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August 24, 2020
Season of Creation
September 1 - October 4

This year's Season of Creation falls within the year-long Laudato Si' Anniversary Year, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on care for creation. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Developed offers a plan for the year, detailing the various themes they wish to highlight. Click here to visit the dicastery's Laudato Si' Year website.

See below more resources to help you observe the 2020 Season of Creation:

Season of Creation Catholic Resources
Catholic Climate Covenant
USCCB Committee for Justice, Peace & Human Development
Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you to join in a series of Virtual Prayer Vigils lamenting the federal government's planned executions of Lezmond Mitchell (August 26) and Keith Dwayne Nelson (August 28). Click here to register for the vigil sessions.
Along with Caritas Lebanon, CRS is in Beirut distributing emergency supplies, clearing rubble, and preparing medical and mental health teams for dispatch. Your gift will help provide meals, shelter and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable. Click here to donate today.
Upcoming Webinars
HIV & Faith in Resilience and Renewal
Sunday, August 30, 5:00 p.m.
Click here to register.
Hosted by the U.S. Faith and AIDS Coalition. The panel will discuss the faith community's role in ending the AIDS epidemic.
Election 2020: Left, Right, or Politically Homeless?
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.
Click here to register.
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Archdiocese of Washington’s Theology on Tap program are partnering to help young U.S. Catholics think critically about applying Catholic teachings to the 2020 election.
Toward a Consistent Ethic of Life: Protecting Human Life and Caring for Creation
Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Click here to register.
Father Thomas Massaro, SJ, professor of moral theology at Fordham University, joins us as we together explore the full range of public issues that appeal to the consciences of Catholics today. Co-hosted by St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur and Emory's Aquinas Center.
Where We've Been

Kat and Jayna participated in the weekly video staff meeting for the Office of Life, Dignity and Justice last Monday morning.

Kat joined our LSI coordinators, Brian Savoie and Leonard Robinson, for their weekly Laudato Si' Initiative meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday morning both, Kat and Jayna, participated in a video conference call to discuss how the offices in the Chancery are responding to and fighting racism. All of our bishops were present, as were the directors and some staff of most Chancery departments.

Jayna met again with her diaconate formation class on Saturday morning. They continued to talk about the economy in light of Catholic Social Teaching.

Sunday evening, Jayna tuned in for St. Thomas More's Religion & Politics webinar on forming consciences. The webinar was co-hosted by Emory's Aquinas Center of Theology and featured Julie Hanlon Rubio of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley and Charlie Camosy of Fordham University. Click here to watch the recorded webinar.

On Monday afternoon, Jayna watched the livestream of the annual Chrism Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hartmayer.

The U.S. State Department hosted The Rise of Sex Trafficking Online webinar on Wednesday morning, which Kat attended. Later that day, Kat had another Laudato Si' Initative meeting.

On Thursday morning, Kat attended the Mental Health and the Faith Community webinar.

Over the weekend, Kat had presentations on human trafficking and racism at the virtual Atlanta Catechist Conference. The conference welcomed thousands of participants from all over the country. Justice and Peace Ministries also had a virtual booth at the conference for ethical trade. Click here for more information on how your parish can host a virtual ethical trade sale.
Save the Date!
Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity:
A National Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice

Catholic Mobilizing Network's conference on restorative justice has gone virtual. The conference will be held October 27, 29 and 31. Click here to sign up to receive registration information as soon as it is available.
Justice & Peace Ministries
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