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Mission Intern with the Riverwest Food Pantry
Riverwest Food Pantry's Mission House in Milwaukee is now receiving applicants ages 21-26 for their year-long missionary internship which includes room, board and a monthly stipend. Interns live together in Catholic justice formation in the neighborhoods of Riverwest and Harambee. Interns are trained in assisting the poor, running community meals, urban gardens, food rescue, learning non-profit and neighborhood development leadership skills!

Start Date: August 13, 2018-July 27th, 2019

For application and more information, email Samantha Vosters at samantha@riverwestfoodpantry.org. More information can be found at www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/mission-house

Calling Teens to Serve!
It's never too early to start making summer plans. Registration is now open for teens aged 15 through 18 to participate in Reach Out Reach In, a summer service week sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, held July 15-20, 2018. This program is local and is great for teens who want to be involved in direct service and social action. The sites, located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, include homeless shelters, adult day care, community organizations, meal programs, organic farms, child care and more. Scholarships are available.

For more information visit: www.archmil.org/RORI

Mission Pilgrimage Opportunities

The Office for World Mission is offering two Mission Pilgrimage Opportunities for Young Adults (ages 18—39) this summer. Trip locations are Bolivia and the Dominican Republic and applications are now being accepted. For more information, call 414-758-2282 or visit: www.archmil.org/GlobalMission

Share your gift of the English Language
Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street. We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.   

Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week. The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.         

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Patricia (Pat) Roehrig, at proehrig@wi.rr.com  or call 414-461-5592.

Might you be interested in working as a volunteer with Patricia (Pat) Roehrig in organizing, planning and coordinating the adult English-as-a-Second-Language Program at St. Michael’s Parish on 24th and Cherry Streets in Milwaukee?  Currently 74 students from Myanmar (the former Burma) are studying to learn English and to work on Citizenship preparation.  For clarification and questions call Pat at 414-461-5592 or e-mail her at proehrig@wi.rr.com.

Recurring Events:
  • Growing Healthy Soil Workshops
    • Wednesday, July 11
      • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
      • Hephatha Lutheran Church 
      • 1720 W. Locust St. 
    • Wednesday, July 25 
      • 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
      • Journey House Community Garden
      • 2125 W. Scott St.
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Practice Groups Nonviolent Communication (NVC), sometimes known as Compassionate Communication, is a powerful tool that promotes connection with self and others. You are invited to come and practice communication techniques developed based on the concepts of Marshall Rosenberg.
    • New Berlin: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st and 3rd Monday of every month except 1/1/18) November 6, 2017 - June 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Learn more
    • Waukesha: United Unitarian Universalist Congregation (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month except 1/2/18), November 7, 2017 - June 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learn more.
    • Hartland: Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church (1st Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. and 3rd Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m. of every month except 1/4/18), November 2, 2017 - June 21, 2018.  Learn more.
  • Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
    • Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines hainesa@archmil.org A reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice: actualizing the On the Table conversation. Learn more.

Children and Youth Awareness and Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Jul 12
This presentation by students is focused on safe and sustainable cities, sustainable consumption and production. Friday, July 12, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Japan Society, 333 East 47th St. Flyer. RSVP here by July 9.

Every Child Alive - Jul 16
Speakers will talk about their aims on ending preventable newborn deaths through clean, functional health facilities within the reach of every mother and baby. Monday, July 16, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street. Flyer. RSVP here by July 13.

Growing Together: A Faith Eco-Partner Initiative - Jul 17
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is sponsoring this inaugural discussion forum with faith-based institutions. Tuesday, July 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Headquarters, 260 W Seeboth St. RSVP at cpalmer@mmsd.com or (414) 225-2191 by July 9th.

Bystander Intervention Training - Jul 17
Tuesday, July 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Shorewood Public Library. 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood.
Sponsored by SURJ Milwaukee, the Bystander Intervention Training will focus on ways to intervene in public instances of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. The physical and vocal practice of various strategies is designed to change social norms and encourage people to find ways to interrupt violence and prevent further harm. Learn more.

What we do Matters: People & Sustainable Practices - Jul 25
This Wisconsin Green Muslims Sustainability Webinar will occur on Wednesday, July 25 at noon. Learn more and register here.

Making Change Happen: Strategies for Inspiring Sustainable Practices - Aug 7
This Wisconsin Green Muslims Sustainability Webinar will occur on Tuesday, August 7 at noon. Learn more and register here.

Peace Action Wisconsin Lanterns for Peace - Aug 10
This annual event commemorates the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Family activities will include the making of traditional Japanese lanterns and origami peace cranes. Food will be available. A formal program will be followed by the symbolic and beautiful floating of lanterns on the lily pond. Friday, August 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl. Milwaukee.

SAVE THE DATE: Catholics at the Capitol - April 30, 2019
Every two years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol. Hundreds of Catholics from around the state come to Madison for this day of formation and legislative advocacy. Catholics at the Capitol 2019 will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Watch the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site for more information as it becomes available.