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Peace, Social Justice and Integrity of Creation

The Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Economic Way of the Cross
Based on the Economic Way of the Cross, written by the Religious Working Group on the World Bank/IMF, the Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice is meant to provide a prayerful way to walk the steps of Jesus in this time of financial and ecological crisis.

Similarly to past Economic Ways of the Cross, each station symbolizes institutional roots of this suffering in government, in transnational corporations, in international financial institutions, in trade agreements, macroeconomic policies and financial transactions that give shape to economic activity around the world.

Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice (15 pages) (PDF)

Following is the list of stations and the current crisis they symbolize. Also listed are the physical locations in Washington, D.C. where that station is prayed. Those who use this Way of the Cross in locations other than Washington, D.C. are encouraged to consider public sites that align with these noted:

FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
Political privilege and corruption: U.S. Congress

SECOND STATION: JESUS BEARS THE CROSS
Vulnerability of workers: Department of Labor

THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Mortgage crisis and predatory lending: Second and D Street Shelter

FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
Disintegration of family life: D.C. Central Cellblock

FIFTH STATION: JESUS IS HELPED BY SIMON
Destruction of moral values: D.C. Superior Court

SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Failure to regulate market: Securities and Exchange Commission

SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME
Threats to the Earth community: Department of Energy

EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
The double burden of economic injustice on women: The Justice Department

NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME
Solidarity and community service: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES
Rebuilding an unsustainable global economy: U.S. Treasury

ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Toward a moral economy: The White House

TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
A global economy built on sand: U.S. Trade Representative

THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
A dying planet: The World Bank

FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS PLACED IN THE TOMB
Need for a transformed economy: International Monetary Fund

FIFTEENTH STATION: THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Signs and seeds of hope / Another world is possible

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