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February 13, 2024: Back on Track with Important Announcements: Take out your calendars!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024: Back on Track with Important Announcements: Take out your calendars!


Announcement #1 from Denise Dixon:

Hi All – We are back on schedule to do our on-site Sam Jones dinner in 1 ½ weeks, on Weds. 2/21. The only real change is a restriction to not have more than 6 preparers on-site.

Since often we have not had more than that, volunteers should signup as usual. I will notify group if we are over limit. We will need prep and delivery of desserts and salad ingredients as usual. Let me know if you can help. Look forward to seeing / working with you. – Denise

 

 Announcement #2 from "Nuns on the Bus” Lobby (Network)



My NETWORK colleagues and I look forward to seeing you at our first webinar of the year, "Choosing Community Over Chaos: Our Work for 2024” on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00PM Eastern/4:00PM Pacific. While there will be a brief reflection on the chaos in the first session of the 118th Congress, we will mainly ground ourselves in today’s political reality and share our vision for the future--one in which faith-filled justice-seekers come together to Build Anew toward a multiracial, multi-faith democracy. You won't want to miss our plans to help you rise above election season chaos!

 

Choosing Community Over Chaos: Our Work for 2024

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00PM Eastern/4:00PM Pacific

Register Here!


Weaved into the webinar, you'll hear echoes of the work that our foundresses modeled over 50 years ago. These Sisters showed us, from the beginning, how to listen and respond to the needs of the times. We used this same discernment process to help us identify our priorities for the 2024 Equally Sacred Checklist.


Please don't let misinformation, fear, and negative news make you feel isolated or overwhelmed during the 2024 election season. NETWORK's community will rely on our shared values and a vision for a brighter future for all people, regardless of race, class, or politics, in God's beloved community. Together we will choose community over chaos.

Peace, Sister Eilis McCulloh, HM

Grassroots Education and Organizing Specialist

I hope you will join us for this webinar, but if you can't join us live, please register anyway! The recording will be sent to all registrants.


Announcement #3 from Marcie Dahlen:



Sacramento is one of 35 state capitols where the Poor People’s Campaign will march and demonstrate on Saturday, March 2.  The campaign is a faith-based demand for a moral revival to demand justice for all.  California PPC church leaders are asking faith communities to support the effort by donating money to help bus people, provide food, etc. 


Is this something our Emmaus Community would like to do?  Go to poorpeoplescampaign.org to learn more.  Background:  Martin Luther King Jr. announced that in the Spring of 1968 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) would lead a nonviolent army of poor people to Washington, D.C. to become known as the Poor People’s Campaign.  He was assassinated April 4, 1968.

We have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501c3 and you can make a donation for us through them. Here is their information: ETINA is a 501[c](3) non-profit charity, exempt from federal income tax.  The Tax-ID number is 95-4658841.

Their mailing address is 578 Washington Blvd. #395, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

For questions, contact e-mail: mark@etina.org  |  phone: (310) 827-3046



Announcement #4 from our friend John Dear





Dear friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace to you from John Dear!

Only in the Gospel of Matthew do we hear the great commandment of total nonviolence: “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say to you, Offer no violent resistance to one who does evil.”(5:38-39) This sentence became the primary focus of Leo Tolstoy’s writings in the last decades of his life, work which inspired Mahatma Gandhi to reread and pray over this Sermon on the Mount teaching every day for the last four decades of his life and try to apply this methodology of creative nonviolence not just in his personal life but toward the oppression and tyranny of imperial Britain. Gandhi showed that Jesus offers a way to confront and resist all state violence through grassroots, organized, people power, loving nonviolent resistance.

 

Matthew emphasizes the point throughout his Gospel. For example, as Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of the disciples, we’re told, struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. “Put your sword back in its sheath,” Jesus commanded. Matthew alone adds the reason: “for all who take up the sword will die by the sword.”(26:52) Matthew’s Jesus practices, teaches, and commands us to become people of nonviolence, yet we continue to disobey his commandment and sink deeper into the insanity of global violence.


Next week, I will begin a 3 week Lenten class on my new book, The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence. We will start with the Gospel of Matthew. I will point out the key teachings of nonviolence in the Sermon on the Mount, in Jesus’ coaching of the disciples, in his campaign to Jerusalem and parables, and finally through his arrest, death, and resurrection. In the weeks that follow we will examine Mark and then Luke.

 

I invite you to join me as we walk through my book and the Gospels for new insights, encouragement, wisdom, and hope to go forward in faith and nonviolence that we might do our part to help end war, injustice, poverty, and environmental destruction and welcome God’s reign of nonviolence here on earth.

 

We begin on Wednesday Feb. 21st at 4pm Pacific/ 5pm Mountain/ 6pm Central/ 7pm Eastern time. (Please make a note of the date and time!) I hope that together the holy season of Lent might be a time for us to deepen in Gospel nonviolence that we might be better peacemakers who walk in the footsteps of Jesus. 

 

To register for the three week class and other upcoming zoom sessions, visit www.beatitudescenter.org.

 

You will receive the zoom link the morning of, so be on the lookout, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at beatitudescentermb@gmail.com.

 

Scholarships are available.

See you then! God bless you all! -- Fr. John


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Sacramento is one of 35 state capitols where the Poor People’s Campaign will march and demonstrate on Saturday, March 2.  The campaign is a faith-based demand for a moral revival to demand justice for all.  California PPC church leaders are asking faith communities to support the effort by donating money to help bus people, provide food, etc.  Is this something our Emmaus Community would like to do?  Go to poorpeoplescampaign.org to learn more.  Background:  Martin Luther King Jr. announced that in the Spring of 1968 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) would lead a nonviolent army of poor people to Washington, D.C. to become known as the Poor People’s Campaign.  He was assassinated April 4, 1968.

 

We have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501c3 and you can make a donation for us through them. Here is their information:

 

ETINA

ETINA is a 501[c](3) non-profit charity, exempt from federal income tax.  The Tax-ID number is 95-4658841.

Their mailing address is 578 Washington Blvd. #395, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

For questions, contact e-mail: mark@etina.org  |  phone: (310) 827-3046

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