Way of Proceeding

In August 2010, the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) together with its lay apostolic partners laid out the Ecology Strategy and Action Plan towards achieving “Reconciliation with Creation, which includes facing ecological challenges, being ecologically responsible, and so restoring hope in the gift of creation, drawn from the discussion of the decree on mission, 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

The Ecology Task Force of Asia Pacific met in February 2011 and finalized Our Environmental Way of Proceeding as the overarching introductory document for us to connect our diverse efforts in ecological relations and ground our values. It is rooted in our spirituality, seeking deeper relations with creation. This document serves as the basis to move our ecology strategy and action plan.  - Pedro Walpole SJ -

Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. often spoke of “our way of proceeding” in terms of the life of St. Ignatius. This is captured in the 34th General Congregation: Decree 26:1-9. In using this approach we draw out seven points deepening our response to the challenge of reconciliation with creation in our lives and institutes.

  1. We acknowledge God as Creator of all life and find some quiet moment each day to appreciate this with gratitude.
  2. We as an apostolic body seek to reflect and speak of what we experience and discern of our relationship with and responsibility for the natural systems.
  3. We recognize that the children we see today inherit this living world and as we choose to sustain it by finding God at work in all things, we humbly work with young people.
  4. We seek to reach out in hope to the poor who are increasingly losing their livelihoods and ecological sustainability and incorporate their concerns in our care for the web of life.
  5. We support good actions in contemporary culture and explore needed alternatives with decision; we partner with others broadening our capacity to transform environmental attitudes and relations.
  6. We seek the greater good of finding how people can work with the gifts of creation; we live life as a mission, to heal and share with others the fullness of life.
  7. We accept the challenge of living sustainably in the world.

To look at these in more detail, please click here to read the whole document.

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