Held in Lima – emphasising a diversity of cultures
The rise of Islamic fundamentalism, 9/11 and war in Iraq
Clash of civilisations
Emerging economic power of China and India
Global culture marked by dominance and exclusion
Reassertion of fundamentals especially Contemplation and Community
And a re-emphasis on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in Solidarity with those who are most vulnerable
Recognising the interconnectedness of the whole of creation
with the events which mark our world: the most obvious, the effects of human activity on the environment (global warming) and the effect of that on the poorest in desertification, leading to famine, natural disasters (flooding, drought, ocean and volcanic movements of the earth, tsunamis etc.)
Recognising that “to educate is an act of justice”… Orienting all our educative endeavours towards creating relationships of equality, inclusion, non-violence and harmony
“the pursuit of justice, peace and integrity of creation permeates all aspects of our lives.
They must be criteria for discerning our relationships, our commitments so that all our choices may be marked by Gospel values.”
Leading to change in our personal and community lifestyles
with regard to:
the environment, living our vows and community of goods more congruently, new ways to relate with ourselves, with others and with all of creation.
One of the recommendations was headed Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation:
It reads: that the General Council discern and implement the best way possible of coordinating JPIC at the international level.
The 2012 Lent to Pentecost process is their response – not an organisation, or “a doing” but rather a deep call to live JPIC as integral to our charism, spirituality and mission as close to the dream of God for this world God so loves.