Some 2,200 of us made the trek to Hot Springs, N.C., this past weekend for the third annual Wildgoose Festival. We gathered along the roaring French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail amid the Blue Ridge mountains for four days of “spirituality, justice, music and art,” with a hundred speakers and performers, food and hiking, prayer and preaching. It was renewing and uplifting for one and all.
Peace & Justice
Tōrō nagashi is the Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns. This is done based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world. The ceremony is also done by many peace communities to commemorate those lost in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945.
We say: In the face of many difficulties, the voice and role of Catholic peace leaders is as urgent as ever.
The decision, which took effect July 1, ends a three-year "formal partnership" between the two organizations that share goals in their missions, including peace and justice components.
Longtime anti-war activist Bob Graf is willing to go to jail to make the point that Marquette University needs to teach peace, not war.
"Gatherings such as this are much more powerful than a nuclear weapon," one protestor said.
Standing up with faith communities in support of migrants who cross the border illegally has long been an interreligious effort in southern Arizona.
The man who confessed to killing U.S.-born Sr. Dorothy Stang in 2005 in Brazil's Amazon has been released from prison.
Organizations in favor of shuttering the prison say the basic human rights and dignity of the detainees have been violated for years.
Twenty activists are following major roads through 13 towns and cities, carrying banners and signs to invigorate public opinion against drone warfare.