Amnesty International and the Commercial Sex Industry

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

For many years Amnesty International has been a beacon of hope in their work to inform the world about torture and violence in many forms. I have been a donor for several years, but am putting future donations on hold prior to their international meeting in August, when they will vote to decriminalize prostitution. If passed, this would legitimize the sexual exploitation of hundreds of thousands of women. This cringe-worthy policy recommendation endorses the decriminalization of pimping, brothels and purchasing of sex. Continue reading →

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The World’s Longest Receipt

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

MOMS Demand Action for Gunsense in America is on a mission and people are listening. Founded after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 by Shannon Watts, this organization of determined women has not slowed in its campaign for common sense, responsible gun legislation. They have taken on corporations around the country asking them to enact policies that prohibit the carrying of rifles and other guns openly. Target, Panera Bread, Sonic, Chipotle and Starbucks are just a few of those who have responded positively to MOMS’ request. On September 18, 2013, Starbucks’ CEO announced that guns were no longer welcome in Starbucks stores, reversing the company’s previous policy of allowing open and concealed carry. The CEO stated: “Guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience.” Continue reading →

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Growing Up in the South with Flags and Racism

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

When I reflect on growing up in the south one incident comes to mind immediately. A young associate pastor issued a challenge to members of Young Christian Students attending the public high school in Danville, KY, a segregated town in a segregated state. He challenged students to approach the managers of local restaurants and ask why they did not serve African-Americans. Needless to say, when I followed through with questions my presence was not appreciated. This was my first, up close and personal experience of racism, and served as a catalyst for my involvement in social justice concerns. I continued to see many forms of racism throughout high school. Continue reading →

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Action for a More Peaceful World

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network recently posted a reflection on creating a more peaceful year in one’s personal life and community/world. After having just celebrated the 4th of July with the constant background music of warnings about ISIS threats to disrupt the celebrations, this was a welcome read. The author offers practical suggestions coming from peace resources around the world. Continue reading →

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It’s Not About Justice; It’s About Peace

Ellen Dunn, OP
Blog by Sr. Ellen Dunn, OP

The terrible scene that recently occurred at the historic AME Church in Charleston, SC, cannot be resolved by our analysis or rationalizations. This evil action can only find some resolution in our minds and hearts by focusing on the individuals whose lives were rudely interrupted by the violence and horror. These people were in their home worship space where they were no doubt quite comfortable. The radical in-breaking of gun violence took their lives and surely carried them into God’s loving embrace.

I choose to think about the deep faith of these church-goers who, midweek, were at their church praying for us and our world, praying for themselves and their families, praying for their city and its well-being. In the midst of the gunfire massacre, our Christian faith assures us that God called each of them by name. They were at prayer; they were focused on true Life. God was with them in the light and in this awful moment of darkness. God carried them into everlasting light and peace.

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