New White Man's Burden, Passionist Priest Protester, Season of Creation
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The New "White Man's Burden"
by Phil Paxton, CP
"And here is where we get into the white man’s burden for today, in 2018. It may be true that neither myself, nor my ancestors were slave owners or people who institutionalized prejudice against women or people of color. But as long as I am comfortable with the institutionalized prejudice known as racism, or the institutionalized discrimination known as sexism, or the systems that condone any other “ism” that is out there, I help with their perpetuation.
Read Phil's reflection here.

"This is the place in which, it seems to me, most white Americans find themselves. They are dimly, or vividly, aware that the history they have fed themselves is mainly a lie, but they do not know how to release themselves from it, and they suffer enormously from the resulting personal incoherence. This incoherence is heard nowhere more plainly than in those stammering, terrified dialogues white Americans sometimes entertain with that black conscience, the black man in America." James Baldwin, The White Man's Guilt, Ebony Magazine, August 1965. 
Graphic:  "The White Man's Burden" Political Cartoon from Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts, Yale University
Fact Sheet:  Asylum Seekers

The Washington Office on Latin America is a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas. WOLA has been tracking violence and migration in Central America for nearly 15 years. Based on this experience, NOLA presents seven facts that are fundamental to understanding the rising number of asylum requests by Central American migrants. Read them here.
Martin Newell, CP: Priest Protester

The June 2018 Newsletter of Passio, St. Joseph's Passionist Province (UK) included a feature on Fr. Martin Newell.  Fr. Martin became a Passionist in 2001.  Early in his priesthood, he "was looking for a way of being more radically committed to the option for the poor, and I had this sudden realisation that justice and peace work was what being a Christian was all about."  He has been involved with protests against the use of drones in warfare and directs much of his energy to reverse climate change.  He is currently based in a house where he lives alongside asylum seekers and is part of the leadership team for Passionists in England and Wales.
Read the article on Fr. Martin here
Photo: Veteran Ben Griffin with Fr Martin at alternative Remembrance Day
Faithful Stand Against Environmental Racism
“From a spirit standpoint, folks are kind of beat-down and don’t feel like they can talk to their government or do anything about folks running over them...” 

Rev. Ronald C. Smith is the pastor of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Union Springs, Alabama and is an instructor of forestry and natural resources at Tuskegee University. Smith and his family live near Stone’s Throw Landfill, one of the largest landfills in Alabama that has been expanded several times by taking land from black homeowners whose families have lived in nearby Tallassee for generations. Represented by Earthjustice, Smith and several other residents have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its backlog; the community has had pending EPA complaints dating as far back as 1994. Motivated by his faith, Smith continues to fight for a clean and healthy environment for his community now and for generations to come. Learn more in this Center for American Progress article entitled “10 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2018” and in this Earthjustice article entitled “Righting Civil Wrongs.”
Photo: Jeronimo Nisa. Thanks to LCWR.  
Season of Creation / Creation Time

Plan now for your participation in the annual "Season of Creation" from September 1st to October 4th.  Faith communities are called to participate in the “Season of Creation,” also known as “Creation Time.” Communities are encouraged to organize various activities on the theme of Creation Care: prayer services, intergenerational activities, conferences, activities for children and young people, fund raising, etc. In 1989, Demetrios I, Patriarch of Constantinople, dedicated the first day of the Orthodox liturgical year (September 1) to the protection of the environment. In 2015, Pope Francis named September 1st the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. October 4th is the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology in the Catholic tradition.
Planning resources available:
New Thomas Berry Facebook Page

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology has developed a new Facebook page that focuses on Thomas Berry. Berry’s biography, written by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal, will be released from Columbia University Press in the Spring of 2019. The new Facebook page will announce events surrounding the release & celebrate his life and work. Click here to view and “like” the Thomas Berry Facebook page.

Formation Program on Nonviolence
Inspired by a reinvigorated conversation about nonviolence within the Catholic Church, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace is an 8-week JustFaith Ministries program focusing on nonviolence from a Christian perspective. Based on Jesus as a model of nonviolence, the program takes participants through explorations from self-focused nonviolence to what nonviolence can look like on a national or global scale. The program includes prayer, mind- and heart-opening readings and videos, spiritual exercises, dialogue, and invitations to action. 

Book:  However Long the Night

A new and important publication from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious "was written in response to the critical need to find ways to work through the deep-seated polarization that marks these times in the world and country."  Written in the context of LCWR’s experience with the six-year investigation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2009-2015, the book offers both spiritual and practical advice for anyone working through situations of conflict including those living in community.
More information and ordering link

Linking Justice and Peace in the Lectionary

The following homily resources are from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). The Passionist JPIC office collaborates with other community JPIC offices and we would love to see other homily resources coming from the Passionist charism. Contact the Passionist JPIC office if you would like to contribute.  If you yourself do not give homilies please consider sharing these resources with a local homilist.

Sunday, Aug. 12th by Dianne Bergant, CSA

Additional homily resources from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
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