CORPORATE STANCE ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS
We, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg strongly condemn any use of Nuclear Weapons as a danger to the survival of God’s Creation.
We oppose the continued production and stockpiling of these weapons as an unjust use of global resources, a tragic furtherance of the arms race, and as posing a constant threat to peace through accident, miscalculation and design. –1982
CORPORATE STANCE ON CENTRAL AMERICA
We, the Sisters and Associates of St. Francis, Oldenburg, stand in solidarity with the church and the people of Central America with a preferential option for the poor.
We believe in basic human rights and self-government for the people.
We deplore our government’s intervention in the region by direct and indirect means.
We recognize the ability and respect that right of the people of Central America to resolve their own problems.
We condemn and lament the torturing and killing of thousands of innocent civilians.
We uphold and support whatever promotes human development according to God’s plan.
We commit ourselves to deepen our understanding of the issues that impact our sisters and brothers in Central America.
We pledge ourselves to take action through legislation and financial support.
We seek effective collaboration with other like-minded individuals and groups.
We speak a word of hope. –1989
CORPORATE STANCE ON THE DEATH PENALTY
We, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, strongly oppose the death penalty as contrary to the Gospel and to our particular Franciscan call to peacemaking and justice for the poor.
We affirm that all lives, both innocent and guilty, are sacred and worthy of protection. We know that the state’s use of capital punishment adds to the violence within our society. We hold that its use falls disproportionately on the poor, the uneducated, and the mentally disabled, and is marked by the racism and prejudice which pervades our society.
We commit ourselves to prayer and to action for the abolition of the death penalty wherever it exists. We pledge ourselves to prayer, support, and appropriate action for those whose loved ones have been victims of violent crimes, for those who commit such crimes, and for their families. We promote effective and humane alternatives to the death penalty. — 2001
CORPORATE STANCE ON CARE OF CREATION
Following the example of Francis and Clare of Assisi,
We the Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters and Associates humbly acknowledge that we are sisters and brothers of all creation.
With awe and gratitude, we celebrate the mystery of God’s loving presence in the Universe.
We acknowledge that we are of Earth, deeply connected to all life, ever nurtured and sustained by Earth’s abundant gifts.
Faithful to our Franciscan heritage, we assume personal and communal responsibility for honoring and protecting the natural world in our care, choosing to value all as sacred.
We commit to making Earth a priority in our decisions, to living lightly on Earth, to using resources responsibly, and to contributing to the sustainability of Earth for generations to come. — 2008