Vol. 35, No. 6
The Presence of God: Reflections for Advent 2010: Published by Pax Christi USA, the Advent booklet is a collection of meditations on the daily lectionary readings during this time of quiet preparation and renewal. $3.00 each, plus shipping; bulk discounts available. Call (814) 453-4955, ext. 231, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Pax Christi's website for more information. Also available in Spanish: La Presencia de Dios.
December 1 World AIDS Day 2010 prayer service: Produced by Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a Swiss-based international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS, the prayer service offers information, insights and meditation on the importance of linking efforts to fight hunger with those to comprehensively address HIV. It explores that idea that medicines alone are not enough; a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV must also involve the protection of human dignity and rights, including the right to food. Hold this service in your church, school or organization in order to pray and stand in solidarity with people of faith and members of wider civil society around the world. Available online in English and Spanish. Feel free to adapt the service according to your local context. The service can be used on its own or as part of an event supporting the Light for Rights campaign promoted by the World AIDS Campaign.
Stand against torture on Human Rights Day, December 10: On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that all humans are born with freedom, equality and dignity. To aid faith communities in honoring this day, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) has resources including a bulletin insert that contains an interfaith prayer and information on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); worship materials, prayers and suggestions for incorporating the issue into a religious service; and a petition-style form and an information sheet on OPCAT.
What we witness: Faith Economy Ecology reflection process for small groups (PDF document)
Justice in a Land of Plenty: A Resource for Worship and Advocacy on Trade Justice: This resource packet, published by the Mennonite Central Committee, includes facts, policy solutions, worship materials, advocacy and action guides, and additional resources.
Engaging Impasse on Immigration: Designed by NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, this workshop explores the views and emotions involved in immigration through a role-playing dialogue and discussion. The workshop allows space for participants to discuss the fears, feelings and insights around immigration.
The Mountain Mourning Collection: A film chronicling the devastation of mountaintop removal mining on people, Appalachian culture and creation; a valuable tool portraying the need to care for God’s Appalachian mountains. The National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Programs has additional resources including hymns, sermons and ecumenical resources at www.nccecojustice.org.