CJI’s winter 2016 issue of Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here.
This issue focuses on the dignity of workers and sustainable economic development. In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of work as “part of the meaning of life on this earth” and he also reminds us when assisting people on the margins to always be mindful of the “broader objective … to allow them a dignified life through work” (Laudato Si’, 128). In view of this broader objective this issue looks at alternatives to the dominant neoliberal globalized economy.
The cover article features the work of indigenous farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, and highlights efforts to “re-dignify” the work they do by helping them to shape their own social and economic environment. The next two articles, from Jamaica and India, look at the importance of work for self-sufficiency and liberation as well as the importance of analysis and advocacy for workers’ rights and dignity.
Other highlights in this issue include news of the Mercy in Motion campaign to fund the Global Education Initiative of the Jesuit Refugee Service, the successful completion of a farmer-training project in Zambia, and a well-attended panel discussion on the Syrian crisis.
We hope you enjoy the issue and are inspired by the work and perspectives of our partners and colleagues. If you want to contribute to the work of CJI, please go to the donate page. Thank you!