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The Dominican Sisters of Peace Speak Out for Peace in Iran

Peace must Prevail

Statement on United States Engagement with Iran

The Dominican Sisters of Peace and the U.S. Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee call upon the
United States Government to de-escalate tensions with Iran

In the midst of the sacred days of the Christmas-Epiphany season, our hearts and minds have contemplated the promised hope of God’s coming peace. Yet, during these days, we have also grown increasingly aware of the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. President Trump’s decision to order the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani has prompted significant threats of retaliation by the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. President Trump has responded with additional threats on Iranian targets and has begun increased troop deployments to Iraq.

For over four decades, the United States has been embroiled in wars throughout the Middle East. While these wars have not advanced a lasting peace, they have destroyed millions of lives, decimated societies, and created a refugee crisis of unimaginable proportions. The consequences of warfare are wide-ranging and disproportionately suffered by those who bear no responsibility for the violence.

In his recent World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis writes, “Every threatening situation feeds mistrust and leads people to withdraw into their own safety zone. Mistrust and fear weaken relationships and increase the risk of violence, creating a vicious circle that can never lead to a relationship of peace.”

God’s gift of universal love, mercy, and reconciliation, illuminated once more during this Christmas-Epiphany season, compels us to call our US Government leaders and the leadership of the Iranian people, to forgo their violent rhetoric and preparations for retaliatory attacks. It is critical that the circle of violence be broken, and alternative and peaceful pathways to resolving the conflict be found. We call upon world leaders to intercede in this conflict and assist Iran and the U.S. in resolving this conflict nonviolently.

With Pope Francis we, members of the Dominican Family in the United States, pray that “Mary, Mother of the Prince of Peace and Mother of all the peoples of the earth, accompany and sustain us at every step of our journey of reconciliation.”

(Quotes from Pope Francis’ 2020 World Day of Peace Message)

January 5, 2020, The Feast of the Ephipany

Marcelline Koch, OP & Brendan Curran, OP For the Iraq Coordinating Committee

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Justice Updates – January 7, 2020

Please call your Senators and Representative and urge them to use the power that is rightfully theirs to stop the president’s march to war with Iran. Ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2354 or S. 1039, that would ensure that President Trump cannot take military action against Iran without congressional authorization – except in response to an attack on America or its armed forces. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your members of Congress. Tell them that now is the time to exercise real courage and choose diplomacy over violence and peace over war.

What’s happening in Iraq? “Ominous developments, attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq, U.S. retaliation and turmoil at the U.S. embassy, could drag Iraq deeper into the U.S.-Iranian confrontation. Urgent steps are needed to break this predictable but perilous cycle.”  Read Rescuing Iraq from the Iran-U.S. Crossfire.

Call your senator!  The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has stalled in the Senate because the house version “closed the infamous “boyfriend loophole,” which excludes people convicted of stalking or abusing a non-spouse partner from the scope of laws that limit an abuser’s ability to obtain firearms. (Existing law covers a narrower set of relationships, such as those in which the abuser lived with or had a child with the victim.) Addressing this gap in the law has long been a priority for activists. Why?  Nearly half of women homicide victims in the United States are killed by current or former male partners, according to a 2017 study, and the Giffords Law Center says domestic-violence victims are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if their abuser can obtain a gun.” Here’s more.

What climate changes are happening around the world? Washington Post journalists and photographers traveled around the world to see. Their series  2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT describes a growing crisis. “Aaliyah Kasaiuli slept in on the last morning in her home, almost everything packed for the move. It was time to finally abandon this house, and later, this Yup’ik village clinging to the edge of North America, near the Bering Sea. It was one of 14 places that a team of Washington Post journalists traveled to in the past year to see the accelerating reality of climate change. What moved them were the people they met, their homes and lives transformed. Their work has led to a continuing series — 2C: Beyond the Limit. Four Post photographers share their stories in this visual atlas of a growing crisis.”

This administration has been climate deniers from the beginning and worked actively to roll back laws that would reduce pollution and improve climate damage. How do we justify destroying our beautiful world?

Some hopeful news about the Death Penalty in Ohio.  Governor Mike DeWine has stopped executions in Ohio stating that he does not believe the death penalty is an effective tool to keep communities safe.  In a recent news conference is said “What keeps us safer is locking up repeat violence offenders and throwing away the key…there are a lot of things we do, and a lot of things that we can do, that are more important as far as safety than the capital punishment debate.”  Take a minute to write to Governor DeWine to thank him and also encourage him to work with the Ohio Legislature to propose legislation to abolish the death penalty.  Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder has made statements expressing his decline in support for the practice. Write to him urging legislation to abolish the death penalty.

What would happen if women were running the country?  In an interview on Singapore’s Today, President Barack Obama suggests that if women were put in charge of every country for the next two years, the result would be gains “on just about everything.”

Listening can make a huge difference in building peace. What do your listening skills look like? “Good listening is not a matter of technique but of having the willingness to enter into another person’s life. Many bad listeners can’t be there for someone else because they are too locked into themselves. For them, everything has to be filtered through their own experience and concerns.” Read more.

If you want to use the Blessed are the Peacemakers resources for an associate group or study group, here are the materials and the video.

What’s happening to our family in Iraq?  This article No Christmas Tinsel in Iraq in Solidarity with Protesters features Cardinal Louis Sako and notes that leaders of Iraq’s Christians unanimously cancelled Christmas-related celebrations in solidarity with the protest movement.

In a letter dated December 13, our sisters wrote:

The situation in Baghdad is not good. It is entering the 54th day today of demonstration. The intent was to have a very peaceful demonstration but sadly many of these demonstrators have been killed. The government is not doing anything or changing their polices. Young men and women are determined that they will not end the demonstration until they get what they want— “a county”.  Our school in Baghdad had been closed for a month; now it reopened, but still students are not attending. They prefer to go to demonstrations. The north part of the country (Nineveh plain and Kurdistan) has not been affected by all this. What you read about Cardinal Sako plan is true, the church’s Christmas celebrations will be very limited in all the country this year in solidarity with our young people in the middle and southern part of the country and in solidarity with families who lost their beloved ones in the past months. Please keep this country in your prayers. If you can share the news you see on the web about Iraq with other people will be very helpful. The world is not reacting to what our young people are doing. They left their homes and have been demonstrating because they want a free Iraq— they want a country.

In a recent visit to Thailand, Pope Francis “appealed for greater international commitment to protect women and children “who are violated and exposed to every form of exploitation, enslavement, violence, and abuse.” To read the full story by Nicole Winfield on The Independent: Click Here

Many families in poverty experience food deserts, the lack of affordable grocery stores within reach. Online grocery delivery services might be the answer. See how here.

And now some good news… sort of. An analysis from the Gifford Law Center shows that states have enacted 137 measures to restrict gun access and reduce gun violence since the Parkland, Florida shooting.   There is still a long way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Weekly Updates

How to Make the World a Better Place

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Happy New Year! Many of you read yesterday that I am stepping down as the Justice Promoter in a few weeks.  It has been an honor to educate and engage you on our justice issues.  As I look into the coming year and decade, I reflected on how the world could be a little better and here is my list of things how this could happen.  For more information about what is happening in some of these areas, check out the Justice Updates.

  1. The senate would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Nearly half of women homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by current or former male partners.
  2. The Federal Death Penalty and State Death Penalties in Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana would be abolished.
  3. We would elect more women and persons of color. In a recent interview, President Barack Obama stated, “There would be less war, kids would be better taken care of and there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes.” Would that be so!
  4. The government would stop rolling back laws that reduce pollution and improve climate damage and we would all use less energy.
  5. We would improve our listening skills by making an effort to really listen to someone we disagree with.
  6. We would recognize our participation in human trafficking and stop buying items or services provided by slaves.
  7. Our government would use diplomatic and foreign aid to improve the conditions in countries where many asylum seekers come from so they can remain in their countries and raise their children in peace.
  8. More states would enact common sense gun safety legislation.
  9. We would all respect the dignity of life from conception to natural death.
  10. Everyone would be counted!

Richard Rohr urges us to have an incarnational worldview, that is a “profound recognition of the presence of the divine in literally “every thing” and “every one.”” If each of us can adopt this worldview during this year and beyond, we will see the importance of valuing the immigrant and the citizen, the unborn and the born, the earth and her creatures. Consider taking one of the issues above and educating yourself about it and working for its implantation. Then we all will live in a better world.

 

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

We are less than a week into the New Year and I’m wondering how many people have already failed to keep their resolutions?

I boarded that train of thought last week, after reading a tweet from the Rev. Bernice King (youngest child of civil rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King):

Don’t make New Year’s resolutions.
Determine what kind of everyday human you want to be. And decide if that human will be for goodness, justice, peace, and love.
And envision if that human has dreams that will lift humanity.
Then the moments, years, and minutes will matter.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against making New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I am all for anything that causes us to pause and reflect on the steps we can take to better ourselves.

Studies, however, show that about a third of resolutions do not make it past the first month. Some research indicates that one factor contributing to this failure is that, on average, it takes approximately 66 days to kick a bad habit or adopt a good one. Another factor cited is that New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on substantial changes down the road – like quitting smoking, losing weight, saving more money, getting organized, finding love, getting and staying healthy, etc. — rather than on small changes in the here and now.

I think I like Bernice King’s idea of determining what kind of everyday human you want be because it forces us to deal with the present and focus on our intentions (while New Year’s resolutions are typically about a future goal). Her suggestion obligates us to engage in mindfulness – to pay attention to our inner thoughts and feelings, to become grounded in our purpose, and to make a choice about our daily intentions.

Like I said before, there is absolutely nothing wrong with establishing future goals (through New Year’s resolutions). But if we combine goals with intention, we can find balance between future and present and – perhaps more importantly – between heart and mind (goals tend to be a product of the mind and intentions tend to come from the heart).

As we are drawn by the promise of a fresh start this year, why not embrace both mind-based goals and heart-centered intentions?

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Dominican Sister of Peace Ann Davette Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Ann Davette Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Ann Davette Moran (Marilyn Rose) (88) died on December 11, 2019, at Sansbury Care Center.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Sr. Ann Davette was one of the five children of Betty Condron and Edward Moran. She considered a religious vocation during high school, but decided to “enjoy a normal life in the world,” and took a job working for an insurance company. But God’s call was insistent, and she entered the Congregation in 1950.

Sr. Ann Davette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Education and History from Siena College in Memphis, TN, and her Master of Arts in Education, Guidance, and Counseling from Loras College in Dubuque, IA

Sr. Ann Davette’s educational ministry spanned more than four decades, as she served a teacher in Illinois, New York, and Nebraska; as a teacher/superior in Illinois, and as a teacher and part-time guidance counselor in New York. She also worked in the Diocesan drug prevention program at St. Vincent Ferrer.

Sr. Ann Davette’s ministry took up a “second act” when, in 1983, she became the head residence counselor at Boys Hope, a residential home for boys from troubled homes in Staten Island, NY. She found this to be a fulfilling and life-giving ministry.

She also served as a grief counselor at Resurrection Parish in Brooklyn before entering a ministry of visitation to the Holy Family Nursing Home. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2010.

In her remembrance at Sr. Ann Davette’s funeral, Sr. Terry Wasinger remembered Sister as a woman who always had a smile on her face, and who loved to tell stories of her life as a young woman in New York City.

On the last day of her life, she mentioned to Sisters and aides that she had seen angels dancing around her all day. Her Community is happy to know that she was dancing in heaven on her birthday, December 16.

Sr. Ann Davette is survived by one sister, Eileen Casserly, sister-in-law Margaret Moran and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on December 18 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The funeral liturgy was held on December 19 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel, and Sr. Ann Davette was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Ann Davette’s memory may be sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219-2098

Or made securely on the Congregation’s website. 

To download a printable copy of Sr. Ann Davette’s memorial, please click here.

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