Economy of Communion: Let’s meet in San Antonio, TX on March 3-4, 2023

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We are happy to get together again for our first in-person meeting following the pandemic break. The Economy of Communion (EoC) is excited to be partnering with the Focolare Forum for Dialogue and Culture in organizing “A Hearth for the Human Family: Re-Imagining Dialogue in a Polarized World”. 

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, our world is marked by increasing social, economic, political, ethnic and religious divisions. Is it still possible to imagine paths for coming together even across profound differences? The EoC – together with the Focolare Movement and many other friends and partners – aims to rise to the challenge of re-imagining how to foster a spirit of mutual understanding, community, and commitment to justice, even amidst the tensions of our time. 

Join us for an interactive event that lifts up examples of these efforts in a variety of cultural, professional, social and religious settings. 

  • The EoC will animate two workshops on:
    • Business as a Place of Encounter and Dialogue
    • Re-thinking our Approach to Poverty
  • In addition, EOC entrepreneur John Mundell, recently nominated Director of the Laudato Si Action platform, will co-lead a session on Political Debate vs. Values-based Dialogue: Towards a More Holistic View of the Environment
  • We will also be holding meetings with existing and new participants in the EoC to share each other experiences, update one another on recent initiatives, and discuss possible future developments

The event is open to all. Consider inviting your friends and colleagues that share your passion for building a more fraternal world and for helping the poor – which is the EoC’s central mission – and who might be looking for new ways to make a difference in their communities and become more effective actors of dialogue and social development.

Space is limited, so register at your earliest convenience to secure your spot at the Forum.

We’re very much looking forward to meeting many of you in San Antonio,

Loretta Rauschuber
Nick Sanna
Christian Veldboer
Paul Catipon

(EoC Commission Members)

Join the Economy of Communion as we participate in the ‘A Heart for the Human Family: Re-Imagining Dialogue’ Forum

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The Economy of Communion will be featured in several sessions at the upcoming Forum “A Hearth for the Human Family: Re-Imaging Dialogue”. This event will serve as our annual meeting for the EoC in North America as well, and will provide opportunities for learning, for networking and exchange of experiences. We look forward to meeting many of you in person soon.

On behalf of EoC North America
Loretta Rauschuber, Nick Sanna, Paul Cation, Christian Veldboer

Webinar: EoC Startups Around the World

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If you are interested in learning about the development of new EoC businesses, this webinar is for you. Sophia University is hosting a webinar featuring the experience of three overseas EoC startups on:


Mark Your Calendar: Next EoC Community Call on June 28, 2022

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Come join our next quarterly call of the North American community of the Economy of Communion

JUNE 28, 2022

Join us via zoom for an hour of reflection, sharing of experiences, and of updates about the Economy of Communion here in North America.

Video: The Work of a EoC Family Business for Environmental Protection

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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.

Learn about the Economy of Communion in 4 Online Sessions Hosted by Fordham University

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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.

Re-live the Celebrations for the 30 Years of the Economy of Communion

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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
Start the video (4h40min)

North American get-together for the 30th anniversary
Start the video (1h15 min)

Join the Celebration of the 30 Years of the EoC

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Via YouTube, starting at 7 am ET on May 29, 2021

#7 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating”Communication” EoC Monthly Webinar November 4, 2020

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November 3 , 2020


Come join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, Nov. 4, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to Be an EoC Business.”

Economy of Communion firms are committed to living by seven principles known by colors. This vision is articulated by Focolare/EoC founder Chiara Lubich:

Love is light, it is like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water and opens out to display a rainbow, whose seven colors we admire…. And just as the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, love, the life of Jesus in us, is manifested in different colors; it is expressed in various ways, each one different from the others.

A New Way, p, 76

In November, we will be reflecting on the color “violet”, “Communication.” Rev. Jon Hokama , EoC Coordinator, Co-founder of Papa’s Home International and management consultant, will be our presenter.

Living with this pandemic has shown us that “Communication”–building relational capital– is not just a “nice to have” but essential to cultivate our businesses to help our people to counteract the anxiety, loneliness, and stresses of the pandemic, whether we are at working and schooling at home, working in the office, juggling jobs or unemployed.

This month Jon will walk you through this  “Communication” assessment to reflect on your own work situation and explore steps to improve it:

* What is relationship capital? How do you observe and measure it? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with internal stakeholders? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with external stakeholders? 

* What are examples of matching needs and benefits both locally and internationally?

* How might this “culture of communion” help you to find common projects to build unity in a divided country and a divided world?

We encourage you to see the full description and come ready to take an assessment of your workplace tomorrow using this “Communication”  assessment.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to register for  our “Communication” webinar on Wed. Nov. 4, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here is the final dates for the remaining EoC webinar in 2020:

  • Wed., Dec. 2, 10am EST: “2020 Wrap-up/2021 Preview”


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com or jon@jonhokama.net.