We hope this finds you well this Advent season.
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick celebrated liturgy for us at our recent fundraiser and made a generous donation to continue the work of CMN.
Catholic Mobilizing Network has been blessed in 2013. We have a busy team that has created effective resources, presented workshops, toured states giving presentations to universities, parishes and diocesan conferences, taught classes, attended marches and rallies, and more. Thank you CMN staff -- Cathy Jarboe, Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi, Wayne Hipley, Emily Dillon and Vicki Schieber -- for working continuously to educate Catholics on the Gospel message of mercy and forgiveness.
We are grateful to the editors and authors of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty published by Liturgical Press in 2013, sales of which benefit CMN. Tobias Winright at St. Louis University has said of this work: "[I]n my judgment this book is the most accessible resource now available for engaging, informing, and perhaps even transforming how readers view the death penalty." ("Faith and the Executioner," Sojourners, December 2013)
Noted spiritual author Fr. Ron Rolheiser addresses those gathered at our December fundraiser.
We are grateful for our new supporters and friends that have contributed online and at our events. We also are grateful for Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and Rev. Ron Rolheiser for supporting our work at our first fundraising Mass and brunch on December 8.
We are grateful for Rev. Rolheiser's reminder of the importance of involving ourselves in civil action with an "emotionally right" approach. He taught that we must be informed by our faith, but not use our faith to “sacralize” our positions, attributing them to God and closing off civil discourse. Faith is about reconciliation and approaching others with love whether they agree or disagree with our positions.
These are words to contemplate this Advent. The gift of Christ this Christmas season is one of love and seeking peace on earth.
In this December 2013 newsletter you will find:
Wishing you a prayerful Advent and a life-giving Christmas season.
A FRUITFUL YEAR FOR CMN: 2013 IN REVIEW
Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) lifted the Catholic voice for life in 2013! With support from state Catholic conferences, the Congregation of St. Joseph, the USCCB, and many diocesan offices, CMN reached thousands through our numerous resources, convention exhibitions, press outreach activities, special events, and more.
As we have in years past, CMN focused on creating, testing and sharing new tools for Catholics interested in learning, teaching and engaging others in the movement to end the death penalty. The list of 2013 highlights demonstrates how far we have come and how much more we can achieve in 2014 and beyond with your support.
MATCHING GRANT UPDATE: TWO WEEKS TO GO!
CMN Introduces Exclusive Steward Circle Lapel Pin
Cardinal McCarrick recently announced his pledge to donate $1,000 to the Catholic Mobilizing Network from his private funds. Will you join him and help put us over the top?
With just two weeks until the end of the year, CMN supporters are chipping in with donations of all sizes to ensure that the Catholic Mobilizing Network meets the $50,000 matching grant challenge. With nearly $40,000 received since mid-September, you can make it possible for CMN to achieve its goal to raise $50,000 by December 31st!
“Because of you, the Catholic Mobilizing Network is able to educate Catholics about the broad pro-life narrative of our Church,” said Karen Clifton, executive director of CMN. “By providing financial resources you are participating in this ministry and helping change the culture of violence within this country.”
Just last week, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., lauded CMN as the only national Catholic organization focused on educating Catholics about restorative justice and ending the death penalty in the United States. We are so grateful that Cardinal McCarrick has challenged others to follow his example with his pledge of support of $1,000 to the Catholic Mobilizing Network from his private funds.
Because of the matching grant from the Congregation of St. Joseph Ministries, each dollar donated will be doubled once we hit the goal of $50,000. We are thankful that so many supporters have generously stepped up to contribute an amount that makes sense for them.
CMN Introduces Exclusive Steward Circle Lapel Pin
A second goal of CMN’s capacity-building campaign is to develop a sustaining network of more than 100 monthly donors who each support CMN with at least $5 every month.
There are now 17 members of the CMN Steward Circle giving every month. When you become a member of the CMN Steward Circle, you will receive this exclusive lapel pin featuring CMN’s logo. You are among the first CMN supporters to receive this offer. To receive your exclusive CMN Steward Circle lapel pin, just check the box to make your donation a monthly gift when you click here. Become a CMN Steward today!
Read more about some of the other ways you can participate in this effort to help put us over the top.
NEW RESOURCES: FACILITATOR'S GUIDE, SPANISH RESTORATIVE JUSTICE RESOURCES, SCRIPTURE CASE STUDIES
Many of Catholic Mobilizing Network's resources rely on strong small group facilitation strategies. Successful group facilitation is not easy. Developing these skills takes practice. Are you relatively new to group facilitation? Or are you looking for new ideas? CMN’s new "Facilitator's Guide" presents helpful tips for facilitators as well as practical “ground rules” for group discussions. Download this resource from CMN here.
We are also proud to present the Spanish translation of CMN’s Restorative Justice Workshop for High School Students, including CMN’s Scripture Case Studies. (The English version of this workshop for high school students remains available here.)
View other Spanish Resources.
View other English Restorative Justice Resources.
STORIES OF PRAYER NEEDED FOR NEW BOOK: PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CMN
By Patricia Proctor, Author
The hidden force behind all social action is prayer. It strengthens trembling knees and overcomes immobilizing fears that hinder speaking and acting boldly for the aid of another.
A new book to be published in spring 2014 will showcase the power of prayer in social justice ministry. As the author of the Catholic bestseller, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary, I have offered proceeds of my next book, 101 More Inspirational Stories of the Rosary, to CMN in support of its mission. I want to include your story! If you believe in prayer and have experienced its effect in your life, please consider sharing your story.
AN INVITATION FROM SR. HELEN PREJEAN
This year, Random House published the 20th anniversary edition of Dead Man Walking, leaving us with 4,000 copies of the original edition that we can offer at a special rate to Catholic educators.
In addition to introducing your students to the book, there is another way you can use this story to inspire and engage your students: by participating in The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project.
Read more about these opportunities from Sr. Helen.
January 21: Students for Life of America Conference (Upper Marlboro, MD)
CMN will exhibit and share information about the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching on the death penalty at the 2014 Students for Life of America Conference. Equal Justice USA, a leading national partner in our work to end the death penalty, will also be present with us at the conference.
The conference will be held at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. If you are interested in attending, you can register online at the Students for Life of America Conference website.
You can also find additional information about the conference, including the schedule of the day’s events, on that page.
February 2-5: Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (Washington, D.C.)
CMN will participate in this annual event sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. Connect with Catholic social ministry professionals from around the country. Exciting plenary presentations, briefings, workshops, and strategy sessions will focus on pressing domestic and international social concerns and our response as Church. Speakers will include John L. Allen Jr., senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Rev. James Martin, S.J., Editor-at-Large of America magazine and author of numerous books.
To register or for more information, visit their website.
Want to know what else we're up to? Check out our full Calendar of Events.
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