"If we are truly informed by faith, it seems to me that we will not be neutral. Rather, we are called by the Gospel to be on the side of those who are impoverished and excluded; to speak out for an end to war and violence; to respect the integrity of creation; to work for the common good. To do so in the public arena - and often in private conversations as well - we will have to choose sides, to have an opinion. I think one of the greatest challenges of these complex times is to claim with vigor that Gospel bias and to be prophetic in response to the greed and violence of our culture, without losing the capacity for respectful listening or the humility that opens us to new ways of thinking, new information, new ideas, new answers."
As many of you head to the polls tomorrow to vote in local, state and national elections, we encourage you to take a look at our Resources for Election 2012 page on the website. This page provides resources for helping us to make faithful decisions about how we will engage and participate. We've also highlighted a few specific resources in this e-Update.
Also, we hope you'll plan on coming early to the annual vigil and action at the School of the Americas and join Pax Christi USA for our Friday evening gathering, this year focusing on drone warfare with speakers Medea Benjamin and Bill Quigley. The event begins at 6pm on Friday, November 16 at the Columbus Convention Center. Click here for more information.
Below you'll find links to a number of items which we posted or sent out over the past month and which we think are still relevant and of interest. We hope you'll find them useful in your work for peace and justice in your own communities. As always, we are grateful for your ongoing witness to the peace of Christ!
Election 2012 resources
Recent Prayer-Study-Action e-Bulletins (PSA)
From the Bread for the Journey blog
- "5 things to read for thinking Catholics," by Sojourners editor Rose Marie Berger
- "The questions to ask," by National Council member Nick Mele
- "Sandy, the day after," by PCUSA Teacher of Peace Colleen Kelly
- "Selma and the legacy of prejudice, privilege" by PCUSA Teacher of Peace Shelley Douglass
- "Courage to speak," by PCUSA Teacher of Peace Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki, osb
- For more from the blog, including regular columns by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and Rev. John Dear, S.J., click here.
Recent News Items, Calendar Items and Other Items of Interest