Vol. 35, No. 5
1) A Million Minutes for Peace: The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is proud to partner with the Odyssey Network on this campaign. The goal is to collect one million pledges to pray for peace for one minute at noon on the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21). Please watch the 60-second video here and then sign your pledge to pray for peace on September 21.
2) Churches Week of Action on Food: Held October 10-17, churches are invited to participate with others around the world in a movement calling for change in the way food is grown, sold, distributed and shared. (See related article here.) The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) has produced a resource guide for the Week of Action, which offers action ideas, as well as worship resources, including a liturgy and a prayer card. You can use this guide to help you effectively take part in the 2010 Churches’ Week of Action on Food together with others around the world. Available here.
3) Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2011: Plan now to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in Washington, D.C., March 25-28, 2011. The theme is “Development, security and economic justice: What’s gender got to do with it?” Women’s contributions are integral to enriching social, religious, and family life. However – in homes and communities, out in fields and marketplaces, along borders and in areas of conflict – violence, poverty, and other social evils keep women from attaining their full potential. Join the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and hundreds of Christians from around the country for a weekend of workshops and information, followed by a visit to Capitol Hill on Monday, March 28. To find more information, check www.advocacydays.org, or contact the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
4) Waiting for Change: This new publication reviews the first year of the Obama administration’s Latin America policy, especially regarding military relationships and aid trends. Barack Obama’s message of change resonated in Latin America, but we’re still waiting for real shifts in policy. This report by the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) Education Fund, Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America offers a detailed evaluation of what has been modified, and what remains the same, in U.S. policy towards the region. Also available in Spanish.
5) JustFaith resources: JustFaith Ministries, which provides programs that transform people and expand their commitment to social ministry, publishes a quarterly newsletter, Voices. Back issues of Voices have covered topics such as justice for Haiti, poverty and women, racism, and immigration.
6) MOGC listservs: The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns publishes three free email listservs, in addition to NewsNotes: action alerts (covering a variety of issues); Together with Africa, and Middle East Notes. Sign up here.