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Education for Justice | Fri, Jan 19, 2018

2018 Lenten Reflections: A Journey of Healing and Reconciliation Through Restorative Justice

Education for Justice's 2018 Lenten Reflections are offered by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. These reflections are meant to provide a window into God's immense wisdom, offer connections between Catholic social tradition and restorative justice, and invite us to walk boldy in our faith.

Integral Ecology | Tue, Jan 2, 2018

Laudato Si’ and Caring for Migrants and Refugees

“There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. ... We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. ... The poor and the earth are crying out." Center of Concern has asked me what, from my perspective, has changed since the release of Laudato Si’, what has not, and what gives me hope. From the very beginning of his papacy in 2013, Pope Francis has encouraged the Church to accompany all people who have to flee. He wept with the asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants huddled at Lampedusa and Lesbos, major transit points in Italy and Greece. He brought some Syrian refugee families back from Lesbos to live in the Vatican. Compassion also marks how Pope Francis wove the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth together in his 2015 Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical had a positive impact on international gatherings from the World Meetings of Popular Movements to the Paris Treaty on Climate Change. It continues to inspire practical actions to reverse climate change or desertification and to promote and integrate the newly arrived. Welcoming migrants and refugees has even helped some communities to revitalize. Read the rest of Fr. Michael's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2018/01/01/laudato-si-and-caring-for-migrants-and-refugees/.

Center of Concern | Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Mindfulness and Thankfulness: The Ignatian Examen as a Discipline of Care for Our Common Home and One Another

As Thanksgiving draws near, I find myself thinking about the various people and things for which I am thankful. Identifying the good and being grateful for it keeps me grounded. It keeps me from distorting the bad or wallowing in it. God might not, as Fr. Brian J. Lehane, S.J., suggests, “want us always to be saying ‘thank you’.” [1] But he does want us “to be noticing how much we are loved and cared for by Him and, in turn, respond[ing] by living a life of gratitude." A life of gratitude. Isn’t that what Pope Francis lives, models and asks of us as well? Read the rest of Kate Tromble's blog post here: https://integral-voices.com/2017/11/22/mindfulness-and-thankfulness-the-ignatian-examen-as-a-discipline-of-care-for-our-common-home-and-one-another/

Education for Justice | Thu, Nov 16, 2017

A Blessing and A Challenge to Us: In Memory of Fr. Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., and Fr. Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J.

This month, we remember the deaths and celebrate the lives of two of the Jesuit priest killed in El Salvador in 1989 because they raised their voices for justice. Copyright © 2017 Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Education for Justice Releases its 2017 Advent Reflections by Angel Mortel

In many ways, Advent unfolds as a film would. Creative Voice and former EFJ intern, Angel Mortel, works with Brave New Films producing social justice documentaries. “We go through Advent with the same anticipation with which we watch a film, eager to see how it ends. We need to be reminded to wake up, prepare, celebrate, and rejoice in the coming of our Savior and lasting hope.” Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Integral Ecology | Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Untying the Knots

“I… I had no idea what the Doctrine of Discovery was. It’s unbelievable, really, it meant that land could be taken if there were no baptized Christians there.” I was jolted out of a moment of distractedly gazing at the stained glass windows during announcements. It was a Sunday morning in early September, and I was visiting a deep suburban congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that I didn’t know well, but had worked with to coordinate an eco-stewardship project. Read the rest of Emilie Bouvier's blog post at: http://integral-voices.com/2017/10/12/untying-the-knots/.

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Report: "Violence against women migrant workers"

This report from the United Nations Secretary General was published on July 25, 2017. It outlines the current context with respect to the problem of violence against women migrant workers. It provides information on the measures taken by Member States and activities undertaken within the United Nations system to address this issue and ensure the protection of migrant women’s human rights. The report concludes with recommendations for future action.

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