Justice and Peace Formation

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
-Luke 4:18–19

“The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.”
– Pope Benedict XVI

The Church has a responsibility to bear witness to the Kingdom God breaking into our world in the here and now through our works of mercy and justice. The requires that we be rooted in the wisdom from our faith tradition, and, with well-formed consciences, be engaged with the social problems of the world as we work with others to address injustice and oppression and work for the common good of all, especially the most vulnerable.

The following opportunities invite you to continue your learning of our Catholic faith, especially the well-formed but not well-known Catholic social teaching tradition. If you are interested in how faith and politics go together in the Catholic tradition, or how to think about complex social problems through the lens of faith rather than partisan politics, or how to work more effectively and prudently for the kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace, then these opportunities are for you!

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of small group opportunities, film and book discussions, community conversations, workshops, guest speakers, and more. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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Justice & Peace Formation Opportunities

NEW! Justice and Peace Foundations Workshops
May 7th, May 28th and June 16

Join our Director of the Office of Justice and Peace, Trevor Thompson, for a series of workshops that will provide you with the foundational teachings that inform our Catholic engagement with social justice issues in the modern world. These opportunities are open to all who are interested in the well-formed but not well-known Catholic social teaching tradition. If you are interested in how faith and politics go together in the Catholic tradition, or how to think about complex social problems through the lens of faith rather than partisan politics, or how to work more effectively and prudently for the kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace, then these workshops are for you!

Attend one or all of the upcoming workshops:

Faith and Politics – May 7th, 7pm-8:30pm
Catholic Social Teaching – May 28th, 7pm-8:30pm
Power and Social Change – June 16th, 7pm-8:30pm

We will be using Zoom online conferencing and you will be sent a link to join after you register.

Questions? Email Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

“The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the People”

A Conversation about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ in the context of COVID-19

May 21st, 7-8:30pm

In honor of the 5th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ landmark teaching document Laudato si’, we are celebrating “Laudato si’ Week” May 16-24, 2020. This invites an opportunity to revisit the document’s main themes that challenges us to deepen our shared responsibility to care for our common home, address climate change, and live into a new spirituality in this technocratic age. So too, Pope Francis has challenged us to consider this current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as a timely opportunity to pause our lives and consider the kind of world we are living in and what we want the world to become in the future. With our hearts open, we might hear in a new and fresh way the cry of the earth and the cry of humanity.

This evening conversation will be facilitated by Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in conjunction with Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle (ICCT).

After a short overview of the Pope’s teaching, we will have an extended opportunity to have virtual small group discussions that invite a reflective space for sitting with deeper questions related to Laudato si’ about how we are experiencing this moment. We look forward to being with you and hearing how God is moving in your depths during these uncertain days.

We will be using Zoom online conferencing and you will be sent a link to join after you register.

Questions? Email Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Small Group Opportunities

JustFaith

JustFaith is an adult small group formation program (curriculum of JustFaith Ministries) that we offer annually that focuses on discipleship of Jesus and God’s call to live with the works of mercy, social justice, and deep compassion in a world scarred by poverty and ecological damage, in what Pope Francis calls a “throwaway society.” JustFaith participants meet weekly for 24 weeks (usually mid-September through mid-April) in a small group of 8 to 15 people. Participants are invited to a lively and challenging process of spiritual transformation through books, videos, discussion, prayer, retreats and meetings with people experiencing poverty and injustice.

If you are interested in being part of the next cohort, or have further questions, contact Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org or 919-947-8205×267.

Engaging Spirituality

Engaging Spirituality (also a curriculum of JustFaith Ministries) is an adult small group formation program that looks deeply at the injustices in our wounded world like the flagship JustFaith program, but this particular curriculum invites participants to develop a contemplative practice that allows for a deeper relationship with God that is necessary to the work of justice and peace. If we are called to contemplation and action, this program helps make sure our contemplative side is well-formed. The group will engage in silent centering prayer practices, active listening, journaling and retreats, and other practices that invite a deepening relationship to God through scripture, poetry, creation, the saints, and the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

If you are interested in being part of the next cohort, or have further questions, contact, becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org or 919-847-8205×267.

Racial Equity

We are offering a series of facilitated small group discussions on the topic of racial justice and our Catholic faith. Using a curriculum developed by JustFaith Ministries, this program invites participants to formulate their own Christian-rooted responses to racism. Through the fostering of active listening, dialogue, and prayer, this module forms a group that is rooted in trust and compassion. Through new learning from articles, videos, and resource books (including our US Bishops document on Racism called Open Wide Your Hearts), it lends new insights to participants’ awareness of privilege and racism. By encouraging new spiritual practices and informed action, it cultivates an expanding community of Christians who work to dismantle racism in their respective contexts.

If you are interested in being part of the next cohort, or have further questions, contact, becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org or 919-847-8205×267.

If you are interested in learning more about racial justice and the systemic nature of racism – click here.

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