Social Justice Ministry

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.

Immigration/Refugee Initiatives

March 29th Immigration Forum- Immigration and the Charlotte Community Myers Park Baptist Church 1900 Queens Road Charlotte 28207

Immigration & the Charlotte Community: An Educational Forum with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
March 29th | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Heaton Hall
A forum on immigration led by Heather Zeimba, a Managing Attorney from Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont.   Heather will discuss the current options available for immigrants, the critical issues facing the immigrant community, and how things have changes for immigrants under the new administration.  Hear personal stories of immigrants, learn about the work of Legal Services, and begin discerning what our Church can do to support our neighbors who are immigrants.

You are invited to sign letters to our Senators and Representatives in support of the BRIDGE Act.  See the letters here: BRIDGE Act letters
Christ calls us to welcome the stranger and the Church asks us today to influence our national and local leaders to support policies that defend life, human dignity and the family. One way we can do this is by supporting the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act. This act will allow young undocumented immigrants – “DREAMers” – to continue to go to school, work, pay taxes and contribute to our economy and to our country. These young people were brought to the United States as children by their parents to escape violence and/or destitution in their own countries in the hope of a better life. They were raised and schooled as Americans.

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.   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

History of Racial Exclusion
Thursday, March 30    6:30 – 9:00pm
Charlotte Friends Meeting
570 West Rocky River Road, Charlotte 28213
Join us for an insightful presentation on the little-known history of practices and policies that serve as the foundation for ongoing racial divisions in our society and economy. Together, we will learn how this history affects current outcomes for all of us and consider ways to reshape the future of our American story.
Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) is a collaborative leadership group working within our community to reduce disproportional and disparate outcomes for children and families of color through institutional organizing, education, and workforce development.
Charlotte Friends Meeting is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers. We consider ourselves to be spiritual seekers.
This event is Free – but space is limited. Please rsvp to annevan1@bellsouth.net to reserve your space.

Charlotte Catholics: Their Stories in Black and Whiteolc-race-relations_1
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.

Education and Inspiring At -Risk Youth

Druid Hills Academy

  • Career Day – Scheduled for April 20. Rotating career speakers for each class, lasting all morning. Planning is well underway (Coordinator: Larry Seavers).
  • May book drive — May  2017.  All parishioners are invited to donate books to students. Coincides with Scholastic discount book sale (Coordinator: Martha Schmitt).
  • Girl Scout Daisy troop – On February 1, 2017, eight first- and second-graders were officially invested into the Girl Scouts, as the first members of Troop 487.  Leaders are three St. Peter parishioners: Joanne Shea, Brenda Eckmair and Maria Leahy.

 

Social Justice Committee meets on a Tuesday evening once a month.

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

Operating Principles:  Please click here.

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