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Education coordinator for Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to address advocacy issues at presentation
02-7-13

The Department of Campus Ministry at Misericordia University is offering the presentation, “The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Advocacy Issues,’’ by the education coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Justice Team on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Alden Trust Room 219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall from 5-6 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the general public.

Marianne Comfort is one of the social justice advocates for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in Washington, D.C. At Misericordia, Comfort will discuss their work on environmental issues on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and in corporate boardrooms, as she invites individuals and the campus community to join in efforts to address climate change, fracking, other mining issues and much more. Comfort will also engage participants in a new initiative for creating a more environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just presence on earth.

During the academic year, Comfort visits Mercy-sponsored college campuses across the country to see how students, faculty and staff are engaged with the critical concerns of the earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women’s issues.

During her visit to campus, Comfort will also speak to select student groups about advocacy issues of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, including students enrolled in the class, “Theology and the Human Experience.’’ Taught by Christine Somers, D.Min., M.S.W., director of Campus Ministry, students in the class will also be volunteering in Mobile, Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pa.; Schenectady, N.Y.; and Benson, Vt., where they will be working and learning about sustainability, and homeless and poverty issues, as they work with Habitat for Humanity, homeless shelters and on a sustainable, organic farm during spring break from March 4-8.