacemaking circles, and discern how this practice can be used in their personal lives and ministries. If you would like to read more about the intensive, click here. Email us at marianistsocialjustice@gmail.com if you are interested in a one-day Circle Intensive Experience in partnership with Catholic Mobilizing Network.

National Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice 
Catholic Mobilizing Network has announced dates in late October for an            online National Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice. See the link for more information and to register.
Upcoming Documentary - Execution by the Numbers 
In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that executing people with Intellectual Disabilities is unconstitutional. Years later, however, people with an Intellectual Disability continue to be sentenced to death. The upcoming documentary film, Execution by the Numbers, reveals why and how the executions continue.

Team member, John Holden, (right) at the Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty outside the Supreme Court
The film has just recently gone into post-production, with the aim to finish it this year. The film's website has additional information and a link to the trailer. Tax-deductible donations can be made here
A member of the Death Penalty Abolition/Restorative Justice Team met the producer, Dr. Paula Caplan, during this summer's Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Supreme Court.


Celebrate the Season of Creation through Prayer and Action! 
Each year the ecumenical "Season of Creation" begins Sept. 1 - the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - and ends with the Feast of St. Francis on Oct. 4.
The Vatican has released a statement and created a video (see right) in collaboration with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, inviting us to a time of prayer and action to repair and restore our relationships with creation and with each other. Pope Francis says, "This is the season for letting our prayer life be inspired, to reflect on our lifestyles, to undertake prophetic acts for creation. It's a time to call for courageous decisions, to direct the planet towards life, not death. Season of Creation is the time to care for the most vulnerable and restore connections that make us whole." Resources and events being held for the Season of Creation are found here.
Civilize It
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a campaign inviting Catholics to model civility and love for neighbor throughout the year. This is especially important as we approach election season. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate asks Catholics and others to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes. For more information and resources click here.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has created a series to guide us in considering multiple issues of the consistent ethic of life.  Each weekly session through November focuses on one of the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching and includes homily helps, bulletin inserts, and resources for teachers, parents and youth - https://ivotecatholic.org/  


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The Marianist Archives -
A Treasure Trove of Goodies about Marianist History
Bro. Brian Zampier SM wants to alert everyone to the resources available at the Marianist Archives, with some pretty interesting material available online. Brian posts information and resources twice a week: 
Check it out for some great archival photos, Marianist artwork, and other interesting tidbits. Email Brian (a.brian.zamp@gmail.com) for more information on the archives and what is available.

Robert Kennedy

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, 
but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of these acts will be written the history of (each) generation.
            Robert Kennedy

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