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How Can I Stand With My Muslim Neighbors?

Posted on 03. Dec, 2016 by .

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Our friends at Shoulder to Shoulder have suggestions to answer the question: “What can I do to stand with my Muslim neighbors right now?”.
1. Listen.
2. Reach out and connect.
3. Be an Upstander.
4. Take political action.
5. Listen.
Each of these simple acts has a more in-depth definition. They don’t capture everything, nor are they meant to, but they provide some starting points or action steps you can take.

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Homeless Shelter at St. Boniface

Posted on 03. Dec, 2016 by .

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On November 21, a press conference was held at St. Boniface Church, San Francisco. This was the first night of the Interfaith Winter Shelter Program in San Francisco that is hosted by four churches:  a Lutheran congregation, a Unitarian community, and two Catholic parishes.
St. Boniface Church
Franklin Fong, OFM

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Advent Reflection Guide 2016

Posted on 03. Dec, 2016 by .

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A season to embrace Gospel nonviolence

Advent reflection guide 2016 logo

Come pray, study, act with us.

Taken from maryknollogc.org –

The Advent Reflection Guide for 2016 from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the discussions by Catholic peacemakers who attended the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.

Click here to download the complete Maryknoll OGC Advent Reflection Guide.

Or download one week at a time:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Advent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to Jesus’ way of life, rooted in nonviolence.  Use this guide individually or in small groups to reflect upon our life patterns, to pray more deeply, and renew our spirits to face the realities of our world

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How Can I Stand With My Muslim Neighbors?

Posted on 27. Nov, 2016 by .

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WHAT CAN I DO to stand with my Muslim neighbors right now?

These are some suggested steps — they don’t capture everything, nor are they meant to, but they provide some starting points or action steps you can take.

1. Listen. If you don’t have Muslim friends to listen to in person, there are many American Muslims on social media who you could listen to in order to understand what people are experiencing and feeling. How do you find them? Start with some of the Muslim hashtag campaigns that gained traction recently, like #MuslimsReportingStuff. You’ll find some great folks there, and we’ve put together a growing list here of diverse American Muslims active on social media.

2. Reach out and connect. You could bake cookies for your Muslim neighbors and go have a conversation. You could chalk your support outside a mosque, like these people in Nashville. Write a letter of support to send to the mosque in your area. Contact a local Muslim community and work with them to organize a meal or small gathering for a group of folks in the community. Additionally, you can ask your house of worship to put up a banner of solidarity. You can join the #IStandWithMuslims social media campaign to show your support on social media. It can be simple or elaborate- all types of direct expressions of support are needed and welcome right now.

3. Be an Upstander. As you are listening to the voices of American Muslims, you can talk to your own family, friends, and community about the challenges facing American Muslims, particularly when you hear bigoted or mis-informed rhetoric about Muslims. If you witness an act of harassment, speak up and come alongside the person who is being targeted (here’s a cartoon illustration of what that could look like!).

4. Take political action. Get others together and ask your city council or school board to adopt a resolution standing against anti-Muslim bigotry. Or ask your elected representatives to sign the Religious Freedom Pledge. These advocacy tools will help us to call our elected and appointed officials into the work against bigotry and discrimination moving forward. Make effort to be aware of anti-Muslim legislation being proposed (including anti-refugee legislation) or rhetoric being used by politicians- we are going to need to ask you to stand up in concrete ways against these developments moving forward.

5. Listen. This one’s the most important, so it’s on here twice. Listen, listen some more, and keep listening. When you do this, you are better equipped to share some of the stories of experiences among American Muslims. And you’ll hear about some of the concrete ways you’re needed on the road ahead.

Taken from Shoulder to Shoulder camp:

Shoulder to Shoulder is a coalition of 32 religious denominations and organizations committed to standing with American Muslims to uphold American values.

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Stop Steve Bannon

Posted on 27. Nov, 2016 by .

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In one of his first big post-election moves, Donald Trump has chosen Steve Bannon, an openly misogynistic, anti-Semitic, white supremacist figure, to serve as his chief strategist and senior counsel in the White House.

Tell members of Congress that we urgently need them to step up to stop Bannon’s appointment by signing this petition

Right now the Catholic bishops are holding their annual fall meeting in Baltimore – the perfect opportunity for them to condemn the Bannon pick and demand that Trump keep hate leaders out of the White House. To Tell U.S. bishops: Speak out against Steve Bannon click Here

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