What are Lay Dominicans doing in Europe on Human Rights? That is something Br Mike Deeb OP would like to know. He is the Order’s Promoter of Justice and Peace. Read on and answer the questions!
From 1 to 5 September 2016 an International Conference “Dominicans for the defense of human rights” is being held as a part of the 800th anniversary celebrations. Br Mike Deeb is one of the organisers of this conference.
Duncan MacLaren, a Lay Dominican of Scotland and a member of the International Dominican Commission on Justice and Peace, is assisting him and he has to collate what Lay Dominicans are doing in Europe on Human Rights.
Five questions are presented below and it would be very useful if as many Lay Dominican as possible would answer these questions!
The questions and answers will furnish Br Mike with information for his report.
The questions are in English, but Duncan can handle answers in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Br Mike Deeb’s questions to Lay Dominicans in Europe:
- Who are the Dominicans in your region involved in the promotion and defence of human rights? I am referring to lay Dominican men or women:
– who are preoccupied with people whose rights are being violated or suppressed, people who are suffering, poor and marginalised. This includes being preoccupied with the violation of the earth and the environment;
– who are trying to grapple with the root causes of these violations and this suffering [This does not include those who are only providing immediate needs (food, shelter, clothes, medical care, …) – even if these are very necessary and commendable. The justice and peace and human rights approach to suffering is not only to show concern for those suffering but also to seek to address and remove the causes of the suffering].
- Very briefly describe how each of these is trying to address the causes of the suffering with which they are preoccupied. This can include “traditional ministries” such as liturgy and sacraments, catechesis, parish ministry, teaching, preaching, study and research, etc, as long as the connection is made between these activities and addressing the causes of the suffering. Otherwise, describe the way each is trying to address issues like migration, human trafficking, environmental destruction, prison reform, violence, war, racial, ethnic or gender discrimination, exploitation, economic, political or social injustice, etc.
- What is or has been the impact (consequences) of his/her/their action?
- Can you send any photos of these Dominicans – preferably in the course of their action with the people or situations they are dealing with?
Please send your answers and photos AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to:
Duncan MacLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also use this Word-file for answering the questions.