Justice and Advocacy

In June, my colleague Sarah Aisenbrey, who serves as the archivist for the Congregation, and I had the privilege of presenting at PechaKucha Dayton — an influential quarterly idea-sharing event for adults. Our presentation, titled “Gem City’s Precious Sisters,” was inspired by the 100-year anniversary of the Sisters of the Precious Blood establishing their motherhouse in Dayton. Throughout our preparation, I was continually amazed at how their history is interwoven with countless others in our community, particularly in charity and justice work. Given the deep legacy of the Sisters, we decided to spotlight a Precious Sister gem from each decade.

I feel very honored to participate in furthering the Sisters’ justice work, not only in Dayton but extending to the state, federal and international levels. The Congregation has been very intentional about adapting to the changes that have come about over time. I am one of many non-vowed people that the Sisters have hired to continue their good work that previously had been done by Sisters. As peace, justice and ecology coordinator, I represent the Sisters in these areas of concern: environmental justice and climate change, gun violence, human trafficking, the death penalty, immigration and anti-racism. There is much justice work to do!

One way that we have advanced this work is to update part of our website to provide opportunities beyond our physical presence for others to learn about these issues and ways to take action. Advocacy and Justice is the landing page where you can find these educational and advocacy opportunities. You can easily click on the areas that align with your concerns.

Also, I invite you to subscribe to our bimonthly online newsletter, This Good Work, which I curate. Each issue has four or five articles with a justice focus written by Sisters and guest writers. They are educational, spiritual and concise! Click here to subscribe.

— Story by Jen Morin-Williamson

Top, Jen and Sarah; contributed photo.

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