Charity & Justice
“Among our tasks, as witnesses to the love of Christ, is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”
–Pope Francis, Address to the Archbishop of Canterbury, June 2013
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are called to honor the sacredness of life and dignity of every human person; and to seek peace through justice and right relationships in our families, local and global community. Biblical justice and Catholic social teaching principles call us to promote: life and dignity of the human person; family, community and participation; human rights and responsibilities; options for the poor; dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; care for God’s creation.
St. Olaf Charity and Justice Ministry offers opportunities to understand the invitation and demands of biblical justice and the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. We seek to integrate the social mission of love of God and love of neighbor in all aspects of parish life and for it to permeate the lives of parishioners.
WE SEEK JUSTICE THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN:
Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH). Understanding social issues that affect the poor and vulnerable in order to realize solutions for the common good. Participating in legislative advocacy with Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice and our interfaith partner, DCEH (www.dceh.org). Collaborating with DCEH, we coordinate training of our outreach volunteers and educate our congregations about shared religious values and common public policy initiatives that create housing stability.
Discussions That Encounter (DTE), a twice monthly discussion and educational forum, that brings people together to form relationships, and learn about and dismantle racism. The forum includes speakers, performances and movie discussions. DTE is held at St. Olaf the 4th Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited. Contact Bill Keatts at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Participation in community events, such as the annual Homeless Memorial March and Service, held in December to honor persons who have died and had experienced homelessness.
Reflection and participation related to current issues and religious questions, such as immigration, racial justice in the community, care of creation, and global solidarity.
We invite you to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and seek the way of justice. To learn more, share your skills and interests, and become involved, contact one of the people listed above, or contact Michael Griffin at 612-767-7632 or mgriffin@SaintOlaf.org.