CRC'S JPIC Atlantic Network Fall Gathering
At the Oct. 29-30 fall gathering of the CRC’s JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) Atlantic network, Roma De Robertis, SCIC, (left) and Irène Leger, NDSC, offered a presentation at the NDSC motherhouse in Moncton, New Brunswick highlighting the 65th annual DPI NGO conference held in late August at the United Nations in New York City. DPI refers to the UN’s Department of Public Information which organized the conference.
Displayed on the conference bag, the theme was “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,” referring to global action on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. As NGO liaisons for their congregations, Irène and Roma participated in the conference with the (Sisters of Charity) Federation.
Irène lives in Plympton, Nova Scotia while Roma is based in Saint John, N.B. During their presentation, they incorporated reflections by Marion Sheridan, CSM who was at the UN conference as NGO liaison for the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, N.S., but unable to be present in Moncton. Marion was hosting Federation NGO representative Caroljean Willie, SC who was invited to be 2014 honorary social justice chair for the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.
NDSC (based in Moncton), CSM (Antigonish), Halifax SC and SC of the Immaculate Conception (Saint John) are the four Canadian-based Federation congregations participating with others in the JPIC Atlantic network. Irène and Roma noted that Sheilagh Martin, SC (Halifax) was also at the NGO conference at the UN. At JPIC Atlantic gatherings, her community is represented by another Sister from Halifax.
Photo: Mary Corbett, CND
CRC JPIC National Gathering
The CRC is organising another JPIC National Gathering! Under the theme “All Is One: Weaving A Single Cloth For Justice,” this time it will gather from across Canada English-speaking women and men religious and their Associates and Collaborators in the pursuit of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. It will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Mary Ward Centre of Loretto College in Toronto.
Caroll Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker. Sister Zinn is the Past-President of the American LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious). She has worked in grassroots-based international movements as consultant and facilitator and was the main representative for the Congregation of St. Joseph NGO at the United Nations.
The gathering will be facilitated by Dolores Hall, Ph.D. She is an experienced facilitator, spiritual director and teacher with a passion for justice. She is currently a member of the Providence Spirituality Centre Team in Kingston, Ontario.
We invite as many members of CRC JPIC networks as possible to attend, including French-speaking members who understand English. Associates and collaborators involved in the JPIC ministry or interested in the theme of the gathering are also invited.
In addition to the registration fee of $175 which includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner, breaks and a social, other costs include overnight accommodation for those who need it ($51 a night including breakfast) and any extra meals (meal tickets are available). The registration fee is partly intended also to help cover limited travel compensation for those at a distance. Note that the registration fee will go up to 200$ after April 2, 2015.
CRC JPIC Atlantic Network Gathers for Spring Meeting
At their May 7-8, 2014 meeting in Moncton NB held always at the residence of the Soeurs Notre Dame du Sacré-Coeur, members heard two inspiring presentations from two of their own members. Auréa Cormier, NDSC, gave personal witness to the centrality of the JPIC ministry in the life of women religious and in her own life and Mary Tee, RSM, outlined the history, structure and functioning of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.
In light of the recent report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada, the network agreed to send a letter to federal and provincial governments in support of a moratorium on fracking.
The group also approved the suggestion that four First Nations youth be offered places at this summer’s Social Justice Youth Camp at the Tatamagouche Centre. Religious congregations in the Atlantic region will be sponsoring them financially.
Photo: Berthe Boudreau, NDSC - Participants at the JPIC Atlantic Meeting - Spring 2014
Photo SCIC: “At the May 8, 2014 CRC JPIC Atlantic network meeting, Auréa Cormier, NDSC, gives an inspiring presentation on the importance of advocating against poverty.
Photo SCIC: Mary Tee, RSM addressing JPIC Atlantic network, spring 2014 in Moncton.
CRC Workshops on Ecology and Discipleship Offered in Western Canada
This Fall, through her CRC office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC), Sister Joyce Murray has organised workshops in St. Albert, AB, Victoria, BC and Vancouver, BC on the theme of ecology and discipleship in the context of eco-ethics.
Mary Rowell, CSJ, on staff at the Toronto School of Theology, collaborated with Bob McKeon of the Edmonton Archdiocesan Office for Social Justice in St. Albert on September 28th and is scheduled to do so again in Vancouver on November 23rd. In Victoria, Mary was sole presenter.
Participants in the St. Albert workshop.
Participants in the Victoria workshop
CRC JPIC Contacts Focus on the Idle No More Movement
May 15-16, 2013: At their bi-annual CRC JPIC Atlantic network meeting, JPIC representatives from all four Atlantic provinces centred their prayer and discussion on issues raised by the Idle No More Movement.
Guest speaker Patrick Augustine, a Mi’kmaq from the Elsipogtog reserve in New Brunswick, presented a fascinating historical account of the the Mi’kmaq, original occupants of the Atlantic region. He pointed to these historical facts as background to explain the emergence of the Idle No More Movement nationwide.
As follow-up action for the network, members offered practical suggestions for nurturing relationships and facilitating encounters between First Nations people and settlers, including the suggestion that the network find ways of focusing together with representatives of First Nations on issues like fracking, health and the environment.
CRC JPIC Saskatchewan Network Meeting
On May 6, 2013, 12 members of the CRC JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Saskatchewan network and coordinator Sister Joyce Murray, CSJ gathered at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Saskatoon for a very informative and interesting bi-annual meeting.
In the morning, Charlie Clark, a Saskatoon City Councillor, and Aaron Genest of his social media staff offered practical advice on the use of social media in advocacy. After lunch, Dion Tootoosis, a First Nations teacher at a Saskatoon high school, gave a compelling PowerPoint Presentation on the roots and concerns of the Idle No More Movement.
Members agreed to follow-up by creating a Facebook page for the network as a way of ensuring ongoing communication about events, updates and advocacy issues.
Annual Meeting of the CRC JPIC Ontario Network
On January 30th and 31rst, 42 members of the CRC JPIC Ontario Anglophone network and guests gathered at the Scarboro Mission Centre for their annual meeting and explored the theme “Navigating the Waters.”
In her introduction, Joyce Murray, CSJ, CRC Anglophone JPIC Coordinator, suggested that those of us who seek justice, peace and the integrity of creation find ourselves today in a social, political and ecclesial context quite different from that of the days of Vatican II and Justice in the World. It is important, then, to address such questions as: “What are the rough waters in which we find ourselves? What is the passion driving us to navigate them? What can we learn together about navigating the strong currents so that we keep on course?”
Facilitated by Anne-Marie Jackson of the Jesuit Forum, the meeting included on its agenda a discussion of expectations for the network and excellent presentations on Rio+20 by Joan Atkinson, CSJ, Sue Wilson, CSJ, and Linda Gregg, CSJ and on the concept of Degrowth by Monica Lambton and Jean Ann Ledwell, OSU. Three broad issues were agreed upon for action and advocacy: the Idle No More Movement, the principle of “buen vivir” arising out of Degrowth, and the Peace Quest project initiated by the Providence Sisters of Kingson.
Bridget Doherty, organising committee member, and Joyce Murray, CSJ, CRC JPIC Coordinator, discuss strategy with facilitator Anne-Marie Jackson.
Jamie Swift holds forth at the network meeting to the enjoyment of Sue Wilson, CSJ, Leah Watkiss, and Pauline Lally, SP.
CRC-JPIC Saskatchewan Network Met in Saskatoon
Members of the CRC JPIC Saskatchewan Network paused for a group photo during their October 15th, 2012 meeting in Saskatoon. At that meeting, Judy Schachtel, SMS, gave an excellent presentation and facilitated a process on eco-justice.
As well as the usual sharing of happenings and resources, members also joined in a broad discussion of new approaches for Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) work in the context of a world and Church greatly changed since the publication of the synod document Justice in the World 41 years ago.
CRC-JPIC Atlantic Network Fall Meeting
MONCTON, N.B. - On October 10-11 2012, JPIC representatives from various religious congregations in the Atlantic region gathered for the Fall CRC JPIC Atlantic Network meeting. They reported on various activities and events in which they are engaged, shared resources, and gave updates on such burning issues as fracking in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Rio+20, and the use of social media in the work of justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
Two of the members have created a Facebook page for the network. The link is https://www.facebook.com/JpicCrcAtlantiqueAtlanticCanada. The group also discussed possible new approaches/strategies to advance the work of JPIC in a world and Church which has changed significantly since Vatican II and the publication of Justice in the World fourty-one years ago....
CRC-JPIC Atlantic Spring Meeting
MONCTON, N.B. -- Saint Joseph Sister Joyce Murray (left) and Francine Cabana (second from left) facilitated the CRC - JPIC Atlantic network spring meeting held in Moncton, May 9-10, 2012.
JPIC stands for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Meeting participants included David Lewis (second from right) and Sister Roma De Robertis (right), both of Saint John, N.B. They represented Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and Associates. The two facilitators, based in Montreal, coordinate national and regional JPIC networks as staff members for the Canadian Religious Conference. The recent eastern meeting brought together 24 lay leaders and women religious from all four Atlantic Canadian provinces. They shared ongoing initiatives and set Atlantic network priorities focusing on social and ecological justice. (Photo: Sister Joanne O’Regan, CSM Antigonish, N.S.)
“Actualizing a Transformed Earth Community” …Let’s Act!
From October 5th to 7th, 2011, we, 200 or more members of the religious congregations from across Canada, gathered in Montreal with many of our Associates and Collaborators in the work of justice, peace and the integrity of creation to reflect together on the integral connection between social justice and eco-justice, between the poor of the earth and the poor earth. We confronted the actual state of our planet and the situation created by our economic, political and spiritual choices. This was an opportunity to name the challenges facing humanity and to encourage the urgent response required.
We measured the scope of the challenges and acknowledged our tardiness in facing them: challenges related to the environment, social justice, politics and spirituality. In the face of the challenges we identified, and In keeping with our individual and collective choices, we commit ourselves to practising and promoting a spirituality which encourages us to engage in society in order to confront these challenges. Such a spirituality awakens an authentic hope in a collective future. At the conclusion of our Gathering, we signed the declaration: We hear the call of the Earth and the call of the poor.
Go to the full report of the CRC-JPIC National Gathering.
CRC-JPIC Network Meeting in Atlantic
During their April 26-27 Atlantic JPIC Network meeting, Sister representatives from all four provinces took part in a very helpful and practical workshop on advocacy offered by Olga Gladkikh of the Coady International Institute.