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17th Edition

Justice Contact Update

June 2021

Spirituality and Charism Reflection

“Everything flowers from within…”

Galway Kinnell

Be still…Lean heart to heart with the One who pulses life into the heart of every piece of creation. Take a few moments to focus on your heart-beat and your breathing…let your breath led you to the depths of your being…breathe there…breathe with one another…breathe with Earth Community. Simply Be…Be…

How do I feel about myself as I read this poem?

Am I affirmed, disturbed? Where do I need to forgive and be forgiven?

How am I called forth to blossom from within? To be a woman of welcoming heart?

Let us lean heart to heart on the One who pulses life into the heart of every piece of creation, so we can blossom from within and beat as ONE HEART.

Let us lean heart to heart with every heart that loves. So, we can blossom from within, and beat as ONE HEART.

Sacred Heart: Heart of the heart of the world, Center of the center of the Universe, Awaken us to the Fire of Love.

Spirituality and Charism Committee
P
resentation Sisters, Terry Abraham, Maria Lazzaro, & Dorothy Scesny

Programme Action Leader Update

“Trust is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”

Brené Brown

On the 27th of May, the IPA Team had the privilege of gathering with the IPA Justice Contacts, facilitated by Caplor Horizons to discuss our three IPA Priority Actions: to honour and advance the rights of women and children; to honour and advance the rights of Earth; and honour and advance the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples. It was an energizing zoom despite some people being up very early in the morning and others staying up until the middle of the night.

The Justice Contacts have been divided into three focus groups to assist in advancing our IPA Priority Actions. The Spirit moved us to action as the justice contacts developed a renewed sense of community within each group. They planned how to move and work together towards the 8th IPA Assembly.

COVID-19 has and continues to impact each of our lives in different ways, however Presentation People have the heart of Nano Nagle and have found avenues of hope in the darkness of the pandemic.

The IPA Team is looking forward to the IPA Webinar: “Called to Respond: Sharing Together the IPA Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Era” on the 1st of June with all Presentation People. I am looking forward to the sharing of stories, listening to one another, and the genuine connections that will be made during this event. Hope is what keeps us alive and I trust in the Spirit to continue to bring light and life to us all.

Please continue to email your stories of Presentation People working for justice and living out our Presentation charism to ipaprogactionleader@gmail.com.

In peace and gratitude,

Mary Therese Krueger, PBVM
IPA Programme Action Leader

IPA NGO Representative Update

Dear friends,

Every year, on June 5 we celebrate the World Environment Day. Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action to address pressing environmental issues. Every year, the World Environment Day is hosted by a different country in which official celebrations take place. This year, the host country is Pakistan. From global virtual gatherings to community clean ups, live social discussions to musical and film screenings, thousands from around the world are organizing virtual and physical events, small and large to celebrate World Environment Day. You can register your event details here for others to view and join, or browse through several events and see what intrigues you the most.

In addition, this year, the World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a global effort aimed at “supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide and raise awareness of the importance of successful ecosystem restoration” (A/RES/73/284).

  • Over 4.7 million hectares of forests – an area larger than Denmark – are lost every year. That’s one football pitch every three seconds.

  • Over half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared in the last century.

  • Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown for three consecutive years and the planet is one pace for potentially catastrophic climate change.

  • The emergence of COVID-19 has also shown just how disastrous the consequences of ecosystem loss can be. By shrinking the area of natural habitat for animals, we have created ideal conditions for pathogens – including coronaviruses – to spread.

From forests and farmlands to freshwater, oceans and coasts, the vitality and diversity of Earth’s ecosystems are the basis of human prosperity and well-being. Ecosystem restoration means assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Restoration of ecosystems is also fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, mainly those on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water and biodiversity conservation. The deadline of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (which runs through 2030) also overlaps with the UN Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Ecosystems are our lifeline and underpin all 17 goals.

Restoration is a monumental task. Over the next ten years, every action counts. Restoration initiatives can be launched by almost anyone, from governments and development agencies to businesses, communities and individuals. Restoration can happen in many ways – for example through actively planting trees, cleaning up trash alongside rivers and coasts or by removing pressures so that nature can recover on its own. In this context, everyone has a role to play: Individuals need to think about the way they consume; Educators need to inspire students to take action to build a greener future; Farmers and manufacturers need to produce more sustainably; Businesses need to develop greener models; And governments need to invest in repairing the environment. Between now and 2030, the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems could generate US$9 trillion in ecosystem services. Restoration could also remove 13 to 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The economic benefits of such interventions exceed nine times the cost of investment, whereas inaction is at least three times more costly than ecosystem restoration.

Only with healthy ecosystems we can enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will inspire and support governments, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society, children and youth, private sector companies, indigenous peoples, farmers, women’s groups, local communities and individuals globally to collaborate, develop and successfully implement restoration initiatives across the world.

There has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems than now. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a monumental opportunity to do our part in healing our planet. When it comes to restoring the ecosystems, each one of us can make a difference. Join #GenerationRestoration to revive and protect our ecosystems for people and nature to be able to have a sustainable future.

On June 5, 2021, on World Environment Day, use the UN Decade’s logo (see above) on your website, social media, printed on a T-Shirt or on a sign at your restoration site to show your support for the launch of the UN Decade.

Stay safe everyone!!

Respectfully,

Dr. Despoina Afroditi Milaki
IPA NGO Representative at the UN

Grassroots Updates

Our Journey Towards Justice

Dubuque Presentation Justice Promoters Team share their “Journey Toward Justice” for the month of May.

Click here for the PDF & Click here to learn more on how the Dubuque Justice Promoters are working towards the IPA UN Advocacy Focus of the “Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children”.

Presentation Convent School Jammu Reflect on Nano Nagle

Nano Nagle -  Presentation Convent School Jammu

Presentation Convent School Jammu’s students share about Nano Nagle, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Presentation Learning Center (PLC): A Light in the Pandemic for the People of Watts

PLC in the Pandemic

An overview of Presentation Learning Center’s work during COVID-19 in Watts, California, USA.

Presentation Learning Center (PLC): A Light in the Pandemic for the People of Watts

Women of Service

Presentation Sisters - Women of Service

New Windsor Presentation Sisters reflect on being women of service.

Cork World Book Festival - Sr Anne Lyons, PBVM

Cork World Book Festival - Sr Anne Lyons

Nano Nagle Place - Cork World Book Festival: Featuring Sister Anne Lyons, PBVM, author of ‘The Story of Nano Nagle: Life Lived on the Razor’s Edge’

“Letter: Catholic Teaching Names Racism A Sin” - Joy Peterson, PBVM; Dubuque Presentation Justice Contact

Writing/Song Competition through Nano Nagle Birthplace

Presentation Sisters at Presentation Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA organized a Blessing of the St Isidore Community Gardens on the vigil of the Feast of St. Isidore the Patron of farmers and gardeners.

“Serving Those in the Shadows, Sisters Follow in Footsteps of Women Long Gone”

“Presentation Sr. Sharon Altendorf is active in the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, a San Antonio-based organization founded by a Presbyterian minister to assist unaccompanied children coming from Central America.” Click here to read more from Global Sisters Report

Sowing Hope for the Planet: Creation Care Prayer Network

Sowing Hope for the Planet: Creation Care Prayer Network. | LSW Day 4

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 Webinar - This webinar discusses how can we undergo ecological conversion and eco-spirituality.

Click here to watch the webinars from Laudato Si’ Week from the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Intersection of Climate Change, Gender & Migration: April 2021 Monthly Meeting

“Action Cards: 10 Things to Know About Violence against Women Migrant Workers” From UN Women

Upcoming Webinars

1 June - “Called to Respond: Sharing Together the IPA Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Era” (IPA) - Register here

1 June - “Youth Activism for Gender Equality in Nationality Laws” (The Global Campaign on Equal Nationality Rights) - Register here

2 June - “Launch of the child marriage monitoring mechanism: Ending child marriage, charting brighter futures” (UNICEF) - Register here

3 June - “Sisters Empowering Women: A Place at the Table in the Spirit of Fratelli Tutti” (USIG); 2-4pm Rome time - Learn more

4 June - Monthly Laudato Si’ Prayer Service (GCCM) - Register here

8 June - “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” (Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea DOALOS) - Register here

Online Course - “Counter Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings” (International Organization for Migration) - Register here

Online Course - “Trafficking in Persons: Protection and Assistance to Victims” (International Organization for Migration) - Register here

Upcoming Dates

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