“At a time of dramatic global changes and challenges, Catholics in the United States face special responsibilities and opportunities. We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world. We are also citizens of a powerful democracy with enormous influence beyond our borders. As Catholics and Americans, we are uniquely called to global solidarity.”
Called To Global Solidarity International Challenges For U.S. Parishes, United States Catholic Conference November 12, 1997
A Journey of Healing and Reconciliation Through Restorative Justice
Education for Justice’s 2018 Lenten Reflections are offered by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. These reflections are meant to provide a window into God’s immense wisdom, offer connections between Catholic social tradition and restorative justice, and invite us to walk boldly in our faith. 2018 Lenten Reflections Series-Creative Voice-Catholic Mobilizing Network
A Cry from #Charlottesville: To Bind the Wounds our Nation
The violence that killed Heather Heyer, injuring many more, erupted out of the wounds of racism and xenophobia that stretches across our country. As white nationalists gathered at the University of Virginia, we are given yet another sign of what we must do. As the body of Christ, WE ARE the balm that heals the divides between fellow citizens of different races, cultures, creeds, and different worldview points. The Church honors the gift of our pluralism and diversity that comes from the loving hands of the Creator.
In the fall of 2016, The United States Catholic Bishops organized a task force to assist Catholic communities and others in our gospel view of the divisions today and resources that may help parishes, families, individuals, and organizations to begin the healing where it always begins, at home. We teach our children, promote in our social media, have sustained conversations about how we bridge the divides of race, culture, and religion in our homes and schools. Here are some places to start:
- USCCB Special Task Force Releases Written Report and Recommendations on Promoting Peace in Our Communities
- Prayer Card: Prayer for Peace in Our Communities | en Español
- Prayer of the Faithful for Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities | en Español
- 5 Ways to Celebrate Sept. 9 Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. . .
- Ideas for Promoting Peace and Working for Racial Justice
- Reflections on Peace and Racial Justice in Our Communities. . .
- Participate in the Sept. 14 YouTube Live event on Racial Justice
We will facilitate a conversation between representatives from three Catholic faith communities who are praying, reaching out, learning and acting for peace and racial justice. Join us September 14th at 2:00pm Eastern Time for this YouTube Live event!
- USCCB President Calls for National Day of Prayer and Appoints Special Task Force to Promote Peace and Unity
- Check out more resources and thought provoking video blasts.
Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
This prayer service By Sister Diana Ortiz OSU includes excerpts from Dr. King’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and includes reflection questions after each reading. Prayer Service- Martin Luther King Jr.-Letter from Birmingham City Jail
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