Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Join us on Good Friday, April 2, at 12 noon Eastern Time, for the 2021 Virtual Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

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Due to continued concern over the spread of COVID-19, we have once again decided to cancel our annual in-person procession through downtown Washington, D.C.

Now, along with our co-sponsoring organizations, we invite you to join our live virtual presentation of the Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross.

WHAT: Live presentation of Virtual Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, April 2

WHERE: Click here to register via Zoom. You will also be able to watch the presentation live on YouTube.

If you are unable to join us at that time, you can download the script and the PowerPoint for the presentation, which you can use to pray on your own or with your community. 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Susan Gunn, sgunn@maryknollogc.org.

Co-sponsoring organizations: Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Pax Christi USA, Pax Christi International, Catholic Labor Network, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Stuart Center, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Franciscan Action Network, Little Friends for Peace, Conference of Major Superiors of Men. 

All are welcome.

Based on the Economic Way of the Cross, written by the Religious Working Group on the World Bank/IMF, the Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice provides a prayerful way to walk the steps of Jesus in this time of financial and ecological crisis. This year, it will be a virtual event.

Each station symbolizes institutional roots of this suffering in government, in transnational corporations, in international financial institutions, in trade agreements, macroeconomic policies, and financial transactions that give shape to economic activity around the world.

Following is the list of stations and the current issues they symbolize. 

FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH 
Political privilege and corruption

SECOND STATION: JESUS BEARS THE CROSS
Structural racism and police violence

THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Labor injustices

FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
The corporate-led (transactional) model of development

FIFTH STATION: JESUS IS HELPED BY SIMON
Indigenous peoples and the environment/involuntary resettlement

SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Solidarity and community service

SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME
Wasteful military spending

EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
Justice for immigrants and citizenship for all

NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME Justice for immigrants
Moving forward on climate change

TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES
Extractive industries

ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Fair Trade NOT Free Trade

TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
Desctructive economic policies 

THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
Militarism and nonviolence

FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS PLACED IN THE TOMB
Justice for asylum seekers

FIFTEENTH STATION: THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Signs and seeds of hope / Another world is possible