The Common Good
July-August 1995

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Rachel Johnson | July-August 1995

CELEBRATING RACIAL DIVERSITY


Kathleen McGinnis, author of Educating for a Just Society
and Parenting for Peace and Justice, has created
a new resource fo

CELEBRATING RACIAL DIVERSITY

Kathleen McGinnis, author of Educating for a Just Society and Parenting for Peace and Justice, has created a new resource for educators, Celebrating Racial Diversity. Speaking to the racial polarization in the world today, this 136-page teacher's resource manual is a combination of background information, concrete classroom activities, recommended resources, and a wide variety of reproducible student readings and worksheets designed to enhance racial and cultural understanding.

The resource is divided into four sections: Racism, Multicultural Education, Justice Heroes, and Literature for Children and Youth. Biographic material is provided on social justice leaders such as César Chávez, Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigoberta Menchú, and Rosa Parks. In addition, Celebrating Racial Diversity includes scriptural, sacramental, and liturgical year links.

To order a copy of Celebrating Racial Diversity ($12 plus $3 shipping), contact: The Institute for Peace and Justice, 4144 Lindell, #124, St. Louis, MO 63108; (314) 533-4445.

THE NUCLEAR LEGACY

The Video Project, a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by Academy Award-winning documentary film makers to provide quality media programs on global peace and human rights issues, introduces a new line of videos about the atomic age. The Nuclear Legacy Video Catalog highlights 22 videos that help people of all ages understand the impact, both human and political, of the Atomic Age and the related issues that continue to affect-and endanger-our lives. Among the videos featured are:

n Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a highly acclaimed animated program for young people that tells the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl whose life has come to symbolize hope in the Nuclear Age.

n Rain of Ruin, an investigation into the political and military reasons America dropped atomic bombs on Japan.

n Nagasaki Journey, a new program on the aftermath of the Nagasaki bombing, featuring never-before-seen footage of the Marine landing.

n Bound by the Wind, a comprehensive look at the worldwide human toll of nuclear testing and the need for a comprehensive test ban.

For a free copy of the Nuclear Legacy Catalog, or to order, contact: The Video Project, 5332 College Ave., Suite 101, Oakland, CA 94618; 1-800-4-PLANET.

INVITATION TO AN ANNIVERSARY

For 20 years the Christian Community of Reconciliation in Lille, France, has been committed on a daily basis to evangelism, helping the poor, living a community lifestyle, and spiritual renewal. This call has led them to work for reconciliation together with other communities from some of the most divided regions of the world.

The community will celebrate its anniversary with a conference, "Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Poor...Sources of Reconciliation," in Lille, October 26 to November 1. Speakers from different countries (including Hong Kong, the United States, Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, South Africa, and France) and denominations will address the challenges reconciliation presents to today's church.

For further information or to register for the conference, contact: Caroline ORTH ABEJ, Communauté de la Réconciliation, BP 134, F - 59025 Lille Cédex, France; (33) 20-44-00-41.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS

Guatemala Partners, a national, tax-exempt organization that supports grassroots organized efforts for change, invites groups (church, environmental, school, or others) to form a "Grassroots Partner-ship" with a project in Guatemala. Your group can come to know individual Guatemalan activists and gain a better understanding of their struggles and their lives.

Partnering adds a face and a voice to solidarity work. It creates an intimate tie and promotes lasting commitment. Through the 50-page Study and Action Guide, Guatemala Partners helps participants probe the difficult underlying issues of poverty and hunger, unjust distribution of land, marginalization of the Mayan majority, military repression, and the role and responsibility of the United States.

The packet also has concrete, practical suggestions on bringing a partnership alive. Your church, school, or solidarity committee can help Mayan communities reclaim and restore their land; support women factory workers as they develop new leadership skills; aid campesinos to become village "health promoters"; and offer solidarity to Guatemalan refugees returning home. Grassroots Partnerships offers guidance in developing communication, support, and interchange through letter-writing, prayers, fund raising, visiting your partners in their communities, and bringing them to speak in yours.

To order a packet ($5 each), contact: Guatemala Partners, 945 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 783-1123.

A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE IN SPANISH

Con-spirando: Revista Latino-americana de Ecofeminismo, Espiritualidad y Teologia is the first-ever Spanish-language quarterly to bring together reflections from Latin American women on feminist theology, spirituality, and ritual. Feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether has called Con-spirando "one of the exciting new voices" of liberation theology emerging from Latin America.

To order a year's subscription to Con-spirando (individual, $24; institutions, $30), write: Con-spirando, Ltda., Casilla 371-11, Correo Nuñoa, Santiago, Chile.

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