Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA, USA is intentionally engaging young adults and attending to issues of stewardship. This two-pronged value recently came together with the Center's hospitality to the non-profit national network called Resource Generation, eight of whose staff and leadership underwent three days of laughter-filled and serious, professionally based strategizing . Leader Sarah Abbot's observation on the environment of the center: "This is a pleasant, calm place; it suits our tasks. Thank you for having us". Since 1998, Resource Generation has engaged over 2,200 young people with wealth across the United States to leverage financial resources and access to power for social change.
Resource Generation "envisions a world in which all communities are powerful, healthy, and living in alignment with the planet. A world that is racially and economically just in which wealth, land and power are shared". Hence, the group mission is to "organize young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power". Good news indeed for a small planet upon which racial and economic justice are in serious jeopardy!
S. Jessica Kerber, acj, Director of St. Raphaela Center, provided one reason for the choice of our center of the many across the United States: "The values of St. Raphaela Center intersect with those of Resource Generation", she noted with satisfaction, quoting the RG leadership. At a sit-down over lunch, commonalities in mission were discussed, with desire to continue this Handmaid-Resource Generation conversation, especially where it relates to interreligious dialogue. The sisters want the word to spread far and wide that through Resource Generation there is an alternative movement of wealthy people who believe in equity and equality and who understand that extreme, racialized wealth inequality is unstable and unhealthy for everyone – including the wealthy! The United States Handmaids' view exactly! We offer our services to Resource Generation to continue to promote justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.
We consecrated women in the United States find it most timely to express our solidarity with the many good people of our nation of such a variety of ethnicities--RG professional staff composed of just such variety--who are determined to keep our doors open to newcomers from everywhere, while we work to better lives for those within our borders who need this hope and this help as 2017 progresses.
Kathleenjoy Cooper, acj
February 23, 2017