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Laudato Si' Anniversary
World Environment Day
World Oceans Day
Bishops on Climate Change
Combat Desertification
Summer Solstice
Humanitarian Summit
Education Cannot Wait
Child Labor
Truth and Reconciliation
World Refugee Day
Stop the Raids
Human Trafficking Alert & Global Slavery Index
Torture Awareness Month
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June/2016
         
 
During the month of June we invite you to take some time to reflect upon and celebrate our solidarity with all of God's creation. "Our striving for unity embraces all humanity and the whole of creation." (YAS, C 9)

Loving God, let us seek you in the beauty of creation and love you in all the many forms in which you manifest your presence.  May we learn to embrace and rejoice in our interconnectedness with all that exists and be drawn ever more into your heart where all is One. (S. Danielle Witt) 
           
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Catholic Social Teaching             

Celebrate Laudato Si' Anniversary      
On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home. In commemoration of the one year anniversary, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is launching Laudato Si' Week, June 12-19, a major international celebration of the Pope's encyclical release anniversary. The goal is to reflect on the encyclical message and take action to bring it to life. Learn more/join the effort.
 
Reflecting on Laudato Si' 
Reflecting on Laudato Si' 
   
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Integrity of Creation            

World Environment Day - June 5   
World Environment Day is one of the principal ways through which the UN stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.  "Join the race to make the world a better place" is this year's theme - a clear message that asks everyone to get involved in making the world a better place to live in. Consider taking action to support the Green Climate Fund or learn more about poaching and the illegal trade of thousands of species across the globe.  You can also consider participating in the Religious Working Group on Extractive Industries webinar on the human rights impacts of fracking and related infrastructure at 2 pm (Central Time) on Monday, June 6.   

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Integrity of Creation              

World Oceans Day - June 8  
This year's theme - Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet - reminds us that the oceans connect people across the planet, no matter where we live.  The oceans regulate climate, feed millions of people every year, produce most of the oxygen we breathe, are the home of an incredible array of wildlife, provide us with important medicines and so much more!  In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it is imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the oceans as they care for us. Learn more.  Consider attending the Catholic Climate Covenant's informative and timely webinar Climate Change's Canaries: Oceans and Vulnerable Populations on June 9.        
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Integrity of Creation              

U.S. Bishops on Climate Change    
As we commemorate the one year anniversary of Laudato Si', we invite you to also revisit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement Global Climate Change A Plea for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good promulgated June 15, 2001. The bishops' goal for the document was to contribute to genuine dialog about how best to respond to the challenges of global climate change by examining the ethical implications.  They raised the question, "What does our generation owe to generations yet unborn?" and encouraged citizens to become informed participants in this important debate, calling for a civil dialog and constructive action to protect God's precious gift of Earth. Read more.


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Integrity of Creation              

World Day to Combat Desertification - June 17        
This year's theme - Protect Earth.  Restore Land.  Engage People - advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land.  Land is a vital link to provide solutions to cope with many other development challenges such as climate change, secure water and energy resources, and promoting inclusive growth.  Pope Francis reminds us that "God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement." (LS 89) Learn more.

 
Integrity of Creation              

Summer Solstice     
June 20 is the summer solstice, the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky and seems to stop for the longest day of the year.  Find out just how long your day will be.  It is a good day to take time to stop and reflect on the gift and power of sunlight in our lives and in our world. In addition, consider participating in a national call-in day to ask your legislators to support legislation that addresses climate change.


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Human Life and Dignity               

World Humanitarian Summit  
"We are one humanity, with a shared responsibility. Let us resolve here and now not only to keep people alive, but to give people a chance at life in dignity." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke those words to open the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which took place May 23-24 and included 9,000 participants from across the world and across sectors. They represented over 170 countries and came from UN agencies, aid organizations, governments, businesses, faith groups, the media, and affected communities. Collectively, governments, humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, companies, multilateral banks, and other partners made some 1,500 commitments. Learn more.
Human Life and Dignity               

New Fund Launches to Address Global Education Crisis         
Global and national organizations launched a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. Education Cannot Wait - a fund for education in emergencies, announced during the World Humanitarian Summit, aims to reach more than 13.6 million children and youth living in crisis situations with quality education over the next five years, and 75 million children and youth in desperate need of education by 2030. On average less than 2 percent of humanitarian aid goes toward funding education. Education Cannot Wait, which has a funding target of $3.85 billion over five years, aims to bridge the gap between humanitarian interventions during crises and long-term development afterwards, through predictable funding. Learn more, take action.

SDG #4 - Education for All 
SDG #4 - Education for All
 
  
Human Life and Dignity               

World Day Against Child Labor - June 12       
The focus of the 2016 World Day Against Child Labor is on child labor and supply chains. Supply chains are the sequence of activities/processes involved in the production and distribution of a product. With globalization, supply chains have become increasingly complex, involving workers, small producers, and enterprises around the world. While most child labor occurs in production for domestic markets, children can also be found working in the production of goods and services for export. Watch this video, read From War to Sweatshop for Syrian Child Refugees.

 
 
Human Life and Dignity               

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action - One Year Later        
In honor of the one-year anniversary (June 2) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's release of its calls to action report, KAIROS Canada is planning special events, called the Mass Blanket Exercise (MBE), across the country. The concept of a MBE was first proposed last year by the Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous youth-led group based in Ottawa. Read more. In the words of Justice Murray Sinclair: "Education is what got us here and education is what will get us out".  Education is the cornerstone for change. Learn more, take action.

 
          
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Human Life and Dignity               

World Refugee Day- June 20       
"We were looking for any country that was safe, somewhere we could live. We planned to stop the first time we saw land. We landed in Thailand. We were caught by men in uniform and pushed back to sea."  This describes the journey of one refugee, Abdul, and in spite of the trauma he experienced, he would do it again.  As Pope Francis has explained, "The presence of migrants and refugees seriously challenges the various societies which accept them. How can we ensure that integration will become mutual enrichment, open up positive perspectives to communities, and prevent the danger of discrimination, racism, extreme nationalism or xenophobia?"  Read more, reflection resources.  Watch this Pilgrimage of Remembrance  video, learn more. Refugee Reflection Toolbox, a Litany for Refugees.

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Human Life and Dignity               

Ask President to Stop the Raids - Action Alert    
The Obama Administration is reported preparing a 30-day "surge" of raids to round up and deport Central American children and families who have arrived in the United States since 2014. These individuals are fleeing horrific violence and should have access to due process and legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection. The US Bishops' Migration Chair has expressed deep concerns over this planned action. We invite you to contact the White House and ask them to stop plans to deport Central American children and families.  Learn more/take action
                              
Human Life and Dignity               

Catholic Sisters Trafficking Action Alert   
As you read in last month's Shalom News North America e-newsletter, the legislative working group of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) has initiated a campaign to build support  for Senate bill S1968, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act. Over the next couple weeks we are encouraged to meet with Congress members (and/or their staffs).  The USCSAHT has developed information that will help you plan and execute your visit. There are helpful hints that will take you from the initial phone call all the way through the visit itself.  Learn more/take action. Be sure you check out the 2016 Global Slavery Index.

 
 
 
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Peace and Non-Violence              

Torture Awareness Month   
On June 26, 1987, the nations of the world took a major step against the immoral and abhorrent practice of torture. On that day, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force and the UN declared June 26 the "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture." Sadly, state-sponsored torture is still widely and actively practiced today. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture invites you to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating Torture Awareness Month. Learn more/take action.

 

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