Climate change and immigration are hot political topics. But in media reports, we almost never hear about their connection with faith. How do our Catholic values inform our response when protecting our American lifestyle appears to jeopardize the lives of the poor in other nations?

As we enter the political campaign season, the Justice and Peace Ministry office will be sponsoring a variety of offerings to help parishioners think through issues from the standpoint of faith. All viewpoints are welcome! Come and reflect on these issues in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Study circles will meet once a week for 8 weeks and use materials developed by JustFaith.

Dates and times will be determined around participants’ schedules. The groups will start the week of May 13.  The deadline for signing up is May 6. For more information, call Sheila Read at 919-947-8205 x420 or email sheila.read@stfrancisraleigh.org.

Climate Change: Impact and Response.

hot sunWhat does the Church say about climate change? Is it real, and what impact would it have on the poor? This will certainly be a hot button issue this election year—come ready to learn more and discuss your viewpoints!

The approach to global climate change by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the Catholic Bishops’ Environmental Justice Program has been to focus on the themes of prudence, poverty and the common good, as well as Catholic social teaching. This eight-session module expands and explores these principles and has a strong emphasis on how climate change will impact the poor at home and abroad. It draws out arguments for and against action, and demonstrates—through both faith and science—the hazards to poor people of doing nothing.

To sign up for the Climate Change Study Circle, click here.

Co-sponsored by Franciscan Care for Creation.

Crossing Borders: Migration, Theology and the Human Journey.

Immigration remains controversial. Come find common ground between different viewpoints in this eight-week discussion group!

Like any other policies and practices, our immigration system could be something that is continually updated as needs change. But because immigration has become a political hot potato, the system has not been revamped for years. An estimated 10-12 million immigrants are living in the U.S. without documents. Despite many different viewpoints on immigration, one thing is almost universally agreed upon: Something needs to change.

A committee of the General Assembly of North Carolina is studying the state’s role in immigration policy. The N.C. bishops have issued a statement on immigration. The time is now to look at this issue and see what can be done.

To sign up for the Immigration Study Circle, click here.

Co-sponsored by Committee on Immigration Justice

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