Thursday, September 22, 2016

Racial Justice Tipping Point Photos from Pace E Bene

We urgently need to address racism in our country, as the daily news so vividly conveys.  For this reason, on Saturday, September 17th, the Sisters of St. Agnes and other groups in Fond du Lac came together on behalf of racial justice in the state of WI. The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice led the day-long workshop at Marian University for 101 persons. Challenging! Eye-opening! Energizing! The workshop lays a foundation for further collaborations on racial justice at the local level. Click here to view photos.

Concert Across America - End Gun Violence

Concert Across America – End Gun Violence
On Sunday, September 25th, we are invited to raise our voices in song as a path toward ending gun violence in our country. Music has the power to heal wounds, to lift hearts. As a local community or as an individual, please take a moment on Sunday to reflect on the grim statistics related to gun violence in American and resolve to create change through the power of music. You can meditate on this YouTube video: . You also may choose to include a song dedicated to peace during your times of prayer. Thank you for your concern to disarm through song.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Racial Justice Tipping Point Podcast

Sister Sally Ann Brickner, OSF, Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, was featured on the KFIZ Morning Show featuring Racial Justice Tipping Point. To hear it click HERE.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Racial Justice Tipping Point Training in Fond du Lac

Watch to learn more about the upcoming event, Racial Justice Tipping Point. This workshop will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Marian University Stayer Center.

Cost: $20, which includes workshop, handouts, and lunch.

Click here to see the video.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day

A national holiday since 1894, Labor Day offers us an opportunity to celebrate the dignity of work and the rights of workers. May we show compassion for those who do back-breaking and “demeaning” work for little or no payment. May we challenge ourselves to evaluate our personal lifestyles and assess once again the number of slaves working behind the scenes to make those lifestyles possible. (Calculate your slavery footprint HERE. Has it improved since the last time you responded to the survey?)

Friday, August 26, 2016

I Have A Dream - August 28 Anniversary

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream on the National Mall of Washington DC on August 28, 1963. His moving rhetoric impelled constructive action for civil rights of Blacks during the Sixties. Much remains to be done to confront individual and structural racism, however. 

In 1979 the U.S. Bishops published a pastoral letter on racism – Brothers and Sisters to Us. It deserves our attention as we reflect on Dr. King’s vision for a Beloved Community. The Bishops wrote:

“Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be the children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of race.”

“The structures of our society are subtly racist…They are geared to the success of the majority and the failure of the minority.”

Residents in the Fond du Lac area are encouraged to participate in the Racial Justice Tipping Point Workshop that will be held on September 17th at Marian University’s Stayer Center (8:30-4:00 p.m.). You won’t want to miss it! Register online at

TANF at Twenty

The Coalition on Human Needs offers an excellent review of the federal government’s welfare reform called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Did the shift from “welfare to work” help lift families out of poverty? How did it affect children?