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NewsNotes, March-April 2010
Vol. 35, No. 2

1) Explore My Mission video contest: Sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, this contest invites young adults 18-35 years old to submit videos, three minutes or shorter in length, that display a passion for living the Gospel by helping others. Two grand prize winners will be awarded a two-week, short-term mission trip to Tanzania where they will work with the Maryknoll East Africa Mission Community in their service among impoverished people in rural and urban settings near Lake Victoria. Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest website, www.ExploreMyMission.org, through April 9, 2010. Contest winners will be notified by May 18. Winners will be in Tanzania for the first two weeks of July 2010. Complete instructions are available at the website.

2) The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation: Published by Orbis and written by Mark Hathaway and Leonardo Boff, this book combines social, political, economic, ecological, emotional, and spiritual approaches of the current crises rooted in global capitalism, which has resulted in rising social inequality, exclusion, a collapse of democracy, deterioration of the environment, and growing poverty. It takes a different approach to sustainability, traditionally seen in terms of limits and restrictions, and offers a new conception of sustainability as liberation both in the personal sense of spiritual realization, and in the collective sense of people seeking their freedom from oppression. Such an approach is conceptualized in the ancient Chinese word Tao referring to both an individual spiritual path and the way the universe works. 448 pages, paperback. $35. For more information contact Orbis Books at (914) 941-7636, ext. 2576 or 2477, www.orbisbooks.com.

3) And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching: This new book, published by Woodstock Theological Center, describes the distinctive way in which Catholic social teaching looks at migrants. It analyzes migration from the legal, social science, and cultural perspectives, and gives special consideration to the lived experience of immigrants themselves and their host communities. The book identifies gaps and opportunities to improve government and non-governmental responses to migration on a local, national, and international level. And You Welcomed Me aims to reframe perspectives on migration by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this phenomenon. It analyzes trade, immigration, labor, national security, and integration policies in light of the core Catholic commitment to the common good, human dignity, authentic development, and solidarity. 192 pages, paperback. $26.95. For more information contact Lexington Books, 301-459-3366, www.lexingtonbooks.com.

4) Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies of Immigration: This new book from Orbis Books, written by Miguel de la Torre, is intended to develop a conversation on immigration that is constructive rather than filled with fear and hate. De la Torre analyzes several issues associated with immigration in the U.S. -- borders, economics, myths, family values, and others -- and then includes stories or testimonies by undocumented migrants and those who work with them. Each chapter concludes with a poem or prayer. The combination of analysis, story and artistic expression opens up the complexities of immigration for students and all Christians. 211 pages, paperback, $20. For more information, contact Orbis Books at (914) 941-7636, ext. 2576 or 2477, www.orbisbooks.com.

5)   Education for Justice (EfJ): This invaluable website, a project of the Center of Concern, was created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic social teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues. Through all of the materials available on the web site, EfJ seeks not only to introduce Catholic social teaching to a wider audience but to help deepen the knowledge of this essential element of faith and to help develop solidarity with all those in the global community who are suffering and oppressed. Access available by subscription: www.educationforjustice.org.

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