The CLC World Assembly 2013, held in Lebanon in August 2013, had as theme "From our Roots to the Frontiers". In this Assembly, four frontiers were identified: Ecology, Family, Globalisation and Poverty, and Youth.
Report from PanAmazon: Report #4: Learning
The problem of my brotherhood, if I really am the brother of all men, is not how I feel in my heart, but the real problem is that others can feel themselves as my brothers when they come across of me. This is where fraternity comes into play: what does it matter to the other that I in my "little heart" feel like brother, if he sees me as a hedgehog?
You can download the full reflection here:
Report from PanAmazon: Report #3: Quiet time
"Look around you, give thanks, feel indignant of the situations of injustice, exclusion and poverty, but above all find out how you can engage and contribute in a small way to transform those situations that do nothing but widen the gap between rich and poor, situations that increase the destruction of our common home."
You can download the full reflection here:
Report from PanAmazon: Report #2: Breaking Up the Ground Within Me
"I must descend to the bottom of my heart and, of course, this scares me, since it is not easy to face my fears, desires, emptiness, questions..."
You can download the full reflection here:
Report from PanAmazon
Lorena Perez (CVX Ecuador), or Lore, currently works as the volunteer for the Amazon Project. She shares with us her monthly reflections on her life and work as a way to unite with the world community's mission in the ecology frontier.
"Each face reflects a light and shadow, each carries a dream. They all have a unique way of looking after this earth and being at one with nature. They know intuitively if a cloud means rain, or if it will soon pass over and be tossed away by the wind, like the leaves that flutter in the trees."
You can download her first reflection here:
Season of Creation
Dear Friends in CLC,
September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and many other Christian churches have joined since then, with Pope Francis most recently in 2015. It was then extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4 (Feast of St. Francis).
You are encouraged to participate by organizing prayer services (you can use our Progressio Supplement 72! http://www.cvx-clc.net/l-en/progressio.php ) and activities for engaging the ecological crisis.
A platform for linking local CLC action on the Ecology Frontier
On Local Action
Our national communities have been initiating local efforts to respond to Laudato Si. Much of the efforts have been in the form of prayer and reflection spaces; in others, National assemblies have focused on the theme of Ecology, and have produced some materials and action steps for national action. Local action continues to be relevant because these give the necessary contextual and cultural characteristics for effective action.
Our Local Efforts Linked Together
Currently, through the efforts of the CLC Ecology Commission, we have linked with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)- a network of Catholic communities, organizations and partners who would like to unite various local and global efforts under a common platform. Common actions that we encourage CLC participation through GCCM are:
•Signing a petition for leaders to keep the temperature rise below 1.5C
•COP21 Paris Climate Summit Prayer (which can be done individually, or by communities)
•Global Climate March (Nov 29)
This is currently our platform for united action. We strongly encourage you to link your CLC activities in the Ecology Frontier (whether it be vigils, advocacy letters and other apostolic action) with this in mind, and to register as CLC groups in their website: http://catholicclimatemovement.global/take-action/ . By doing this, we connect beyond our world CLC community and move closer to actual global common action.
As local communities, we are encouraged to continue our locally discerned callings and responses to our Ecology Frontier. But know that we are part of a larger-spanning endeavor to care for our common home, through GCCM, and the larger human community.
Please do not hesitate to share your actions and invitations via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CVX-CLC-6562037665/ . And check our site for important World CLC updates: http://cvx-clc.net/
Let us continue to pray together for each other and our world.
Let us raise our voice for Climate Justice!
There are many ways to take action. The Christian Life Community is part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, adding its voice in the Care4Creation campaign. See how you and your communities can participate:
Prayer Vigil for this climate crisis
On Sunday December 7th , people around the world are invited to pray for the decisions of the International Panel for Climate Change that will be held in Lima-Peru this December
Light For Lima
A weekend to bend the course of history
In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.
In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilisation.
Our demand is for Action, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, we want a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
People's climate mobilisatiobn
The Amazon Project has started
Since the end of May 2014 three members of CLC Latin America arrived in the heart of the Amazon forest.
A new way to live the CLC as an apostolic body.
What is the CLC that the world needs?
News from our volunteers (in Spanish)
CLC encourages a worldwide prayer chain for RIO+20
This material has been endorsed and presented also by the Secretariat of Social Justice and Ecology of the Society of Jesus, by the social sector of the CPAL, the ECOJESUIT Network, Fe y Alegria Brazil, and the Amazon Travelling Team.
Rio+20 the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
It is also an opportunity to look ahead to the futured we want: Social Equity, Economic Growth and Environmental Protection.
At the Frontiers with Asylum Seekers
European CLC, CVX-LMS Italy and CLC Migration Network propose a permanent experiential camp in Sicily, alongside asylum seekers hosted in the reception centers of the "Saint John the Baptist" Foundation of Ragusa.
We intend to be present where the migrants come in and search the first aid in Italy. According to G.P. 8 and "aware of the pressing need to work for justice through a preferential option for the poor, and a simple lifestyle that manifests our freedom and our solidarity with them," with this project CLC / LMS seeks a dual purpose:
be neighbour to each other in difficulty,
make those who work for justice do not feel alone.
The experience is offered to young people, but not only, belonging to the European CLC or interested to get involved actively in the work with migrants.
Because we will not be silent accomplices..
From the European Christian Life Community Migration Network: We would like to express our profound disagreement, frustration and sadness at the measures taken by European political leaders.
Manifesto (for reading and distribution)
Challenges for the european migration network
"Gathered from 14 to 16 November 2014 in Luxemburg, 28 CLCers from 8 european countries,
reflected on "Meeting and Welcoming the Roma” and on the future of the european migration network.
By this powerpoint, Denis Dobbelstein, member of the World Exco, described and challenged the network
as a concrete expression of CLC, an apostolic body. It helped us to reflect on our personal involvment and
on our desires towards an active network, which will be led by CLC-Spain."
for more details, please contact : Migraciones CVX-Europa firstname.lastname@example.org
CLC's relief efforts for the Typhoon victims in Philippines
CLC Philippines is officially supporting the rehabilitation efforts in Daanbantayan—a small fishing village north of Cebu that was severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan but which has not received as much attention.
For donations please get in touch with CLC Philippines through the email address, email@example.com
This effort seeks to enable the village to recover fishing boats for livelihood, roofing for public schools and the establishment of a community center.
Coalition for a Worthy Education has received the Award for Civic Engagement
In June 7th in Washington DC The Inter-American Dialogue Center* presented its first ever Award for Civic Engagement to the Coalición Educación Digna, the civil society group that led the successful “4% campaign” for educational reform in the Dominican Republic.
“We are truly inspired by this example of civil society that seeks to promote government responsibility and accountability in the Dominican Republic. That, precisely, it is democracy” said Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue President about the award.
* The Inter-American Dialogue is the leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs.
Worthy Education website (in Spanish)
CLC Dominican Republic: Concrete “advocacy” action in favor of education
The goal of this initiative is that the government of the Dominican Republic should comply with what is currently established in the regulations, to allocate at least 4% of the Gross Domestic Product of the country to education; a situation that is very far from reality, in which less than 2% is allocated and where limitations and inequity in access to the same can be observed.
letter of invitation
CLC and JRS
TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM THE REALITY OF REFUGEES, DISPLACED AND MIGRANTS
May,2012. CLC participated in the regional meeting of the Jesuit Refugee Service – Jesuit Migration Service (JRS-JMS) Network, held in Buga, Columbia
The CLC-UN Working Group in New York shares about Girl Effect with CLC
"Girl Effect" is an untapped solution to end poverty.
Adolescent girls are uniquely capable of raising the standard of living in the developing world.
A girl will invest her income and knowledge back into her family and her community.
A girl will break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Watch the video
Press release of the Latin American Reflection Group on Migrations WSF-M
Reflections from our participation in the Ignatian Pre-Forum and World Social Forum on Migration.
Ana Lucia Torres is the new coordinator of the Latin American Reflection Group on Migration and Refugees.
Read Press Release
WSF-M panel: “MIGRANT FACES: VOICES THAT CONSTRUCT NARRATIVES”
October 10th CLC will show our contribution to go beyond the numbers and academic reflection, to present the faces and stories of men and women who live in this situation.
Five speeches of CLC members
Mauricio Lopez World CLC
Adelaida Lacasta CLC Spain
Lina Moreno CLC Colombia
Maria Luisa Urrelo CLC Bolivia
Ana Lucia Torres CLC Ecuador
Brochure (in Spanish)
CLC will be present in the World Social Forum on Migrations WSF-M
Peoples on the move towards universal citizenship "tearing down the model, building social actors"
The MIGRATION-REFUGEES reflection group of CLC Latin America decided to participate in the WSF-M and the Ignatian Pre-Forum. We are participating as CLC in the methodology commission and we will be in charge of a panel on MIGRATION.
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