Migration, Fossil Fuel Divestment, Homily for the Indigenous, New Resources
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Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate
In a recent issue of the Peace Newsletter from the JPIC in India, Vice Provincial Paul Cherukoduth, CP recognizes the staggering numbers of refugees and migrants world wide.  It is truly a global crisis.  Paul discusses a May seminar in Rome organized by the JPIC desk of USG and UISG (the Unions of Superiors General of men and women Congregations respectively) on the theme: “Prophetic Religious Life and the Four Verbs on Migrants and Refugees”. The four verbs are Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating and are taken from Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Paul says, "Undoubtedly, to protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees one must begin with an act of welcoming which then becomes an encounter with the Christ, the unknown guest in our midst.  On a global level the number of international migrants and refugees are estimated around 270 million and we know that that number keeps growing every day. In India, the inter-state migrants are numbered around 139 million, of whom 40 million work on constructions sites, 20 million are domestic workers, 2 million are sex-workers and the others fall into various other categories... To rephrase Paul of the Cross: May we be able to see the name of Jesus written on the foreheads of the Migrants and Refugees. May we learn to love the stranger as ourselves!"
From the U.S. Vision Statement of the Passionist Sisters' Communities of Dodge City, Kansas, and Lincoln, Nebraska:

May the Passionist charism continue to be embodied in our migrant people, and in the future, we will be able to work together with Passionist sisters and brothers in the same mission of building the Kingdom. 

Read the vision statement here
Moral and economic reasons to divest from fossil fuels

The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has created the first in a series of articles designed to educate Catholic organizations about ways to participate in the fastest growing divestment campaign in human history - the fossil fuel divestment movement. It was published in the May-June 2018 issue of Maryknoll NewsNotes.  Read the article here.

Image: "Do the Math," logo for a 45-minute film produced by 350.org based on the lecture Bill McKibben first presented in 2012. Watch online

Follow up reading: Divestment from fossil fuels is a witness to our faith
Homily for the Indigenous: Fr. Kevin Dance, CP

On the 175th Anniversary of the Passionist Missionaries’ Arrival on Stradbroke Island, Australia, Fr. Kevin Dance, CP delivered the homily.  "One hundred and seventy-five years ago a Swiss born Passionist Joseph Snell, along with Archbishop Polding, stepped ashore to begin the Catholic Church’s first mission to Aboriginal people. Today we pause to remember. And to play around a little with words, can we think of re-member as a way of putting things together in a better harmony than they have known before... The message they brought was beautiful, their intentions were good, but their efforts were clumsy. They found another land, a different culture, other languages. There were no anthropology courses back then to help them understand how to do the mission of Jesus."   Read Fr. Dance's homily here

Image: Miriam-Rose Ungunmer, 13th Station
Passionist JPIC signs letter

The JPIC Committee, Passionists of North America joined other religious leaders in signing a letter drafted by the Coalition for Human Needs.  The letter opposes cuts and future recision packages requested by President Trump.  The cuts will include more than $15 billion from domestic programs - almost half of it from the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  It includes cuts to a CHIP reserve fund that could make it harder for states to respond to rising enrollments in the aftermath of disasters or rising unemployment.  Other unspent funds to be cut ("rescinded")  have been part of bipartisan agreements that allow needed increases in health, education, and other important programs.  

Read the final letter here
Poor Peoples Campaign - "Movement not a Moment" 

Two more weeks remaining in the 40 day focus of the New Poor Peoples Campaign and the themes will be:

Week 5 (June 10-16)
Everybody’s Got the Right To Live: Education, Living Wages, Jobs, Income, Housing

Week 6 (June 17-23) A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

From the beginning, this has been described as a "movement not a moment."  Therefore, on Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. EDT there will be a Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally in Washington, D.C. 

The new U.S. campaign is reigniting efforts to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to transform our nation’s political, economic and moral structures. Over 30 state campaigns launched at state capitals across the U.S. on February 5, "serving notice that if our voices are not heard and our issues remain unaddressed, we are prepared to take direct action and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience." 

St. Louis Climate Summit Video Archive

International experts in climate science, ecology, sustainable development, and related disciplines convened at the 2018 Saint Louis Climate Summit, hosted by Saint Louis University as part of its Bicentennial Celebration. It was inspired by Pope Francis’ convocation of leaders to the Vatican in 2014, and the document that emerged to defend of the health and well-being of the planet. Click on image below.

"Cardinal Peter Turkson stressed that creation is the loving work of God, something that doesn't have an ownership and exists to support human life. Because creation is "a fruit of God's decided action," everything in it has a purpose..." St. Louis Review

Resource:  Emergence Magazine

The recently launched Emergence Magazine is an initiative of the Kalliopeia Foundation.  The magazine is a free, quarterly online publication with an annual printed edition.  It features digital media as well as the written word.  Podcasts can be subscribed to with any platform. Issue #1 is available now and the next issue due on July 15th.

The magazine describes it's purpose this way:  "It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are a regenerative space of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality."

Explore the publication here

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 priest.

Sunday June 10th by Dianne Bergant, CSA

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