NCR Today: I saw two excellent movies over the Thanksgiving holiday that gave me heart.
Peace & Justice
Witness Against Torture members spent the holiday in fast and prayer at the gates of Guantánamo, calling on Obama to close the prison.
At its 25th annual gathering in Georgia, SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois announced the group was planning to change its focus from Ft. Benning to the U.S.-Mexican border.
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisian civil society groups that supported Tunisia's transition to democracy illustrates that Arab peoples are quite capable of navigating their nation from dictatorship to democracy.
NCR Today: On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2,000 people will process to the front gates of Fort Benning in protest of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
NCR Today: I was talking to one of our retired sisters who spoke eloquently this morning about praying for peace.
NCR Today: Who are we if we don't care for one another?
Kristen Ostendorf worked at Totino-Grace High School in St. Paul, Minn., for 18 years. She was an English teacher, campus minister and coach, and spent much of her time traveling with students on immersion programs, both in the U.S. and overseas.
"I love teaching and I love bringing students to that social justice world," Ostendorf says. But, like many others this reporter met at the CTA conference, she found that social justice is sometimes lacking in our Catholic institutions.
Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country’s borders should be closed to anyone but Christians.
The church’s response is focused on people in need of food, shelter and safety and not their particular faith, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,told reporters Nov. 16 during a midday break at the bishops’ annual fall general assembly.
At The Intersection: While I want to defy terrorism-induced fear by pursuing life as if nothing has changed, I also feel pressure to do something now to impact the world.