Presentation on theme: "Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation"— Presentation transcript:
1Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation What is JPIC?Justice, Peace and Integrity of CreationJPIC Promoters’ Training Workshop 7-10 December 2013
2JPIC is …JPIC is the conscious prayer and action to transform the world in the spirit of the Gospel through lives of justice, peace and care for the integrity of creation.
3JPIC—Promote and Nurture the Reign of God Prayer/ContemplationActionBeing the Presence of GodTransformation through our prayersSeeing the love of God in all creationMysticismCreating a more just and peaceful world for all of creationAttending consciously to the Presence of Christ in othersHonoring God in all creationProphecy
4How JPIC arose in Church Scripture ValuesVatican Council IIPontifical Commission on Justice and PeaceCatholic Social Teaching
5Scripture Values Mission of Jesus (Lk 4) Judgment Scene (Mt 25) Preach good news poor, set captives free, sight to blind,…Judgment Scene (Mt 25)Give drink to the thirsty, feed hungry, clothe naked, visit sick in those in prisonJesus Washes Disciples Feet (Jn 13)
6Vatican II: Church in the Modern World Solidarity of the Church with the whole human family1. The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of all in our time, especially the poor or afflicted in any way,
7Paul VI—Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace “You represent for us the realization of the last vote of the Council (GS 90). Today, as in the past, once the construction of a Church or bell tower is finished, a rooster is placed on the top as a symbol of vigilance, for the faith and for the entire program of Christian life.
8Paul VI—Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace “In similar fashion the Committee has been placed on top of the spiritual building of the Council, and its mission is none other than that of keeping the eyes of the Church open, its heart sensitive and its hand prepared for the work of charity which it is called upon to realize in the world…”“The Council will promote justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church (Constitution art. 142).Later addition of ecology by Pope John Paul II
9Mission to the Church Church Sensitive Heart Hands for Charity Eyes Open
10Eyes OpenWe are called to be attentive to what is happening around us, to hear the cries of the world in which we live and to see life with the eyes of God.
11A Sensitive HeartThe work of seeing, becoming acquainted with and getting to know the reality of the poor, it must have an effect on us, it must reach down to the depths of our being, to the heart, and move us to compassion.
12Hand ready for work of charity Charity is the love of God which we are called to make present in the world. Charity has different dimensions depending on the relationships:Interpersonal“political charity” expresses itself in social, structural or political relationships
13Political CharityJPIC has a special calling to promote political charity, which seeks to eliminate the causes of poverty and violence. Its ready hand should foster the integral development of those sectors of society that are weakest and most marginalized, and work to transform the existing “structures of sin” which impoverish the lives of so many people.
14Catholic Social Teaching Catholic Social Teaching has highlighted the dignity of people as the basis for promotion and defense of their human rights, solidarity and care for creation.
15FranciscansMissionThrough living the gospel as it is discovered in prayer and in community, we Franciscans witness God's love for all people and for the whole of creation, promoting peace, standing in solidarity with the poor, effecting reconciliation and bringing hope to all.VisionThrough our loving presence and service, we foster personal and community growth as we respond to the needs of the Church and of our contemporary time.Franciscan ValuesFour Franciscan values permeate all that we do in Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation: conversion, contemplation, poverty and minority.
16Franciscan Third Order Regular Rule Chapter IX: Apostolic Life 29. The brothers and sisters are to love the Lord with their whole heart, their whole soul and mind and with all their strength, and to love their neighbor as themselves. Let them glorify the Lord in all they do. For He has sent them into the world so that they might give witness by word and work to His voice and to make known to all that the Lord alone is God. (cf. Mk 12:30, Mt.22: 30)30. As they announce peace with their lips, let them be careful to have it even more within their own hearts. No one should be roused to wrath or insult on their account, rather all should be moved to peace, goodwill and mercy because of their gentleness. The sisters and brothers are called to heal the wounded, to bind up those who are bruised, and to reclaim the erring.
17However, by the way, no kind of loving works should be excluded from their love, which God gives occasion. FC 1 M. Clara Pfänder
18Constitutions of Franciscan Sisters Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary 8. According to the words of our foundress, love is the bond within community which reveals itself in mutual support, in apostolic activity and in openness toward all people. It will make us instruments of peace in the spirit of St. Francis; thus we can become a sign of hope in the world.10. Through our Gospel way of life, which we live in contemporary manner, we become pilgrims and strangers, witnesses to the kingdom of God, free for service in the Church and contributors to the realization of peace, justice and unity. This demands a continual conversion of heart through which we collaborate in the renewal of the Church and of society.22. We treat with reverence all things created by God; they urge us, as they did Francis, to praise of the Creator. We value all things created by humans for the development and welfare of persons,
19See (Eyes), Judge (Heart) and Act (Work) ActionsSee (Eyes), Judge (Heart) and Act (Work)
20Justice, Peace and Care of Creation Social JusticeLocal/GlobalDevelopmentEconomyWork
21Poverty and the Distribution of Resources We are challenged to consider specific changes in the way we use resources.We look at the root causes of poverty, and work with other organizations which promote basic human rights -- the need for food, clothing, housing, education and employment.We support those corporations which promote progress, and consider social issues in addition to profit.
22Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Personal PeaceWeaponsGlobal SecurityTerrorismWar
23Peace Personal Peace Questions related to war Disarmament and the arms tradeInternational securityViolence in its various and ever-changing forms
24Peace BuildingAs followers of St. Francis, promoting peace is at the center of all that we do.Globally, we protest military conflicts and the development and use of nuclear weapons.We have worked in conflict situations.Locally, we know the value of witness as peaceful people. Simply by our presence, we bring peace and compassion to all we meet.We have developed a nonviolence educational program used for personal growth and shared in our ministries and sponsored services.
28Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Impact on EnvironmentResponsible Use ofResourcesEcology
29EcologyImpact on the environmentResponsible use of Earth’s resources
30Care of CreationIntegrity for Creation requires a commitment to an equal share in the use of natural resources, the promotion of sustainable practices, and the development of renewable energy.Our Sisters and Associates have been involved in a number of educational opportunities on climate change, bio-diversity and Franciscan thinking as eco-citizens.We recycle and encourage the care of national parks and other places of natural beauty. We provided educational opportunities to learn about agriculture, keeping the environment clean and planting trees.
31Advocacy Care for Creation Our advocacy includes the care of all creation and considers both the common good and the careful use of resources.We draw attention to destruction in our land and water sources and propose a more sustainable and respectful use of resources now and in the future.
38Global AwarenessHow does our family upbringing affect how we view JPIC in our congregations?
39Mission patterned on the Pontifical Council which seeks: To enlighten the People of God, as well as the members of the Congregation, about issuesTo raise awareness among members of the Congregation of the need to rethink their style of life and mission in a world characterized by great injustice, violence and poverty, in order to make their actions consistent with their beliefs.
40Congregations seek:To foster commitment on the part of religious, Christians, and all citizens in the area of socio-political and civic activitiesTo promote actions in favor of justice, peace and human rights, that would concretize the contribution of the Congregation in these areas.
41Pastoral Cycle How are you inserted in the situation? The analysis that you have done and continue to doConcrete PlansYour vision/spirituality
42Building the Reign of God Task demands evangelical discernment of the social realityIdentification of systems and structures of injusticesDetermination of the root causes of the problems affecting the worldAssimilation of teachings of scriptures and social teachings of the church
43Process of Integration JPIC IntegrationProcess of IntegrationIdentityOther MinistriesStructures
44JPIC IdentityDimension of a congregation’s charism, a way of life and missionHistory of the congregationGeneral constitutionsOther congregational statements
45JPIC Coordinators give life. AnimateCoordinateCommunicateCollaborateForm
47Suggest: reflection and integration JPIC is an attempt to live out the charism and identity of the congregationReflection life of founder/spirituality of orderNeeds to be integrated into the life of the congregationHighlight ways already involved in ministry
48Suggest: Analysis and common areas Do social analysis both within and outside the congregationHow living, practicing within community, ministries, advocacyConsider characteristics common to all the areas of the congregationFind ways to ask questions for information looking to find—similarities and ways to develop and build upon what is already happening
49Congregational JPIC Team Assessment MemberCountryWkspInvolvementHopes for the TeamExpecta-tions for Rome wkspAreas of InterestContri-bution
50Bulletin Introduction JPIC Team members. We are very grateful to these Sisters and Associate for their willingness to serve the congregation in this way.Sr. Stefanie Müllenborn has worked with Caritas for 24 years in Germany focusing on the concerns of immigrants and refugees.She counsels families and networks for their needs of education, food, and housing.Sr. Stefanie constantly advocates with government officials for a better quality of life for the immigrants and the victims of trafficking.Her work is well publicized and she has received awards for her efforts.
51Bulletin summarizes JPIC Focus Experience and Advocacy EffortsWith our lives centered in prayer, we seek to bring the presence of Christ into our world.Throughout our Franciscan history, the members of our congregation have addressed very difficult situations and serious injustices.The Congregational JPIC Team described seven areas where the Congregation is involved in social concerns. Our experience and advocacy efforts promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
52Migration: Immigration, Refugees and Trafficking Advocacy: We recognize an international effort is necessary to address the dire consequences.We promote legislation that is comprehensive and addresses the numerous interrelated services needed by immigrant peoples
53Suggest: strategies and collaborate Important to make sure strategies move with the grassroots and have the support of authorityWork of the chapter—proposal TeamFinance Commission—recommendation finance workshopCollaborate with other ministriesHow works with housing, healthcare, education
54Communicate and be Selective Communicate clearly and frequentlyShare practices: Form questions to gain needed informationChoose a small number of areas in which you will workAreas small, inclusive and integrative
55Healthcare and HIV/AIDS Through our sponsored healthcare systems, hospitals and clinics, we are providing quality medical services around the world. We emphasis respect for all the stages of life from “womb to tomb.” We share our hospital supplies and equipment with developing countries.A common focus for our Congregation is the HIV/AIDS crisis which affects the quality of life of many countries. Access to HIV/AIDS medication and services are essential for the well being of persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.Advocacy: We advocate for essential healthcare treatment for all persons. This includes encouraging pharmaceutical companies to share medicines with developing countries.
57Suggest: education and resources Consider both theoretical and practical education in effort to appeal to everyone at all levelsPrinciples to practice, spiritual values, prayerBecome aware of human and material resources already availableAsk what sources are available
58Suggest: what is common, achievable and concrete Use language and practices common to the majorityFind this out, support and move forwardBegin with achievable expectationsSomething you can doPromote proposals with small concrete stepsThis what we can do: affirm, challenge, provide resources and then follow-up
61JPIC is …JPIC is the conscious prayer and action to transform the world in the spirit of the Gospel through lives of justice, peace and care for the integrity of creation.
62ResourcesManual for Promoters of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation , JPIC Promoters Rome 1997Guide Us in Your Justice: A Formation Itinerary for a Prophetic Religious Life, JPIC Commission USG, UISG, Rome 2010Guidelines for the Animation of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), OFM Roma 2008Reflection Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM, 2010