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Three Part Harmony Farm (3PH) Awarded Nourish DC Grant April 19th, 2022

Congratulations & kudos to Gail Taylor, owner & operator of Three Part Harmony Farm (3PHF), located at the OMI US Province administrative offices in Washington, DC!!
Out of 180 local businesses that applied, Three Part Harmony Farm was among 9 to receive a grant from Capital Impact Partners (Nourish DC Collaborative) in partnership with Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office.
“I’ve come a long way since the backyard gardening days when I used to carry tools on the bus to tend vegetables at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House. Thank you Nourish DC for making a place at the table for a smal, independently Black-owned farm to be part of the future of DCs local food scene.” (Gail Taylor, Three Part Harmony Farm)

3PH Welcomes Visitors April 19th, 2022

Three Part Harmony (3PH) Farm Welcomes Visitors

by Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI

On Wednesday, April 6th, Three Part Harmony Farm (3PHF)  welcomed visitors from Nourish DC Fund & Dreaming Out Loud to their location at the OMI US Province property at 391 Michigan Ave in Washington, DC.

Just as the farm is on the cusp of a new season of planting and growing healthy, nourishing, and organically produced food for a number of constituencies, it was wonderful to welcome so many interested and energetic visitors and to share with them the 3PHF story.

After nearly ten years of operation, the collaboration between the Oblates and 3PHF continues to demonstrate ways in which local partnerships can realize not only great local food-producing initiatives, but become a center of learning and apprenticeship for interested folks of all ages.

This initiative realizes in a very specific way the call of Pope Francis to “care for our common home” by promoting food security, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and feeding the hungry, while respecting the integrity of the earth for future generations.

Three Part Harmony Farm(3PHF)  was one of 9 local businesses that recently received a grant from Capital Impact Partners (Nourish DC Collaborative) in partnership with Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office.  READ THE STORY HERE: Three Part Harmony Farm (3PH) Awarded Nourish DC Grant  

Nourish DC Collaborative
Launched in 2021, the Nourish DC Collaborative was created in partnership with the District government to support the development of a robust ecosystem of locally owned food businesses, neighborhood vibrancy, and health equity in DC communities, especially in neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores and other food businesses. Nourish DC provides flexible loans, technical assistance, and catalytic grants to emerging and existing food businesses in the District of Columbia, with a preference for businesses located in or owned by residents of underserved neighborhoods. The Nourish DC Fund was a priority of the DC Food Policy Council in response to resident engagement and input on improving DC’s food system.

Dreaming Out Loud (DOL)
Dreaming Out Loud (DOL) was founded in 2008 as a response to educational and socioeconomic disparities facing communities in Washington, DC. DOL began with teaching character and leadership development in DC public charter schools, but soon recognized systemic issues around the food system, which led to the creation of community farmers markets, with the help of a local church and one farmer. Through economic opportunity, using workforce development and entrepreneurship training, DOL is driving deeper change within the community creating financial stability and food security. DOL aims to use the food system as a powerful tool of resistance, resilience, and advocacy for structural change.

Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI Interviewed by Law360 on SEC Support of Amazon Investors April 8th, 2022

SEC Backs Amazon Holders On Global Tax Transparency Vote

A Roman Catholic priest told Law360 on Wednesday that he won the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval for a vote among fellow shareholders on his global tax transparency proposal, bypassing the company’s request to block his measure.

The Rev. Séamus Finn told Law360 that his proposal for a shareholder vote will be included in materials at the corporation’s annual meeting in May, when a landmark vote will take place on whether to force Amazon to publicly disclose tax payments in each country of operation. Finn works on policy and investments for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate — a 200-year-old congregation based in Aix-en-Provence, France — whose attorney Con Hitchcock said the SEC’s denial of Amazon’s no-action request is a watershed moment in tax transparency.




Oblates Demand Corporate Leaders Adopt Responsible Climate Change Practices April 7th, 2022

By Fr. Séamus P. Finn, OMIDirector of OMIUSAJPIC and OIP

One of the most important developments in missiology, (which I understand to mean “engagement” with the world), at the institutional/organizational level over the last 25 years, has been a consideration of how the vision and mission of different religious entities reflects and integrates the call of the Gospel, the Church’s tradition and the Charism of their founders in both their policies and operations. Put more concretely, “are these entities walking the talk” and how well aligned are their operations and marketing with the religious identity and name that they embrace.

For more than 40 years the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have asked this question and worked assiduously to find ways to integrate this approach into the management of any trusts, endowments or foundations for which they are responsible. For this purpose they have developed and continue to refine a Faith Consistent Investment policy to guide those responsible for managing these funds.

Read the full article at OMIUSA.ORG.


Important Eastern Orthodox “Declaration” Unites Most Christians Against President Putin and Patriarch Kirill March 31st, 2022

By Fr. Harry Winter, O.M.I.
Eastern Orthodox Christians, and the various Eastern Christian Churches united with Rome, are extremely important in the work of Evangelization, Ecumenism and Dialogue with other religions. But their diversity of language and culture sometimes prevents them from doing this.
Paradoxically, the efforts by Russia’s President Putin and the Patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, to take over the Ukraine has provoked the vast majority of Eastern Orthodox leaders, on March 13, 2022, to issue a document against Putin and Kirill, “A Declaration on the ‘Russian World’ Teaching” 
Read the full article at OMIUSA.ORG.

World Water Day celebrates Water & Awareness of the Global Water Crisis: By Bishop Emeritus, Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI March 30th, 2022

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World Water Day, March 22nd focuses on the most essential element of all life which is water. The value of water is much more than its price – water has an enormous and complex value for all our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment.

World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993 and focuses on the importance of water. World water day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. The theme of World Water Day 2022 is GROUNDWATER – MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE. Groundwater is invisible but its impact is visible everywhere. Almost all the liquid water in the world is underground. Water day is to inspire action towards sustainable development: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.

We love water and it goes without saying that we love our planet, so World Water Day isn’t just a celebration of water but a global reminder that water and climate change are inextricably linked. Water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry and the worsening impact of climate change. According to the UN there are 129 countries not on track to have sustainably manage water resources by 2030 and the current rate of progress must be doubled. Read the full statement.

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