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Visit a Prison Virtually: Learn How to Help Prisoners in Virginia

The Corporal Works of Mercy include a mandate which most of us seldom consider, “To Visit the Imprisoned.” We are suggesting a possible journey addressing that charge by Jesus. The St Mark committee on Peace and Justice is presenting an evening of visual presentations and discussions on the situation for prisoners in Virginia. We will explore the treatment and mistreatment of some prisoners. We will see movie presentations of the conditions of their lives, and how some prisoners and prison managers regard solitary confinement. We will consider how prisoners are prepared to reenter normal society.

We will begin with visual presentations. Then John Horejsi of St Mark will lead a panel with Gay Gardiner and Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass of Interfaith Action for Human Rights and the Virginia Advocacy Group to discuss how persons like ourselves can become better informed on the issues of the Christian treatment of prisoners. We hope to consider actions we might take to “Visit the Prisoners” with improved treatment. 

When: October 26, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Cassidy Activities Center at St Mark parish, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna VA


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Moral and Policy Questions on Nuclear Arms and North Korea

At a time of danger, fear, and confusion, this Public Dialogue will examine the moral, human, and policy questions surrounding the conflict with North Korea over nuclear weapons. Experienced leaders will analyze the current crisis, its moral challenges, and the policy implications for citizens and leaders of U.S. and global institutions and will explore the following issues:

  • the facts, dynamics, and dangers in the North Korean conflict over nuclear arms;
  • key principles from Catholic Social Teaching on nuclear arms, international conflict, and war that could shape U.S. choices;
  • lessons from past and current efforts to address these issues regarding North Korea and other nations seeking nuclear arms capacity;
  • information that citizens, students, faculty, people of faith should know about this crisis and how to make their voices heard.

This Dialogue brings together a former defense secretary, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ point person on these issues, a moral theologian, and an experienced government and academic expert on the Korean peninsula for a unique conversation of the neglected moral and policy questions facing our nation at this time of crisis.

When: November 2, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University