By Frank Lesko, Coordinator of Justice and Peace

One thing is true about Jesus is that he was never far from food.  In fact, he brings the party when other options have failed—turning water into wine and a few loaves and fishes into a bounty to feed the multitudes.  While there are spiritual implications to these stories, it goes without saying that Jesus is known in the breaking of the bread.  Each Mass we come together at the table to remember.  Our table fellowship is a chance to draw us into deeper communion with him.

To follow his example, it only makes sense that we continue the tradition of gathering in his name for fellowship, food and fun.  The Franciscan Care of Creation kicked off this series in November with a bountiful dinner and lively discussion of the film A Sense of Wonder about Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the book that launched the environmental movement in the United Sates 50 years ago.

The Justice and Peace office is working with many of our ministry groups to sponsor Justice-themed movies on the 2nd Friday of each month in the Cupertino Room.  Join us for a potluck dinner at 6:00 PM with a movie starting around 7:00 PM and a discussion afterwards!  All opinions and viewpoints are welcome as we greet these issues in mutual respect and openness.

Here is the schedule as it is shaping up so far.  Some details are subject to change:

January 11:  Hurricane Sandy recently devastated much of the American northeast, and scientists have largely blamed the severity of this storm on human-influenced climate change.  The Franciscan Care of Creation ministry would like to invite the parish into a discussion about global climate change and food security.  What impact will this have and what can we do about it?

February 8:  The Justice Theater Project will continue the dialogue about what it means to be a faithful citizen.  The dinner will be a chili cook off!  Winners will receive tickets or merchandize from the Justice Theater Project.  We will show a screen version of Julius Caesar with a discussion of politics, power and faith in preparation for the stage version that will begin the following weekend.

March 8: No movie due to other Friday Lenten activities on campus!

April 12:  Most justice organizations agree that the political climate is ripe to see a change on US immigration policy.  The Diocese of Raleigh, Holy Name Province and many other organizations are calling for education and action on behalf of undocumented immigrants.  The Committee for Immigration Justice will host the movie Harvest of Empires which discusses the root causes of undocumented immigration.

May 10:  The Fair Trade Ministry will be the host in recognition of International Fair Trade Day which is later that month.  Samples of fair trade chocolate, coffee and other goodies will be served along with the potluck!  Speakers from local fair trade organizations will be present to lead our discussion on what fair trade means and how it touches the lives of so many people around the world.

Please stay tuned to developments in the Justice Movie and Potluck schedule by clicking on the Justice and Peace Icon on the parish homepage:

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