We believe it is our responsibility as Christians to speak out for justice. One of the ways we do this at a congregational level is by taking a corporate stance.
Corporate stances are approved only after all members of the congregation have had an opportunity to thoroughly investigate an issue and arrived at a consensus. We have the opportunity to adopt corporate stances at our General Assembly held annually.
Our Corporate Stances
Opposition to Human Trafficking (adopted October 2014)
Building on our Consistent Ethic of Life stance that “we reverence the sacredness of life and address injustice in a spirit of respect, compassion and solidarity,” we, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, oppose the trafficking of all persons, especially that of women and children. We will continue to educate ourselves. We will support those efforts that work toward ending this unconscionable abuse.
Consistent Ethic of Life (adopted June 15, 2013)
We believe in the interconnection of all life which is at the heart of a consistent ethic of life. We commit to the protection of the whole of life on Earth. Our commitment fundamentally requires a conversion of heart and compels us to address any injustice that diminishes the community of life. We reverence the sacredness of life and address injustice in a spirit of respect, compassion, and solidarity.
This stance is corporate (“embodied” and incarnate) decision to protect the common good. It calls us to look at all issues through the lens of how our actions might sustain and support LIFE in all its interconnectedness so that the community of life might flourish. It commits us—and publicly witnesses to our commitment—to look at issues, makes decisions, and act out of the Gospel value that “all may have life and have it more abundantly.”
Global Climate Change (adopted June 2012)
We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. (Adapted from Earth Charter Preamble)
We, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, recognize the reality of Global Climate Change and its impact on the whole Earth community, particularly on poor and vulnerable persons. We commit to lending our individual and collective voice to those efforts, consistent with our Catholic faith and the Dominican search for truth, that seek to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Fact Sheets
Seeking Right Relationship with all Creation
General Administration is to provide opportunities to broaden our understanding of our relationship with all of creation and lead us toward sustainable living: taking only our share, cleaning up after ourselves, and leaving enough for the future.
2001 Chapter Ordination
As vowed Dominican women, we reverence all of creation as revelatory of God. We embrace as a moral imperative the need to help restore wholeness to creation.
As a congregation, in local communities and individually, we commit ourselves:
• to study the science, theology, and spirituality of creation and to share the fruits of our study
• to choose and practice specific actions on a local level so as to live more sustainably.
2009 Chapter Ordination
The Chapter mandates General Administration to provide for a community study of racism and for experiences of direct contact with people of diverse cultures.
1993 Chapter Ordination
General Administration is to engage us in opportunities to understand our racial biases and to embrace cultural diversity in our congregation, our church, and our world.
2001 Chapter Ordination
We commit ourselves to being on the path to becoming an anti-racist congregation and authorizing the anti-racism team to help us get there by leading us through training and analysis. 2005 Chapter Ordination
Recognizing that the use of power has an impact on individuals and relationships, we choose to spend our energies and resources to promote relationships based on the Gospel values of respect and mutuality.
2009 Chapter Ordination
Nuclear Disarmament (adopted June 2011)
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield call upon the United States government to lead the way for the global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce and eliminate such weapons. We call for the immediate development, adoption and implementation of a plan that will ensure there will be no new development of nuclear weapons, no materials generated for nuclear weapons and no testing of nuclear weapons. We will work with all people of goodwill until there is no chance that a nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction can come into the hands of anyone wishing to do harm. Fact Sheets
Moratorium on the Planting of Genetically Modified Organisms (adopted June 2004)
We support a moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered crops pending environmental and human safety studies. Until such time as this technology is proven safe, all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients should be labeled.
Opposition to the War Against Iraq (adopted March 2003)
We, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, as sisters to Dominican women and men in Iraq and as members of the human family, regret that our government has decided to renew a war against the people of Iraq. We oppose this decision. We pledge to redouble our personal efforts toward peace and invite all people of good will to join us. To all those who will suffer the consequences of this violence at home and abroad: Iraqi civilians, American and Iraqi combatants, children, immigrants and refugees, the homeless and hungry, the jobless and working poor, we offer the only thing we have to give – our prayer for God’s protection. Fact Sheets
Opposition to Economic Sanctions Against Iraq (adopted June 2000)
We, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, stand in solidarity with the people in Iraq. We urge our government to end the bombing and the sanctions that harm innocent people. We further urge our government to replace these actions with creative diplomatic solutions. Fact Sheets
Abolition of the Death Penalty (adopted June 1999)
We, the Springfield Dominicans, recognize and respect the dignity of all persons and seek to end all forms of violence in our lives and in our world. We therefore seek the abolition of the death penalty. Fact Sheets
Addendum: On March 9, 2011 Illinois became the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Governor Pat Quinn noted, “it is impossible to devise a system that is consistent, that is free of discrimination on the basis of race, geography or economic circumstance, and that always gets it right.”
Closing the School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHISC) (adopted August 1996)
We, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, join our voice in calling for the closing of the U.S. School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, because it continues to perpetuate violence against our Latin American sisters and brothers. Fact Sheets
Housing Justice (adopted November 1994)
We the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, support a just, peaceful and amicable implementation of scattered-site housing in Springfield. Fact Sheets