Season of Creation
September 1st - October 4th
I firmly believe that it is an urgent moral responsibility for all of us to become informed and animated to act in solidarity for the good of all life and resources on our planet. For these reasons Pope Francis addressed his letter to “every living being on the planet”.
Homily on Laudato Si'
Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations
Bishop R. McElroy
Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP
The AUSCP Friends Group now has 149 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!
The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.
If you would like a flyer with the information on AUSCP Friends to print out or to email to your friends, send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Catholic Climate Covenant
Direct link to Homily Resources
Once a year the AUSCP sends out an appeal letter. We do not send repeat letters, just an occasional email reminder, and we do not spend money on sending gifts for donations. Your donations are used for the basic operations of the AUSCP - office expenses, staff salaries, communications, pubilicizing the Assembly, scholarships for the Assembly, efforts to expand the organization, etc. Our annual appeal letter will be sent out this week. Please be generous in your response. If you would like extra copies to give to friends who mught support the AUSCP,
please request them from: email@example.com
Is the Church doing enough to eliminate racism? Is the AUSCP? Are we Members and Friends?
Bob Bonnot, chair of the AUSCP Leadership Team, offers some challenges to us in our work toward eliminating racism:
In the Fall 2018 edition of Theological Studies, Editor Paul G. Crowley, SJ, takes note of the theology of recently deceased James Hal Cone and his 1968 essay on "Christianity and Black Power." In that essay Cone "limned a theology of structural sin that implicated the churches in the white supremacist ideology that had led to slavery and the destruction of a whole people." That ideology remains active among us. A later book of Cone's was titled The Cross and the
Lynching Tree in which he explored "dangerous memories."
Crowley writes that "Cone argued that the church is called to live the Gospel by facing its own internal racism and its entanglements with the racism of US society." Then he cites Cone:
"If the Church is to remain faithful to its Lord, it must make a decisive break with the structure of this society by launching a vehement attack on the evils of racism in all forms. It must become prophetic, demanding a radical change to the interlocking structures of this society."
To read the full article, click HERE
Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 3 PM ET: AUSCP member Fr. Harry Bury, whose very readable autobiography Maverick Priest: A Story of Life on the Edge (2018) (From Amazon for $18) and an organizer of "Twin Cities Nonviolent 2018" will lead us in a conversation to answer "Does a commitment to Gospel Nonviolence de facto disqualify a priest for assignment as a pastor or vicar in today's U.S. Church?"
Harry was ordained for St. Paul Archdiocese in 1955. His first few years in pastoral work were unremarkable. Then those “Terrible 60’s” got to him, as it did to many of us. Let’s talk it over to see if U.S. bishops has a hard time assigning a peace/justice
activist. To get the phone call-in number & access code call Bernie at: 724-523-0291.
Golden Opportunity for Justice Action
WANTED: An AUSCP member or FRIEND with enthusiasm for doing Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and with experience doing so with his/her personal investments or those of an institution (s)he is affiliated with. Even more SOUGHT is someone with knowledge and/or experience working with an SRI organization such as Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. (www.iccr.org) Please get in touch with Bernie Survil, Phone: 724-523-0291, firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ: 64% of those who took the June, 2018 AUSCP survey consider SRI an example of Gospel Nonviolence in action.
Feast of St. Francis 2018
Who Is My Neighbor In A Climate-Threatened World?
Every October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis celebrates the saint who saw all created beings as his brother or sister. Inspired by this example, Catholic Climate Covenant produces a free educational program to help your faith community explore how it can better care for creation and the poor. To access the program, click HERE.
NEW: E-Bulletins on AUSCP Website
You can now access the AUSCP e-bulletins on our website. Thanks to Paul Leingang who manages our website, there is now an archive of e-bulletins. You can check it out at:
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Looking for a Speaker?
Tony Magliano, whose columns are published regularly on the Blog page of our AUSCP website, is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at: email@example.com
A SPECIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AUSCP - VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at our Albuquerque Assembly, wants to support our mission while making available through our website high quality and inspiring sacred
art pieces. Click here to pick from a wide selection of distinctive and unique pieces of sacred art and gifts. The AUSCP receives 12% of your purchase total every
time you shop at the Creator Mundi Store, if you use code donateAUSCP each time you place an order to be sure that the AUSCP receives the benefit of your purchase! (This is not a discount to the customer.)
Sign On Letter to Members of USCCB
In response to the recent revelations of sexual abuse and cover-ups, AUSCP member Larry Dowling, Archdiocese of Chicago, sent a message with a link to an Open Letter to USCCB to be sent in early November before their annual meeting. He said:
“It is important that the bishops understand the magnitude of the pain and hurt this has caused victims of priests and bishops and their families, other victims of sexual abuse by a trusted adult who continue to be subject to the abuse of memory, the Catholic laity and the priests and deacons who everyday minister to and with the People of God.” Sign On Here
MARK YOUR CALENDAR...SAVE THE DATES!
The 8th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019
God's Priestly People:
the Baptized & the Ordained
Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley
Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago
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