We, the members of the Lamplighters’ Forum, strive to promote an ethic of life that echoes the inherent relationship between our faith and the care of the earth and its people praying to the Holy Spirit.
RATIONALE FOR MISSION
As Christians, we cannot disconnect the proclamation of the Gospel from the struggle for justice with the Earth and its people. Current global economic practices have put at risk integral human and ecological development and thus we are compelled to act with prayers to the Holy Spirit, in communion with others, to help guide our realistic responses.
- believe that the earth is a single integrated and interdependent sacred community;
- believe that integral human and ecological development is a multidimensional call from God to everyone;
- believe that the transforming mystery of God’s love planted in each of us for our earth and its people is the compulsion for courageous engagement in the fields of human justice and ecojustice;
- believe that individuals and collectives have the gifts to be able to confront global questions: respectfully, justly, and with compassion;
- believe that God is a covenant-making God.
Principles providing a lens underlying human and ecological development include:
The principle of human dignity states that every person is worthy of respect.
- The principle of social inclusion states that people have the right to participate in decisions made by institutions that affect their lives.
- The principle of mutual responsibility or solidarity states that the common good, the social conditions that allow people to reach full human potential, demands that we support one another in achieving this realization.
- The principle of subsidiarity states that every group or body in society must have the freedom and the means to do what it can best do for itself without its activity being taken over by a higher body or level of government.
- The principle of economic equity states that the right ordering of economic life cannot be left to a free competition of forces. It must be governed by the directing principles of social justice and social love.
- The principle of right relationship with all creation states that all life forms are interdependent. Care for the environment is not an option; not to care for the environment is to ignore the Creator’s plan for all creation.
- The earth’s ecosystems are more than four billion years old, what has changed? Scientific evidence points to two major culprits: the extensiveness of our pollution and the speed at which we pollute. Earth’s ecosystems, therefore, can no longer effectively filter out these pollutants. The natural fine-tuned equilibrium of the ecosystems has been compromised. The earth and its inhabitants are groaning under the burden of this relentless assault.
- Globalization continues to allow greater economic and political centralization of power resulting in the current global imbalances; economies that seek to maximize immediate return at the expense of long-term sustainability are becoming the norm throughout the world.
- Destructive human choices are in stark contrast to God’s passionate care of His creation.
- A growing sense of powerlessness can be overcome by solidarity with individuals and collectives living the Gospel imperatives.
MEMBERS OF THE LAMPLIGHTERS’ FORUM
Bernadette Burgess–Catholic; registered nurse; Life Member, Catholic Women’s League; member, Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission; committed to Music Ministry in the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario
Alice Gazeley–Catholic; retired teacher; member, Ecumenical Justice & Peace Commission; Past President, St. Joseph’s Parish Catholic Women’s League; Vice-President, Town Homes Kingston; Secretary, Social Planning Council, Kingston; former Co-chair, Peacequest Kingston
Father John F. Grainger–Roman Catholic Priest; Pastor, Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario
Joel LaMorre–Catholic; retired teacher; active community advocate.
Leigh Smith–Anglican; Professor Emeritus, Geology Department Queen’s University; member, Ecumenical Justice & Peace Commission; member, Faith & Justice Coalition, Kingston; active community advocate
Peter Tetro–Catholic; retired employee, Department of Human Resources Development; Poet; community volunteer; member, Knights of Columbus Council 11670; Animator of the Lamplighter’s Forum