Peace and Justice Updates – 6.24.2020

ZOOM Discussion of USCCB Letter Addressing Racial Equality
On three consecutive Thursdays: June 25, July 2, and July 9, from 3 pm EDT to 4 pm EDT, the Archdiocese of Louisville will conduct a three-part discussion on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts, the Enduring Call to Love.”

Ms. Jane Cruthirds will be facilitating this discussion.

The agenda for the discussions is as follows:

June 25- Introduction to the Pastoral Letter, pages 3-10
What is Racism? -Theological underpinnings – “made in the image and likeness of God” and Jesus’ sacrifice for all.

July 2 – Cultural Context, pages 10-20
The experience of Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic peoples living in the US. Saints and servants in the US working towards inclusivity; The Urgent Call to Love

July 9 – Walk Humbly with God, pages 20-32
Call to Action (acknowledge, encounter, accompany, educate, etc.)

Upon completion, 5 hours of Catechist Certification will be awarded:  2.5 hours in Catechetics/Ministry Praxis and 2.5 hours in Catholic Social Teaching

Please join our ZOOM meeting below for each session.

Time: Jun 25, 2020 02:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 281 918 5442

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Supporting the Palestinian People
The Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement for freedom, justice and equality upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

Fifteen years after its launch, the BDS movement is more urgent than ever. Enabled by the US and the EU, Israel has for decades entrenched what dozens of UN human rights experts have recently called its “21st century apartheid.”

Palestinian civil society is urgently calling for targeted, lawful sanctions against Israel to end Israel’s apartheid regime and to counter its plans to formally annex large parts of the occupied Palestinian territory.

The time for cutting military trade and research with Israel, for banning trade with its illegal settlements, for holding its war criminals accountable, and for ending free-trade agreements with it is long overdue.

To celebrate BDS@15 and our collective impact in resisting Israeli apartheid, there are 15 actions to choose from to grow our movement, including:

  • Educating about Israeli apartheid and mobilizing pressure to end corporate and state complicity in it.
  • Supporting calls for targeted sanctions against Israel, including cutting military trade and banning illegal settlement trade
  • Joining academic, cultural and sports boycott campaigns
  • Declaring community spaces Apartheid Free Zones
  • Supporting racial and economic justice struggles led by Black, Indigenous and other communities of color.

Please click here to find out more about the BDS movement and how you can help.



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4 responses to “Peace and Justice Updates – 6.24.2020

      1. I had to miss the first zoom meeting on Open Wide your Heart” is there a video of the tfirst meeting that I can view and share with our parish?

        1. According to Laura Zoeller, Associate Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Louisville:
          Much of our conversation was in small groups and could not be recorded. However, Ms. Jane Cruthirds, who facilitated, did share her power point with all the information she covered, as well as all the questions from our break-out sessions:


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