Mercy Realizes It’s “Up to Us”
April 28, 2014
By Sister Mary P.
For the past 10 weeks, two Mercy Sisters, a Mercy Associate and one of the Institute Justice Team members have been involved in a new program called Up to Us Game Changer Intensive, put out by the Pachamama Alliance. It is Pachamama that gave us Awakening the Dreamer, an educational and inspirational workshop that challenges participants to create a more environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Up To Us was developed as a response to the demand from facilitators for a way to translate Awakening the Dreamer into sustained behavioral and political action. People across the world have been asking, “What can I do?”
Up To Us is an online course giving us access to videos, talks and files in eight learning modules that are stimulating, thought provoking, empowering and mobilizing for action. We had a module available online each week, a small group telephone meeting each week and three online meetings of the large group of over 200 participants.
Up To Us is part of the pathway of a journey of citizen engagement. Many of us have long been aware that the game is rigged in the United States in terms of money and power. Oppression and social injustice have become institutionalized through systems and structures that benefit the privileged and create a growing disparity of income. Up To Us provides a way to “strike at the root” through collective action. The Intensive chose the areas of representative democracy and climate change as the major issues of the day and cites two organizations that will help us to make a change in the world: www.movetoamend.org and www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
As Sisters of Mercy we are called “to act in ways which contribute to a sustainable future” and particularly “to unmask and address the underlying causes” of the critical needs of our time. The Up to Us Intensive’s approach of addressing the current socio-economic-political systems is right in line with our own thinking. As long as we have a corrupt, bought-and-paid-for government, the critical needs of our time are equally corrupted. Up To Us is an inspiring way for all of us to collectively aim our energies at the root causes of injustice in our world. Find out more here.
For more resources and information, the Sisters of Mercy created our own initiative, Mercy Taking Action, which provides resources such as educational videos, small-group processes and retreat formats to inspire behavioral, policy and guideline changes at the personal and institutional levels. View our resources here.