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Dominican Sisters of Peace is a US-based congregation of Catholic Dominicans that includes about 600 Sisters and 500 Associates living and serving in 37 states and in eight additional countries. As part of the worldwide Order of Preachers (Order of St. Dominic), the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace strive to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus through word and action, serving God's people in many ministerial areas, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation, among others.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Israeli foreign policy under its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been taking a tragic trajectory leading to moral decline and diplomatic isolation for the State and Jewish people. This is recognized currently by 106 senior Israeli security personnel who call upon him to initiate a diplomatic process based upon a regional framework for peace with Palestinians. Millions of Palestinians kept under Israeli military occupation for 60 years dehumanizes both peoples. Exclusionary apartheid laws, segregated roads and housing developments plus land confiscations, home demolitions, control of water and financial monies create resentment, anger, and the hopeless of violence for the Palestinians of Gaza and West Bank. Superiority, contempt, self-righteousness and loss of humanity afflict Israelis as they live in isolation from non-Jews in their country.

Take Off Your Shoes, You Are on Holy Ground

Monday, November 10, 2014

The day unfolds: We have all heard and reflected on the story of Moses and the burning bush. My short hand version of the story goes something like this…Moses saw a burning bush, was amazed, questioned, heard the voice of God and experienced connection. My question for myself as I reflected on the story today: If I take off my shoes what will I experience? What are my shoes a protection from? A barrier to? If I take off my shoes, what of my own biases and prejudices will I have to confront? What past learnings may I need to shed? And what connections will I be invited to create? If the ground I walk on is holy, what new part of the holy will I experience if I am actually flesh to ground? For someone who leaves her shoes at the door when she enters here home, this is will be a frequent reflection.

Are You Willing?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sisters and Associates, are you willing to welcome our new candidate, Margaret, support her with prayer, share your knowledge and experience with her, and receive her gifts?
Margaret, are you willing to participate in the prayer life of the Church with us?

Margaret, are you willing to enter into a study of Sacred Truth and our Dominican heritage?

Margaret, are you willing to share in the life of our community?

In the context of the Liturgy of the Hours these questions formed the basis of the agreement that our newest candidate, Margaret Uche, made with us and we with her. Her discernment continues as she now lives with us in community with three of our Sisters and another candidate.

The Lions and the Lambs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace, p. 45 & 46—continuing with unity: And then there is this most majestic view of unity:

"The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand in the adder's den."
(Isaiah 11:6-8)

Creating a Level Playing Field in the Political Process

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The post mortem on the 2014 elections will soon be in editorials in papers around the country and flooding the airways. Political ads have been especially negative, even mean-spirited. Since I am often in the car, I frequently turn to the classical music station to remove the toxic air coming from the radio.

Any discussion of the election must include a discussion of the ill-advised Citizens United ruling by the US Supreme Court. This decision in 2010 permitted unlimited corporate and union donations to be considered political free speech. The court allowed groups to refrain from disclosing their identity, and have become known as "dark money groups" who can spend unlimited money to support or unseat a candidate. The court opened the floodgates to contributions. In fact, over $4 billion has been spent to date.

Let Something Essential Continue to Happen to Us

Monday, November 3, 2014

"O God, let something essential continue to happen to us, the Dominican Associates of Peace, as we imagine and continue to plan our lives in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, something essential, more than interesting or pleasant or thoughtful. Let something essential continue to happen to us, something awesome, something real. Speak to us somewhere inside where it matters, a change that will burn and tremble and heal and explode us into tears, or laughter, or love. Let something essential continue to happen to us as we join the Sisters in prayer, study, community and ministry."
Adapted from a prayer by Ted Loder in Guerrillas of Grace (1981)

National Vocation Awareness Week

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sister? Brother? Priest? Deacon? Hermit? Consecrated Virgin? Monk? Nun?
God's on a recruiting mission and God wants YOU!
National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2-8, 2014

We've all heard or seen the advertisements for the Dairy Industry that boldly ask, "Got Milk?" Floating above this question is usually a picture of someone with a "milk-mustache" smiling broadly and holding up a glass of milk. Now, think of Vocation advertisements. How do we represent Religious Life in advertisements? With a smiling person, seemingly well adjusted, happy, and prayerfully walking along a path, jumping with excitement, kneeling in prayer, or caught in the act of ministering. The caption boldly asks, "God calling?" How do you respond? Do you smile and turn the page or does it touch a chord in your heart causing you to pause and ask yourself, "Well, what if?"

The Partner to Freedom is Unity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Returning to Brueggemann’s book, Peace: pp.44-45

Representing the Needs of All the People

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Soon the unrelenting cacophony of political ads will end. More heat than light has come from this routine exercise. What is missing in debates, ads and stump speeches of politicians around the country?

One concern that never surfaces is a broken judicial system that continues to be racist. Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, is an important voice on the issue. He notes that 1 in 3 African American men in the United States are in jail, on probation or on parole. One in six Latino boys will be in prison. He further states that 14 states have no minimum age for trying a child as an adult and 10-year-olds are being prosecuted as adults. They are put in adult jails and many are raped or abused.

It's a Hop Across the Rocks! When We Know Who We Are, We Move Forward

Monday, October 27, 2014

The chapel at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, was filled almost to capacity with over 250 participants, Sisters and Associates, joined in a reflective workshop entitled “Called to Carry the Charism-Developing Associate Leadership.” It was a program designed by Marci Madary and Jeanne Connolly of the Midwest Kindred Spirits Associates regional group. In attendance were the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates gathered for a fall meeting as well as participants in the annual meeting of national Associate Directors of Dominican congregations. Enthusiasm, energy and thoughtful pondering were hallmarks of the day.

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