World Justice Issues
Introduction to Justice Desk for IMU-CORI
“For the church, the many abuses of human life, liberty, and dignity are a heartfelt suffering. The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image and that everyone who tramples it offends God. As holy defender of God’s rights and of God’s [his] images, the church must cry out. It takes as spittle in its face, as lashes on its back, as the cross in its passion, all that human beings suffer, even though they be unbelievers. They suffer as God’s images. There is no dichotomy between the human[man] and God’s image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being [whoever destroys our planet, our cosmos] abuses God’s image, and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.”
Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love.
I bring you greetings from the newly formed joint Justice Desk of the IMU-CORI. This is an exciting and challenging new venture. I hope all of you will be delighted to be part of its formation into the future.
I read the above quote from Oscar Romero this morning and I felt it was particularly appropriate at this time.
My name is Sheila Curran. I am a Sister of Mercy from the Northern Province.I only returned to live in Ireland last June after living many years outside of the country. My overseas ministry experience was in Peru in South America and prior to returning to Ireland I undertook doctoral studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
In undertaking the role as the justice coordinator I am conscious that I am standing on the shoulders of those who went before me in particular: Fr. Sean Healy and Sr. Bridget Reynolds in CORI and Fr. Brian O’Toole in IMU. They all continue to make a huge contribution to area of social Justice and each of them has been very helpful to me since I have taken up this new position.
The areas that Justice Desk will concentrate on are based on the findings from a research study undertaken by Mary Purcell on behalf of the IMU and CORI. These are as follows:
1. To work on issues related to Asylum Seekers/Immigrants/Refugees both from a national and international perspective as well as taking account of the root causes including poverty, economic under-development, political instability, violence, and environmental degradation.
2. To work closely with CORI/IMU members to create spaces for discussion and collaboration among members. Also to work with partner organizations to identify possible practical initiatives or common projects that might be undertaken to address the needs of people in the areas of migration, asylum seekers, and refugees.
3. To work on and promote a process of theological reflection in the work for justice.
4. To work with groups from other faith traditions and promote interfaith dialogue.
5. To undertake research and advocacy on behalf those seeking asylum, immigrants and refugees.
As I said this is a new venture and I am open to any suggestions. I am here to be of service to the membership so please feel free to contact me.
The desk is based at present in the IMU offices in Dublin but the work is not confined to Dublin as you all know. Therefore, I am willing to travel to meet with membership and their Justice groups if they wish and you are welcome to visit me any time at the offices here if you happen to be in Dublin. My contact details are:
IMU-CORI Justice Desk,
Irish Missionary Union Ltd.,
29 Westland Square,
Telephone: +353(0)1 4923326; +353(0)1 4923325
Fax: +353(0)1 4923316.
In time I hope to have an active justice web page also.
I look forward to hearing from you. I will also be in contact again in the not too distant future.
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