Economy of Communion
EoC entrepreneurs John and Julie Mundell have been working to protect the environment for more than 25 years. Their company, Mundell and Associates, began by working to address environmental damage and problems caused by toxic waste in Indianapolis, IN.
Today, their work is known throughout the United States and many other countries. Working to preserve the earth is a calling for them to build unity and a response to protect our planet for generations to come.
Learn more about their experience in this video by CSC Audiovisivi.
Fordham University is hosting an online conference – 4 sessions over the month of October – that will explore what it means to build an economy that serves all, and will do it by looking at the example of the Economy of Communion (EoC) initiative.
You can review the details of the program and register for each session here.
The first session will be held on October 5 on the topic of “The Business Purpose Question as the Question of Purpose”
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission.
Luigino Bruni is Professor of Economics at the Lumsa University, Rome. He is a Consultant to the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, President of SEC – School of Civil Economy and columnist for the Newspaper Avvenire. Editor-in-Chief of IREC (International Review of Economics), Director of the PhD in Civil Economy Sciences at Lumsa in Rome.
The Economy of Communion (EoC) celebrates its 30 years of existence this year 2021. People from all over the world came together to celebrate this anniversary by remembering the original inspiration, by sharing reflections, lessons learned and experiences and by embracing new challenges.
You can join in the celebrations and learn more about the EoC through the videos of the international event that was broadcast live from Loppiano, Italy on May 29th, and through a North American get-together that was held on Sunday June 6th.
International celebration of the 30 years of the EoC
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North American get-together for the 30th anniversary
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On March 7th, 2021, the Economy of Communion sponsored a panel discussion that highlighted how businesses can help address economic injustice and promote inclusion. Representatives from several organizations presented their experience and engaged in a lively debate.
We work to harness the potential of the private sector, to create a capitalism that enables everyone economic participation, as well as economic dignity, while protecting the planet. (Meredith Sumpter)
The panel discussion was part of a larger event – A Hearth for the Human Family – that was organized by the Focolare Forum for Dialogue and Culture.
The Economy of Francesco, the international event with young economists, change makers and entrepreneurs encouraged by Pope Francis, that the Economy of Communion is supporting, will be held online from 19 to 21 November 2020, with live streaming with the young participants and speakers. The “virtual” participation of Pope Francis has also been confirmed.
The innovative, participatory and global program, includes group workshops, plenary sessions involving keynote speakers, the places and spirituality of St. Francis, silence and meditation, artistic performances and interviews.
Today the Economy of Francesco is a movement of young people with faces, personalities and ideas, which is present and growing around the world in order to change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow. Today, more than ever, the world needs the creativity and love of young people, who as craftsmen of the future, are creating the Economy of Francesco, weaving between the “already” and “not yet”.
For more information and to follow the event online. visit www.francescoeconomy.org
Come Join the EoC North America Hearth!
We are delighted that a number of you were a part of the Economy of Communion gathering Jan. 17-18, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.
This year we’ll be encouraging you to take concrete steps in communion to live out Chiara Lubich’s charism.
We will be hosting monthly calls to give you a chance to experience the unity we have in Christ, to reflect on your vocational experience since the conference, and discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance for your work going forward.
Our first meeting will be Wed, Feb. 5, 10am, EST. CLICK HERE TO RSVP
We will begin with an overview of the last session of the San Antonio EoC conference, “Supporting an Economy of Communion: Steps toward an Economy that Works for All,” which was facilitated by Catholic University of America Dean Andrew Abela.
In our webinar, we’ll focus on questions such as:
- How do EOC members and businesses function differently from other employees or businesses in some business domains like Marketing, Leading and Selling?
- What do EoC businesses or practitioners do to transform the gravitational center of their companies from bottom-line/profit to relationship/unity?
- How can we help you create a community of EOC workers and business owners in your city?
In addition, we will confirm future webinar topics that will be of greatest interest to EoC members.
FUTURE DATES: The following dates and times are set tentatively:
- Wed., March 4, 10am, EST.
- Wed., April 1, 10am, EST.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email Jon Hokama at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a lot of economy in that cave in Bethlehem. There lies the most powerful image of the “economy of salvation”, of that mysterious, divine and human convenience that turned the Word of God into a Child.
There are also workers (shepherds) present, Joseph a carpenter is also present, the animals of the stable are also there, which in that ancient economy were the first elements of production. There is a young woman, Mary, who knew about domestic economy and primary relationships.
The economics of money and the economy of the Kingdom confronted each other around that manger, a comparison that would later become a constant in the teachings of Jesus. The Inns that is, the Bethlehem businesses, did not have ‘room’ for that birth. A family, however, perhaps just one person, among the people of Bethlehem, found room for them in the only place he or she had available: a stable. And so the economy of Christmas was Communion. A certain type of economy did not find room, because all the spaces available were already occupied, and another kind of economy gave way to a new process. The economics of space and the economics of processes, the economy of Francis and the economy of Bernardine, the bareness of the Child of Bethlehem and the bareness of that ‘poor man’ of Assisi.
Looking at our world today, we must admit that it was not the economy of the Cave or that of Francis that ended up becoming the economy that rules the business surrounding Christmas, all holidays and all weekdays. Profit continues to win and the gift to be bare.
Even today, however, faced with the bareness of children and the poor around the world, we need to ask ourselves what kind of economy we want. Each approaching Christmas Day asks us the same question every year: which side are you on? What is your economy?
Merry Christmas! And Good Economy.
(this article was first published on the blog of edc-online.org. on December 24th, 2019)
The North American Association of the Economy of Communion and the Business, Faith, and the Common Good Institute of Creighton University invite you to attend the 2018 gathering of the Economy of Communion, that will be held at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska, on Oct. 5-6, 2018.
In today’s world, globalization presents to us significant challenges such as poverty, inequality, unemployment, and forced migration… All these situations make us question if this is the world we want, if the economy can change for the better.
The Economy of Communion project (EOC) offers a new perspective facing these challenges: a new business culture where free enterprises become the cradle of a culture of giving, that fosters fraternity, social bonds, sustainability, and communion, rather than individualism and profit as an end in itself.
You can learn more about the event and register at the following link.
The deadline to register is September 30th, 2018.
We are happy to let you know that this year’s North American Meeting of the Economy of Communion (EoC) will be held at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska, on Oct. 5-6, 2018.
We are continuing to alternate the location of our meetings between the little city of Mariapolis Luminosa and Universities supporting or desiring to learn more about the EoC. Last year’s meeting and summer school was held at Mariapolis Luminosa, so it was the turn of another university this year.
The choice fell on Creighton University, where one of our members, Prof. Andy Gustafson, teaches business ethics. We will have the opportunity to meet many new friends there, incl. some of his fellow professors, students and local entrepreneurs, as well as learn more about Andy’s local EoC business called Communion Properties.
More details regarding the agenda will be shared soon. Stay tuned.