Social Justice ~ Marthas at the UN
As members of the Sisters of Charity Federation, the Marthas enjoy NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) status at the United Nations (UN). Through this valuable network and attendance at its meetings, we experience the impact of global concerns on people, and identify issues for which we can advocate and address locally, e.g. lack of access to water for drinking, hygiene, and food security on a global scale.
The two ways that Marthas are represented at the UN are:
- Sisters of Charity Federation NGO's Newsletter
- Sisters of Charity Federation NGO's Action Alerts
- Department of Economic and Social Affairs Newsletter Archive can be found here.
- Department of Public Information
- Religious at the United Nations (RUN) letter to Pope Francis
Partnership for Global Justice is an NGO group at the UN. Marthas have been part of this group for years and continue to hold membership in it. Their Newsletters and information are available below.
This year Sister Marion Sheridan was asked to be the Liaison with this NGO so the information could be coordinated and made available to the Congregation. Each year Partnership for Global Justice holds an Annual Meeting along with a conference. Sister Marion attended the last one, in New York April 30 - May 2, which was an Awards luncheon held for Father Daniel Berrigan and the late Philip Berrigan. Father Dan Berrigan, whom most of us are familiar with, was there. He is now 89 years old and quite frail. He composed a poem for this event. The last line is "Stand up and keep standing". This was followed by participation in the International Conference of Peace, Justice , Sustainablity and Disarmament.
Partnership for Global Justice has a monthly newsletter that you can find at http://www.partnershipforglobaljustice.com/pgj-newsletters.html
To learn more about the NGO Association with the UN click here.
The Sisters of Saint Martha, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada are members of the Sisters of Charity Federation with NGO status at the United Nations. One way we have addressed and acted on the UN Millennium Development Goals is by addressing Affordable Housing;
The Sisters of St. Martha have worked at affordable housing for those living on the margins as a ministry for years. This present one is in collaboration with the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society for about 4 years. AAHS group has charitable status with a Board of Directors. The Marthas put the seed money in to this project and obtained another grant from Canadian Alternative Investment Co-Operative. read more...
Here is a link to JustLove, the e-publication of the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth by Fr. Terrence J. Moran, Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. This is a monthly publication that has some great information.
Here is a link to the annual Advent calendar from the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth – Advent 2016 – Journey to Gospel Nonviolence by Fr. Terrence J. Moran, Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.