E-Bulletin: July 19, 2020
It has been pointed out to us that we used an inappropriate term In the AUSCP Statement on Racism published on July 12th, when we referred to the "murder" of George Floyd. Since "murder" in effect renders judgment, we should have stated simply the "death" of George Floyd.
Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP
The AUSCP Friends Group now has 217 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!
The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.
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2020 Assembly Updates
Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, John Carr, Archbishop John Wester, and Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website: https://auscp.org/2020-assembly-report/
All who participated in the Assembly have received a brief survey to evaluate their experience with the online Assembly. The deadline for responding is Friday, July 24th. This will be of great help in planning future assemblies. If you participated, but did not receive the survey, please notify the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 U.S. Election Briefs: Faithful Voting & Global Concerns
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers a series of two-page briefs and half-hour webinars on global issues to help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections. Several webinars have already taken place, but there are more to come.
Quoted from the Maryknoll website: Inspired by the Gospel and Maryknoll missioners’ commitment to stand with vulnerable communities around the world, we urge U.S. citizens to consider the issues raised in these briefs and to vote to advance the cause of peace, social justice, and the integrity of creation. Topics covered in the series incllude: Nuclear Disarmament, Refugees, Climate Change , Sanctions, U.S. Immigration Policy, U.S. Trade Policy, Peacebuilding,and Food Security.
Find the election resources here.
Reflection on COVID-19
The following reflection is by LT member Tulio Ramirez: "...the Covid 19 pandemic hit hard in New York City and horribly close in my South Bronx area. I continued my ministry to my parishioners, if only by phone. We underwent together the uncertainties and early setbacks, the pain and suffering, the sadness of losing many relatives and friends (though only two parishioners have succumbed to it as far I know) and the anxieties and powerlessness of staying home, losing jobs and incomes, or the anxieties and consequences of having to keep jobs that clearly put us at high risk of infection and bringing it home.
I contracted the virus myself; however, I can claim that my symptoms were mild. That kind of experience brings one up short, and I must admit that I thought of the possibility of my death many times, and as such a vivid possibility that now everything that comes in the future will be accepted and welcomed more than ever as a gift of God".
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Ahead of the Season of Creation, which begins September 1st, we invite you to become a Laudato Si’ Animator, a champion for Catholic action on climate change. The Laudato Si’ Animator training will help you deepen your Season of Creation experience and draw you closer to our Creator.
You will receive free online training, learining from experts about Laudato Si' and the root causes of the climate emergency. The next Laudato Si’ Animator class starts on July 29th.
Sign up today to deepen your Season of Creation commitment by bringing change to your community!
Abolish Nuclear Weapon (Nukes)
All recent popes, from St. John XXIII to Pope Francis, have urged the abolishment of nuclear weapons. Washington is held hostage by nuke profiteers. That’s why the AUSCP Leadership Team sent a letter on July 1st to PNC Bank, asking them to stop supporting nuclear weapons. This follows the money which is supplied by too many U.S. financial institutions like PNC Bank's loans which enable U.S. nuke-producing corporations to continue.
AUSCP members are invited to reinforce our Leadership Team's initiative by endorsing the online petition to PNC Bank: www.abetterpncbnk.org/
We can starve Demon Nuke! It’s time this Demon goes into retirement on this 75th anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki.
(Submitted by AUSCP Founding Father, Bernie Survil)
Raise Your Voice to Oppose Federal Executions
The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years. As Pope Francis has made clear, the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an affront to the gospel and the dignity of human life. Tell Attorney General Barr to stop the executions.
Catholic Labor Network
As the US Senate weighs its response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Catholic Labor Network invites you to join us for Workers Speak Out: Public Services and the Pandemic. You’ll hear from some of the frontline workers whose lives and work remain in the balance, and their union, explaining what you can do to help. The session will take place on wednesday, July 22, 3 PM EDT.
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Changes in Membership Dues
The AUSCP LT has decided to change the schedule and structure of membership dues. Until now, members could renew for a year at any time. This is confusing for members trying to remember when it is time to renew. Beginning in January of 2021, members will be asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. Because of this, anyone who is due to renew between now and then can renew at $25 (or more) until January 1, 2021, when a new dues structure will be put in place.
Mark your calendar!
The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021
Where do we go from here?
2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jon Michael Joncas.
Change in Website, Email, and Mailing Addresses
The new website address is: www.auscp.org.
The new office email address is: email@example.com.
The mailing address is: P.O. Box 676, Tiffin, OH 44883.
Please use these addresses from this time forward. Thank you!
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