I am a Jesuit priest of the New England Province who serves as pastor of the English speaking Latin-rite Catholics in Jordan, of the Jerusalem diocese. I lived in Australia and New Zealand, then directed retreats at Eastern Point in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Jordan.
Many of you may have heard about the protests about the Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172
mile-long underground oil pipeline project being built by a Dallas, Texas
company called Energy Transfer Partners. The route begins in northwest North
Dakota and runs southeast through South Dakota, Iowa, and into southern
Illinois. The project was expected to be completed by year end.
The pipeline’s existence is controversial regarding its
necessity and the negative effect upon the environment. The Meskwaki Indians in
Iowa and the Sioux in the Dakotas have opposed the pipeline.
The Standing Rock Indian Reservation petitioned the U.S.
Army Corp of Engineers for an injunction and protests have been ongoing. Some
confrontations between groups of protestors and law enforcement officials have
recently made the national news.
I am enclosing a Google Docs resource sheet that lists
several informational and advocacy sources.
Perhaps our biggest step is informing ourselves about this
topic and the negative environmental aspects of future pipelines. The president-elect
has promised to bring back the Keystone XL pipeline project that was rejected
last year after intense activism.
It is also helpful to learn more about the nuances of our
U.S. history with native peoples. We have a history of treaties, broken
promises, national hurts, but equally important is the power of Native Americans’
souls, with hopes and ideals. As one people, one nation, it behooves us to
understand the enormous issues facing one another.
Note: The protestors have placed wish list items on Amazon for anyone interested in contributing to their efforts: http://a.co/27BRc6P
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This weekend, 1,800 young people from Jesuit and Catholic high schools and colleges in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and El Salvador gathered for the Ignatian Family Teach In to reflect, network, share, and advocate for a more compassionate and just world.
I am always moved by their optimism and commitment to justice. Now more than ever our world needs to learn from their example.
Today these young people will be meeting with their elected officials to discuss the importance of compassionate and humane immigration policy and criminal justice reform.
Please join me in solidarity with them by contacting your elected officials to advance policies that respect the God-given dignity of every person, be they immigrants, refugees, or prisoners.
You can contact your members of Congress by clicking the links below:
I must say that I am enjoying the Spanish language masses. I still feel woefully inadequate, especially when I can only respond so elementary with the language during confessions. I made a breakthrough today with the parishioners. They accepted me as their priest. One child gave me a flower; three children grabbed onto my legs and hugged me; two older women gave me a blessings and hugged me. I wonder what I did to deserve it? The deacon preached today so it wasn't that they liked the homily.
Afterwards, I went to the South Boston Open Arts Studios. I had no idea these buildings existed. One of the buildings, The Rum Distillery, houses artists that live and work in the building. It is a great concept. I did not know there was a South Boston Artist Association. This building had six floors of artist galleries. I loved it and it is so close to home. This was an important find for me.
After that I attended a concert by the Seraphim Singers titled "Oppression, Exile, and Solidarity."
Jennifer Lester, the conductor writes, "All art confronts us with truths we have not quite fully seen or felt before and bring about some change in us. I have drawn together works bearing witness and standing with victims of oppression. The pieces are occasioned by events in different places - Chile, Nazi Germany, El Salvador, the U.S. Civil War, Palestinian exile, but they each confront us with suffering - and resistance - in a visceral way. The are achingly beautiful, powerful musical expressions of the complex reality of political violence and the spiritual struggle to overcome its dehumanizing effects.
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A full recap of HCEF's 18th International Conference in now live on our website!
Under the theme of "Forging a New Bond of Solidarity for Equality, Prosperity, and Peace", The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) concluded its 18th International Conference.
With four segments comprising the weekend's conference, each event provided a unique opportunity to over 300 participants in forging a new bond of solidarity with their Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters including:
"Tourism for Peace" Symposium,
Awards Banquet, and
Conference General Assembly.
Catch up with a full report, photos and videos of each panel from that weekend by clicking here.