NEWS from here & there (but mostly here)
2013 Downtown Eastside Way of the Cross Walk
Join us for the Eucumenical
Stations of the Cross
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Good Friday 29 March 2013
Gather at the Lutheran Urban Mission Society
360 Jackson Ave
(between Hastings and Cordova)
@ 12 noon
The Way of the Cross is an ancient form of meditation,
using sight and movement. Early Christians used to
walk the "Via Dolorosa" of Jesus in Jerusalem,
following in the footsteps of their Lord. All that is
required to "make the stations" is a prayerful pondering
of the mystery of Jesus' suffering, moving from one
scene to the next. (Those who are confined may simply
look at or hold a crucifix.)
For more information call 604-682-2362
Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace
February 13, 2013
by Luke Stocking, Deputy Director, In Canada Programs and John Gabor, Animator, British Columbia
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;”
– Genesis 1:26
Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the
image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our
belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person. The
dignity of the human person is the cornerstone of all Catholic social
Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no
matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social
status. As you read this, there are seven billion living and breathing
unique images of God on the face of the Earth. You are one of them.
Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can
bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our
existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our
mutual human dignity. When respect for human dignity forms the basis of
our relationships, God’s divine nature shines forth in a true communion
Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and
sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the
human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of
violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the
cornerstone of our relationships?
This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our
relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the
far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we
may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts. These
gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us
by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly
aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who
live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship
with all seven billion of God’s children.
“Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 357
Catholic social teaching can serve as the guidepost that helps us to
enter into relationships that respect human dignity. Solidarity, the
option for the poor, care for creation, economic justice, and the
common good are examples of values that are vital to any society built
upon the dignity of the human person.
At Development and Peace, Catholic social teaching guides our
relationship with the world. We are not patrons to the poor. We are
partners with them. This partnership is rooted in the recognition of
our common human dignity. To recognize the human dignity of the poor as
equal to our own requires us to respect their freedom. This freedom
includes their right to choose what development means for them. The
poor must always be seen as subjects and not objects of development.
Development and Peace enters into relationship with groups of men and
women who have a vision for their own development and of their
liberation from poverty and injustice. Through your generous support,
we are able to call them partners. It is an honour to join them in
you haven't heard about the Idle No More movement yet, we encourage you
to do some reading about the issues involved. It's not simple, as no
grassroots movement ever is. At its heart is the life and health of
the land, the earth and the historic and on-going relationship between
the Aboriginal peoples of these lands and us, the settlers on these
most uplifting about this movement to us here at the VCW is the
leadership of women - the 4 women who named this movement, Chief
Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat who is now on the 20th day of her hunger
strike, and all the women organizing the beautiful, sacred,
spirit-filled and creative events across Canada and around the world.
There is good factual information reported and commentary and opinion found at rabble.ca
including a report that refutes the Harper government's accusation that
the finances of the Attawapiskat community have been mismanaged. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/apihtawikosisan/attawapiskat-was-not-financially-mismanaged
Catholic Worker community stands firmly as an ally of Indigenous
peoples, recognizing our settler status and we're willing to do the
work of decolonization.
Idle No More blog - http://idlenomore1.blogspot.ca/
blog of ‚pihtawikosis‚n who is Mťtis from the Plains Cree speaking
community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. She currently lives in Montreal,
Quebec. - http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/26/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here/
Decolonization blog - http://decolonization.wordpress.com/
Thanks to Occupy Vancouver livestream for the above 3 links.
Stories from our neighbourhood:
The Power of Women group from the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre tell their stories in video through the Vancouver Media Co-op
VATICAN II… The Church in dialogueBy Gregory Baum
from the scarboromissions.ca - January/February 2012
the whole article is here - this is the final paragraqh...
creative dialogue practiced at Vatican Council II has not been allowed
to become the model for a renewed Church, as Paul VI had wanted in his
Ecclesiam Suam. This is a great disappointment. Yet it reminds us that
the Good News we have received is not the Church, but the Gospel. In
the teaching of Jesus and in his life, death and resurrection,
Christians find the newness of life, the forgiveness of sin, the rescue
from despair and the power to love God and today’s deeply troubled
humanity. Faith in the Gospel continues to produce vital movements in
the Church, groups of Catholics committed to social justice, protecting
the environment, practicing meditation, developing theological
insights, working for peace, serving the weak and the sick, supporting
community development—and in doing so, welcoming God’s kingdom coming
into the world.
Guide to the
Law of Civil Disobedience in B.C. - "Take Back Our Community" Edition - September 2011Local lawyer Leo
McGrady has updated his work since the Olympics in 2010. He would
like acknowledgment for his work but the material is
available for posting, distributing and copying.
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Happening at Samaritan House
SPIRITUALITY OF SOIL
A Lenten Journey from Cosmic Dust to Easter Garden
5 consecutive Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Starting February 20th, 2013
1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C.
This retreat/journey will help us heighten our appreciation of
Earth, and God's living and acting within it, the current threats to
our soil, and how we can respond in faith.
Each week, we will start with a Lenten reading that reminds us about
God’s gifts of fertile dust, seeds, sheaves, trees. The
reading is followed by a reflection and an action. As a group we
can to adapt the material in any way that will facilitate our sharing,
prayer, and community.
The program was designed by Holy Child Jesus Sr. Terri MacKenzie.
The program is free ─ donations to Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin
Community will be accepted.
To register and for more information, please contact: Vikki at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring a small container to the first session on February 20th
Come to 1 session
Come to all the sessions
Come when you can.
Our newsletter has returned!
PDF copy of From the Well is here for download, sharing, printing ...
Interested in contributing to another edition? Let us know what you'd like to share.
We are the birthplace and spiritual home of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community.
This growing community is based in east Vancouver gathers for worship led by Roman Catholic Womanpriest Vikki Marie.
We envision and aspire to be a community that is Christ-centred,
egalitarian, inclusive, and compassionate. We are a community of hope,
prayer, and faith in action that welcomes everyone and embraces all who
come, whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey of faith.
For more info and mass times & places:
We support Gaza's Ark
Gaza’s Ark Mission Statement
Gaza’s Ark will build a boat in Gaza using existing resources. A
crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza, the
only Mediterranean port closed to shipping, carrying Palestinian
products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers, to challenge
the illegal and inhuman Israeli blockade.
Gaza’s Ark will be constructed in Gaza by Palestinian hands and expertise, with international assistance where requested.
Gaza’s Ark will help revitalize the dwindling ship building
industry in Gaza and help ensure the transmission of this disappearing
expertise (another effect of the blockade) to the younger generations.
Through Gaza’s Ark and
trade deals secured between Palestinian producers in Gaza and
international businesses and NGOs, a channel will be established to
export Palestinian products from Gaza that are available despite the
Gaza’s Ark will provide training to Gaza’s sailors in the use of
up-to-date electronic sailing equipment and techniques, which they have
been denied for years as a result of the blockade.
Although it will help in a very limited manner to
alleviate Gaza’s unemployment crisis by paying wages to the boat
builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project. It is a peaceful action against the blockade which Israel unilaterally and illegally imposes on Gaza.
Gaza’s Ark stands in solidarity with the Palestinian fishers in
Gaza whose ability to operate in territorial waters and to derive a
livelihood is threatened by the same illegal Israeli blockade which our
campaign is challenging.
Gaza’s Ark challenges the blockade by building hope on the
ground in Gaza. It affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza
can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens
Poppies for Peace
white poppies available by donation. Stop by the house or give
us a call. Or click the photo for link to the source, a great internet
resource - The Peace Pledge Union in the UK.