Oblate US JPIC Committee Gathers in Godfrey, Illinois
October 19th, 2009
On October 15 and 16, the United States Province Oblate Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committee held a bi-annual strategy meeting in Godfrey, Illinois to review, share progress and discuss how to continue the JPIC work most effectively. Part of the agenda included brief updates from staff from the Washington JPIC office, the Oblate Ecological Initiative based in Godfrey and the General Service office in Rome. Committee members also reported on their JPIC work.
Committee members talked about compassion and solidarity and how the Oblate charism connects with current developments in the world. Topics discussed in depth included the financial crisis, efforts to address housing foreclosures in California, the refugee crisis in Sri Lanka, the ongoing need for comprehensive immigration reform and responsible stewardship of creation. In addition to the updates, Committee members discussed further development of a consistent life focus for the JPIC Office, as well as how best to use technology to support the goals of the oblate JPIC ministry.
During the meeting, JPIC Committee members celebrated a number of victories in the world of economics and finance – the success of the New Rules for Global Finance initiative in its IMF reform campaign, the recent expansion of the G-7 to the G-20, which includes more countries, greater interest in the Tobin tax on financial transactions, and important progress in tightening up tax havens. The Committee also remembered Oblates active in JPIC work who are no longer with us; this recent meeting remembered Frs. Lorenzo Rosebaugh OMI and Bob Aaron OMI.