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743 Birth, life’s most dramatic answer to death, this is the growing edge incarnate. Announcements!

Day 743: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The birth of a child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!

Look Well to the Growing Edge

All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born.

The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new lives, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge!

It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor.

This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash.

The birth of a child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!

—Howard Thurman (from a contribution by Dan Vrooman)

Announcement #1 From Melva:

The time got away from me and I missed Emmaus this evening. Pat said it was really good. Sorry I missed it. (We missed you too Melva)

Announcement #2 from Enid regarding a Synod listening session

Hello Friends: I'd like to hold a listening session via ZOOM next Sunday, April 3 at 4:30. This will be an opportunity to continue our discussion about important elements of our faith journeys and reflect on the ways Emmaus meets our faith needs.

We can express our hopes for ways these qualities can be incorporated in the broader church community as well as express other concerns we have about Catholic life. Please let me know if the April 3 date will work for you ( If you would like to attend but April 3 isn't good for you, please also contact me. This synod listening time is a "gift from Pope Francis, and gifts are meant to be used." (Byron Wratee, doctoral student, Boston College)

Announcement #3 from Steve regarding the movie

Here is the information regarding the first film that the Council for Ecological Development will be hosting: It's called "Once You Know."

There will be a three-day viewing window beginning April 1st and ending April 3rd. This requires registration on the St. Columba's Inverness website. See below.

On Monday, April 4th there will be a 1-1/2 hour Zoom discussion from 4:30 pm to 6 pm to discuss the film.

To register for film viewing go to:

then click on Ecological Discipleship,

then click on Once You Know on the dropdown menu

scroll down for film description and Registration link.

Announcement #4 from Dan Lambert regarding assistance to Ukraine

Hello Emmaus: I pulled this Cherkasy Ukraine Rotary website url from a letter from the Cherkasy Rotary. Cherkasy is our sister city that has been heavily damaged. If you look all the way to the bottom you’ll see information about Santa Rosa Rotary clubs and the letter from the mayor of Santa Rosa, Chris Rogers.

I will separately send the letter to you but it’s almost a month old now.

As I said on our Zoom meeting yesterday for Emmaus, my Santa Rosa East/West Rotary club in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Rotary Club sent $15,000 last week to the Cherkasy Ukraine Rotary Club.


Dan Lambert

707-484-5808 Mobile

Announcement #5: Upcoming Online Public DialogueWar in Ukraine Human Agony, Global Crisis, Moral Principles

Thursday, March 31, 2022

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Use this link to: RSVP

The war in Ukraine has brought horrific violence, millions of refugees, and unprecedented threats to global peace. The constant images of death and destruction, families fleeing for their lives, and the courage of leaders and ordinary Ukrainians move us to tears and call us to action. This war also raises serious policy questions and moral choices regarding the obligations, directions, and dangers for the United States and other nations. The Initiative is bringing together key leaders and powerful voices with extraordinary experience and commitment to Ukraine. This dialogue will welcome the bishop who leads Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, a Cardinal from the Vatican’s justice and peace efforts, a leader working every day to help refugees, an ethicist on war and peace, and a reporter from the Vatican to help us understand this appalling crisis, its escalating human costs, and its ongoing moral choices. Participants:Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., was appointed interim prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on January 1, 2022 by Pope Francis. He has visited Ukraine and neighboring countries bearing the brunt of the crisis to convey Pope Francis’ personal concern and solidarity. Archbishop Borys Gudziak is the metropolitan archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, the head of the Department of External Church Relations for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and the president of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Laurie Johnston is an associate professor of theology and religious studies at Emmanuel College and the executive vice president of the Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue. Her teaching and scholarship focus on Christian social ethics, particularly questions of war and peacemaking. Gerard O’Connell is the Vatican correspondent for America and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History (2019). He has been covering the Vatican since 1985 and has reported extensively on Pope Francis’ response to the invasion of Ukraine. Tetiana Stawnychy is the president of Caritas Ukraine and the former director of the subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. John Carr, co-director of the Initiative and former director of justice and peace efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will moderate the conversation. This dialogue will be livestreamed and live-captioned. A link will be sent to all those who have RSVP’d on the morning of the dialogue. All other accommodation requests should be sent to

by March 30. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.“So What Did I Miss?”Participants in the March 28, 2022 Georgetown University dialogue "'So What Did I Miss?' A Look Back, A Look Around, A Look Ahead After Two Years of COVID". From left to right: David Brooks, Christine Emba, Anne Thompson, Kim Daniels, Mirka Sosa, and E.J. Dionne.Last night, the Initiative held its first in-person dialogue in two years and its first hybrid event ever. We were delighted that nearly 300 people joined us in Gaston Hall and more than 1,400 people joined us online. We were also pleased to have C-SPAN cover the conversation. The discussion was thoughtful, provocative, and wide-ranging. A recording of the dialogue will be sent out within the next day or so.Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life Maguire Hall 208, Georgetown University 37th & O Streets, NW︱Washington, DC 20057 You are receiving this email because you are subscribed to the Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life mailing list. update your preferences I unsubscribe from this list Copyright © 2022 Georgetown University. All rights reserved.


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