Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ResourcesJPIC KEY MATTERS
The Regional JPIC Commission reviews on an ongoing basis matters of concern to the other branches of the Franciscan family e.g. the National OFS JPIC Commission; the OFM JPIC office; Franciscans International (FI); Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; the Francophone Franciscan Family of Canada’s Service intercommunautaire d’animation franciscaine (SIAF). In addition, concerns of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP); The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA); and the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) were considered. Since their discernment involves reading the signs of the times it is no surprise that there is much convergence of concern. Locate more info in relation to book of ra classic.
As a result, and because it is impossible to address every concern that arises, the primary priorities adopted by the Regional Fraternity are:
- Extreme poverty and the excluded
- The ethical use of resources: especially water, mining and fair trade
- Food: security and sovereignty
- Human Trafficking and Contemporary Forms of Slavery
- Care of Creation: particularly one or more of the following: Pollution; Climate Change; the Alberta Oil Sands and/or Hydraulic fracturing
- Peace, conflict resolution and active non-violence
- Treatment of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants
- Solidarity with, and support for, Christians in countries threatened by hostile cultures
- Current issues regarding Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
- Other topics at the discretion of the fraternities.
THE PROCESS: SEE, ACT, JUDGE
The process for dealing with these issues is to take information, together with Catholic Social Doctrine/Teaching and Franciscan Tradition and spirituality, as the basis for continuing formation which must then lead to action. “See, judge, act” (to which we add “evaluate and celebrate”), is the Catholic Action model favoured by many Catholic organisations including the OFM JPIC Office.
Local Fraternities are asked to consider this plan and these concerns at a General Meeting. The fraternities are asked to decide which matter(s) their Fraternity will address to the extent that they are able and to select (elect or appoint) a JPIC Councillor to promote and animate JPIC in their Fraternity. Once the issues have been selected by a Fraternity, reference to the appendices of the JPIC Action Plan prepared by the relevant French or English Sector JPIC Sub-Commission will indicate resources for formation and action.
FRANCISCAN VOICE CANADA
Advocacy is a major tool of JPIC action. Promotion and advocacy of values of Franciscan spirituality highlighted in the JPIC issues above can be effectively achieved through the medium of Franciscan Voice Canada (FVC).
National OFS JPIC Communiqués:
December 2020 National JPIC Communiqué : A Well for Africa, Well4Africa
October 2020 National JPIC Communiqué: Well4Africa project becomes a water project for Zimbabwe Leprosy Clinic August 2020 National JPIC Communiqué: Canadian First Nations_The Water Walker July 2020 National JPIC Communiqué: Keeping Our Water Clean April 2020 National JPIC Communiqué: Drinking Water Systems February National JPIC Communiqué: A Call for Well4Africa Archives:
National JPIC Communiqué Archives The Common Good for November 2020