In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country, we, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in committing to the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive effects.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we commit ourselves to examine the root causes of injustice, particularly racism, and our own complicity as congregations, and to work to effect systemic change as we struggle to ensure immigrant rights, promote non-violence and protect Earth and its biosphere.
We pledge prayer, education, and advocacy and commit to using our collective voice, resources, and power in collaboration with others to establish justice, which reflects God’s abundant love and desire that all may have life.
Actions We Can Take
God of love and mercy, touch our hearts and call on us to acknowledge and respect the “dear neighbor” in our midst. We pray for openness in our hearts to reject racism and all discrimination against our sisters and brothers. Inspire us to be agents of unity who embrace those who cross our paths with love and acceptance.
August 17th, 2018