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The Sisters of Providence collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. They have a mission of being God’s Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people. In Congregational decisions, individual ministry and within the spiritual lives of the sisters, they continue to strive for peace and justice.

 

Good News!

From the Skoll Foundation:

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of 800 civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential. This year, Girls Not Brides in Malawi influenced the Malawi’s Parliament decision to render all marriages under the age of 18 illegal.

In addition, with the Amazon Conservation Team’s support in partnership with local tribes – the Colombian government expanded two indigenous reserves to link up with two other protected areas, creating the largest conservation mosaic in the Northwest Amazon.

From Amazon Watch:

Ecuador announces end to new oil and mining concessions in big victory for indigenous rights

“After nearly 10,000 indigenous people marched for two weeks and over 200 miles from the Amazon rainforest to Ecuador’s capital, Quito, they secured a meeting in mid-December with President Moreno. As marchers rallied outside the Presidential Palace, indigenous leaders met with the president and demanded that the Ecuadorian government respect their rights, their territories, and their cultures. And they won! After the meeting, Moreno administration officials announced an end to all new oil and mining concessions without prior consultation of the local communities. This was a major victory for Ecuador’s indigenous movement and for the global effort to keep fossil fuels in the ground!” – Amazon Watch

Sisters of Providence Litany of Non-Violence

Provident God, aware of our brokenness, we ask the gift of courage to identify how and where we are in need of conversion in order to live in solidarity with Earth and all creation.
Deliver us from the violence of superiority and disdain, Grant us the desire, and the humility, to listen with special care to those whose experiences and attitudes are different from our own.
Deliver us from the violence of greed and privilege. Grant us the desire, and the will, to live simply so others may have their just share of Earth’s resources.
Deliver us from the silence that gives consent to abuse, war and evil. Grant us the desire, and the courage, to risk speaking and acting for the common good.
Deliver us from the violence of irreverence, exploitation and control. Grant us the desire, and the strength, to act responsibly within the cycle of creation.
God of love, mercy and justice, acknowledging our complicity in those attitudes, actions and words which perpetuate violence, we beg the grace of a non-violent heart. Amen.