Happy Advent! It is a time of trust in the slow work of God through humankind to bring about the kingdom of God.
Our anticipation of Christmas reminds us that peace and justice will reign one day despite our impatience. Jesus was born and lived among us to teaches us the goodness, dignity and presence of God in all of humanity despite our failings.
Now that is a gift to anticipate, savor and give away!
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In this December 2012 e-newsletter you will find:
A Message from sister helen
"We have come a long way. ... We very much need your support since this is Catholic grassroots activity to make the Gospel come alive." Noted author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, recently recorded an end-of-year thank you and appeal for CMN. Click below to watch and contribute today.
New Video Resources: Dead Man Walking One-Act Play and sample workshop
Josh Goode's One-Act Play of Dead Man Walking - Professional Reading
When young people read or perform the CMN Dead Man Walking One-Act play, it draws them into important discussion and reflection. But sometimes it is not possible for students to do a reading or performance. However, youth groups can now watch a professional performance of 45-minute one-act Dead Man Walking play on our website, then use our curriculum resources for a follow-up discussion on this important pro-life issue.
Anne Feczko and Vicki Schieber's Workshop Presentation at November 2012 Ignatian Solidarity Teach-In
CMN is working to bring our workshop online so that teachers and teacher trainers can engage a greater number of Catholics. As part of the online workshop, Vicki Schieber’s story and follow-up discussion is now available on our website. This new resource is designed to help diocesan pro-life teachers/trainers prepare for their own presentations on the death penalty, and can be used to lead a workshop as well. Additional videos presenting a sample workshop featuring Vicki and CMN Program Manager Anne Feczko can be found here.
new DEAD MAN WALKING HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM
We are pleased to present an updated high school curriculum developed by Mercy High School in San Francisco to accompany the Dead Man Walking play and the original book authored by Sister Helen Prejean. Including materials for extension of discussions into the areas of art, English, Math, religious studies, science, social studies, and languages, this newly revised curriculum can be
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Looking Back: 2012 Resources and Successes
By Cathy Jarboe, Director of Catholic State Networks and Organizations
With 2012 coming to a close, we have a lot to look back on and celebrate! At Catholic Mobilizing Network we are grateful for our busy year - growing our network, our staff and volunteers, reaching out in key states, expanding educational outreach to Latinos and youth, and creating new resources to help you with the work you are doing.
(At right: A new book from the faculty of Mount St. Mary's University is one major 2012 accomplishment.)
Planning for Lent
Although it is the season of Advent, CMN knows that catechists, youth ministers and lay leaders are already planning for Lent. We at CMN have developed some useful Lenten resources for personal, parish, community and institutional use that invite us to reflect on capital punishment and how we can achieve the goal of ending its use. We invite you to make use of these resources and distribute them widely. They can be found on our Lenten Resources page. We are all working to promote the sanctity of all life in Lent. Please send us your proven Lenten materials to share the fruits of your work. You can e-mail these to us here.
January 25: CMN will be participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., representing the church's unconditional pro-life message of love. For more information about the march visit its website.
February 10-13: CMN will be participating in the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The theme for this year's gathering is "Promoting Human Life and Dignity in the Year of Faith." For more information about the CSMG, visit its page on the USCCB website.
Want to know what else we're up to? Check out a full list of CMN Events.