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Immigrant Women Acing Lessons in Solidarity and Justice

Mary’s Pence walks side by side with “las Marias” of the world – the women who persist and change oppressive systems at home and abroad. We support immigrant women and their families because the Mary’s Pence circle only grows stronger … Continue reading

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ESPERA Program and Immigration: Questions and Answers

In the past several months, discussions about immigration have moved to the center of public attention in the U.S. and abroad. It concerns us that some of these discussions are divisive and abrasive. The plight of immigrants stirs our hearts, … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence – Kaye Cassidy

May 1, 2016 – my last First Communion celebration, and my last day as the Director of Faith Formation and Liturgy at a Catholic parish.  It was a job that I have always wanted to do, and loved to do … Continue reading

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Cooking Up Social Change

Mary’s Pence invited The Kitchen Table, a fall 2015 grantee, to lead a workshop at the Call to Action conference and share the success of their social enterprise. “We made a trip of a lifetime,” says Stephanie Renee Booker-Wynn of … Continue reading

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A Tea Party Legacy

Women in the room are sporting blouses with starched lace collars; feathers perch atop their wide-brimmed hats. Earl Grey tea is served in fine china – cups that have descended to the hostess from her grandmother. Voices hum and rise … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Mary’s Pence!

The Mary’s Pence network is far reaching – “from Canada to Panama,” we often say. We are blessed to be part of a community of strong women (and men) that includes staff, board, volunteers, grantees, ESPERA partners, and you. We … Continue reading

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Minnesota Muslim Women Are Showing Up, Taking Charge

“What is holding you back from leadership?” Women ask each other this question a lot. The answers are many and varied. There’s institutional politics, prejudice against capable women, distrust and micro-aggressions towards women who have the ambition to lead. But … Continue reading

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“The desert is hot, but we are the rain”

Svitlana Iukhymovych, St. Joseph Worker, shares her reflections on SOA Watch Convergence-2016 Last month, Mary’s Pence connected with supporters at the annual SOA Watch Vigil and Convergence. In the years past, this event was held at Fort Benning, a combat training … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence – Kathleen

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy watching the trees turn into multi-colored works of art. Each day brings a new palette of colors to my garden. Autumn also represents a cycle of change and loss to … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Past, Rising With Dignity

The Mary’s Pence ESPERA program grew out of a desire to partner more deeply with women in Central America and Mexico. Through this partnership Mary’s Pence provides resources, including the lending pool funds and other financial support.  ESPERA staff from … Continue reading

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