From November 11-13, 2014, women religious again made history. At the River’s Edge Retreat Center in Cleveland, OH, over 150 promoters of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation representing more than 100 congregations that belong to LCWR convened for “Entering the Transforming Future: JPIC Ministry in the Coming Age of Religious Life,” the first-ever such gathering. Representing the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were Sisters Diane Smith and Louise McDonald from the Los Angeles Province and Consociate Ginger Hedstrom from St. Paul.
The justice promoters met to strengthen their work on critical global and national issues. They shared innovative strategies and best practices to respond more effectively to issues that affect the lives of people and the planet. They also established a network for intentional collaboration and to share prayer, education and action resources. One firm step taken was to contact President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to do everything in their power to alleviate the suffering created on account of the United States’ broken immigration policies.
Keynote speaker Maria Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, challenged participants to work toward theNew Creation:
“Work for peace is slowly pushing back the fear, the terrible threat of violence, the reality of social injustice to make room for life. Effective peacemaking acknowledges the interdependence of communities around the world.”