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NewsNotes, September-October 2008

1)    “Short takes on a shrinking world” video invitational: Tell the next U.S. president how to shape foreign policy! As part of our 2008 election project, high school and college-aged youth are invited to submit videos or PowerPoint presentation that highlight issues of importance in the next president’s foreign policy agenda. Participants may submit one 60-90 second video or PowerPoint presentation incorporating one of the election project’s five themes: climate change; global economy; migration/immigration; HIV/AIDS; and peace and sustainable security. Entries will be accepted from August 15 until November 27, Thanksgiving Day. Videos/PowerPoint presentations will be reviewed by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns’ staff to determine appropriateness of content and message. Those that meet the criteria will be posted on the website and made available for educational purposes. For information on how to submit entries for “Short-takes on a shrinking world,” email the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns or call 202-832-1780.

2)    The Not On Our Watch Christian Companion: Biblical Reflections on the Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond: Drawing from the rich Christian humanitarian tradition as well as from traditions of public political involvement, this resource provides biblical reflections on ethical issues as well as practical guidance for action to create change in Darfur. Each chapter constitutes a weekly study session—eight in all—designed to guide group discussion and reflection about Darfur and the movement to end genocide. Each session includes a biblical passage for reflection, a lesson applying the passage to Darfur, a weekly action step, and vignettes by refugees and people from many walks of life who have awakened to the problem of genocide and become active in the Darfur movement. $7.50. For more information, send an email or visit the Darfur Christian Action website, or write the ENOUGH Project, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 307, Washington, D.C., 20005; 202-682-1611.

3)    Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Conference: A Decade of Seeking Peace: Pursuing Hope, Security and Human Dignity: This year, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) celebrates 10 years of service with its 10th International Conference and Awards Banquet on October 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Since 1998, HCEF has worked to sustain the presence of Arab Christians in the Holy Land, to contribute to their well-being, and to develop solidarity between them and their fellow Christians elsewhere in the world. HCEF promises a wide array of highly informative and inspirational speakers and panelists that include H.B. Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem; Most Rev. Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington; and Anna Baltzer, Jewish American author and Fulbright Scholar. HCEF will also be launching H.B. Sabbah’s new book, Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace, at the conference. Register online at, or by calling (301) 951-9400 ext. 219.

4)    Promote CNS columnist in your diocesan paper: Catholic News Service (CNS) columnist Tony Magliano writes a biweekly syndicated social justice and peace column which addresses timely economic, social  and political issues from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. His columns challenge readers to make decisions based on the radical teachings of the Gospel and the church’s social doctrine. Unfortunately, many diocesan newspaper editors choose not to regularly publish his columns. But you can help change that. Please contact your diocesan newspaper editor and urge her or him to regularly publish Magliano’s CNS column. Explain that his justice and peace column is a much needed, and highly useful instrument, in helping average Catholics understand and apply the richness of Catholic social teaching to the problems facing our nation and world.

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