JPIC Team Supports One Ethic of Life Message

HNP Communications Features

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Holy Name’s justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC) directorate is supporting friars and partners in ministry by providing help in delivering a consistent ethic of life message.

In conjunction with the Franciscan Action Network, a mini-campaign has been developed. It is available on the FAN Web site, and runs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 30, according to Russell Testa, HNP director of JPIC.

The mini-campaign coordinates with the U.S. Bishop’s campaign regarding the Freedom of Choice Act, and also  coinciding with the annual March for Life on Jan. 22 in Washington.

The site offers the following resources:

  • Bulletin/newsletter announcement of the campaign, provided as a template
  • Prayer and spiritual reflection on life
  • Resources and reflection on a Franciscan perspective on the consistent ethic of life
  • An opportunity to write members of Congress, encouraging them to support life
  • Ways to invite others to stand for the fullness of life

“This mini-campaign will provide an opportunity for Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people to do one of the things they do best, build bridges,” said Testa. “Many times, the rhetoric and actions regarding life issues come across in ways that divide people of faith.”

“Franciscans can play a role to help change this unfortunate dynamic. Although this will be a small and humble effort, we must help furthering this approach to the life issue,” Testa added.

Other JPIC initiatives being conducted by Testa’s office and affiliated groups include the following:

  • The second set of preaching tips for friars is now on the justice and peace page of the Province’s Web site
  • The annual EAD — Ecumenical Advocacy Days — will be held March 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
  • The January issue of Contact, the e-newsletter of the JPIC office in Rome was recently released.
  • The Winter 2009  newsletter from Raleigh’s Franciscan Coalition was distributed earlier this month.