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WEBINARS GALORE! "Catholics and the Climate: Fostering Mission-Based Sustainability" Wed., Feb. 8, 2012, 8-9 p.m.

Central Time/9-10 p.m. Eastern Time Join online The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and Loyola University New Orleans host a webinar including remarks from Most Reverend William S. Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of Spokane, on the centrality of creation for Catholics, the importance of environmental sustainability and the link between sustainability and mission for Catholic institutions. Dan DiLeo, Project Manager with the Coalition, will share the Coalition's new resource Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration Thomas Ryan, Ph.D., Director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry and Kathleen O'Gorman, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies will facilitate questions and answers. "Understanding Compassion: A 50-State Immigration Initiative" Wed., Feb. 22, 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time Register online FAN staff member Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF and FAN Action Commissioner Kent Ferris, OFS host a webinar to share what they learned at a Jan. 11-13 conference on immigration sponsored by the USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in Salt Lake City. Sr. Marie, who oversees FAN's immigration work, and Kent, who supervises the Immigration Office for the Diocese of Davenport, will provide current information, review strategies, and answer questions. Please join us as we grow in understanding how Franciscans can bring compassion to the U.S. immigration system. Read FAN member Sr. Dorothy Moczygemba CSSF's reflection on the FAN blog on her experience of the conference. "Leaping into Public View: Training in Media Strategy" Leap Day! Wed., Feb. 29, 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time Register online FAN hosts John Gehring for this training on engaging the news media, using upcoming FAN press events on money in politics as the test case. John will examine important topics such as messaging, communicating with reporters and writing press releases. John Gehring serves as Senior Writer and Catholic Outreach Coordinator at Faith in Public Life in Washington, D.C. He previously worked for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

GreenFaith Certification Program Webinar Recording Available If you missed the GreenFaith Certification Program introductory webinar, you can still access the webinar recording and slides online. Through FAN, Franciscan parishes are eligible for a tuition discount for this nationally recognized two-year program that helps congregations 'green' their worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, N.J. is enrolled in the Certification Program; their St. Francis Ministry contributed to the installation of soclar panels. St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J. (a Franciscan community) participated in a previous program. FAN member Sr. Jacquie Keefe, CSSF participates in GreenFaith's Fellowship Program. Read Sr. Jacquie's reflection on a GreenFaith Environmental Justice retreat. OTHER STUFF: Pray for the Journey: Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants faithfully gather on early Friday mornings to pray for immigration reform and to offer a blessing to those who will be deported that day from the Broadview Detention Center in Chicago, Illinois. The prayer takes place just outside the main entrance of the detention center. Rain or shine, cold and freezing ... in whatever weather, the prayer vigil goes on. ... Read more of Sr. Maureen McCarthy, OSF's reflection on her experience of prayer with men about to be deported. Join Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants for weekly activities. See above for information about a FAN webinar on immigration. Creation, Humanity and Science in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Br. Bill Short OFM, Mary Beth Ingham CSJ, and Keith Warner OFM July 29-Aug. 12, 2012 Old Mission Santa Barbara, California Three leading Franciscan scholars address environmental concerns in this two-week summer course titled. Br. Bill is the Dean of the Franciscan School of Theology, and a top scholar in the Franciscan world. Sr. Mary Beth is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in the theology and philosophy of Bl. John Duns Scotus. Br. Keith Douglass Warner OFM has written extensively about Franciscan environmental ethics. Join them to learn about the Franciscan tradition, stewardship, spirituality and environmental justice. Timed for working professionals, this short course allows you to study with FST scholars at our summer campus at Old Mission Santa Barbara, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.