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Together for Justice: 2012 International Gathering  

August 13-15, 2012
Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL



Corporate Globalization and its Impact

 Led by Rev. Thomas John, Mission Co-worker in India

Every day, power shifts from citizens and governments to corporations.  The rush for profits has reduced the power that citizens have on making decisions that affect their lives.  This session provided participants with concrete examples of this power shift as it is taking place in India, detailing how it affects the lives of people there.  It is imperative that we join hands together to ensure that globalization benefits us all.

Corporate Globalization and its Impact document by Rev. Thomas John

Distorting the Integrity of Creation: The Story of Genetically Engineered Seeds and Foods by Rev. Thomas John

Globalization PowerPoint presentation by Rev. Thomas John

Let the Earth Breathe by Ellie Stock

The Role and Response of the Church

Led by Hunter Farrell, Director, World Mission, PC (USA)

In a world of increasing disparity of wealth and power-- where congressional sub-committees and corporate boardrooms can declare feast or famine over entire nations, and at a time when "mission" has been reduced to short-term trips of Christian tourism or even voyeurism on the poor-- our partners around the world are urging us to go deeper and respond to the root causes of poverty rather than merely reacting to its consequences.  

Our global partners have identified three critical global issues to which they need us to respond with them, in order to make a lasting difference in God’s world:

  • Address the root causes of global poverty… especially as it impacts women and children;
  • Share the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ…together with other members of Christ’s body;
  • Work for reconciliation amidst cultures of violence…including our own.

Hunter shared some reflections on how Joining Hands might become a major vehicle for the Church and its partners to accomplish this very thing.


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