Promising Practices for July

sanfranciscoReach out to invite members of the community to take the St. Francis Pledge in support of caring for God’s creation.

Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to a prayer vigil/day of prayer for African Americans imprisoned and on Death Row.

Reach out to create a study group to discuss ways and means to help end human trafficking.

Laudato Si’

Reach out to form a group to read, study, and reflect on the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis “On Care of our Common Home”.

In this encyclical Pope Francis calls for “ecological education” and “ecological citizenship”
[see nn. 213-214].

Promising Practices for June

Jesus as a child in Nazareth - Luke 2:51-52

JESUS MAFA. Jesus as a child in Nazareth, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN [retrieved June 14, 2015].

Reach out to fathers in the Black Community to create a support network for parenting.

Reach out to children of the Black Community to participate in the summer vacation Bible school.

Reach out to the wider community to take part in the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness, a commitment to remain faithful to the teaching of Jesus in the face of persecution by political power.

Reach out to work with area churches to recruit volunteers to visit prisoners.

Promising Practices for May

JESUS MAFA. Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48388 [retrieved May 17, 2015].

JESUS MAFA. Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 17, 2015].

Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to a special Come, Spirit, Come celebration for Pentecost.

Reach out to members of the Black Community to ask for input for a summer vacation Bible school program for the community.

Reach out to the wider community to prayerfully discuss the study-guide The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.

 

 

RESOURCE: The Racial Divide in the United States, text and study guide

Originally posted on PAX CHRISTI USA:

from the National Black Catholic Congress

racial-divide“The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015,” is a study-guide is designed to assist parishes, schools, study groups, Small Christian Communities, and others who wish to participate in serious discussions of Bishop Edward K. Braxton’s “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.” This study-guide should be seen as a flexible resource that can be adapted for use by large or small groups. While the guide is arranged for the participation of members of a group, it can also be used by two people or by an individual. It is for all who, with Christian faith, would like to examine the complex racial divide in our country that is documented in each day’s headlines and the personal experiences of many people. The study-guide will aid you in…

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Faith-based communities and exploited children

MK_logoNational Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers a virtual panel discussion: “Faith Based Communities and Child Sex Trafficking: What work is being done? What are we missing?”
Tuesday, April 28th from 2:00-3:30 PM (EST)

The panel will feature representatives from multi-denominational faith organizations who are sharing their work, challenges, and positive outcomes. The panelists will also dialogue about the gaps in prevention and what needs faith based communities have.

Registration is required to participate in this panel discussion. Please follow these instructions:
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1. Go to this website to register.
2. Click “Register”
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”
You will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the webinar.

Promising Practices for April

By Harry Walker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bell-shaped flowers – Easter Lily, 1910-1940
By Harry Walker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to a special Welcome Home celebration for Easter.

Reach out to alcohol and drug addicts in the Black Community by welcoming various support groups to your parish community.

Reach out to your community to open a discussion on the importance of religious liberty.