Just Reflecting

“Just Reflecting” features a variety of blogs and bloggers discussing various social justice topics that we encounter in our daily lives, whether it be within our communities or own families.


 

The Need for a Genuine Conversation about Race

Just Reflecting by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

It sounds so simple, but is it?

It sounds so simple: “We are all a part of one race – the human race.”

Yet the reality of that statement – declared more than a century ago by pioneering anthropologist Franz Boas and again in 1950 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – is complicated in our nation, where the undercurrent of systematic racism pulls us down. Living daily in an environment where racism abounds makes it difficult to accept that “race” is not a biological reality but a myth.

When we consider racism (a form of oppression in which one racial group dominates others), which can lead to discrimination – the unfair and unequal treatment of a group based on prejudice – a natural progression is to apply the attitudes that lead to the mistreatment of Native-Americans and African-Americans to other “isms” (sex-ism, age-ism, class-ism, weight-ism, etc.) and phobias, like Islamophobia and homophobia.

It is difficult for me to believe that any of the phobias or “isms” can be resolved until we deal with the elephant in the room – racism. Continue reading →

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It Must be True, I Saw it on Facebook

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Just Reflecting by Sr. Mary Joel Campbell, OP

Responding to the Needs of the Times

From time to time over the centuries, situations peculiar to the times and culture have called on aspects of the Dominican charism for a response. This has always been what we have labeled – “responding to the needs of the times” –  much as Dominic himself did in preaching against the heresy of his day. Continue reading →

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Small Actions for Peace

“Just Reflecting” by Sr. Janice Thome, OP

Become a Point of Peace

Happy Feast Day since January 1 is the World Day of Peace and we are Dominican Sisters of Peace!

My favorite prayer for our community is that God help each of us become points of peace wherever we are and in whatever situation we find ourselves. It came to me when sitting by a small lake watching a child throwing pebbles into the water. Even the smallest one set up an ever expanding circle of ripples. Thus my prayer is that even the smallest action or word of ours brings peace. Continue reading →

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What Happens Next?

Blog by Katherine Maloney, Dominican Volunteeer
Blog by Katherine Maloney, Dominican Volunteer

The Question After the Presidential Election

“What happens next?” has become a common refrain in the weeks after the 2016 Presidential election. How do we deal with and wade through the aftermath of what was perhaps the most divisive and vitriolic campaign season in American history? What will the world do throughout the Trump administration, and what will the Trump administration do to the world? Will global progress be promoted, or reversed? Continue reading →

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Reflections on the 2016 School of the Americas Watch in Nogales

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

This year, the 2016 School of the Americas Watch moved from Fort Benning to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales. Six Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates  participated in the Convergence at the Border that took place on October 7-10. The change of location was an effort to bring “awareness to the militarization of the border, the criminalization of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color.” (SOA Website). The weekend event included rallies, workshops, prayer services, actions and gatherings in both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.  Continue reading →

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