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Where Justice and Truth Meet

Where Justice and Truth Meet is a periodic newsletter produced by the Springfield Dominican Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee to provide updates on issues we have addressed in the past, as well as invite continual community study of current issues.

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Digital version is below. If you prefer a PDF version, you can download here.

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Interconnection and Solidarity: A Call to Deepen Understanding

Our  Prayer for the Life of the World speaks of our solidarity with the rostros concretos of the marginalized and our desire that our hearts be free to recognize and attend to Christ in hidden and unexpected places.

In the fall of 2019 we were challenged anew in living out this prayer. This challenge grew out of an event at one of our sponsored institutions in which a woman was initially offered a teaching position until she revealed that she was to be married to another woman in the fall.

Gilulia May on Unsplash.

We also pray in our Prayer for the Life of the World to renounce our participation in the sin of racism and reject the societal barriers created by the misuse of power. Through our work on our  antiracism  journey,  we  have  grown  in understanding of the relationship between our antiracism efforts and other issues of injustice. We see how our antiracism commitment intersects with immigration issues and with the rights of the LGBTQA+ communities.

Knowing that we are standing face-to-face with a new reality that deserves more theological reflection, growing understanding, and deeper conversation, we have, over the past two years, pursued study, reflection and dialogue.

We recognize the need for continuing this effort to grow in understanding. Over the next year, a column in WJTM will share information, resources, and reflections.

We are not alone in this journey. There are other religious communities engaged in this study and promoting understanding. Some of the resources we will share come from their study and experience. We are grateful for the collaboration.

This video from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative shares their response to the Church’s call to be welcoming and compassionate by offering effective pastoral care and spiritual support for LGBTQ+ Catholics and their families: Living Our Marianist Charism: Embracing the LGBTQ+ Community.

We trust we are being called to embrace the truth that all are created in the image of our God and that our interconnectedness is blessing and holiness.

Invitation to join in Prayer and Dialogue

In response to Pope Francis’ request that we join with the global Church to move toward sustainability for the Life of the World,  we have formed a  Laudato  Si’ Action Platform (LSAP) Committee.

The LSAP Committee invites us into personal and communal reflection and dialogue to deepen our understanding of Laudato Si’ and our Public Commitment Statement:

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, in the United States and Peru, recognize the urgency of the ecological crises facing our planet.

We live in common with all creation.

We acknowledge the need for our personal and collective transformation.

Responding to the cry of Earth, we commit to participation in the Laudato Si Action Platform.

This seven-year journey to achieve sustainability is for the life of the world.

The LSAP Committee offers the following materials for your personal and communal reflection. Click to download the reflection and dialogue materials. Cry of Earth, Cry of the Poor Study/Dialogue Materials.

Additional LSAP resources

Synod on Synodality

"The Church of God is convoked in Synod."

With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to question itself on synodality, a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church.

The synod is a two-year journey (2021-2023) of reflection and sharing of the whole Church. "By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission."

The Synod logo: A large, majestic tree, full of wisdom and light, reaches for the sky. A sign of deep vitality and hope which expresses the cross of Christ. It carries the Eucharist, which shines like the sun. The horizontal branches, opened like hands or wings, suggest, at the same time, the Holy Spirit.

The people of God are not static: they are on the move, in direct reference to the etymology of the word synod, which means "walking together". The people are united by the same common dynamic that this Tree of Life breathes into them, from which they begin their walk.

These 15 silhouettes sum up our entire humanity in its diversity of life situations of generations and origins.

Learn more: Vatican website on the Synodal Process

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