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Who Will You Make Peace With?

…is the theme of a multifaith celebration of peace in song, music and narrative in recognition of
…is the theme of a multi-faith celebration of peace in song, music and narrative in recognition of the International Day of Peace. Although the actual
day is September 21st, over 500 events have been planned across the country during this week. Our local celebration will be held Sunday, September 18th, at 4PM at the Ed Clap Senior Center, 2801 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo. The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the FM Bahai Community, the Presentation Sisters, the Center for Interfaith Projects, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.

This would be a good week to stop by our Peace Pole (on the corner of 11th St. and 18th Ave.) to offer a prayer for peace and to see if you recognize the four languages proclaiming its message. Nativity’s Peace Pole was one of the first erected in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The Peace Day Celebration is also part of National Welcoming Week, which includes a pictorial display at the Fargo Public Library, a Community Table, Concordia’s Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium, and many other activities. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/welcomingfmarea or www.welcomingamerica.org.

“May peace prevail on earth.”

Celebrating Labor Day

Every year around this time, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a letter reflecting on labor and work, looking at current challenges through the eye of faith. This year, Archbishop Wenski of Miami, who chairs the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reflects on the global economic forces burdening the worker and the family in 2016, and calls for renewed solidarity. “Simply put, we must advocate for jobs and wages that truly provide a dignified life for individuals and their families, and for working conditions that are safe and allow for a full flourishing of life outside of the workplace.”

Not long ago America was a place where anyone who graduated from high school and was prepared to work hard could expect to earn a salary sufficient to support a family. There are a lot of reasons that this has changed, but one of them is the decline of unions – a shift that has reduced the bargaining power of the worker vs the other economic actors in society. The economists tell us that today’s free market economy, unencumbered by unions, is more efficient. Be it so: is efficiency the only criteria by which we judge an economy? Or is it worth paying a few dollars more for your smartphone, car or movie ticket if it enables one-third of our nation’s men and women a vocation and life with dignity? (Catholic Labor Network)

The Rest of the Story…

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Marilyn Monroe was probably not thinking of athletic shoes when she made this statement, but it does apply to our “African Soles for African Souls” project.

The spring edition of Legacy (UNICEF’S newsletter)features a story titled “Girl’s Education is the Key to Gender Equality”, and highlights their success through sports programs helping to delay early marriage, keep girls in school and boost their academic success. Although the shoes that will be purchased for the African Soul, American Heart school for orphaned girls will not be used exclusively for athletics, they will help these girls be healthy and active.

We are so grateful for the $650.10 donation that came from our parishioners and the extra match money that will double that donation.

Perhaps the words of Seo Min Hyun are a better fit – “Good shoes take you good places.”

Thanks to all whose generous “American Hearts” helped make this such a successful effort.