Mercy Global Action: Presence in Ministry & Community
Cecilie Kern (Americas): 'Embracing a Culture of Encounter'

In times of hardship, uncertainty and fear, we rely on those around us for solidarity, support, guidance, information and empathy. Despite physical isolation and institutional barriers, community and care for our neighbor are more important than ever.  During this time of global crisis, and faced with systemic inequalities and the disproportionate suffering of marginalized communities, it is clear that when one person is vulnerable, we are all vulnerable. Thus, community and solidarity, expressed in service to people, are vital at the global as well as the local level. The current pandemic has offered us an opportunity not only to reflect, but to act – to overcome the walls that separate us, to foster community, and to minister to others. Love for our neighbor compels not just a desire for actions on behalf of others in need, but leads to seeking transformation of our ability to address those needs both individually and communally...

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Spanish translation by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Traducción al español por las Hermanas de la Misericordia de las Américas

Cecilie Kern is the Global Policy and Research Advocate with Mercy International Association – Mercy Global Action.  Since 2014, she has represented communities of women religious at the United Nations, and engaged in advocacy related to gender equality, human rights, human mobility, poverty eradication and water and sanitation. Originally from Palo Alto, California, Cecilie has a Masters of International Affairs concentrating in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, Gender and Public Policy, and UN Studies from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Spanish Literary Studies from Occidental College.

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