The day after the violence in Charlottesville, I was scheduled to speak at a Latino Christian church. That Saturday, as I heard about a car plowing into counterprotesters, I realized that the next day, I, a white woman, would be preaching to a room of people of color.
Sr. Mariola Sequeira's curiosity about noises from a prison on the other side of a wall bordering her college led her to become a crusader for the rights of prisoners, poor people and minorities. As the Mission Sister of Ajmer moves on to a new job 1,300 miles away, she leaves a legacy of bold advocacy, especially on behalf of women.
Is there a link between God's truth and what can be done for our world by means of justice? Does that link suggest how we are to preach in today's troubled world? Looking at the details of truth as it relates to justice might be the link.
Get beyond stories of slavery and crime: Watching the black women scientists of NASA in "Hidden Figures" and the achievements and disappointments of the family in "Fences" can open minds to some of the dilemmas facing North America today, politically, socially and racially.
GSR Today - A 20-something raging extrovert walks into a Benedictine monastery. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn't it? It actually happened. I walked through the doors of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie and began a 10-week internship with Sr. Joan Chittister.
Processing my recent 29 years in the Mississippi Delta, I have come to believe that the truth found in the stories of people's lives here, now, today, made my years there some of the best in my life. People's stories invited me to the deep truth about the connection, understanding and bonding which is part of the human heart.
GSR Today - A recent high-level forum at the United Nations was a chance to assess how the world is doing in reaching 17 sustainable development goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger, promote action on climate change, and end gender inequality.
Two Sisters of St. Joseph in London, Ontario, run the Office for Systemic Justice, which researches major social issues — poverty, climate change and the environment, human trafficking, indigenous rights, refugees, immigration, etc. — and advocates for policies to improve communities globally. They start with a hyperlocal focus, often a personal story, and work toward alleviating precarious employment, reducing poverty, encouraging improvements in mental health care, and more.
A letter signed by 7,150 women religious from all 50 states was delivered to the Senate on July 24, urging senators to vote against any bill that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or cuts Medicaid. The effort was coordinated by NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby.
Of the 500 people at a 2009 meeting of religious leaders from around the world, not a single woman was invited. One of the eminent speakers at that conference expressed surprise, pointing out that men who start and fight the wars badly need the presence and contribution of women in the decision-making process in order to create a culture of peace.
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