Passionist JPIC India; Global Ethics; DACA action; Earth Day resources
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New Passionist JPIC Newsletter

We welcome another Passionist JPIC office in India!  Announced by Vice Provincial Paul Cherukoduth, C.P., their electronic newsletter, PEACE is published quarterly by JPIC India staff in Kerala. They are working under the umbrella of PEACES (Passionist Educational Agricultural Charitable and Ecological Society).

From PEACE:  "Justice, Peace and Integration of Creation has a great history in in Catholic Church. These values are very close to the charism of the Congregation of the Passion and the heart of each and every member of the Congregation, who keep alive the passion of Christ and love the crucified ones. The pursuit of justice, peace and integrity of creation permeates all aspects of our lives. We the Passionists consider and include these as criteria when discerning our relationships, ministries and commitments. In doing so, all our choices will be marked by Gospel values and the love for Christ and crucified one of today."

Contact them here:

See the JPIC India Newsletter here
New film on Standing Rock
AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a collaboration between Indigenous and environmental filmmakers.

The documentary captures the story of Native-led defiance that profoundly changes the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. Proceeds from the film go to the Indigenous Media Fund and the Pipeline Fighters Fund. Both funds are supervised by the film’s creators and a council of Indigenous leaders to support direct actions, Indigenous filmmakers and journalists.  It is also available on Netflix.

Download or buy the film here 
More on the film:
Day of Action for U.S. DACA Recipients

A recent court decision delaying the fate of the undocumented in the U.S. is only a temporary and uncertain fix.  Meanwhile, Dreamers and others are still losing protections every day and there is no guarantee “renewals” will be accepted by this administration.

The following is a report from the CMSM on a recent Catholic Day of Action in Washington DC.

"On Tuesday, Feb. 27th, hundreds of Catholics gathered for mass with Bishop John Stowe, OFM. Then we processed to the Capitol for a press conference, prayed a rosary oriented to the experience of Dreamers, entered the Rotunda in a Senate building, received Bishop Stowe's blessing, finished the rosary and sang 'This is Holy Ground,' while 42 Catholic religious and lay leaders offered civil disobedience to illuminate the urgency and injustice of our immigration laws. We called for a clean Dream act that neither harms other immigrants nor increases militarization of the border."

Watch a video of the event on Facebook.
See endorsements of the day from other Bishops
Brochure on Catholic Social Teaching and Civil Disobedience

Earth Day Resources
The Catholic Climate Covenant is developing a 2018 Earth Day program, which will include prayers, readings, a video, and creation-care activities. 

The program, Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste—Grow Community, takes inspiration from Pope Francis. It will focus on countering the consumer culture that permeates our societies. Register to receive your kit

ALSO:  The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is also offering a resource kit, Coming Together for our Common Home to help communities celebrate, advocate, and educate for creation. The kit includes materials for a Creation Mass, homily helps, youth lesson plans, educational materials about clean energy and tips for dioceses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Register now to receive GCCM Earth Day updates.
Global Ethics - Webcast Course
Sustainability, Ethics and Action: What Can We Do? 
This question is addressed in a free 36-week webcast series featuring 56 speakers from the Vatican, NGOs, business, government and academia related to environment and sustainability.  It provides a new perspective of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si. is affiliated with the Catholic Internet Television Network and provides a wide range of online resources and classes.

See the course schedule here.
Dan DiLeo, Assistant Professor and the Director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program at Creighton University in Omaha, is the editor of All Creation Is Connected: Voices in Response to Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Ecology.  Although many Americans seem ambivalent about our responsibility toward the earth, Pope Francis is clear: we must care about the environment, because all creation is connected. Several of the writers make connections to Leonardo Boff’s liberation theology and Teilhard de Chardin’s and Thomas Berry’s cosmological theologies.

More on the book here

In another book based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, Mary Elizabeth Clark's book Teaching Kids to Care for God's Creation, presents thirty lessons on learning what we can do—in the classroom, in the home, and in the community—to raise awareness and take action to ensure that our planetary home will be sustainable for future generations. The prayers and reflections in each chapter help us make care for the Earth part of our faith and spirituality.

Click here to see a sample of this book.
Worth repeating:  Poor People’s Campaign:
A National Call for Moral Revival

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People’s Campaign to begin a “revolution of values” in America. He and other leaders invited people of all races and religions to unite against the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism. 

The new U.S. campaign is reigniting these 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." 

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 March 4th by Don Timmerman, Catholic Worker
Sunday March 11th by Dianne Bergant, CSA

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