The work of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns stems from the lived experience of Maryknoll missioners and the people with whom they live and work around the world. Also, as an organization headquartered in the United States and comprised primarily of U.S. citizens, we hold the obligation to respond with clarity and intelligence to the actions of the U.S. government.
Our day-to-day foci can shift over the months and years due to changing situations in countries where Maryknoll is present.
Most of the work falls under two broad categories:
Faith-Economy-Ecology (FEE) -- The fossil-fuel-based economic model and way of life promoted by the industrialized North, especially the United States, must be transformed toward significantly greater sustainability and social justice. Issues that we follow through FEE include climate change, trade and investment, food sovereignty and hunger, corporate accountability, among others. (See the Faith-Economy-Ecology Transformation website to learn more.)
Sustainable Pathways to Peace and Inclusive Global Security (SPPS) -- Peace is possible through inclusive communities and economies of “enough.” Maryknoll’s cross border experience helps reduce fear of the other and celebrates diversity as a real and enriching contribution to true security. We encourage the promotion of diplomacy, dialogue and a multilateral approach to solving global problems. Issues that we follow through SPPS include peace processes, arms trade, torture, migration and border issues, among many others.