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Integral Ecology | 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".' 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? It is not surprising that Pope Francis, formed in Ignatian tradition, approaches his ministry with a sense of gratitude." Read the rest of Kate Tromble's blog post at:

Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 18, 2016

The Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference Statement: An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence

"As Christians committed to a more just and peaceful world we are called to take a clear stand for creative and active nonviolence and against all forms of violence. With this conviction, and in recognition of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, people from many countries gathered at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International on April 11-13, 2016 in Rome."

To learn more about this conference and to endorse the statement put forth by Pax Christi International, visit: Photo by Judy Coode.

Education for Justice | Mon, Jun 13, 2016

United Together: Prayer After Orlando

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.




Christ, who wept over a city, 

We are in deepest despair,

As we weep over the dead and injured in Orlando. 

In anguish, we recognize the blood stains of hatred,

We hear the sounds of fear, the echoes of gun shots--

Once again, once again.


Christ, who came to bring us peace,

We turn to you in overwhelming sorrow.

How can we end this nightmare of violence,

How can we build a world of inclusion, of solidarity?

Give us the grace to reflect deeply

And to work ceaselessly to heal the hearts, 

To stop the guns, to cherish all God's children.


Christ, who endured violent suffering to bring us Light, 

We pray for the dead, may they rest in peace.

We pray for the wounded, may they find healing.

We pray for our nation, may we end the hate.

We pray for our global family, may we learn we are one. Amen.

Center of Concern | Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Pope Delivers Historic Address at United Nations Summit

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; ...Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” –Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 13


On September 25-27, 2015, Heads of State of all the world gathered in New York for a historic Summit that approved the “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The Agenda includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon through arduous deliberations and consultations over the last 3 years. The SDGs are expected to guide development efforts of the international community for the next 15 years.

As part of his visit to the United States, Pope Francis delivered a historic and poignant address to the Summit on its first day. Center of Concern is proud to join Pope Francis’s appeal, which resonates closely with the Center's goal since 1971 of enabling all people to realize the truth that humanity is united in a common destiny, and to assist the world's people to exercise their common responsibility to shape that destiny.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Aug 7, 2015

Center's Community of Creative Voices Offers New Resource: "Wisdom of Water"

Dianna Ortiz, OSU, editor of the Center's Community of Creative Voices welcomes Sister Larraine Lauter's educational resource, a testimony of her experiences in Central America as co-founder of Water with Blessings. Sr Larraine's reflection includes guidance on teaching the necessity and joy of clean water to which she refers as "Sister Water." The full story is available through the Center's Education for Justice Project subscription, which provides access to this resource and many social justice interactive tools, prayer, and images. Photo credit: Water With Blessings


Global Women's Project | Wed, Jun 24, 2015

How is Technology Interrupting the Business Model of Human Trafficking?

According to the Economist's report on human trafficking, women suffer most severely. The report says, "victims of international trafficking are women forced into some form of prostitution." In Europe and Central and South Asia, women, often previous victims of trafficking, are expected to recruit other women. The BBC reports of USSD technology being applied to camouflage text messages and allow local authorities to locate a phone.

Education for Justice | Tue, Oct 7, 2014

U.S. Institute of Peace: What's Next for Afghanistan?

On October 14, 15, and 16 the United States Institute of Peace will be hosting a series of discussions on the current state of Afghanistan and the obstacles it may face in the future. These events are open to the public, and those unable to attend in person are invited to participate on Twitter. The events are:

"Afghanistan Reconnected: Regional Economic Security Beyond 2014" - October 14

"Senator Levin on a New U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership" - October 15

"Tech Rising: The Influence of Social Media and New Technologies in Afghanistan’s Democracy" - October 16

To RSVP or get more information on these events or to learn more about this topic visit the USIP website at

Photo credit: U.S. Institute of Peace

Global Women's Project | Tue, Feb 18, 2014 Raises Awareness of Violence Against Women with Network of Events

Global Women’s Project Director Deva Fall Kemmis, Ph.D., today praised the tremendous success of the One Billion Rising campaign, which took place across the globe this weekend.  Kemmis said, “I commend everyone who stood up to take down gender-based violence this Valentine’s Day weekend. The image we share with you is from the Cairo event."  

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Oct 11, 2013

Center of Concern, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, N.A., CIGI Convene Discussion on G20s Consensus on Infrastructure

International economist and lawyer, Aldo Caliari, the director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, met with moderator Thomas A. Bernes, a CIGI distinguished fellow and former Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prior to an event held at Carnegie Endowment for the International Peace. Bernes moderated the evening's discussion of three goals for future work of the "Financing for Investment" study group. Nancy Alexander of Heinrich Boll Stiftung, N.A., chaired the discussion. In attendance were over 40 representatives of the international finance community.