As daughters of Saint Julie Billiart, marked in Baptism to follow Jesus and participate in His liberating mission, we choose to stand with people made poor in a world increasingly divided. We see the value of human life diminished, the destruction of our earth and intolerance towards people perceived to be different, poor or abandoned. Rooted in the prophetic witness of Saint Julie, we are called and seek to be women of justice and peace in the midst of the inequality and violence of our world. We see ourselves as part of a global community seeking to transform unjust structures and systems, participating in new ways of relating which enable all of creation to experience God's goodness. This moment in history calls us to contemplative listening, ongoing dialogue and critical social analysis that moves us to ACTION.
Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Coordinators Sisters Rita Heywood, Maura Browne, Judi Clemens and Denise Curry tended to systemic root causes of injustice, namely racism at the Justice Conference of Women Religious (JCWR) / LCWR which was held in Saint Louis from March 25 – 27. Everyone present actively entered into deeper conversations that probed historic experiences of racism in each community. This has been another opportunity to listen with compassion, reflect, pray and arrive at proactive decisions that lead to eradicating root causes of racism.
Participants were energized by the dynamic presentations of Sisters Patty Chappell, SNDdeN and Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN who led the attendees through centuries of racism in the United States to toxic interconnections of racism in today’s society. Participants also explored challenging tasks of purging themselves, their communities and the USA of the sin of racism and its damaging effects by going deeper into conversations together.
Other sessions included How To Be White Allies (Reverend Darryl G Gray/Jamala Rogers), Racial Wealth & Income Gap (NETWORK: Meg Olson) and White Privilege (Marcelline Koch, OP).
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur JPIC Coordinators plan to continue the mission and hard work of systemic change of unjust structures in the United States by working with others to advocate on behalf of equity issues and continue the conversations and critical reflection / prayer needed in order to help grow the roots of Peace with Justice.