Ongoing Formation: Solidarity Economy

Apr 14, 2018 | ECLA, Euskal Herria

Eh Formación 1Salvatierra, Spain. On April 14 an ongoing formation on the SOLIDARITY ECONOMY open to all the members of the Province of Euskal Herria was held in Salvatierra. CARLOS ASKUNZE of the Piarist Fraternity gave the sessions.

His words have been a reminder of what faith invites us to take care of in our lives, both on a personal, community, and congregational level … with a view to promoting an inclusive economy in which all people can see their needs met,” he says Fr. Mateo Larrauri CMF, the Provincial Superior of Euskal Herria

Eh Formación 3In the first part of the talk, the participants were introduced to the socio-political and socio-economic dimension of the Christian faith, a tour on the fundamental principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church in economic matters: Centrality of the person, Solidarity, Common Good, Subsidiarity, Participation, Charity and Justice.

From these principles, a critique of the prevailing economy in our world has been briefly made, with the words of the author Jordi García Jane, that the predominant mode of production, distribution and consumption – capitalism – is ecologically unsustainable, structurally violent, socially unjust, politically undemocratic, and not even manage to make happy many of the people belonging to the thin layers of the world population that benefit most from it.

Eh Formación 2Subsequently, the speaker has made a correspondence between six characteristics of the Christian tradition on the socio-economic dimension of faith: centrality of the poor; charity as detachment from the material and aspiration of fraternity; the struggle for justice, the common good as a measure; the communion of goods, and austerity and simplicity with the essential characteristics of the Solidarity Economy: inclusive economy; reciprocity and cooperation; equity, sustainability of life, disinterested economy, and degrowth.

Finally, he has presented the definition, reality and aspiration of the Solidarity Economy, showing that the Solidarity Economy can be a lever of social transformation at the service of the people, the common good and the sustainability of life, provided that the principles of this Solidarity Economy that are equity, work, environmental sustainability, cooperation, non-profit, and commitment to the environment.
The second part of the talk has focused on presenting concrete realities of Solidarity Economy at the local, state and international level, in the business world, in the field of finance, in the area of ​​cooperative consumption, in the social market (alternative marketing), and even in the alternative currency proposal. This second part ended by presenting eight lines of work with which the Christian Community can contribute in the promotion of the Solidarity Economy: deepening in the socio-economic dimension of the faith; report and fight “an economy that kills”; announce and practice “the care of the common house”; educate and sensitize for individual and collective change; promote institutional commitment (management and consumption); develop, promote, support … alternative economic initiatives; promote vocations, ministries, services … for the development of a solidary economy; and encourage committed lives that are testimony.

They finished the morning celebrating the Eucharist and sharing the food later in fraternity.

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