We believe that a great moral issue of our time is our continual destruction of the Earth. The destruction of the Earth presumes the destruction of all species. The urgent environmental issues of our day include global warming, toxic waste, and dependence on fossil fuel; all of which lead to poverty, violence, hatred and despair.
Environmental Justice Issues are most consistent with the IHC commitment to Social Justice. The IHC decrees share the same unity of purpose with other religious and secular organizations, stating that our mission is to teach reverence for God’s creation with the understanding that humans are not separate from or superior to, the natural world.
Adding the following words to our Goal Statement: “With reverence for all creation” has particular meaning for our time. There is little doubt and rich evidence that her resources are diminishing as are other life forms. We, along with other religious and secular communities openly declare our commitment to foster a renewed understanding and re-experience of our unity with the natural world.
Our Goal Statement now reads as follows:
We, the members of the Immaculate Heart Community,
rooted in Jesus Christ and united with the people of God,
commit ourselves to build relations in society
which foster access of all persons to truth, dignity,
and full human development, and strategically change
practices and situations which impede such access.
With reverence for all creation, in our choice of work and living style, and in our use of time, talent, and money, we hold ourselves accountable to God and to one another for affecting this goal and supporting one another in this effort.