What is JPIC?
Franciscans are called to promote the integrity of all creation, and therefore practice, as part of our Franciscan charism, Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC). The operative word is justice. We need to see Social, Economic, Environmental justice as a trinity not to be divided. Some tertiaries are more comfortable addressing social or economic issues than environmental justice. But environmental issues often get the least attention in our parishes. We are called to pray, study and work for all justice issues. Prayer, study and hands on work can help us confront complex issues like climate change, genetically modified organisms (GMO), divesture of fossil fuels, protecting watersheds, confronting environmental racism and classism, as well as many money and faith issues. Please browse the resources listed below to learn more about JPIC.
CRE Certificate Updates:
If you relish the idea of exploring, in company with others, the “ecology” of the interaction of Christian faith and spirituality with environmental consciousness, consider participating in The Center for Religion and Environment’s one year non-credit certificate program on Contemplation and Care for Creation, beginning with a retreat in Sewanee May 27- June 3, 2017. This unusual program offers participants an exposure to the theology and the spirituality of creation care as well as its social implications. The program welcomes and encourages participation from persons of all parts of the Christian family. People interested in creation care, contemplation of nature, green advocacy, and Christian education and formation with an environmental focus should find this experience of particular interest.