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What are you reading these days?

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Mary’s Pence received a grant from our Poverty Justice Fund for a program called ESPERA. (Photo courtesy of Grace Garvey-Hall).

When was the last time you thanked God or a teacher for the great, but often taken-for-granted privilege of knowing how to read?

Perhaps one way to express your gratitude is to put on your reading list some books that stretch your understanding of injustice in this world and to see life through the lens of others less privileged.

Perhaps you might be inspired and discover new ways to make this world a better place.

Recently, the director of Mary’s Pence, Katherine Wojtan, sent us a 2015 summer reading list “to increase our understanding and empathy for injustices facing our local and global communities. Consider requesting some of these books if they are not already available in your public library.

The following descriptions are Katherine’s:

“The books in the first section are about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement by providing historical context and personal accounts. The narratives of black women and men are an invaluable resource as we work to create a world where all are valued and feel safe.

“Similarly, the authors highlighted in the Latino Voices section share individual stories as well as knowledge about Latin American history and politics that is vital to understanding these stories. Each author not only pulls the readers’ heartstrings, but offers insight into how to navigate and overcome systemic injustice.

“The Dynamics of Change section touches on a variety of big issues, including climate change, poverty and war. The importance of community and solidarity is again key, as these issues are all rooted in the same systemic dysfunction and can only be addressed in their larger context as issues of injustice.

“Finally, we hope the Food for the Soul section invites you as your read about the root values of Mary’s Pence and our work for systemic change. There is truly hope and healing in the simple ways women around the world care for each other, their families, their communities and the world.”

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Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler has been a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for more than 60 years. Sister Donna has served in elementary education, parish ministry, diocesan social justice, as well as the Congregation’s liturgy office, archives department and social justice outreach. She also administered as the director of the Providence Volunteer Ministry. Sister Donna currently volunteers in outreach with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

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  1. Avatar Cathy Campbell,SP on August 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, Donna, for sharing this list with me and all those read the SP blog. I am always looking for good, challenging, spiritually invigorating reading material.

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