Courtesy of Felician Sisters - Sister M. Christelle Sawicki (from left), CSSF, Sister M. Jacqueline Keefe, CSSF, and Sister M. Jeanine Heath, CSSF, take part in the Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C
Sister M. Christelle Sawicki, CSSF, Sister M. Jacqueline Keefe, CSSF, and Sister M. Jeanine Heath, CSSF, participated in the 2012 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice held in Washington, D.C.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, to strengthen Christian voices and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
The highlight of the three-day gathering was the release of a Faithful Budget. The Faithful Budget promotes comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will “protect common good, values each individual and his or her livelihood, and helps lift the burden on the poor, rather than increasing it while shielding the wealthiest from any additional sacrifice.”
Participants at the gathering delivered the Faithful Budget to their senators and members of Congress, and lobbied for restoring economic opportunity, ensuring adequate resources for shared priorities, prioritizing human security, meeting immediate needs, accepting intergenerational responsibility, environmental reform, access to health care and the role of government.
The Faithful Budget is a continuation of an effort launched in July 2011 by the religious community during the height of the congressional debt ceiling battle to lift up faithful voices on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable in order to encourage the administration and Congress to maintain a robust commitment to domestic and international poverty assistance programs.
This experience was an opportunity for religious leaders of America to unveil for congressional consideration a proposal standing in stark contrast to partisan budget proposals that seek first to address a bottom line instead of the nation’s needs and priorities.
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