Sr. Johanna Eberly

Dominican Sister of Peace Johanna Eberly (87) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on March 9, 2017. She was born in 1929 in Columbus, OH. In 1949 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

All of Sr. Johanna’s grade and high school years were spent at St. Mary of the Springs Academy. After her graduation her mother wanted her daughter to experience a wider world and so sent her to Ohio State for the first year of college. However, she returned to St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She also earned a Master of Arts in Music from Ohio State University. Continue reading →

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Looking to become more “double-minded”?

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

As I was recycling some of my old folders and papers, I came across an editorial I saved from 2011. Written by Gregory Rodriguez of the LA Times, he made two significant points in the article.

  1. First, he encourages us to become “double-minded,” that is, to learn and practice the skill of taking into account the feelings of another, of practicing empathy.
  2. Secondly, he notes that the way we can learn to develop our better selves is to follow the example of the poet, Matthew Arnold (no relation as far as I know) of 19th century England. Arnold encouraged people to engage with the arts, the humanities, and literature, especially with experiences that do not try to persuade people to a particular way of thinking. The pursuit of culture equaled the pursuit of the better self in Arnold’s mind. Rodriguez notes also that “great art and ideas can elevate us above pettiness and teach us empathy.”

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Lent: When Less Is More

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

True Confession

True confession: I’m not a big fan of Lent, mostly because I rarely come up with a Lenten practice that feels like it’s going to make me a better person. That might sound like a heresy when I see it in print, but it’s true. It’s also a little embarrassing. The question, “What are you going to give up for Lent?” reminds me of New Year’s resolutions – all good intentions with little hope of actually having an impact. Continue reading →

Posted in News, Weekly Word

March 14, 2017

Join the Peacemaker Corps

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps. Do you know someone who may be interested in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression? Learn more…

Action Alert – Oppose Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

Find your US Senators along with their contact information.

Call and urge them to oppose Federally Mandated Concealed Carry (S446). This bill would force our state to recognize permits on who can carry hidden, loaded guns from all 50 states, without regard to local gun laws. This is a serious overreach and encroachment on states’ rights and backed up by the corporate gun lobby, who consistently seek profits of gun manufacturers over the lives of Americans.

Here is a sample call script: “Hi, I’m a constituent urging the Senator to oppose S446, the Federally Mandated Concealed Carry bill. This bill is an unacceptable proposal backed by the corporate gun lobby and would threaten our state’s ability to make our own laws about who can carry hidden, loaded handguns in public. My name is _______ and my hometown is _______.”

From Interfaith Power and Light

Click here to oppose the proposal by Enbridge to increase the volume of tar sands oil coming into the US via the Alberta Clipper Pipeline.

Posted in Peace & Justice Weekly Updates

Living in This Post – Truth Era

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

What happened to truth?

Over and over I heard “It’s scary;” “This political climate is not normal;” “What happened to truth?” As I gathered with others in our Dominican family for the North American Dominican Justice Peace and Care of Creation meeting at Techny Towers north of Chicago, I found myself in deep conversations about truth and this post-truth era we find ourselves in.

As Dominicans, we claim our charism to preach truth; it’s that very veritas that propels us to work toward justice and overcome oppressive structures and practices. We spoke about the importance or returning to our roots of disputatio, the use of conversation and questioning rather than using issues merely to twist facts to reflect your opinion. Through these conversations, we can better understand our differences and find avenues that lead us to understanding, empathy and solidarity. Continue reading →

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