Critical Concerns

 

This page serves as a repository for resources, tools and reflections generated by the Critical Concerns Committee to support the work of the Sisters of Mercy in the areas of Earth, nonviolence, women, racism and immigration.

 

 

Read Community Responses to Examen Discussion at Consultative Gatherings

image of Critical Concerns logoHappy Easter to all. We hope your Lenten season and Easter were blessed with surprising graces. The Critical Concerns Committee wishes to thank everyone for your input from the Consultative Gathering conversations regarding our examen process. The committee also wishes to thank those of you who responded through other available opportunities, i.e., condensed Consultative Gatherings, follow-up phone call with the CLT and/or completion of the electronic survey published in Mid-Atlantic Messages. The responses were filled with good suggestions and creative ideas. The Critical Concerns Committee is currently working with them and, as a result, is in the process of making some changes to our quarterly Consumerism Examen. Here are all the collected responses. We hope you appreciate reading them as much as we did.


See Table Responses from Consultative Gatherings

image of Critical Concerns logoThank you to all for your generous and thoughtful table responses during the Critical Concerns Committee portion of the Consultative Gatherings in November. Responses addressed the question: "In light of what we have read and heard about the Chapter and our personal reflection on the 2017 Recommitment: Called to New Consciousness, how does this new expression of our Critical Concerns reshape our communal understanding of them in our time and to what is this new expression of them calling us?" See this visual of the prominent themes expressed. This document is a collection of responses from all locations.


Watch Webinar on Consumerism Featuring Mid-Atlantic Sister

image of Sr. Katie Mindling during Christmas, Consumerism and Laudato Si webinarMid-Atlantic Sister Katie Mindling, RSM, presented "The Invitation of Laudato Si: Consumerism from a Spiritual Angle" on Wednesday, December 21, as one of three panelists on a webinar hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement on Christmas, Consumerism and Laudato Si. In her presentation, Sister Katie, a member of the Critical Concerns Committee, shared the background and process of the Mid-Atlantic Community's current communal action on consumerism. Watch the presentation in its entirety (Sister Katie's portion begins at marker 35:35).



Critical Concerns Poster to Download
Click on the image to the left for an 8 1/2" x 14" Critical Concerns poster. You can choose to print (will need legal size paper) or save as a PDF.

 

 


Connecting the Critical Concerns
The committee will explore a series of topics over the next several months addressing each topic's connections to the Critical Concerns. Each topic will be accompanied by a guide illustrating those connections, accompanied by a question for reflection: "What is not being done to help others live a better life?"

Climate Change
April/May 2015
Climate change is the first in this series. Use this guide to reflect on climate change and its impact on each of the Critical Concerns.

U.S. Immigration Detention Facilities
June/July 2015
Use this guide to reflect on immigration detention facilities and their impact on each of the Critical Concerns. This is the second in a series of topics to illustrate connections to each of the Critical Concerns.

Homelessness
August/September 2015
Use this guide to reflect on homelessness and its impact on each of the Critical Concerns. The committee hopes that part three of this series will illustrate connections to each of the Critical Concerns and increase awareness and lead to transformation.

Hunger
October/November 2015
Use this guide to reflect on hunger and its impact on each of the Critical Concerns. The committee hopes that part four of this series will illustrate connections to each of the Critical Concerns and increase awareness and lead to transformation.

Consumerism
December 2015/January 2016
Use this guide to reflect on consumerism and its impact on each of the Critical Concerns. The committee hopes that part five of this series will illustrate connections to each of the Critical Concerns and increase awareness and lead to transformation.

Obstacles to Health and Well-Being
February/March 2016
Use this guide to reflect on consumerism and its impact on each of the Critical Concerns. The committee hopes that part five of this series will illustrate connections to each of the Critical Concerns and increase awareness and lead to transformation.

 


Reflections and Resources
The Committee has developed a series of reflections, questions to ponder, prayers, and other resources for each Critical Concern, as well as sharing the story of a sister, associate or co-minister who is living and witnessing to this Critical Concern in her or his own life. The hope is that each of us will draw inspiration, encouragement and support from this prayerful reflection and sharing of stories.

We believe in the need for sustainability of life, supporting both a lifestyle and legislation that acknowledge everyone's right to water and the need to address climate change.

Click here for prayer, reflection, a video with former Georgian Court University President Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, and additional resources regarding the Critical Concern of Earth.

 

We work for peace through prayer, education, personal and communal practices of nonviolence, and legislative advocacy to reduce armed conflicts, gun violence and human rights abuses.

Click here for prayer, reflection, a video with Sister Katie Mindling, RSM, and additional resources regarding the Critical Concern of Nonviolence.

 

Through our schools, colleges, health care institutions and spirituality centers, and through our legislative advocacy, we give special attention to women's education, health and spirituality.

Click here for prayer, reflection, a video with Sister Kathleen Smith, RSM, videos of two women who were formerly homeless, and additional resources regarding the Critical Concern of Women.

 

We believe racism is an evil affecting us all. We work to recognize and dismantle institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist, multicultural community.

Click here for prayer, reflection, a film clip with Sister Marcie McCann, RSM, and additional resources regarding the Critical Concern of Racism.

 

Believing firmly in the dignity of every person, we work for just and humane immigration laws in the U.S., address policies that push people to flee their countries, and examine the global impact of immigration.

Click here for prayer, reflection, a film suggestion, and additional resources regarding the Critical Concern of Immigration.

 

 

 

 

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