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Analysis of Survey Response Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation July 2016

  1. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that the General Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) writes to announce the results of the recent 2015 questionnaire project. 
  2. After receiving and analyzing the responses from a broad representation of the Carmelite Family, common themes emerged with regard to JPIC work.  There is a clear motivation on the part of individuals and communities to participate in social and environmental ministries and a concrete desire to raise awareness of and to respond to the social and environment issues of our time.
  3. On a practical level many Carmelite communities and individual report preservation and sustainability of our common home to be fundamental dimensions of their ministries in education, communication, advocacy, liturgy and prayer. Common projects relate to recycling, simplicity of life, and financial support. 
  4. Respondents find that the sources of their motivation for our participation in social and environmental ministries are Sacred Scripture, Carmelite Spirituality, Social Teachings of the Church, our concerns for human needs and the care for creation. 
  5. The three pillars of our Carmelite charism – prayer, community, service – bear the fruits of contemplation, a unifying force that inspires our prophetic stance in response to contemporary social and environmental concerns.
  6. The majority of respondents acknowledge the existence of the Carmelite NGOs both local and international, showing various levels of involvement.
  7. While there is a high level of participation in social and environmental ministries within the Carmelite Family, a clear desire was expressed to learn and do more, specifically in the areas of ongoing formation, education through multiple platforms, networking, advocacy, growing in corporate discernment and witness.
  8. The respondents express desire to enrich those already doing this work, as well as introduce those who are beginning, by a series of activities which would involve animation, formation, coordination, communication, and collaboration.
  9. Based on this analysis, the JPIC Commission will develop a working document which will serve as the basis for the all Carmelite Family JPIC Congress in Fatima, Portugal on July 22 – 29, 2017.
As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


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