Collaborating on our work for justice in North America is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.
On the weekend of October 14-16, 2011, our Sisters in Arizona, California, Florida and Philadelphia gathered in a “virtual” meeting, using flash technology to share their justice ministries and learn from each other. The meeting began with a prayer, “We long for the day when justice prevails…we long for the day when all are one.”
Each participant shared her involvements in social justice activities, and in groups with which they network. Mrs. Susan Thompson, who facilitated the meeting, said this was “a time filled with amazement, pride and affirmation at what our Sisters are doing.”
Our Alliance for Justice Office in Washington, D.C., focuses on issues related to the work of Medical Mission Sisters in all parts of the world. They network with many groups to bring the voice of our Community into the halls of Congress and to international agencies such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Concerned about the environment, this year they joined in the Keystone XL oil pipeline peaceful protest in front of the White House.
In California, our Sisters are involved with issues of economic justice, working with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, which successfully won workers’ demands at a variety of supermarket chains. In Florida, an ecumenical program called Faith and Action for Strength Together is bringing people together to discuss education, affordable housing, and crime.
Two of our Sisters are involved in holistic healing and justice education efforts on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border. They are encouraged that the Dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona have joined with the Diocese of Hermosillo, Mexico, to build bridges and find solutions to their common problems.
Our Sisters living in the Philadelphia area are active with letter-writing, prayer, networking with Quakers and other groups. Their issues include illegal gun sales in the city, and hydraulic fracturing in the state. They work with persons recovering from addiction, women in need of empowerment, and people in prison. They also help migrants prepare for citizenship and GED exams.
November 1, 2011