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PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Purpose and what we do:
“Working for peace and social justice is not an optional commitment; it is a requirement of our Catholic faith,” according to the Archdiocese of Detroit’s publication Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Our group’s purpose is to help members of the parish community live out that commitment by embracing those themes and making them a part of their everyday lives.
Our group raises awareness of—and encourages advocacy for—peace and social justice issues through articles in the parish bulletin (our column is called Everyday Peace & Justice); postings on our Facebook page; programs that include movie nights and guest speakers; and special activities such as the Lenten Pledge for Peace. We also encourage participation in volunteer service activities (such as PBJ Outreach) that allow us see the face of Christ in others, especially poor, vulnerable and marginalized individuals.
Active committee members spend approximately two hours per month attending monthly meetings (1.5 hrs.) and reading/responding to committee e-mails (0.5 hrs.). Extra time is required as needed to help organize or staff a committee activity or write an article for the church bulletin.
If you can't spare two hours per month but still have a passion for peace and social justice, please consider keeping in touch with us through our Facebook page (see below).
How to join:
- Contact committee chairperson Sue Oser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or attend one of our monthly meetings, held the first Sunday of each month (except June, July and August) from 10:30 AM - noon in the parish library (across the hall from the parish office).
- To learn more about the issues of peace and social justice, stay informed of upcoming activities and/or take part in online discussions, please LIKE the Peace & Justice Facebook page (a Facebook account is required).
The major themes of Catholic Social Teaching are:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Community and the Common Good
- Solidarity: We are one human family
- Dignity of Work
- Human Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Care for God’s Creation: Stewardship of the Earth
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