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CSJP Land Ethic: A Covenant of Peace with Earth

"On that day I will also make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds of the sky and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land. And will make them lie down in safety.”    Hosea 2:20

Our Land Ethic, as an expression of the CSJP charism in terms of our desired relationship with the Land, calls us to a Covenant of Peace with Earth.  This Land Ethic articulates a process of learning sustainable ways of Earth/human relationship that has been on-going in the Congregation for many years. Through the Land Ethic, we commit ourselves to continue and deepen this relationship. Our Land Ethic gives expression to our desire to enlarge the boundaries of community to include soil, rocks, air, water, plants and animals.

Our Land Ethic has two parts: Five foundational principles and a series of questions that will help us to put the foundational principles into practice in our homes and ministries.

We invite you to:

Affirmed by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace for use, to be presented to the 2020 Chapter for official approval.

 

Land Ethic

Painting by Julie Codd, CSJP

"We are consciously choosing to shape the future rather than allowing the future to shape us."

Sheila Lemieux, CSJP