"We have forgotten who we are: creatures made in the image of God and called to dwell as brothers and sisters in a common home. We were created not to be tyrants, but to be at the heart of a network of life made up of millions of species joined together for us by our Creator. Now is the time to rediscover our vocation as … stewards of creation."
- Pope Francis
2019 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Message
Links to 2019 Assembly Presentations:
Dr. Richard Gaillardetz
Sr. Norma Pimentel
Cardinal Blase Cupich (text only)
Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:
Bishop R. McElroy
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Season of Creation September 1st - October 4th
Here are the "Top Ten Takeaways from Laudato Si" as summarized by Jesuit James Martin of America Magazine:
- The spiritual perspective is now part of the discussion on the environment.
- The poor are disproportionately affected by climate change.
- Less is more.
- Catholic social teaching now includes teaching on the environment.
- Discussions about ecology can be grounded in the Bible and church tradition.
- Everything is connected — including the economy.
- Scientific research on the environment is to be praised and used.
- Widespread indifference and selfishness worsen environmental problems.
- Global dialogue and solidarity are needed.
- A change of heart is required.
An Assembly to Action (A2A) newsletter has been prepared by the Climate Change Working Group on "Eating Choices & Climate Change." It will be sent electronically this week. This could be used in parishes as a bulletin insert.
The Vision of Vatican II by Ormond Rush is highly recommended by Bob Bonnot, AUSCP Executive Director. A sample quote from the final chapter reads: "Before all else, the Council was an encounter. A genuine encounter between the Church and the men and women of our time. An encounter
marked by the power of the Spirit, who impelled the Church to emerge from the shoals which for years had kept her self enclosed so as to set out once again, with enthusiasm, on her missionary journey. It was the resumption of a journey of encountering people where they live: in their cities and homes, in their workplaces. Wherever there are people, the church is called to reach out to them and to bring the joy of the Gospel , and the mercy and forgiveness of God."
This book is available from Liturgical Press or Amazon.
Bryan Massingale Speaks at 50th Anniversary Conference of Dignity USA
An article by Tom Roberts in NCR online (Seot. 10) - "It's not about ethics, it's about how we imagine God"- comments on a powerful presentation by Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., of Fordham University. Bryan began his talk by saying: "I come to this conversation as a Black, gay priest and theologian." He did this, not as a public "coming out," but as a way of drawing attention. After relating a bit of his own story, he concludes:
In effect, we are told that we are "afterthoughts" in the story of creation, not part of the original plan. In other words, we are "children of a lesser god." … Yes, we certainly need to rethink our church's official sexual ethics. But even more, we have to rethink God.
The NCR article is available HERE.
For Bryan Massingale's presentation, click HERE.
2019 Religious Formation Congress
The Religious Formation Conference’s 2019 Congress – Being Signs of Courageous Hope – will take place October 24-27, 2019 in Louisville, KY. Speakers include: Teresa Maya, CCVI, Bryan Massingale, Norma Pimentel, MJ, Emily Cash, PsyD, Mickey McGrath, OSFS (and many others!). For more information and to register, visit www.rfccongress2019.com. For questions about sponsoring and/or exhibiting, contact Ryan Hoffmann, Associate Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) is excited to announce its first-ever Circle Keeper Training, co-hosted by Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, October 16th - Saturday, October 19th
5114 S. Elizabeth St. | Chicago, IL 60609
Peacemaking circles are a foundational practice of restorative justice. They foster healing in instances of crime and conflict, and create opportunities for community building, reflection, and storytelling. This training offers participants the skills and experience to facilitate peacemaking circles in their parishes, ministries,
In case you haven't yet signed:
CLICK HERE TO SIGN CMN'S NATIONAL CATHOLIC PLEDGE TO END THE DEATH PENALTY"
AUSCP member Harry Bury sent notice of activities planned byTwin Cities Nonviolent (TCNV) for 10 Days Free from Violence, September 20-29, 2019. TCNV has been working since 2016 to develop a nonviolent culture in the Twin City area.
This year's activities include A Walk for Peace honoring Gandhi’s vision for his 150th birthday on Saturday, September 21, which is also International Peace Day. Walkers will walk from Cathedral of St. Paul to the Sate Capitol. Speakers will be civil rights leader Rev. James Morris Lawson, Jr. and AUSCP member John Dear from Pace e Bene. You can find out more about their activities and gather ideas of how to celebrate International Peace Day by visiting their website: https://twincitiesnonviolent.org/
Voice of the Faithful 2019 Conference
Mark your calendars!
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Massachusetts
$125 / Person (includes lunch)
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The 9th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Maritime Conference Center (MCC)
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