This document, Being Artisans of Hope in Our Blessed and Broken World, is an attempt to collate and articulate the insights and intuitions discerned by the delegates of the 2018 International JPIC meeting. Inspired by our strong Sacred Heart heritage of commitment to justice and peace, and drawing impetus from the responses to the Society-wide reflection process in preparation for the meeting, we listened and found ways of expressing how we are called to live JPIC now and into the future.
We identified four imperatives for our time. Each one is developed more fully throughout this document.
Washing one another’s feet: an invitation to critically reflect on JPIC and our relationships of power.
Transforming and being transformed: advocacy that begins with soul-searching honesty.
Caring for our common home.
Welcoming people on the move and walking with those who seek refuge and who hope for a better future.
We acknowledge with gratitude all our desires and efforts to collaborate with God’s work of transformation in the world through our service with the heart of an educator. Today we reap the fruits of more than 200 years of Sacred Heart presence in the Church and the world. We look to the future with energy and hope, as we work together as members of the Sacred Heart family and in collaboration with other groups and networks dedicated to furthering justice, peace, and integrity of creation.