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Caring for creation: The fourth foundation stone in Jesuit education commitment to teach, to do research, and to serve

August 31, 2014
Caring for creation: The fourth foundation stone in Jesuit education commitment to teach, to do research, and to serve

James AF Stoner Cura personalis, homines pro aliis, and magis have long been key themes of Jesuit education. Care for the whole person, men and women for others, or maybe men and women together for others, and excellence – the never ending search for improvement – are foundation stones upon which many, perhaps all, Jesuit educational institutions built their approaches to teaching, research, and service. Many non-Jesuit, non-Catholic, and non-Christian universities would also very likely agree that these three themes are deeply consistent with how they see their own missions, even if they might not use those particular Latin words to capture their own commitments. In many ways, those words are also guides to the good life – to lives well and richly lived. Recent events, however, are suggesting ever more strongly that we, as educators and as citizens, and simply as members of the human species, are called to make explicit a fourth foundation stone for our commitments to serve our communities and ourselves. That fourth foundation stone is “care for God’s creation” or whatever phrase each individual may be most comfortable with. In the deepest spiritual sense, care for God’s creation refers to the call to meet our
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Changing the story, changing the future: A living economy for a living Earth

August 15, 2014
Changing the story, changing the future: A living economy for a living Earth

David Korten Who controls the story controls the future. A sign of a profound cultural awakening, the essential elements of a Sacred Life and Living Earth story are beginning to emerge and it is a story with deep spiritual roots. We humans are living beings born of a Living Earth – our home and source of nurture. Real wealth is living wealth. Money is just a number. Money is useful as a medium of exchange. Nothing more. Life exists only in community. We prosper only as Earth prospers. We all do best when we all do well in a world that works for all. Fortunately, it is our human nature to care and to share to the benefit of all. Individualistic violence, greed, and ruthless competition surely exist, but they are indicators of deep individual and social dysfunction. The purpose of the economy and its institutions is to provide all people with the opportunity to make a healthy, meaningful living in a balanced co-productive relationship with Earth’s community of life. This story provides a framing vision for a Living Economy that is rooted in community, works with nature, meets the needs of all, and gives every person a voice in
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Reflections

Stabilizing the climate and giving energy access to all with an inclusive economy

Stabilizing the climate and giving energy access to all with an inclusive economy

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Humanity has entered a new era. Our technological prowess has brought humanity to a crossroads. We are the inheritors of two centuries of remarkable waves of technological change: steam power, railroads, the telegraph, electrification, automotive transport, aviation, industrial chemistry, modern medicine, computing,...

Listening and accompanying in healing a living Earth

Listening and accompanying in healing a living Earth

Pedro Walpole, SJ The groaning experienced over the last three days of the conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons conference is in finding ways to relate with all of life, to more broadly network and communicate and to form new channels of hope and compassion not just with 28 universities, not even with...

News and Programs

Sustaining environmental stewardship at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview

Sue Martin The Environment Committee of Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview in New South Wales,...

Lessons in post-disaster management

Mariel de Jesus Surviving the typhoon is the initial ordeal for many people who...

Who we are

Jesuits and their partners throughout the world are invited to understand and share in the critical work of reconciliation and ecological concern (GC35 Decree 3). Ecojesuit.com, initiated by the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), is an online communication currently in Spanish and English, open to all who share in this vision and action.

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