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NewsNotes, March-April 2009

1) “Together with Africa: Celebrating hope”: The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns will give special focus to Africa in the months prior to the Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Synod on Africa to take place in Rome from October 4-25. Sign up for a weekly email from our office that will include a monthly prayer; a weekly Africa update to make Africa more visible, with a focus on the countries where Maryknoll has experience, as well as important trans-regional issues such as ecology, poverty, violent conflict, HIV and AIDS, the impact of U.S. policy on justice, peace and reconciliation; a weekly story of hope from Africa; important documents relating to the themes of solidarity, social justice, peace and reconciliation; and a weekly Africa-focused action alert that will encourage prayer, study and action over the course of a month to increase attention to Africa on a regular basis.

2) Enough for All: Seventh Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13-16, 2009: The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns co-hosts this annual gathering of the ecumenical Christian community. This year’s theme, “Enough for All,” connects workshops on climate change, migration and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Held in Washington, D.C., March 13-16. Conference fee: $160. Registration after February 13 will be $175. Scholarships are available. If you plan to attend, please let the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns know: call 202-832-1780, or send an email.

3) Sacred Peace Walk, April 6-13, 2009: Sponsored by the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE). This annual event draws on the long legacy of peace walkers and spiritual leaders to draw attention to the nuclear dangers that continue to threaten our sacred planet and the community of life. NDE’s 62-mile, annual pilgrimage to the Nevada Test Site will begin on April 6 with an orientation in Las Vegas and preparation for the six-day walk starting on April 7. The main Walk ends on Sunday, with an extra special action on Monday for those who are able/interested. NDE has a vehicle available for those who need extra support, and for emergencies as well. Some Walkers on the Sacred Peace Walk only come for a few days--all are welcome to do as much or as little of the Walk as the Spirit calls. Check the NDE website for more information.

4) Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, April 29-30, 2009: The third annual gathering of the ecumenical Christian community calling for a swift and just end to the war in Iraq will be held in Washington, D.C. at the end of President Obama’s first 100 days in office. On Wednesday, April 29, an opening convocation will be held from 12:30-1:30 pm; an evening prayer service will be held at 7 pm. On Thursday, April 30, a public witness will be held at the U.S. Capitol. For more information, check the CPWI website. If you plan to attend, please let the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns know: call 202-832-1780, or send an email

5) Praying for peace around the globe: A resource for prayer and action: Jim McGinnis, founder and program director of the Institute for Peace and Justice, presents this new resource. In 128 pages, this book invites us to pray and act for peace in 40 different countries and around 13 different issues of peace and justice on a daily and weekly basis. Each prayer page includes a short description of the situation on the country or issue; a longer prayer for peace from that country or issue; suggestions for action (with the action websites in the website supplement); and a shorter prayer of petition that can be used in worship services. For supplements to the book and for ordering information, go here.

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