Lunch & Learn ~ June 17

Inside the Refugee Crisis

A View from Sr. Norma Pimentel of the Humanitarian 
Response along the Texas/Mexico Border


 Friday, June 17


8th Day Center for Justice

205 W. Monroe, 5th Floor


Please join us for a live interview with Sr. Norma Pimentel, who will discuss her work on the U.S.-Mexico Border.  Opportunity for discussion will follow the live interview.

330 Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries & services in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley. Sr. Norma is an alumna of the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies with a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling. She will be honored at Loyola University Chicago's Founders Dinner as one the 2016 Damen Awardees. 

Please RSVP to Mary Ellen Madden at or  312-641-5151 X112.  8th Day will have Fair Trade coffee and tea available.  You can pick up lunch at Jimmy John's on the first floor of the building, or at many other restaurants in the area—Nesh, Au Bon Pain, and Cosi to name a few.

LGBTQ+ Justice in Faith-Based Communities


LGBTQ+ Justice in Faith-Based Communities:

Understanding the Evolving Story of Gender & Sexuality


Friday, July 8th 2016 

Grace Place

637 South Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60605

8:30 | Gather

 9am - 12pm | Workshop

$20 suggested donation 

What does it mean to be queer?  How can we better understand queerness so that our faith  communities can be more inclusive?  How might the story of the evolving universe inform our understanding of sexuality and gender? What might a church that is fully embracing of the queer community look like?

Please join us as we explore these questions and more during a workshop on understanding gender and sexuality, and how that relates to Catholic identity.  Chris McNulty will lay the foundation for our discussion with the basic language and tenets of queer theory.  What is queer theory?  What terms are most inclusive and appropriate?  How might we need to challenge our pre-conceived understandings of the human person?  How do gender and sexuality intersect with race, ability, and economic status?

We will then feature a panel with Chantal de Alcuaz, Pat Curran, and Lydia Gajdel to explore questions of how their LGBTQ+ identities relate to their faith lives.

We hope you will join us for this exciting, interactive, and important discussion so that we may all grow into deeper understanding so that we can build faith communities and our world into a truly just and equal place.

About Our Presenter & Panelists…

Chris McNulty, M.A. is a social justice activist, educator, philosopher, and active listener. He earned his Master’s degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies where he studied the history and philosophy of science in relation to social justice and environmentalism under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Swimme. He works on queer justice issues in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, particularly focusing on youth education and empowerment as a board member of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network of Northeast Ohio and as a speaker at youth events. He identifies as a human, gay, cis-gender, white, male Clevelander who dabbles in karaoke and stands in solidarity with those who are oppressed by current social and political structures.

Pat Curran grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and after graduating from Georgetown University, he moved to Chicago to spend a year working with refugees Catholic Charities through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. For the past three years, he has worked on the social work team at Chicago Jesuit Academy while working toward a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. Pat enjoys running and memorizing the lyrics to Hamilton.

Chantal deAlcuaz began her Catholic school education in kindergarten, and finished with a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  She has worked as a high school campus minister, carpenter, baker, book keeper, and most formatively, as an activist and Catholic Worker.  She and her partner live in Alaska where they enjoy climbing mountains and watching baby moose frolic in their back yard.

Lydia Gajdel is a proud Iowa native who is a Masters of Divinity student at The University of Chicago. In her free time she likes to try new craft beers, build architectural Legos and dig into the biggest burrito she can find.

Cosponsored by Call to Action

For more information and to register for the event please contact Mary Ellen Madden at

Convergence At The Border


The SOA Watch Convergence at the Border is taking place from October 7-10, 2016 at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. Mobilize your communities to take a stand for justice and against militarization. The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides Border Convergenceof the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border and watch the documentary The Empire's War on the Border.

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Download and distribute the Border Convergence fliers, and post information and images on your social media networks (click here for sample tweets). Get your group or organization to endorse the convergence, and to spread the word.

History is made by movements - mass movements of people who organize themselves to struggle collectively for a better world. The SOA Watch movement is a nonviolent force to change oppressive U.S. policies as represented by institutions like the School of the Americas, and to resist militarization at home and abroad. It is made up of people from many backgrounds who work towards a positive and fundamentally different alternative to the racist system of violence and domination.

Supporting “A Church For Our Daughters”

8th Day Center for Justice - Women in Church and Society Committee is a supporting organization for the “A Church For Our Daughters” campaign.

The campaign states:
 “We pray together as a family of the faithful with the vision of a Church community that at its core upholds the full equality of all of its members. So that our daughters and yours may know radical inclusion and justice, equality without qualification, and an institution that transforms oppression into love without bounds, let us build a Church for our daughters.”

Join 8th Day Center - Women in Church and Society Committee and the many other organizations in signing the petition asking US Bishops to Build a Church for Our Daughters by clicking here

Learn more about the campaign here.

Spring Revel

Spring Revel 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all who joined us at Revel in the Revolution with Jamie Manson. It was a pleasure having you all with us, experiencing the moving words from Jamie, together. The roll out of our Feminist Plattform could have gone no other way. Thank you for being a part of it with us.  The full text of Jamie Manson's speech can be found by clicking here.

To see photos from the event click here.




Click here for more information about the Feminist Platform.

Good Friday Walk for Justice - March 25




Thank you for joining us for

Good Friday Walk for Justice


Download a copy of the 2016 Good Friday Walk for Justice program book.


Click here to see photos from the Walk.

8th Day Speakers


Watch last months Evening Speaker Series with Imam Malik Musahid. 



Watch last months Lunch & Learn with Adelaida Jiménez Cortés. 



A Response to Our World


8th Days Response to the State of our World

People fleeing their homes in Syria, the attacks in Paris, the gunman at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago; this is our world today.  8th Day Center for Justice refers to the 8th day, the day after the mythical seven-day creation story, the day when we take responsibility for creating a world of peace and justice.  In light of current events, we ask ourselves, “What world are we creating?” The media would like us to believe that we should be afraid, that the compassion we rightly have for those fleeing their country and our desire to help keep them safe is foolish and will lead to our demise. The systems around us further enforce that fear to the point of bigotry. Politicians have suggested separate ID cards for people they determine to be different, heightening “security” measures for certain people, deciding who people are based on what they look like. Using this rhetoric of separation as a guide to decide people’s motives allows for the characterization of a white gunman at Planned Parenthood as a unique instance, out of the norm, even praised by some.  The media, the systems, the subsequent bigotry, has left many of us frozen.  What world do we want to create and how do we do it?  We believe the protests in Chicago on November 27th, Black Friday, in response to the cover up of a police murder of a black teenager Laquan McDonald, give hope to what we can do.  The response of the people shows how we can be a voice for justice and truth in the world.  When we have the courage to resist the status quo, to resist hatred and fear, we begin to build a world rooted in nonviolence and mutuality.



 For further reflection from 8th Day and resources for your own reflections please click here.

Addressing White Privilege

Addressing White Privilege
A Statement by 8th Day Center for Justice
“They misled my people by saying that all is well when all is not well. It is as if my people built an unstable wall and these prophets used whitewash on it, not plaster." Ezekiel 13:10

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew all about “whitewashing” when, in his 1963 Letters from Birmingham Jail, he wrote, “ I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White citizens’ ‘Councilor’ or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’ who paternistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

8th Day Statement on the Affordable Care Act

We begin this statement by saying that our vision is that all people would have access to health care.  Health care is a necessity, not a privilege.

While universal health care coverage is not yet a reality, we realize that over 48 million Americans according to the 2011 U.S. Census are uninsured.  We cannot allow this to continue.  Those who are uninsured are most often people who are poor, working people with low-paying jobs, or the unemployed.  If health care is needed, they must go to emergency rooms, which is very expensive.   The cost is passed on in the form of increased premiums to all who do have health insurance.