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Newsletter Fall/Winter 2014

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?

Robbing Peter to pay Paul, it’s an old expression. As the story goes, in the late 1600’s the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral in London required frequent and expensive upkeep. To keep up with the renovations and repairs a tax was imposed and was called the ‘Paul tax’. At the same time in Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica was under construction and to help build the Basilica, the faithful were asked to make donations known as the ‘Peter tax’. So Catholics in London were expected to give to both, but those with limited funds would ‘rob Peter to pay Paul.’ Today in more general usage, we mean taking something from one person or source and using it to pay another person or source.


Robbing Peter to pay Paul, that’s how one might describe the proposed 2015 Dane County Human Services budget.... (view entire newsletter)



Newsletter Spring 2014

Featured Article: Idolatry at the expense of the common good?

There is a shared narrative among most faith traditions, a narrative that calls for us to care for the most vulnerable, including those who are in need of health care, children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and it includes the increasing number of our neighbors who go to be hungry at night, the increasing number of children and families in our state who are homeless, and the increasing number of our neighbors who are facing poverty.


Again and again in our shared narratives God takes the side of the oppressed. It’s a common thread in our texts that poverty and injustice is not a random or individual occurrence... (view entire newsletter)


Past Newsletters:

Newsletter Fall 2013 Newsletter Spring 2013 Newsletter Fall 2012
Newsletter Summer 2012 Newsletter Winter 2012 Newsletter Fall 2011
Newsletter Spring 2011 Newsletter Winter 2011 Newsletter Fall 2010


MUM Celebrates 40th Anniversary: 5/18/2013

Link to MUM 40th Anniversary Program

Link to 40th Anniversary Photo Gallery


Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice Petition on Health Care Reform Event
Youtube Video: 8/2/12



Partners in Change:


Longest Night Memorial Service: Honor lost homeless on longest night:

SB 207 Remedy in Search of  a Problem:

http://www.madisonvoices.com/> :
Podcast: Linda Ketcham and Tom Woodmansee, Community Against Violence, aired 12/21/11


Walker and His Henchmen Try Rolling Back More Civiel Rights Protection:

Dream Bikes held a bike giveaway -- complete with helmets and bike safety instruction -- for children who are part of MUM’s Mentoring Connections program.

Panel Discussion by formerly incarcerated people follows role play during MUM’s Returning Prisoner Simulation hosted by TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation) in cooperation with United Way of Dane County.