NewsNotes, November-December 2008
1. Enough for All: Seventh Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13-16, 2009: The theme of the 2009 annual gathering of the ecumenical Christian community, “Enough for All,” will connect workshops on climate change, migration and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Join faith-based advocates and activists in Washington, D.C., March 13-16 as we discuss the abundance of our world and how it can be allocated in a way that is fair and just for all creation. $160 including two lunches and Sunday reception. Registration after February 13 will be $175. Scholarships are available. Visit www.advocacydays.org, write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-386-6397 for more information. If you are interested in attending, please let the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns know: 202-832-1780, email@example.com.
2. Earth Charter Initiative Handbook: Launched in 2000, the Earth Charter has been implemented and promoted by social activists, teachers, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, international law experts, and leaders in government. This handbook has been prepared as a general guide for all those who are working with the Earth Charter around the world. It provides basic information on the origin, nature and purpose of the Earth Charter, the structure and mission of the Earth Charter Initiative (ECI), and the organization, goals and policies of ECI. In addition to the handbook, the Earth Charter International website contains much more information on how to get involved, on current Earth Charter activities and events, and on relevant reading materials. Go to www.earthcharterinaction.org to download the 72-page handbook in either English or Spanish.
3. “Migration, My Home, My Story” video competition: Sponsored by Justice for Immigrants, a project of the USCCB, and the Jesuit Conference. Three winners will be chosen for their creative, nonpartisan video which illustrates the migration reality in their family and/or community. It should also include some aspect(s) of Catholic social teaching on migration. 3-7 minutes in length. Creativity and video quality will be considered. First prize winners will receive a free flight, registration, and lodging for the Ignatian Family Teach-In on immigration March 14-17, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Individuals are requested to post their videos on YouTube and send the link, along with their name, school or parish affiliation, email address, phone number, and home address to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 5, 2009. Individuals across the country will be invited to weigh in on the vote electronically during the week of Jan. 15-23, 2009. For more information, go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
4. Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, April 29-30, 2009: One hundred days after the start of the next administration, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI) will hold its third annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Join us for witness, worship nonviolent action and advocacy to call on policymakers to end the war and occupation in Iraq, support a comprehensive peace process, end the policy and practice of torture and meet human needs at home. If you would like to join in the events around the CPWI, either in Washington or in your own community, check the website at www.christianpeacewitness.org. Contact the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns for more information about the Washington event: 202-832-1780, email@example.com.
5. The Not On Our Watch Christian Companion: Biblical Reflections on the Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond: 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 designed to guide group discussion and reflection. 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit http://darfurchristianaction.org; or write the ENOUGH Project, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 307, Washington, D.C., 20005; 202-682-1611.