Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Missionary Oblates JPIC office has joined and signed a Pledge to Educate, Advocate and Pray for an end to the use of the death penalty in the United States. The National Catholic Campaign To End The Use Of The Death Penalty calls on Catholic faithful and organizations to promise to Educate, Advocate and Pray for an end to the use of the death penalty.
The pledge drive is organized by the Catholic Mobilizing Network as part of the United States Catholic Bishops Conference. Catholic Bishops were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty during the launch in May 2017.
The Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty is part of the Missionary Oblates JPIC Consistent Life initiative. In this campaign, JPIC office provides resources and faithful action suggestions to Oblates and associates reflecting the teaching of the Catholic Church to end the use of the death penalty in the United States.
In response to Pope Francis’s call, pledge to educate, advocate, and pray for the end of the death penalty. Get more information at National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty here:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Organizers concerned about injustice gathered in the Washington, DC metro area recently for a 3-day summit with the theme Facing Race & Power. The Summit was organized by the Gamaliel Foundation, an umbrella organization of faith-based and community groups around the country, mostly in California, the Midwest and East Coast. Gamaliel’s mission is empowering ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives.
With a heavy focus on criminal justice reform and immigration, affiliates have committed to transform the way they organize, “to address problems not just at the surface level but also to uncover the structures perpetuating the problems and engage in strategies and actions that would dismantle or reform the structures, especially those that perpetuate racism.”
The recent gathering included worship and reflection sessions, plenaries and workshops, and a full day on Capitol Hill attending briefings and meeting with Members of Congress.
The Missionary Oblates of the Midwest are members of the United Congregations of Metro-East, a group of multiracial pastors and church members committed to combating the root causes of systemic injustice. United Congregations of Metro-East is a Gamaliel network member.
Gamaliel was started over three decades ago - in 1986 - to train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races, who apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.