Where We Stand
What is a corporate stance?
A corporate stance is a deliberative position, policy, or action taken in response to the needs of the Congregation. It is a statement which reflects a corporate consciousness resulting from individual study, prayerful reflection and commonly shared values. A corporate stance must involve an issue both external and of major importance to the Congregation because:
- it affects us as Christians, as Dominicans, and as citizens of the Earth.
- it is a response to the Gospel and the social teachings of the Church
- it is one about which members can be generally informed and in which those preparing the proposal have done adequate background study.
Why are corporate stances important?
Corporate stances allow the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell to offer deliberate, measured responses to the concerns of our time within the framework of our Mission and Vision statements. Actions which are taken to implement a corporate stance must be possible, just (i.e., respectful of the rights of the Congregation, non-violent in principle, intent and behavior, and reflective of Gospel values), and responsible with awareness of impact.
We, the Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope, Sparkill), believe that our present relationship with Earth and use of the resources provided by Earth are grievously imbalanced and harmful to the planet itself. The impact of human action stresses and overwhelms the self-sustaining, and self-correcting capacities of our environment, narrows bio-diversity, and threatens the capacity of Earth to support future generations.
We recognize that the reality of Global Climate Change negatively impacts the Community of Life in ways that go well beyond our understanding. We recognize that the negative impact on the human community is experienced more forcefully and comprehensively by persons who are living in poverty, loving close to the land, and living in fragile ecosystems.
We believe we are called to protect the vitality, diversity, and uniqueness of Earth and the Community of Life sustained by Earth. This call compels us to act individually, communally, systemically on behalf of Earth, the Community of Life, and all future generations within this sacred community.
We, the Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration,
- Commit to lending our individual and collective voice to those efforts, consistent with our Catholic faith and the Dominican search for truth, that seek to mitigate the effects of Climate Change.
- Commit to changes in lifestyle individually and collectively that will reduce our carbon footprint upon the planet and encourage others to do the same in our homes, at places of work, at the institutions where we have influence and in our communities of worship.
- Commit to educating ourselves, family, friends, neighbors and colleagues about global warming and ways to address this challenge.
- Commit to joining like-minded groups to mobilize awareness and action toward a more sustainable future by working for systemic change and legislation to protect the environment and the community of life.
- Re-commit to responsible investments, supporting the development of sustainable energies and advocating for more environmentally responsible corporate policies and practices.
Affirmed by Caldwell Dominicans at Chapter 2015
Published on Earth Day 2015
We, the Dominican Sisters of the Northeast (Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope and Sparkill), believe that our present immigration law is badly broken and in need of reform: it ignores the human situation of separated families and the oppressive living conditions that force people to migrate. We support a compassionate and comprehensive immigration law that:
- Provides the processes for undocumented persons to achieve permanent residency and citizenship without leaving the United States.
- Creates legal avenues for migration.
- Assures family unity for immigrant families.
- Provides guaranteed human rights and labor protections for undocumented workers – and all workers.
- Addresses the root-causes of migration by protecting the human rights of workers internationally.
- Publish our corporate stance in the media.
- Educate ourselves by staying informed of developments in immigration legislation.
- Continue to advocate and educate for immigration reform in our ministries, parishes and with other concerned groups.
- Contact local and federal legislators to support the issue of a just reform of immigration laws.
Affirmed on June 25, 2011
Caldwell Dominican Assembly
We, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, stand in support of human rights by firmly opposing trafficking of all persons, especially of women and children, for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.
We will educate ourselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences of this modern-day slavery and advocate for policies and programs that lead to its eradication, prevention and healing.
We commit ourselves to work for systemic change in our own society that will give voice to and liberate those whose poverty makes them vulnerable to traffickers.
In so doing we add our support and solidarity with Dominican Congregations worldwide and the many Religious Congregations who have joined in these efforts on behalf of all who are affected by Human Trafficking.
Affirmed on June 12, 2009
Feast of the Sacred Heart
We, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, support a moratorium on the planting of GE (genetically engineered) crops pending environmental and human safety studies until such time as the technology is proven safe.
All foods containing GE ingredients should be labeled.
Affirmed at Chapter in March, 2005
The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, NJ are committed to support the abolition of the death penalty.
We join with Pope John Paul II and the U.S. Bishops, and many other religious groups in calling for an end to this kind of punishment for violent crimes.
At the same time, we reach out in compassion to victims of violence and their families.
We are mindful also of the other members of the community suffering from the offenders’ crimes.
Affirmed at Assembly in July, 2002
The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ pledge to support the Violence-Free Zone adopted by the LCWR and supported by our Chapter in 1995.
Therefore, we will strive to insure that:
- There will be no violence against any person – young or old; woman, man or child; no abuse, physical or verbal, based on race, creed, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
- We will speak out against the use and glorification of violence in the media and in all areas of our culture.
- We will try to protect victims of violence, and commit ourselves to non-violent resolution of conflict.
- We will be voices for peace among nations, voices for reform of any government, any organization or institution whose practices do violence either to groups or to individuals.
- We will work to eradicate violence against the earth, to instill respect and love for our planet, for its bounteous resources, and for all its creatures.
- We commit ourselves to implement this pledge to the best of our ability in our personal lives, our homes, our places of ministry and in our institutions as we work toward a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Supported by Chapter in 1995
Affirmed by Congregation on December 6, 1997
The Commission on Global Issues works in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC), the North American Dominican Justice Promoters, and other social justice organizations. Our goals are threefold: to educate, advocate and provide direct service in behalf of the poor and marginalized of society. The areas of concern that engage us are peace and security for all life, economic justice, human trafficking, and migration/immigration. Climate justice is of major concern and we continually view this as a lens through which we address all justice issues of human behavior. The effects of political, social and personal decisions have direct consequences on our rights and duties to a preserve a pristine environment. We have taken public positions/stances that address justice issues and they challenge each member of our Dominican Community to not only promulgate them but to actively engage the public through our triad approach to social justice: study/educate, advocate and take direct action when and where possible.
The Universe and Creation Committee was established in 1995 following the Chapter approval of our Vision Statement: We will commit ourselves to deepen our studying, living and teaching the mysteries of the universe and the sacredness of all creation. We resist the ongoing devastation of our planet by a contemplative scrutiny of our use/abuse of Earth’s gifts.
The Committee works to raise consciousness about the urgency of issues relating to the planet and to promote a deepening understanding of the sacredness of all creation. In particular, the Committee provides materials to the study group, Mission Designees, and alerts the Congregation to major issues affecting the planet.
Membership is open to all who are interested in promoting the Vision Statement with creativity and study of the issues. Contact Sr. Jeanne Goyette, OP (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to join our committee.