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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 6, 2014

RBW Attends Meetings on Sovereign Debt

On July 8, 2014, at New York University, New York, Aldo Caliari, the director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, participates in a meeting to contribute to conceptualizing a capacity-building program to help countries implement the "Principles on Responsible Lending and Borrowing," produced in a process convened by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). On July 7, 2014, Caliari took part in a meeting of UNCTAD's Working Group on a Debt Workout Mechanism, also held at New York University, New York. This meeting of the expert group comes at a critical juncture as a recent ruling by US Courts, by removing financial incentives for creditors to participate in orderly debt workouts, will make future debt restructuring even more difficult.

Global Women's Project | Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Global Women's Project Affirms Mandela's Commitment to Social Equality

The Global Women's Project mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrates his incomparable achievements. Mandela's work challenged prejudices of all kinds and inspired people across the world to work against injustice. Women have historically been among those most oppressed, and still bear great injustice and inequality in many regions of the world today. As we look toward Human Rights Day on December 10, the Global Women's Project affirms the timeless message of Nelson Mandela, who wrote in a letter, August 1, 1970: “Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  Please join us in commemorating Mandela's legacy by supporting our work!

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Mandela Provides Lasting Inspiration to Tackle the Toughest Issues

The Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project takes on arguably the most powerful and well-organized lobby of the world — the financial industry — to defend the interests of those who are poor and marginalized. In a task that often can seem hopeless, Mandela’s statement: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” will forever continue to be a voice of inspiration. A reminder that there is no more powerful force than the human will when it sets out to achieve something aligned with principles of justice.

Education for Justice | Mon, Dec 2, 2013

EFJ Project Posts New Advent Resources

 Education for Justice has posted two new Advent resource series at www.educationforjustice.org.  A daily calendar explores the signs of the times, offering reflections that connect Advent scriptures to the many crises facing the human family, along with prayers and action ideas. Weekly reflections on the Sunday gospels also are available, providing links to daily scripture readings as well as spiritual exercises and action links. These reflections, along with our new "Mother of the Living Gospel" prayer, echo the words and spirit of Pope Francis' new exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel."

Integral Ecology | Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Center President Myers Advocates for Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Ecology

President of the Center of Concern Dr. Lester Myers speaks to the McLean, VA PAX community on the importance of  principled leadership for sustainability. Myers says, "Sustainability requires a systematic and holistic approach that matches the scope for the types of capital at stake: (1) human capital: respect for the dignity of work, including education, health care, opportunities for participation, and work-life balance; (2) ecological capital: respect for the environment, including practices for appraising, engaging, and enhancing natural resources; and (3) financial capital: to foster quality growth and provide resources for long-term economic, political, and social stability." 

Kenneth Melley, member of the Center's board of directors, attended the presentation. 
 

Education for Justice | Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Pat Finan, Education for Justice director, Presents at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Pat Finan, Education for Justice director, presented the workshop "Where Is Your Brother?:  Social Analysis on Immigration Reform" at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. IFTJ brings together more than 1,000 students from Jesuit schools across the nation for prayer, learning and advocacy. Finan's session shared interactive exercises along with insights from Catholic Social Tradition. It supported other workshops that focused on legislation to fix the broken U.S. immigration system, all to prepare students for a Nov. 18 advocacy effort on Capitol Hill. “The students got on their feet and put themselves into solidarity with immigrants,” Finan says, “It gives me hope that they’ll stand firm as a voice for reform. They inspire me!”

Education for Justice | Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Education for Justice Intern Meets with Fr. Mario Serrano Marte, SJ, at Washington Interfaith Staff Community Meeting

Center's Education for Justice Project intern John Morton meets with Fr. Mario Serrano Marte, SJ, at Washington Interfaith Staff Community meeting to discuss issues of citizenship and undocumented migrants. 

Center of Concern | Tue, Nov 12, 2013

In Wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Center Offers Prayer and Asks for Support to Relief Workers

Center's Director Eduction for Justice Project Pat Finan offers a prayer of compassion for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and those emergency workers arriving on site in the Philippines. Please add your support to first responders: Catholic Relief Services <www.crs.org> or American Red Cross <www.redcross.org> or World Vision <www.worldvision.org> Photo courtesy of WFP/Praveen Agrawal. Follow story updates at World Vision Responding to Haiyan Devastation in the Philippines

Global Women's Project | Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Shawnee, PA: Listening to Women's Distant Voices

Presenting in Shawnee on the Delaware, PA, Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., the director of Global Women's Project, argues for new understandings of the prophetic female voice and offers evidence for reenvisioning gender-based roles, expectations, and possibilities for women and girls. Kemmis's work contrasts the concept of sacred time as expressed in the feminine narrative with that of earthly time as perceived in the male-female experience. Particularly timely in this re-consideration of the female voice, Pope Francis speaks out in recent news publications, and he calls for further investigation of the role of women in the church. Pope Francis refers to the feminine genius being needed wherever we make important decisions.

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