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NewsNotes, November-December 2009

1. Posada: This award-winning documentary examines the tragedy of unaccompanied migrant children in light of the Advent tradition of Las Posadas, which commemorates the journey of the Holy Family. The film, part of the Posadas Project, was made by Mark McGregor, a Jesuit priest who teaches film at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, and tells the story of three young people who migrated alone to the U.S. Shot on location in California and Mexico in 2005 and 2006, its running time is 55 minutes.

2. “The end of poverty?”: This is thought-provoking and timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker Philippe Diaz reveals that poverty is not an accident. Global poverty today has reached new levels due to unfair debt, trade and tax policies. Filmed in Latin America and Africa, the film interviews Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Susan George and others, including leaders of social movements in South American and African nations. Narrated by Martin Sheen. 104 minutes. More information on the film and how to help its promotion at

3. Sparking Change: Poster Art & Politics: This 2010 peace calendar from the War Resisters League includes some of the world’s most evocative socio-political posters in vibrant colors. Weekly date pages list historical events with a small monthly calendar on each page. Includes a directory of U.S. peace and justice organizations and publications. 52-plus color images. 128 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 format, spiral. $14.95 plus shipping and handling. Order by phone, 877-234-8811 or at

4. “Forced to Flee” and “The Gathering Storm”: IRIN Films has made several series of short films on a variety of subjects. “Forced to Flee" and “The Gathering Storm” are series on internal displacement and the human cost of climate change, respectively. Check these series (and additional ones on HIV/AIDS, violence and other topics) at IRIN's website.

5. Ostriches, Dung Beetles and Other Spiritual Masters: A Book of Wisdom from the Wild: Written by Maryknoll Sister Janice McLaughlin, who now serves as the Congregation’s president, this 160-page book includes insightful stories of human virtues as exemplified by African wildlife--from an ostrich to a dung beetle to a baobab tree. During more than 30 years in Africa, Sr. McLaughlin has not only become deeply attuned to all that we can learn of our Creator from nature, she has also accumulated a fund of rare wisdom useful in daily life. As she tells about the wildlife of Africa, she also teaches us about ourselves and what we're capable of: how we can strengthen our understanding of community from the elephant and how the hippopotamus can teach us much about humility and self-acceptance. $18.00. Available from Orbis Books, (914) 941-7636, ext. 2576 or 2477, Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.

6. A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples: Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2010: Be a part of an action weekend addressing this global issue. Worship, study and dialogue with hundreds of people of faith at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Then join us as we go to Capitol Hill to advocate for our members of Congress to remedy these global injustices. The 2010 conference will be held March 19 – 22 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City, VA just outside Washington, D.C. We encourage groups from churches, denominations and regional councils of churches to charter buses and bring large groups to this important faith-in-action event. Go to Ecumenical Advocacy Days for more information. Please let the MOGC know if you plan to attend; we hope to have a strong Maryknoll representation at this gathering.

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