Collaborating with Other Justice Advocates
Dominicans in search of truth and justice engage with one another on many issues of concern.
The Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids collaborate with the North American Dominican Promoters of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation which represents Sisters and Brothers in Dominican Congregations in North America.
The ministry of the North American Dominican Promoters of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation is to encourage all members of the Order of Preachers and their associates to embrace a deepening of the Dominican charism to search for and preach TRUTH as it impacts the lives of people and planet. This group promotes the call of Gospel justice and helps guide the study of and advocacy for human rights and climate justice in our world today. This document reflects our priorities in this time and place in history. Download Dominican Call To Justice
Our Justice Ministry Priorities
The North American Justice Promoters have given priority to the following justice areas for our ministry:
- Climate Justice
- Peace and Security of All Life
- Migration and Immigration
- Human Trafficking
- Economic Justice
Knowing that everything is embedded in the web of relationships, we note the reality of racism and its impact on all these issues. Our commitment to justice calls us to work to dismantle racism.
Woven through the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, ministry, and community is the quest for TRUTH. Finding truth is not a simple process, nor can we ignore truth’s complexity. How do we find Truth? We being with prayer and contemplation.
Dominicans in search of Truth and Justice engage with one another and join the international community of Dominicans in studying the link between faith and justice.
We accompany and collaborate with many individuals and organizations.
It is through dialogue and with courage that we…
- Listen to those who are oppressed, economically poor, and living on the margins.
- Seek to understand the interconnected realities that are the roots of injustice and conflict.
- Work with others to challenge and change the systems that perpetuate the harm that is being done.
- Address injustice in a spirit of respect, compassion, and solidarity.
A Legacy of Justice
Dominicans have a long history of advancing the understanding of human rights and the economic, social, and political systems that influence and shape the lives of people.
In the early 13th century, the young theology student Dominic de Guzman sold his school books to help those who were starving and destitute during a time of famine. His subsequent impassioned preaching helped to form others in the Truth of the Gospel and led to the founding of the Dominican Order of Preachers.
16th century Dominican missionaries shared their experiences of accompanying native peoples with the Dominicans at the University at Salamanca, Spain. Those Dominicans then reflected, wrote, and called for justice for the native people oppressed by the system of colonialism.
Dominicans, 800 years later, continue that work, recommitted to the promotion and defense of human rights and protection and care of Creation.
More Justice Collaboration
We are also members of the United States Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking and serve on their educational committee. We meet regularly with the Justice Promoters of Religious Congregations of Michigan and Indiana for updates about human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world and focus our initiatives.
The Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids are part of an international community striving to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
In West Michigan, we are closely aligned with The MICAH Center, the West Michigan Coalition for Immigration Reform, Human Trafficking Task Forces (Michigan/Kent County), Christian Reform Office of Social Justice, and others.