Author: Chika Onyejiuwa

UN JAILLISSEMENT D’AIR FRAIS VENU DE HAMBOURG ET DE TANZANIE

AEFJN est d’accord avec le G20 pour le résultat du Sommet sur le climat et l’énergie tenu à Hambourg les 7 et 8 juillet. Nous saluons en particulier la position du “G19” sur “l’irréversibilité” de l’Accord de Paris de 2015. Elle prouve que nous pouvons encore réussir avec les choix de notre système de valeurs, en mettant les intérêts mondiaux avant des quêtes économiques provinciales. C’est une victoire pour la communauté mondiale et la solidarité humaine ! C’est une protestation contre l’effort systématique de voler les valeurs humaines pour des intérêts économiques. Là où il n’y a plus de valeurs...

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A BURST OF FRESH AIR – FROM HAMBURG AND TANZANIA

AEFJN stands with the G20 on the outcome of the July 7-8 Hamburg Summit on Climate and Energy. We welcome, in particular, the position of the “G19” on “the irreversibility” of the 2015 Paris Agreement. It demonstrates that we can still get it right with our choice of value system, putting global interests before parochial economic quests. It is a victory for the global community and human solidarity! It is a protest against the systematic effort to short-change human values for economic interests.  Where there are no values beyond exchange values, we can no longer speak of humanity. What...

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President Trump’s climate decision: A giant step in the wrong direction

The discourse of solidarity in recent times has been reduced to the status of religious charity which one decides to give out of his own benevolence. On the contrary, solidarity must be a default attitude for any meaningful conversation on global economics, ecological protection and inequality. It is the very foundation for social inclusion, justice and peace. The challenge of solidarity is that it essentially requires a recalibration of the human heart for a different type of value system that puts the common good at the centre of national economic decisions. The decision of President Trump to dump the...

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RECLAIMING CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY FOR SUSTAINABLE JUSTICE, PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION

An Overview: There is a wide spectrum of understanding of the meanings and definitions of spirituality but the one that anchors Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in a very simple, profound and most helpful way was given by one of my teachers, Denis Hamm SJ. He defines spirituality thus: The way you SEE that leads to the way that you LIVE. The definition is revolutionary in two important ways. – Firstly, it underlines that the lens through which we look at the world conditions our relationships with people and the environment and strips spirituality of unhelpful association...

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Against Systematic Marginalization in Africa

At an International conference on the “Catholic Social Teachings and the Common Good: Implications for individual and institution participation in social engagement” held in Nairobi, Kenya February 20-23, 2017, the Executive Secretary of AEFJN (Chika Onyejiuwa) was invited to give an input on “Common Good advocacy against systematic marginalization in Africa”.  The conference, which brought together resource persons and participants from across Africa, Europe and America, was an effort to indigenize Catholic Social Teachings as a veritable tool for social and economic transformation in Africa. Among other things, Chika underlines that the poverty in Africa is systemic and that...

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