One of the outcomes of the Providence Events is a statement of corporate action to address the abiding issues of our time. This page contains the text of the statements issued by the 2005 and 2008 gatherings.
The Women of Providence in Collaboration and our Associates gathered at St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana in June of 2008. At this Providence Event, we recognized that we are on the threshold of a new moment in our Providence history, an opportunity for collective corporate action flowing from our deeper understanding of Providence eco-spirituality. As the theme of the Conference stressed, we believe that we are intimately involved in the unfolding mystery of the Cosmos calling us to "tread lightly on Earth."
As we continued to explore our commitment to ecological economics, we reached clarity on the meaning of sustainability and eco-justice. Sustainability implies that we live and act in such a way that our actions do not compromise the ability of future generations of all species to meet their own needs for survival. Eco-Justice demands of us that we bring our passion for justice to protect and nurture all life, acting on behalf of all those who cannot speak for themselves and allowing the "lure of Providence" to move us more deeply into this profound and awesome mystery.
Presentations, dialogue, and contemplation brought us to new insights about our role as Women of Providence facing our responsibility for the future unfolding of the planet as a single, sacred community of life. This prompted the following calls to action:
#1. In order to assist us in the repentance that change requires, we will adopt these two sentences as mantras to incorporate into our personal practices of prayer and contemplation:
I AM A SPECIES
EARTH, I AM NOT SEPARATE FROM YOU.
#2. That WPC/Governing Board further the conversations around Sallie McFague's "ecological economic" so that WPC can, in believing "six impossible things before breakfast", stand against the empire. To assist the Board, we will offer names of persons willing to help develop a process to accomplish this.
We, members of religious congregations and associates, who belong to the association of Women of Providence in Collaboration, gathered in seminar on 24-26 June 2005 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, express our belief in a Provident God who cares for all of creation, which impels us to work for the elimination of trafficking of human persons, especially women and children.
This is based on our belief that:
We are called to witness a preferential option for the poor in responding to the needs of our global society. We add our support and solidarity to the statement of the Union of International General Superiors (UIGS), and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) of the United States and the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) on the issue of trafficking of women and children.