check it out

Heroes who changed the world through non-violent actions – people like St. Francis of Assisi – are celebrated at the Dayton International Peace Museum. Established in 2004, the museum grew out of the 1995 Dayton [Ohio] Peace Accords, the agreement that ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its programs include Peace-Abilities, a school curriculum on non-violence, Summer Peace Camp, weekly storytelling for children, a Nobel Prize luncheon, a Peace Walk fundraiser and a green energy center near Brookville, Ohio. An upcoming exhibit, Jan. 31-May 31, pays tribute to the Peace Corps. The Peace Museum, at 208 W. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton, Ohio, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (call 937-227-3223). Admission is free; only the first floor is wheelchair accessible.
Bright Ideas
Using your dishwasher greenly:

Many believe that using a dishwasher saves on water but that's not always the case. But with a dishwasher, you can run it as needed, which for some households might be once or twice a week. Many dishwasher models cite pre-rinsing as unnecessary, using water pressure to replace the pre-rinse. If you scrape off food residue with a spatula, however, and use a shorter wash cycle – that will reduce the long wash and regular long rinse to save on water. Shortening the dishwasher cycle will cut operating time and also reduce energy use. If you want to maximize energy savings, use the econo-dry setting to save on electricity.

Resources / Links
Wholly Healthy: This booklet of the “live simply” series from Franciscan Media offers tips to help you live a simpler life, and to balance your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Cost is $1.99.  Order from Franciscan Media at .
Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: In this booklet, the author, Albert Haase, OFM, reflects on each phrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, offering the reader ideas of what it means to truly be a peacemaker. He challenges us to look beyond ourselves and toward God and all of humanity. Published by Franciscan Media. Cost is $8.99. You can order it at .

The Holy See
National Catholic Conference of Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Franciscan Media
Zenit: Catholic News from Rome
Order of Friars Minor (OFM) International Web Site
Consistent Life (formerly Seamless Garment Network)
Earth Ministry
Secular Franciscan Order’s Ecology Commission
USCCB Environmental Justice Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Web of Creation
St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University
Franciscans International at the United Nations (Geneva and New York)
Bread for the World
Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
National Right to Life Committee
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Global Peace Services USA
The Institute for Peace and Justice
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pax Christi USA
1,000 Years of Peace, sponsored by St. Anthony Messenger Press
Teaching Tolerance
Los Alamos Study Group