Building Your Toolbox for Justice

Go forth to love and serve the Lord...
We end mass every week with this instruction. But, do we know what we will do in the intervening 6 days to both love and serve the Lord?

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
Moreover, we are told not just to go forth, but to do so in a very specific way: by helping the most vulnerable in our community. Do we have a plan for this? Do we even have the tools we need to carry out the plan we establish?

Join us for this new series, which will explore what it means to work for justice as a Catholic Christian. We will also develop the practical tools individuals need to do that work within a parish setting, or beyond.

Upcoming Sesssions

What is the role of the laity in working for justice?
January 27, 10am-12pm, Lower School Big Room

Kevin Ahern, author of Structures of Grace and assistant professor at Manhattan College, will lead a discussion about lay movements within the Catholic Church; what roles they have played in the past and continue to play as well as how parishioners might take a lead in working for justice.

What are these tools we keep talking about?
March 10, 10am-12pm, McKenna Hall

Holy Trinity parishioners involved in justice work through advocacy and service will teach us practical tools like identifying an issue of justice, writing a letter to the editor, holding an effective meeting with an elected official, and organizing volunteers.

How do we identify where to use these new tools?
April 14, 10am-12pm, Lower School Big Room

In this last session, we will explore how we listen for and recognize God’s invitation to work for justice. Both as we identify the issues we are called to work on individually and as a parish. We will conclude with a prayer service.

Past Sessions

Where does the idea of justice come from in the Catholic faith?
Fred Kammer, S.J. explored the scriptural and doctrinal bases for justice and how the Church came to be involved in this work.

Resources:
November 4 Session Notes
5 Kinds of Justice
Cycle of Baal

What does it mean to be part of a Jesuit parish that promotes justice?
Bill Kelley, S.J. explored the Jesuit tradition of serving the faith and promoting justice and how that tradition continues on through current parishes.

Resources:
Society of Jesus 32nd General Congregation, Decree 4 — Faith and Justice
Progression of Justice