Many of you are already involved in evangelization activities and programs sponsored by your diocese, parish community, or religious community. Project Reach Out offers additional ideas and suggestions – called promising practices – for those wishing to design a particular program or expand existing programs for evangelization and outreach in the Black Community. Please add your own suggestions for Promising Practices or tell us about your experiences with these Promising Practices.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the American Broadcasting Company program Open Hearing 5 June 1957 By ABC Television (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Reach out to invite members of the community to an ecumenical prayer vigil/day of prayer for migrant workers, refugees, and those affected by human trafficking as we remember “We are One Family Under God.”
It is time to move from making statements about racial equality to showing concrete acts of love, compassion, and justice toward all people.Reach out to invite friends, colleagues, spiritual leaders, and anyone interested in working on racial justice to read, share, and commit to the actions suggested by Catholic Theologians of North America.
Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to an ecumenical prayer vigil/day of prayer for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Reach out to work with area churches, synagogues, and mosques to plan a forum on HIV/AIDS.
Reach out to create a community action group to take a stand against contemporary forms of slavery involving the most vulnerable groups in societies, such as those regarded as being of low caste, tribal minorities, and indigenous peoples.
Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to a special Kwanzaa celebration.
Reach out to members of the Black Community by distributing a bulletin or flyer on the meaning and purpose of Kwanzaa.
Reach out to feed the poor and homeless in the Black Community by planning a soul-food potluck supper.
Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to celebrate Catechetical Sundayby “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.”
Reach out to invite members of the Black Community to a prayer vigil/day of prayer to pray for an end of violence in our community, our nation, and our world.
Reach out to members of the Black Community to plan and coordinate a Cultural Reading Group to read about people from various cultures who have made significant contributions to the advancement of people everywhere.
Reach out to people in the Black Community to encourage them to let their need for affordable housing be known. Invite a representative from Habitat for Humanity to explore the possibility of building new homes in your parish community.
Reach out to work with area churches to organize a community-wide voter registration drive.