Events:  Social Justice



PYNE LECTURE ON MINISTRY WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES


ABLEISM AS AN AFFRONT TO THE GOSPEL


Thursday, November 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET


Free Virtual Event - Register here   

Despite the ongoing fight for disability justice, people with disabilities are still subject to structural oppression and interpersonal prejudice, and churches can be some of the worst offenders. Ultimately, Christians are called to understand themselves as belonging to the disabled Body of Christ, expressing a preferential love and concern for people with disabilities both within and outside churches. In this lecture, Dr. Elizabeth Antus, assistant professor of theology, Boston College, explores the theological ideas that are used to reinforce ableism as well as the ones that can help Christians resist ableism and live out the Gospel more faithfully. 


Sponsored by STM and generously supported by the Pyne Endowment Trust in memory of Professor Margaret E. Pyne, a lifelong advocate for persons with disabilities.


Speaker:



Elizabeth L. Antus, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Theology

Boston College

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Hello Friends,

In last week’s email, we asked about the kinds of training, classes, courses, and educational experiences you would like to see Pace e Bene deliver in the upcoming months. We received some wonderful feedback from people all over the world and are already working with your ideas. These suggestions will help us create a training schedule that meets your interests and needs.

As we begin to plan these upcoming classes and training opportunities, we would very much still like to hear from you. If you have not already shared your ideas, please reach out to AdamVogal@paceebene.org.

Adding to last week’s question, this week we have another important query for you:

Have you been a part of a nonviolence-centered educational experience, training, class, or course, with amazing teachers, trainers, and/or educators that are not currently a part of our Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service? Who do you recommend we invite to present with us?

We know there are so many wonderful educators out there and we also know that we would like to increase our reach to include many more of them for you. If you know of anyone with whom you love learning, please let us know who they are. What was the course about and what made your learning experience with them so enjoyable? Again, please email AdamVogal@paceebene.org with any suggestions. He looks forward to hearing from all of you soon.

Peace together always,

Adam, Shaina, Rivera, Rosie, Ken, Ryan, Erin, and the Pace e Bene Team

 

Campaign Nonviolence Affinity Groups—Virtual Gathering  90-minute Gathering on Zoom

When: Wednesday November 16, 3-4:30pm PST

Objective: Join a small, heart-felt gathering of people to form affinity groups for the long-term work of building a culture of active nonviolence. Get training, bounce ideas around, take action, make friends, and mainstream nonviolence. 

Facilitators: Rivera Sun and Ken Butigan

Cost: Free, registration required

 

George Lakey - Meeting Our Challenges Tour  90-minute Gathering on Zoom

When: Wednesday December 14, 4-5:30pm PST 

Objective: Join George Lakey for a special talk as he discusses his new book “Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice”. Listen in as he explains how he sustains the mission of building a better world through movements for justice. 

Facilitators: George Lakey 

Cost: Suggested donation $30

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JOIN US OCTOBER 29

Robert P. Jones and Fr. Bryan Massingale Return to Speak to NETWORK

Dear Jane,

Earlier this year, thousands of justice-seekers joined us to hear from experts working at the intersection of religion and race -- Fr. Bryan Massingale, Robert P. Jones, and Dr. Marcia Chatelain.

We are pleased to announce a timely follow-up conversation once again featuring Fr. Bryan Massingale and Robert P. Jones, co-sponsored by the National Black Sisters' Conference. Register now!

White Supremacy and American Christianity
How It Harms Our Churches, Politics, and Communities
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern
This event will take place on Zoom.


Support NETWORK's work to dismantle systemic racism with a $5 donation.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Please join us online for what is sure to be an engaging and enlightening conversation ahead of this year's midterm elections. Together, we'll continue learning about the intersection of white supremacy and American Christianity, with a focus on our politics.

 

In Solidarity,
Colin Martinez Longmore
Grassroots Outreach and Education Coordinator

P.S. After you register--please invite friends, family, and others in your life to do the same--and sign the Pope Francis Voter Pledge, too!





What is Christian nationalism?

As a resource to the church, AMBS is offering a webinar on Christian nationalism to provide practical tools for tough conversations.

View our recent webinar

Political Idolatry: Countering Christian Nationalism

Join Drew Strait, PhD, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS, as he provides an overview of the destructive force of White Christian nationalism.

► Explore the political metaphor of idolatry in conversation with texts from the Old and New Testaments.
► Learn how Christian nationalism distorts our knowledge of God and neighbor.
► Use these practical tools to help with today’s tough conversations to bear witness to the gospel of peace.

Webinar recording

Resources from the webinar

A working definition of Christian nationalism

With such a broad question, one place to start is by forming a working definition.

Christian nationalism, in short, is a worldview where one’s theological imagination is coopted by state power. It exchanges the church’s loyalty to the Lord of Peace for a false god fashioned by the myth of American exceptionalism.

In fact, Christian nationalism is a form of political idolatry that distorts our knowledge of God and neighbor through a xenophobic, racialized and militarized gospel that is at odds with the life and teachings of Jesus.

Ready to read a bit more about Christian nationalism?

In May 2022, Drew wrote “Our Moral Pandemic: Christian Nationalism and Political Idolatry,” which appears on the Sojourners website. In this piece, he outlines three steps for what Christians against White Christian nationalism can do right now.

In June 2021, Drew wrote a blog post for Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon21 #BringThePeace series on “The Bible and Christian Nationalism.” In this piece, he offered four proposed actions for consideration.

An online short course with Drew

One of the best ways to get a glimpse into what peace and justice means is through our online short courses.

Next year, AMBS is offering Resisting Christian Nationalism with the Gospel of Peace, a short course that defines Christian nationalism and offers a biblical response for pastors and congregations. In conversation with texts from the Old and New Testaments, you will discuss how ancient faith communities negotiated and resisted political idolatry.

Special attention will be given to how political power can co-opt the mind of the worshiper, along with congregational strategies for disrupting white Christian nationalism’s influence in our communities.





 
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A prayer for peace in Ukraine
 

Development and Peace appeals and prays for peace in Ukraine and calls the faithful to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. As an organization committed to justice and peace, we strongly condemn all acts of military aggression.

In a video message posted on the morning Russian troops attacked, Tetiana Stawnychy, president of Caritas Ukraine, said "It's hard to believe in the 21st century that we were waking up to the sounds of explosions and of air raid sirens...."

In the coming days, large numbers of people will likely end up displaced, needing help with meeting their basic needs. We have therefore made an immediate allocation of $75,000 to help with the provision of food, shelter, medical care and transport to safe locations. In addition, we ask for your solidarity and support to help us respond to the needs on the ground.

Last but not least, thank you for joining us in praying for peace.

 

 
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SNAP

Dear Friend --

Families Supporting Loved Ones Virtual Meeting

Many of us are supporting our loved ones who are survivors of sexual abuse. Often we do not know how to help them through the pain and we don’t know how to help ourselves either. You are not alone. Families of victims are survivors too. We need to learn coping tools and what our triggers are. We need to learn how to heal ourselves and how to help our loved ones and our family. We need to learn to let go of the guilt, shame and overwhelm. We are here to help you. Come forward and listen, share, and learn ways others are coping and healing.

Meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm Pacific Time

All participants must be interviewed by the moderator prior to participation in this group. Virtual log-in information is not publicly available.  

The group is facilitated by SNAP Leader Barbi Jolliffe. Please contact Barbi for details on how to access this meeting.

Contact: Barbi Jolliffe
Phone: 510-374-2468
Email: jolliffebarbi@gmail.com

Please share this information with anyone you know who might benefit from this support group. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night!

Warmly,

Your friends at SNAP
http://www.snapnetwork.org/