JustFaith Faith and Racial Equity
Beginning in February, our parish Nonviolence Ministry will begin an 8-session program called Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege from JustFaith Ministries.
In this program, small groups (8-12 people) pray together, read books and watch videos, and have conversations around how we can seek racial justice in our community.
The first half of the program introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. The second half takes a deeper look at specific issues, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and media biases. Participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in our own communities. More information about the program at the following link.
If you are interested in taking part in Faith and Racial Equity or just want to learn more, please complete the following 3-question survey by Monday, January 18 ==> https://www.surveymonkey.
The Nonviolence Ministry of Our Lady of the Lake strives to imitate the nonviolent Jesus through education and working cooperatively.
Interested in participating in our efforts? Join us at our next meeting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our vision is to reduce violence in our hearts, in our community, and in the world beyond.
International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed on September 21. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This year the Nonviolence Ministry folded more than 600 origami cranes and gave them to parishioners after Mass as a reminder to all to strive for peace within ourselves, our community, and our world.
The Peace Crane Story
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her city of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. She wasn’t killed, but her grandmother and several friends were. As a young girl, she was an extremely fast runner. But at age 11, she collapsed after a race and was eventually admitted to the hospital where she learned that she had contracted leukemia from the radiation of the atomic bomb. A friend told her about the Japanese legend of the paper cranes. If you make 1,000 cranes, your deepest wish is granted. Since the crane is a symbol of long life, her friend thought if Sadako made 1,000, maybe she would be cured. Sadako worked for months, completing more than 600, but realized that she was dying. On her last crane (#644), she said she wanted to write “Peace” on its wings so that it would fly over the whole world telling children and adults everywhere to work for peace, so that no other child would have to die as she was.
Her classmates finished the 1,000 cranes and took a collection around Japan to build a 30-foot arch in the Peace Park in Hiroshima with a statue of Sadako on top, with a crane over her head. Children and adults all over the world continue to make the paper cranes as a symbol of their commitment to work for peace.
This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace
JustFaith Ministries’ 8-week program, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace, invites participants to formulate a personal response, inspired by their Christian beliefs, to the reality of violence.
The program is designed for small groups of 8 – 12 and explores some of the central questions related to nonviolent responses to violence.
The sessions provide historical, biblical, and theological perspectives and suggest ways participants can take faithful action for God’s people.
Contact Kathy Benda at the rectory if you are interested in joining us the next time the course is offered.