SCNs are challenged to network with the grass-roots movements of the ordinary people to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Forty-five Sisters including ten novices, three Medical Mission Sisters from Patna and Mandar, Jharkhand attended a seminar on the “changing socio-economic and political scenario and its impacts on our lives today” by Rev. George Monnipally on Nov. 11-12, 2017 in Mokama. Father George is a social activist from Daltonganj diocese.

Father George said that our vows are not a mere renouncement of something but a radical commitment to action. Prayer is not a shortcut to make God do our work by sitting in the chapel but experiencing God in the neighbor/other which is difficult.

We are bound by the government since most of our NGOs are legally registered bodies. We must join hands with the ordinary people’s movement which are not registered. Only then we can bring about the desired changes without the government interference.

By networking with the ordinary people’s grass-roots movements which are right-based for the right to food, right to livelihood, forest rights, etc. we can enter into the real issues/struggles of the people to make a difference.

Father George also helped us to look at the different areas of our life and ministry – social, political and religion – within our present context.

It was heartening to see SCNs from all ministries present.

Teresa Kotturan, SCN, the UN representative of the Sisters of Charity Federation helped the participants to link our focus areas/activities globally. In continuation of the call to action, Sisters listened to Sister Teresa Kotturan, speak on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.

Sister Teresa also explained the role of the NGOs at the UN and collectively influence global policies that affect the lives of the people on the margins.

We looked at ministries in certain areas to see how many SDGs are being implemented through the focus is on a particular group of people or sector. To everyone’s surprise, the group realized that we are implementing many of the SDGs at the local level. Sisters realized that it is important to link the local to the global. They have been encouraged to implement further in collaboration with others, especially for advocacy. They felt from now on reporting on their ministries would be focussed.

We have come to the realization that we are united by one vision and many goals to actualize that one vision.

Joel Urumpil, SCN / More photos

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