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Congregation of Notre Dame International and Provincial Justice Plans

Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

This past summer’s International Justice Network Meeting included hearing the final report of the group which assessed the carbon footprint of the mother house and made suggestions for reducing it. We also welcomed back Ms. Bineta Ba as Chairperson of the Social Justice Network. Because of the General Chapter, we will not have a meeting next summer. While the attached International Plan is for two years, our Province Plan is for only one year.

In late November, there will be Global Marches for Climate in preparation for the Paris Meeting in December. In early December, there will be a Gun Violence Sabbath in the United States.

Thank each of you for responding as generously as you do.

Social Justice Network International Plan of Action

Orientation Declaration 2015-2017

Aware that human actions are putting the earth in peril, we pledge to work with others in a spirit of dialogue

  • to safeguard the earth and to promote the equitable sharing of resources;
  • and to ensure quality of life for all humanity and for all creation.

Hence, we plan to take concrete action and remain loyal to our Chapter orientation (2011-2016) pertaining to simplicity for mission.

While pursuing our commitments to various important issues, we are aware that it is urgent that we take action against climate change. For 2015-2017, in continuity with the Laudato Si’ encyclical and the Corporate Stance, we are committed to raising awareness in our regions and to taking action in order to halt climate change. We will organize joint actions as a Network and each province and region will identify concrete actions in its Plan of Action.

We also pledge to develop the spirituality which underlies this orientation in connection with the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

 

Blessed Sacrament’s Province Social Justice Plan for 2015–2016 to bring to life the Orientation Declaration and the Laudato Si Encyclical

  1. To actually use Green Faith materials/ suggestions which would guide us to take concrete actions to continue to reduce our carbon foot print in solidarity with the Greening of the Mother House.
  2. To spread information about Laudato Si’ and share/create a study guide for this encyclical while making connections with the UN sustainable Development Goals.
  3. To engage with Networks and Groups in advocating that governments follow and respect their commitments regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To publicize the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the Golden Rule.
  4. To take actions in collaboration with Networks and Groups to bring about a reduced ecological foot print, at all levels of government: local, state and national.
  5. To encourage divestment in fossil fuels and to make connections with other groups promoting this goal.
  6. To develop and disseminate a spirituality of climate action using the perspective of Marguerite Bourgeoys.
  7. To use all of our Corporate Stands as guides and challenges to our efforts in Social Justice. To publicize our 5 Corporate Stands within the community and through community members and resources to our friends, colleagues and the general public.
  8. To utilize materials from the Charter of Compassion and other like sources as another way of responding to the calls for compassion and inclusion of Pope Francis during his visit to the USA.
  9. To actively lobby our nation’s leaders to make specific and concrete proposals for substantial changes which will affect climate change at the December Paris Conference.

 

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