Friday, August 23, 2013

"A Catholic Conversation on Race, Religion & the March on Washington"

This news just came in (in addition to the "Catholic Conversation...):
Cardinal Wuerl to Celebrate Mass, Participate in Prayer Service Commemorating
50th Anniversary of March on Washington
On Sunday, August 25, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass for
Peace and Justice on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom. The Mass will provide an opportunity to pray for unity and harmony.
Mass for Peace and Justice – 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Sunday, August 25, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
In addition, on Wednesday, August 28, Cardinal Wuerl will participate in the 50th Anniversary of the
March on Washington “Let Freedom Ring” Interfaith Prayer Service, the official opening of the
anniversary day’s events. The prayer service, which will honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. through prayer, scripture, interfaith reflections, and song, will include leaders from
America's diverse faith traditions and young people from different backgrounds, united by the same

I know that tomorrow is move-in day at GW, but for those able to attend the March on Washington, please consider attending the Mass and discussion advertised below after the March.  Let us all hope and pray that the March will be peaceful and bear the fruits of justice.

 A Catholic Conversation on Race, Religion & the March on Washington
August 25th, 12:30 PM

Sister Mary Peters, a leader of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, may have said it best. Speaking to a fellow sister during the 1960s, she said, "Once you have marched in Selma, Sister, you can never stay home again." These words must surely encapsulate the experience of many people of faith - including Catholics - who were called to Selma, to Mobile, to Memphis throughout the 60s and to Washington, DC on a hot August day in 1963.

We are called to continue the work of everyday Catholics who courageously illuminated our Catholic Social Justice Tradition in the 1960s. The critical events of this summer, the economic and social inequities amplified by the recession and its aftermath for the Black, Latino and other racial minority communities, and the recent inspiring words by the nation’s first African American president make A Catholic Conversation on Race and Religion and the March on Washington more important now than ever.

We hope A Catholic Conversation ... may provide an impetus - with the help of the Holy Spirit - for similar conversations to take place in dioceses and parishes across the country.

Date: August 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM Mass

12:30 PM Panel Discussion
Location: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
206 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Hosted by: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Featured Guests for Moderated Panel and Q&A:
John Carr: Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life, Georgetown University
Sister Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN: Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
Monsignor Ray East: Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
Donna Toliver Grimes: USCCB, Assistant Director for African American Affairs
Ralph McCloud: Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development
DISCLAIMER: The participation of the featured guests at this event is not an endorsement of their support for the event co-sponsors.

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