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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

Speakers:

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
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North American get-together for the 30th anniversary
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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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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”

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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

Monthly EOC Calls Starting Feb 5, 2020

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eoclogoalt3Come 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.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com

Registrations are open for the 2020 Meeting of the Economy of Communion

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CL_Logo_A_posThe next meeting of the North American Association of the Economy of Communion (EoC) will be held in San Antonio, TX on January 17-18, 2020, as part of a wider event titled ‘A Hearth for the Human Family‘, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the founder of the EoC and of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich.

From its humble origins in Trent, Italy during World War II to the Focolare Movement’s current extension throughout the globe, people who live a spirituality of unity aim to create a warm and open spaces of mutual care, concern and acceptance across every form of social, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious and political difference.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Focolare founder Chiara Lubich, this interactive event delves into how a spirituality of unity might help us to build community in the midst of cultural and political polarization.

View the Agenda and Register

Pope Francis Invites Young Economists and Entrepreneurs to Assisi to Propose a Pact for a New Economy

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From 26 to 28 March 2020 the city of Assisi will host The Economy of Francis, an international event aimed at young economists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers engaged in thinking and practicing a different type of economy. The invitation to participate comes directly from Pope Francis, through a letter in which he invites young economists and entrepreneurs from all over the world of all backgrounds and beliefs to the City of St Francis, which is a symbol of humanism and fraternity. The goal of the meeting is to initiate a process of global change to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy that does not leave people behind. The event is organized by a committee composed of the Diocese of Assisi, the Assisi City Council, the Seraphic Institute of Assisi and the Economy of Communion.

Logo EoF 03 rid 350The most complex problems in today’s world, from safeguarding the environment to justice for the poor, need a courageous commitment to rethinking the economic paradigms of our time. In the Encyclical Letter Laudato si’, the Holy Father recalled that everything is intimately connected and that the Earth is our “common home”. He launched an appeal to defend it and all of humanity that inhabits the Earth. He warned us against the careless exploitation of resources and short-sighted policies that look to immediate success without prospects for the long-term. Inspired by the example of St Francis, it is therefore necessary to rebuild a new integral ecology, one that is inseparable from the concept of the common good, which must be implemented through choices based on solidarity and the “preferential option for the poor” starting “from solving the structural problems of the world economy.”

«Pope Francis’ invitation to young economists and entrepreneurs is an event that marks a historic step forward because it brings together two of the Pope’s key themes and passions: his priority for the youth and his pursuit of a new type of economy. In his name, we are inviting young economists and entrepreneurs who are more sensitive to the spirit of Francis’ Oikonomia, to share with them the best of today’s economic thought and practices around the world. The word Oikonomia brings together many realities: the Greek root recalls household management but it also refers to the care of our common home, the OIKOS. We also consider it in reference to Oikonomia as understood by the Fathers of the Church: a theological category of universal salvation. Assisi is an essential part of the event because it is a city that points to a different type of economy. Various venues in Assisi will host parts of the program, which will be built around the three pillars of Francis’ Oikonomia: the youth, the environment and the poor», says Prof. Luigino Bruni, Scientific Director of the Committee.

For Pope Francis, the event represents the consolidation of a “pact to change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow”. It intends to give hope for the rights of future generations, for welcoming life, for social equity, for the dignity of workers and the preservation of our planet. From 26 to 28 March 2020, The Economy of Francis will consist of workshops, artistic events, seminars and plenary sessions with renowned economists and experts in sustainable development and the humanities, who will reflect and work together with the youth.

You can register and reserve your spot at this historical event at www.francescoeconomy.org

EoC’s Elizabeth Garlow receives Honorary PhD from the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

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We are very happy to share that the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) bestowed upon Elizabeth Garlow, a long-time member and leader of the Economy of Communion (EoC) initiative in North America, the degree of Humane Letters honoris causa. Elizabeth was also named a Fellow of the School.

elizabeth-garloe-fellow-dspt.jpgIn his citation on the day of Elizabeth’s induction in the DSPT College of Fellows, Father Michael Sweeney said: “You have characterized yourself as ‘focused on an economy of belonging.’ This, we are convinced, could serve as a superb summary of the Church’s social teaching on the economy and of what Pope Francis has called ‘an integral human ecology.’ We are honored that you have accepted our invitation to enter into conversation with us concerning the interface of faith and culture as a member of the College of Fellows.”

You can read more about her background and his full citation here.

Listen to Elizabeth Garlow directly as she addresses the May 2019 graduates of the DSPT in her 8-min commencement speech about bringing faith into dialog with culture and creating an economy of inclusion for all people.

Join Us for the 2018 Meeting of the Economy of Communion

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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.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 2018 EOC Annual Meeting

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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.