When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.
We are all meant to be mothers of God.
What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly,
but does not take place within myself?
And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace
if I am not also full of grace?
What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son
if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?
This, then, is the fullness of time:
When the Son of Man is begotten in us.”
- Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328
We invite you to consider getting involved in...
On January 21, 2017 we will unite
for the Women's March on Washington
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Because women's rights are human rights
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault—and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
HEAR OUR VOICE. more information
I believe no man, however gifted with thought and speech,
can voice the wrongs and present the demands of women with the skill and effect,
with the power and authority of woman herself.
We asks you to consider taking this direct action...
OHIOANS TO STOP EXECUTIONS
Ohio Does Not Need Executions!
The first execution in nearly three years is scheduled for January 12, 2017. Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed as punishment for his murder of Sheila Marie Evans. By any measure this was a terrible crime for which he must be held accountable. We can do that without killing him.
Please call Governor John Kasich to urge him to commute Ronald Phillips’s sentence to death by incarceration, NOT execution – by changing his sentence to ‘Life in prison with no possibility of parole.’
Gov. John Kasich 614-466-3555
Please also send a note in the postal mail:
Governor John Kasich Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117
If asked, please make the following points:
● Ronald Phillips has already served 24 years on Ohio’s death row
● His co-defendant receive a lesser sentence and has died in prison
● A true life without parole sentence was not available until three years after this crime occurred. It is possible that a jury would have recommended that sentence if available
● Please also note that executions should not be allowed to resume in Ohio until the recommendations of the Supreme Court Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty have been implemented. These 56 recommendations are intended to make Ohio’s death penalty more fair and accurate.
In the three years since the last execution in Ohio, there has not been a spike in violent crime in Ohio or nationally. No prisoners on Ohio’s death row have escaped or killed anyone in prison, and the public is not clamoring for a resumption of executions. In fact, dangerous criminals are being held accountable and the public is being kept safe from them without resorting to executions. Nationally and in Ohio, the use of the death penalty is trending downward.
Meanwhile, the legislature has yet to consider most of the 56 recommendations of the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. These recommendations were intended to ensure fairness and accuracy in Ohio’s death penalty. To date, most have not been discussed in any legislative forum.
Readers within traveling distance of South Bend may be interested in...
Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Catholic Women Ordained? How? Who? Why?
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST
First Unitarian Church
801 E. Washington Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617
Bishop Joan Houk, and newly ordained Susan Vaickauski and Kathy Rolenc, will talk about their experience of being Roman Catholic Womenpriests in a Church that does not ordain women. History of the RCWP movement with standards and credentials for ordination and personal stories will be shared.
For information contact Joan at 724-612-3842 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Call To Action-Michiana, a progressive Catholic organization working for justice and equality in the Church.
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
~Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
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