Social Justice Ministry

Coming June 24!
Our dialogue continues with Our Lady of Consolation parishioners.   This June our discussion is about “The Experience of Black vs White Students in Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools”.   June 24, Saturday from  10am – 2pm  in Biss Hall  ( a light lunch will be served).
To register, please email  Barbara Dellinger at brbdllngr@aol.com

Who we are…
St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry is a faith-centered group which meets once a month to pray, study, plan and act.  Catholic Social Teaching educates us about the elements of Social Justice and helps us to identify issues for action for ourselves and the St. Peter’s community. We have focus areas that include Immigration/Refugee initiatives, Racial Justice and Dialogue, Ending Homelessness and Education for at risk students. In each of these areas, St Peter Catholic Church has ministries that, through our faith, take action.

This month’s spotlight:  Hunger in the Queen City  Read this

Education and Inspiring Youth
Druid Hills Academy Partnership May 2017 Book Drive
“CHANGE THE LIFE OF A CHILD THROUGH READING” 

A child’s whole world can be opened to possibilities with the gift of reading! When a child owns a book – one that belongs only to them – they are more likely to read it, share reading it with others and to remember it.
Your gift of one book towards our goal of 1,000 will impact more than just
one child. Look for suggested books to donate at Amazon Wish List
https://goo.gl/qlMnDh   
  Organizer: Martha Schmitt at schmitt.martha@gmail.com

Immigration/Refugee Initiatives
To keep up with justice issues around immigration, refugees and poverty, see:  info@confrontglobalpoverty.org.
Jesuit Refugee Service provides education for children: Education for All act  and   http://jrsusa.org/news  
JESUIT CALL for an END TO IMMIGRATION RAIDS in the USA 
The USCCB click on this link:  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/index.cfm
Father Shea this offers Refugee Prayer to our community.

web_Border_wallThe Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.   Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, executive director of KBI, is coming to St Peter on June 17 & 18.  The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo.  The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
    https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/

Many of those targeted for deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), have valid claims to humanitarian protection in the United States but lacked adequate legal representation or were fast tracked through legal proceedings without basic due process guarantees.  (see Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and U.S.-based Jesuit law schools involvement in advocating for legal representation of children in migration and asylum proceedings)

Racial Justice and Dialogue
COMING IN JUNE AT ST PETER – FOLLOW UP TO OUR FIRST DIALOGUEolc-race-relations_1
Charlotte Catholics: Their Stories in Black and White
Theme:
“The Experience of Black vs White Students in Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools”


Our Lady of Consolation and St Peter Catholic Churches came together for a dialogue about working together as Catholics to bridge racial perspectives and build an integrated faith outreach.  Action initiatives are being planned among our communities.  olc-race-relations_2web olc_blackwhite-catholics

 

 

 

 

 

Shelter and Homeownership – ending homelessness
Homeless Relief

Housing First  presentation by Caroline Chambre Hammock, Director of Urban Ministry Center HousingWorks Program, and St. Peter parishioner TOPIC:  “Housing First” – citywide initiative to end homelessness by 2016   ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS IN 2016   In response to this initiative, volunteers from our parish join St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in moving homeless families into their permanent homes  through Supportive Housing Communities. This ministry accepts furniture and household donations for pick up, moves in, decorates these homes and  provides the first meal for these deserving families.  For more information, contact Betsy Chapman at homelessreliefministry@gmail.com.

 

For more information about the Social Justice Ministry, please contact  Barbara Dellinger.

Operating Principles:  Please click here.

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