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Martin Luther King, Jr., St. Martin de Porres and St. Francis: Practicing the ways of nonviolence

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, January 20, 2014,
It felt so good today to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the St. Martin de Porres League at Immaculate Conception Church, a Capuchin Franciscan parish in the Bronx.   St. Martin de Porres is the patron saint of racial justice, connecting the goal of racial justice back to Catholic social justice teaching and the Franciscan understanding of all humans as equal and deserving of equitable treatment. 

We started off singing the National Black Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," followe...
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Re-membering Thanksgiving

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Thursday, November 28, 2013,

It’s Thanksgiving Eve. I spent the day at the St. Crispin Friary as the friars and volunteers gave away 425 turkeys and bags of food to community members.  Hungry people lined up outside the church and we gave them tickets, recording their names, to ensure each person only got one. The St. Crispin Friary in many ways feels like an extension of CYFM, but different because they actually serve the poor and needy through the friary & St. Anthony Residence, while CYFM ministers to Catholic famil...


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Rebuilding God's House with St. Francis

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 13, 2013,
Ever since I was part of Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries, a Franciscan youth ministry center in Garrison, NY, during high school, I have always thought of the lifestyle of St. Francis an admirable one.  Retreats centered around St. Francis and St. Clare and led by friars and brothers who have devoted their lives to following in the Franciscan path made my times spent at CYFM more than memorable. It's no wonder my CYFM friends alluded to the retreat center as a "heaven on earth." We were ca...
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Gandhi's Seven Deadly Social Sins

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Friday, March 29, 2013,
I'm a fan of Gandhi.  I'm particularly inspired by his famous quote "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" which has been and continues to be the theme of my blog.  However, I was even more impressed recently when I came across his "Seven Deadly Social Sins" on a poster from Sojourners.  I was able to purchase a copy of the poster at The Justice Conference in Philadelphia last month.  These are the traits Gandhi considered to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity: 
  • Wealth...

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Freedom Farm

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, October 22, 2012,

Amber, Fritz, Jyna, Brielle, Denise and I took a trip to Freedom Farm from Friday to Saturday.  This was the second time I’ve visited this farm. Fritz introduced us to a year and a half ago, as he knows Ann and Edgar through his connections with the Mennonite community in NYC.  Edgar had been working in the South Bronx with youth from Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, when he and Ann decided to move upstate to Otisville / Middletown, NY, and start Freedom Farm. They wanted to provide ...


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Called to Create

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, September 24, 2012,

I’ve come across a good number of provocative ideas in the past couple weeks that I would like to start digesting here.  Last Sunday, Pastor Guy Wasko at Trinity Grace Church – East Village gave good meaning to the church’s motto, “Joining God in the Renewal of all Things.”  During his sermon, he spoke about how the full Christian story explains fully the Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.  This allows for a holistic and encompassing  Christian worldview.  Unfortunately, m...


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Andre's River

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Sunday, August 26, 2012,
Here is an epic memoir of Andre Christopher Rivera, a youth who was empowered to create positive change in his community in the Bronx through the guidance and mentorship of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice.  His story means so much more than mine because he grew up in the Bronx.  A short film has also been made with part of his story: Andre's River  

Vote for Andre! 
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My name is Andre Christopher Rivera. I am 19 years old, and I graduated from Lehman High School CLASS OF 2...


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Inspiration from Morris Heights

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 28, 2012,
4/14/12
Leave It Better had been teaching youth about environmental stewardship and growing food in PS 306 / MS 331 in the Bronx when one of the teachers suggested they do something with the vacant lot across the street.  Dominique and Graham decided to transform the lot into an official NYC Department of Parks & Recreation GreenThumb garden. It's incredible to see the work they've done to build community and involve residents - especially youth - in growing food and transforming the formerly ...
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Bronx Helpers Cooking Garden Club's Global Youth Service Day

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 28, 2012,

4/21/12

I first heard about the New Settlement Apartments – Bronx Helpers Cooking Garden Club through Alyssa Ruiz, who is always raving about the group and how they did such a good job with their Adopt a Bodega project.  This is the group that created the Bodega Down Bronx video a couple of years ago.  I was so glad to have the opportunity to hear them present at the GreenThumb Grow Together conference this year and was so inspired by the youths’ motivation to work towards food justice. ...


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Bike tour of the South Bronx waterfront

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 28, 2012,

Yesterday I joined a bike caravan on a trip with South Bronx Unite and Friends of Brook Park to see the points of access (and lack thereof) to the South Bronx waterfront, culminating in an excursion to Randall’s island for some canoeing.  We started off at Brook Park on 141st St & Brook Ave, where about 30 of us gathered with our bikes.  Brook Park recently got a grant from the NYC Council, which allowed them to purchase some bikes for the community’s use – so exciting! 


 

We set off go...


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Wisdom on health & self-care, from St. Teresa of Avila

Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Quotes 
I returned from a much-needed vacation today with my family, celebrating my brother's college graduation in California. And several hours later (on a Sunday, may I add) found myself going to my office to gather some materials needed for an Adopt a Bodega workshop at a school tomorrow morning. On the train ride back I opened up a book I've picked up on and off over the past several months - Meditations with Teresa of Avila.  The chapter I was up to is called "Care of the Body" and discusses ho...
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Posted by Kelly Moltzen on Sunday, January 29, 2012,
You may wonder about the photo I've chosen as the banner to this site.  It's a photo from Freedom Farm in Otisville, NY, taken during a visit in 2011. 
I found out about Freedom Farm though a Mennonite member of the NYC Community of Communities who has become a friend of the house.  One of the reasons Ann and Edgar founded this farm was as an outgrowth of YMPJ, as a "Christian-based youth education organization striving for peace and justice by teaching alternatives to violence, sustainable ag...

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