Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

In a high energy room of some one hundred and fifty Sisters and lay co-workers from the United States and Canada, Sisters Rita Heywood, Maura Browne, Judi Clemens, Denise Curry, Ann Kendrick and Amarachi Ezeonu participated in the National Convocation of JPIC Promoters for Congregations of Women Religious, which took place in Chicago in

The theme Which roots will we water? Systemic Change and the JPIC ministry was developed by keynote presenter Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, Professor of Christian ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary at GTU and author of Resisting Structural Evil (Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation).  Cynthia reminded the participants that the increasingly pressing and depressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions for Christians. We are part of a larger whole (the “cloud of witnesses”) and our power is in community and, thus, the importance of networking and collaboration.

Our call is to practice resistance and rebuild structures as we strengthen each other.  During the workshop sessions and table conversations there was time to network and share some best practices. The workshops offered included topics such as Immigration, Human Trafficking, Gospel Nonviolence, “Laudato Si” and Racism.  In the evening a performance by Nancy Murray, OP Rooted in Love, the Life of Sister Dorothy Stang was presented.

There was time for Rita Heywood, US National JPIC, Maura Browne (SND Base Communities), Judi Clemens (Ohio) and Denise Curry (US E-W) to have a first face-to-face conversation about future collaboration of the JPIC ministry across the States.


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