Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . .. Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . Seamless ethic of life

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Consider joining Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

The organization is working on key issues we care about:
  1. Just treatment of immigrants and refugees.
  2. Protecting and improving Americans’ health care coverage
  3. Stopping cuts to poverty and hunger programs (social safety net).
  4. Ensuring care for God’s creation and participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Senate now Working on Health Care Legislation

Each of us is called to protect citizens’ rights to affordable and quality health care. While chaos reigns in Washington, a small group of Senators is working behind closed doors on a health care bill. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is among them. Please contact your Senators and urge them to guarantee non-discriminatory coverage, affordability, and quality health care for all. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators. You can also find the direct number to any Senator's office by consulting the Senate Phone List.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take Action!

American Health Care Act – Take Action!
Our representatives have another break this week (most recently it was for Easter/Passover). Let them know your sentiments about the American Health Care Act of 2017 which passed in the House of Representatives on May 4th (217 Yes and 213 No). How do you feel about its effects on the poor and vulnerable, those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly? Did your representative read the bill? Does he/she know what it will cost?
Remember, The CBO did not provide a cost in advance of the vote.
Contact your senators and urge them to oppose legislation that will make health care unaffordable for millions of people.
Your senators - dial (202) 225-3121
Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, (202) 224-2541) send email
If your Representative voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), contact him/her and express your sentiments.  Find out how your Representative voted:
Prayer:  That elected leaders realize that they need to work together across the political spectrum to provide health care for all their constituents. 
The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) has long engaged in shareholder advocacy as a way of moving corporations to act responsibly. ICCR and other shareholder groups are now urging us to contact our legislators in Washington DC about the Financial CHOICE Act. It is designed to undo many Dodd-Frank reforms, eliminate numerous consumer protections and regulations, also includes a proposed change to SEC rule 14(a)(8) that would:
  • raise the filing limits from $2,000 to 1% of market cap (for example, an investor in Wells Fargo would have to hold $2.5 billion in shares in order to file a resolution);
  • increase the length of holding requirement from one year to three years;
  • increase refiling thresholds (to 6%, 15%, 30%).
Read a letter from Americans for Financial Reform about the so-called CHOICE Act.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Solar Power From the Ground Up

As part of the Congregation of St. Agnes’s celebration of Earth Day, Mr. Michael Vickerman from Renew WI gave a very informative presentation on Solar Power from the Ground Up at the 2017 CSA Earth Fair. He described projects throughout Wisconsin and various means of financing them.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Days of Remembrance

National Climate Prayer for Earth Day

Please join with people throughout the world to pray for Earth and its web of life on Earth Day, April 22nd at Noon (wherever you are). You can download the pdf of the prayer here:

Holocaust Remembrance Day – April 24th

At sundown on Sunday we begin our commemoration of the genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against the Jews during World War II. According to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the date is linked to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19, 1943. “Why We Remember video.  If you wish to have a litany of remembrance you can use the ID cards that name victims and their date of birth. We must never forget the victims and the survivors.

The nuclear disaster in Ukraine occurred on this date in 1986, causing more than 30 deaths and exposing about ten million people to nuclear fallout. The legacy of the disaster is not yet fully known. Safety protocols with the reactors may have prevented the tragedy both in Chernobyl and in Fukushima, Japan when the tsunami hit after a major earthquake.  Lessons learned from those disasters affect the nuclear power industry today. Today the USA gets about 1/5th of its energy from nuclear power plants.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Earth Day at CSA

Everyone is invited to the Earth Fair!
The following are the participating organizations.
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (2 tables)
  • Agnesian HealthCare
  • Marian University
  • Earth Justice NOW (Meatless Mondays; Food Waste/recovery) – Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Citizens Climate Lobby - Fond du Lac
  • Renew WI
  • WI Interfaith Power and Light
  • Wisconsin Green Muslims
  • Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association and Clean Waters – Fond du Lac
  • St. Mary Springs Academy (photo display – The Ledge Wakes Up to Spring & video re. fresh water crisis produced by children)

In addition, there will be opportunities for

  • Electric car – view/rides
  • Self-guided tours of solar panel installation
  • Face-painting

Friday, March 31, 2017

Frederick Buechner: Possibility of Miracle

LIKE MOST THEOLOGY, most fiction is of course also at its heart autobiography. In the case of this scene I, as the novelist, was being quite direct. In just such a place on just such a day I lay down in the grass with just such wild expectations. Part of what it means to believe in God, at least part of what it means for me, is to believe in the possibility of miracle, and because of a variety of circumstances I had a very strong feeling at that moment that the time was ripe for miracle, my life was ripe for miracle, and the very strength of the feeling itself seemed a kind of vanguard of miracle. Something was going to happen—something extraordinary that I could perhaps even see and hear—and I was so nearly sure of it that in retrospect I am surprised that by the power of auto-suggestion I was unable to make it happen. But the sunshine was too bright, the air too clear, some residual skepticism in myself too sharp to make it possible to imagine ghosts among the apple trees or voices among the yellow jackets, and nothing like what I expected happened at all.This might easily have been the end of something for me—my faith exposed as superstition which in part I suppose it is, my most extravagant hope exposed as childish which in part I suppose it is—but it was not the end. Because something other than what I expected did happen. Those apple branches knocked against each other, went clack-clack. No more. No less. "The dry clack-clack of the world's tongue at the approach of the approach of splendor." And just this is the substance of what I want to talk about: the clack-clack of my life. The occasional, obscure glimmering through of grace. The muffled presence of the holy. The images, always broken, partial, ambiguous, of Christ. If a vision of Christ, then a vision such as those two stragglers had at Emmaus at suppertime: just the cracking of crust as the loaf came apart in his hands ragged and white before in those most poignant words of all Scripture, "He vanished from their sight"—whoever he was, whoever they were. Whoever we are. 
                                                                         - Originally published in The Alphabet of Grace