Community Life

Committee for Social Justice

 

The mission of the Committee for Social Justice is to educate and empower people in principles and practices derived from biblical injunctions to live justly and peaceably as these are embodied in Catholic Social Teaching, to encourage people to become actively involved with those in need, and to participate in programs that work for a more just and peaceful world. Committee members educate each other about Catholic Social Teaching, assist the pastoral staff in raising social awareness and concerns, and collaborate with other ministries and community partners in activities such as the Walk Against Hunger and the Local Giving Tree.

 

Upcoming Social Justice Events:

  • January 27, 2016, 6:30 PM in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “Where God Left His Shoes”.   A poignant look at a family that suffers the downward spiral of homelessness.
  • January 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM at St. Bridget in Manchester - TPP Simulation.  Not sure what the Trans Pacific Partnership will mean to you?  Is it something that you need to be concerned about?  The purpose of this “simulation” is to let you experience what it will be like if the TPP is approved. 
  • February 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Committee for Social Justice.  Regular monthly meeting.   All are welcome.
  • March 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “Romero”.   “Romero” is a look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.
  • April 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Franciscan Center  - “The Other Side of the Other Side”.  This is a short video and slide presentation on the dangers faced by refugees fleeing their homes.  

Current Social Justice Issues: 

Key Points from the Paris Climate Summit: There has been a huge amount of work by the nations of the world, to come to an agreement on the future of the environment of the earth.  Click here for Key Points of Agreement.

Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Syrian refugee crisis effects about 12 million people.  This is a larger amount than the disasters of Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami, combined. These refugees are fleeing a disaster caused by terrorists in their own country. These terrorists are enabled by the regional instability caused by western interventions and a ready supply of weapons. The Christian response to this disaster is to take in these people, click here to link to article. 

Inspiring Words:
“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.” (Pope Francis, Address to the Food and Agricultural Organization, June 20, 2013)