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The Future of Race in America

Posted on May 22, 2017

Check out this YouTube video of author Michelle Alexander discussing “The Future of Race in America.” Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow.”

The Six C’s of convening constructive conversation

Posted on May 17, 2017

Clarity: Be clear about your reasons for reaching out, what kind of conversation you have in mind, and what you hope those involved will have experienced by the time it ends.
Collaboration: Invite your potential conversation partner(s) to join you in making key decisions about the conversation … Continue reading

How to engage one another in difficult or potentially divisive conversations

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

As we engage in difficult conversations, … ask ourselves why we have made the assumptions we have and whether they are valid. What beliefs do we hold that have influenced our thinking? Have we really considered all the facts? Continue reading

What can you do? Staying engaged in divisive times

Posted on May 17, 2017

Do something concrete. Trust in your power to make change, even if the results aren’t immediately obvious.
Create beauty. Sing, dance, paint, draw, garden, play an instrument or write.
Ask questions of others who have different views. Continue reading

Grassroots, indivisible

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

We find in joining with others to effect real social change that we ourselves are more hopeful, more able to embrace diversity, and more willing to engage others who look, think, or act differently than ourselves. As a nation, we have experienced quite a shift these days. Contributing to our democracy by joining a local Indivisible group, I experience the deep joy of contributing to the common good. Continue reading

I’ll meet you in the field: the spirituality of coming together

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is
too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the
phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. — Rumi
Sister Ann Sullivan reflects on the spirituality of coming together across divides. Continue reading

Providence spirituality in action: Sister Kathleen Desautels and 8th Day Center for Justice

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

I started thinking about everything I had seen from Sister Kathleen during my time at 8th Day. What I saw was Providence Spirituality in action. In our conversations over those two years, I had heard many of Sister Kathleen’s stories, her thoughts and her prayers. I found a woman willing to put herself on the line for the greater good time and time again. Continue reading

“You don’t give up on a person” Sister Rita Clare’s journey with a prisoner

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm by

“He’s always felt remorse. I’m not condoning the evil that he has done. But he’s also a human being who needs support. He needs someone who is a positive influence in his life and can help him improve.” Continue reading

Disrupting apathy and injustice: Sister Tracey Horan and World Meeting of Popular Movements

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 1:00 am by

“Now, we must all become disruptors.” Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego addressed a crowd of nearly 600 clergy, women religious, and grassroots activists at the first regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. Bishop McElroy called on them to disrupt apathy and injustice, racism and rejection of the stranger.
“This is not a moment for us to stay on the sidelines,” Sister Tracey Horan said. “The gospel calls us to step up.” Continue reading

Sisters of Providence Leadership Team, Justice Coordinating Commission endorse the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Posted on May 9, 2017

Berta Caceres, an indigenous environmental activist, was murdered in her home in Honduras by armed men on March 2, 2016, after receiving many death threats for her work with indigenous people to protect their land. On March 2, 2017, the  Continue Reading »

No time for despair: climate change reality

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 am by

So, why must we change? Drought, floods, fires, extreme weather, uninhabitable places, rising sea levels, species extinction, refugees, disease, food insecurity, inescapable heat … I could go on. Virtually nothing that we know about Earth is untouched by climate change. And no one. Continue reading

Providence in the Desert: Efforts to provide access to clean water

Posted on May 5, 2017

Sister of Providence Carol Nolan, the director of Hispanic Ministry at Providence in the Desert, located in Coachella, California, is requesting prayerful support for efforts to bring clean water to the eastern Coachella Valley, where she ministers. This brief video  Continue Reading »

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