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The Marianist Tradtion of Social Justice Lived by the Ruach Community

The Marianist Tradtion of Social Justice Lived by the Ruach Community by Mary Andrews January 2009The Ruach Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, like all Marianist communities, is made up of people who live very “intentional” lives. At first I was hoping we would share in a particular social justice project (for lack of a...
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Standing Up Against the Death Penalty

Standing Up Against the Death Penaltyby Jerry Sullivan, SM July 2009 The 2 ½ days I spent in Washington DC for the 16th Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty (June 29 – July 2, 2009) was grueling because of the sun and the heat, but it was GOOD and I’m glad I...
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“How Do Marianists Do Social Justice?” in the Nazareth Community

“How Do Marianists Do Social Justice?” in the Nazareth Communityby Jean Nickleman August 2009 Jean Nickleman, a member of the Nazareth Lay Marianist Community in Dayton OH, wrote about how her community used the article, “How Do Marianists Do Social Justice?” We found the discussion questions to be very good and thought-provoking. We limited ourselves to...
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The Transforming Power of Education

The Transforming Power of Educationby Julie Nagasako  October 2009 Here is a reflection on my Africa experience. Shortly before leaving for the International Meeting of Lay Marianists in Nairobi Africa, I finished reading the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. This book illustrates the power of education to bring change in rural Pakistan...
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Social Justice and Having a Baby

Social Justice and Having a Babyby Jessica Merugu March 2010 Before Kai, social justice was very concrete and objective for me. The issues were easily defined, right or wrong, just or unjust. My response to these issues was also easy: I can do direct service! I can vote! I can advocate! The principles of social...
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Child Exploitation in Guatemala

Child Exploitation in Guatemalaby Bill Farrell, S.M May 2010 There are many organizations and individuals working vigorously against child abuse, labor and slavery. Living in a developing country viz. Guatemala , I have a close-up and personal awareness of this reality that I have to deal with on a daily basis. I read recently that...
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Reflection from Bernadette Madden

Reflection from Bernadette Madden,a senior at UD, whom MSJC sponsored as Ohio’s representative to the National SweatFree Summit in Olympia, Washington. January 2011 With deep appreciation, I’m sending my thanks to MSJC for sponsoring me to attend the National SweatFree Summit in Olympia WA this past November. It was organized by the International Labor Rights...
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You Have To Listen

You Have To Listenby Amy Pendergast April 2011 For two years, I lived at Nazareth Farm, a nonprofit in rural West Virginia that provides home repair for people in the area. I did all sorts of work while there: replacing windows, repairing roofs, insulating homes. All of this was good, necessary work, but I do...
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Front Porch Peace

Front Porch Peace by Lauren Olson July 2011Although I’ve quickly fallen in love with this vibrant Capital city that I have the temporary privilege of calling home, “peaceful” is not the first word I would use to describe it. With its tumultuous tourism and terrible traffic, DC might seem more like a headache than a...
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