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Resolutions to Action

Resolutions to Action (RTA) is a quarterly two-page resource on a current justice issue, distributed electronically by LCWR. Published by the LCWR Global Concerns Committee, this resource provides theological reflection, social analysis and suggested actions.

Civility in Discourse: A Franciscan Approach (December 2011)

On January 10, 2011, a former Franciscan Action Network (FAN) colleague and I presented a workshop on Civility in Discourse to student leaders at Neumann University, a Franciscan institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The training incorporated role-play exercises from the Pace e Bene organization and illustrative stories from St. Francis of Assisi’s life.

US Muslims and Interfaith Dialogue (July 2011, Vol. 20, No. 2)

I was raised in a small town in Arizona that at the time had a very small Muslim population. At the time there was not an Islamic center and our Friday prayers, Sunday schools, Eid prayers, and breaking fast together during the holy month of Ramadan were conducted on a rotating schedule in a few homes of our family friends.  Later on, as the Muslim American community grew, we would host the community in a hall located inside a church that was gracious to lend us their space.

Immigration Enforcement and Family Separation (Jan. 2011, Vol. 20, No. 1)

In 1998, my husband and I were arrested by immigration enforcement officials. My three kids who were 13, 15, and18 at the time, were left alone. Not knowing anyone, they had to stay by themselves and pretend that their parents were at home in order to avoid being separated and being placed in foster homes. They had to survive without Mom and Dad.

Global Seed-Stories of Hope (Oct. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4)

In September 2000, leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt eight Millennium Development Goals for education, poverty, food security, health, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and partnerships, to be achieved by 2015. Catholic sisters around the world, already addressing many of these issues, were drawn to be more strategic in their efforts to contribute to this global movement.

Legalized Homicide: Death Penalty 2010 (Aug. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 3)

He waits like a child for what others are about to do him — as in his powerless childhood. Sam is buckled down, covered with a white sheet, arms outstretched and strapped down, ironically resembling Jesus nailed to the cross. In his arm, a needle awaits the flow of the chemicals that will end his life...

Reducing and Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint (May 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2)

The 2009 LCWR Assembly Resolution calls us to measure and reduce our carbon footprints. The Global Concerns Committee, which had proposed the resolution, agreed to calculate our personal footprints by going to one of the suggested web sites and discussing the results at our fall meeting...

‘ILLth’: Uneconomic Growth (Feb. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 1)

Many have compared today’s economic crisis to the Great Depression. Indeed, with official unemployment surpassing 10 percent and debts forcing a growing number of families to leave their homes, it is easy to see similarities. Both financial crises were rooted in a prior period when the financial sector of our economy became too large and influential, putting the rest of the economy at great risk.

Choosing Simplicity in a Context of Deep Time - Part 1 (Oct. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 4)

From the perspective of deep time, we see our unity with everything that has come before us. We can see the significant patterns which have guided the natural world,  from its humble beginnings in single cells, through its increasing complexification into the beautiful community of ecosystems, by which Earth continues the elaboration of life expressions as a single living being. All the relationships by which these patterns of life have developed are remembered in the exquisite strands of DNA wrapped within the vessel of every living cell in the totality of Earth’s being.

Choosing Simplicity in a Context of Deep Time - Part 1 (Jul. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 3)

Carbon-offsets, ecological footprint, peak oil, global climate change, habitat loss, levels of toxicity…the list goes on and on. How are we to respond to these new dimensions of an ethical imperative which is core to the life of a vowed religious attempting to give witness to the presence of God in history?

Earth’s Call: Reduce Our Footprint (Apr. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 2)

Elise Garcia, OP writes, “Like other informed people, I have been aware of global warming for some time. Seeing An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 raised my level of concern. But the matter moved to the backburner, again, as the unconscionable war in Iraq, the horrors of Darfur, and other pressing issues grabbed my attention. It wasn’t until 2007, a month after I made fi rst profession as an Adrian Dominican Sister, that I awakened to the magnitude of the problem.

Climate Change and Hunger (Jan. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 1)

For I was hungry…” Many speak of hunger. Who are the hungry? Around the world desperate cries of hunger resound. “With higher food prices now, we eat only once a day.” “We had hoped the rains would improve, but the animals died and food is scarce.” “Often it is leaves, shrubs, and mud cakes for the children.” 

Clean Energy — A Tricky Business with Possibilities (Oct. 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3)

Is your response denial, despair or hope when you pay $4 a gallon for gas, see food costs continue to rise, and daily hear of the uncertain, fl uctuating economy? In the United States all are tied to increased energy needs that historically have been dependent on cheap, readily available fossil fuels.  Transportation uses 37% of our energy while production of electricity requires 40% more to sustain our lifestyle.  We are, in fact, only one-fi fth of the world’s human population but use 23% of the global energy diet (World Population Organization).

Cherish Earth’s Wetlands (Jul 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3)

Katrina. The word makes me shudder, makes my heart race in fear and rage. I don’t remember a lot about the hurricane that day … just fear, confusion, and hopelessness. After reaching safety through the love and compassion of so many friends and strangers, rage began to consume me as I learned of the horrendous toll on human lives and God’s creation, some of which could have been prevented. There are many questions we hadn’t seriously considered before then. I hope we do now. 

US Impact on Global Economic Justice Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching (Apr. 2008, Vol. 17, No. 2)

The presidential election campaigns are focused mainly on domestic issues such as the state of the economy, the housing crisis, and healthcare reform.  Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and global climate change are on the public radar screen, but unfortunately, few of the many other key global economic justice issues are.  

2008 Elections: From ‘YOYO’ to ‘WITT’ Economics (Jan. 2008, Vol 17, No. 1)

Domestic economic justice is essentially a vision and a mission for all people of good will who are concerned for the common good. Our experience reflects the reality that there is widespread economic insecurity in the United States.

Climate Change Puts Earth at Risk (Oct. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 4)

Many say that climate change is already impacting the poor in the United States and around the world. Darfur?  A prolonged drought in the 80s and 90s forced shepherds and farmers to move into neighboring tribal lands. Katrina? While scientists are divided about whether or not climate change is producing stronger cyclones, such events are more likely because of climate change.

Sabbath Year: The Opportunity and the Call (Jul. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 3)

Because of debt cancellation agreed to by world leaders in 1999 and 2005 

-An additional 300,000 children in Burundi enrolled in school

-Zambia hired 4500 new teachers and fees for rural healthcare were abolished

-Children have three extra years of school in Honduras

-In Mozambique, there are funds to vaccinate children against tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria.

Inter-Religious Dialogue for Peace (Apr. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 2)

I have just read A Mighty Heart, Mariane Pearl’s book about Daniel Pearl’s murder by terrorists in Pakistan. It occurs to me that my education did not provide enough information about Pakistan, about Muslim distress over the division of Hindus and Muslims in 1945, and certainly not enough knowledge of the confl ict over Kashmir. This is only one area that I feel I should know more about to be a responsibly informed adult in our multi-cultural world.

TORTURE (Feb. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 1)

The Mayan man said, “We did not want to be like them.” That is what he said about why he did not fi ght back when the army came to get him. The Mayan people of Guatemala suffered greatly during the 36-year civil war ending in 1996. Many were tortured, disappeared, or killed. This reality exists in many countries where there is war or where other forms of domination squelch human rights.  The torture that happened in Guatemala still happens in the world today. 

Development and Migration: Empowerment of Women on the Move (Nov. 2006, Vol. 15, No. 4)

In just the past month, we have heard the stories of migrant women from all over the world.  Mandesa from Nigeria attempted to enter Spain on a boat to the Canary Islands. Juana from Mexico works as a nurse with elderly patients in Los Angeles. Asian mafi a traffi cked Sunitha from Sri Lanka to Australia. An Albanian sells his sister to a man migrating to Italy...

Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger Today (Jul. 2006, Vol. 15, No. 3)

The phenomena of migration and immigration present complex problems to both our international and national communities.  They affect nations of origin (for example, the exodus of medical personnel from the Philippines), of transit (the multiplication of refugee camps in Kenya for Sudanese citizens), and of destination (reflected in the current US debate about the “strangers” among us).

Opposition to the Death Penalty (Apr. 2006, Vol. 15, No. 2)

It is March 1, 2006.  We write from Detroit, Michigan on the 159th anniversary of the state of Michigan becoming the first English-speaking territory in the world to abolish the death penalty.  This first official act of Michigan’s legislature resulted because the state had witnessed the public executions of a mistaken perpetrator and the misapplication of “justice” in the case of a mentally incompetent criminal...

Racism (Jan. 2006, Vol. 15, No. 2)

Racism is systemic and permeates virtually every US institution – judicial, political, social, medical/healthcare, education, labor, small and large businesses, the professions, sports teams, the arts, and the church.  Reflection on racism indicates a mixed message of progression and regression over the years...

Privatization of Water (Jun. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 3)

More than a billion people in the world lack access to clean water. More than two billion do not have adequate sanitation. Pollution, waste, depletion and a rapidly growing human population are contributing to a global water crisis. On our present path, by 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will experience serious or severe water shortages. Whole eco-systems, dependent on water, will suffer devastating effects...

Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World (Apr. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 2)

Each day we experience violence of all kinds: bombings and other terrorism, a pre-emptive war policy, a national budget that tramples the poor, murders by school children, domestic violence, diseases that could be avoided, trafficking of women and children.  Is nonviolence possible?  If not us -- who?  If not now, when?

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