In light of recent decisions by the Biden Administration blocking asylum claims, let us pray for a softening of the heart towards all fleeing violence, persecution, and poverty. Keep close to our hearts the needs of all who have no place to call home. We pray to the Lord!
Advocacy and Action
- The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) has posted a press release about the latest attempts by the Biden Administration to restrict asylum access. In case you are interested, CLINIC puts out a very good daily one-stop shop for breaking news on immigration. If you are interested in the latest updates and advocacy requests, you can read a description here. There are other less frequent options as well, all described on the same page. Sign up here.
- Celebrate our local immigrant communities! The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) will help host a dinner to celebrate local immigrant communities. It is called “Global Stews” and all are welcome. Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church. This is a free, inclusive family event that will feature tasty stews from several different cultural cuisines prepared by volunteers. Participants are welcome to bring dipping bread, cookies, or other offerings to share that represent their culture. Rice, fresh fruit, and nonalcoholic beverages will be available and two of the stews will be vegetarian. The organizers are looking for volunteers to help prepare on Sat., Feb. 25. They are also looking for help with rides, childcare, and discussion leaders. Contact Linda Ford if interested at [email protected]
- Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought will host The Consistent Ethic of Life in 2023:Solidarity with Those Who are Poor and Vulnerable. The conversation will explore what is needed to create a culture of life and love in the U.S.
- The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is launching a monthly webinar series. The first webinar in the series, “Wonder and Awe: How Eco-Spirituality Can Inspire Us in 2023,” kicks off on Jan. 23 at 8:00 EST. This webinar series will have a global audience and will be available in English and Spanish. The webinar will be a conversation with Dr. Erin Lothes, author of Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action.
- Catholic Climate Covenant will explore Climate Advocacy: Implementation Done Justly on Wednesday, January 25, from 1-2 EST. There are definite justice concerns with the transition to clean energy. We need to start these conversations so that industry does not ignore them and we avoid the “We didn’t know” regrets that will come later.