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.
COMMISSION ON GLOBAL ISSUES
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.
UNIVERSE & CREATION COMMITTEE
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.