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Social Justice week is a week devoted to education, awareness and action around various social issues.

Social Justice Series, 2016

MARCH 2, 2016 6:30pm

Jubilee:  Set the Captives Free 

Pope Francis declared that from December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016 that the Church would be celebrating a Jubilee Year.  So far we have seen the Church open “doors of mercy.”  But is the Jubilee year just about opening ceremonial doors?  UMSL Alum Matt Hubbard will take you on a journey into the history of the Israelite people with the Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics and the great power in celebrating a real Jubilee year.  What can a Jubilee year do to bring broken communities back together?  What would a Jubilee year mean for the people of St. Louis?  What would a Jubilee mean for the world?  What does the season of Lent have to do with Jubilee?  This will be the 1st of 3 speakers that will lead up to our Spring Urban Immersion Trip that will be held right here in St. Louis. All are Welcome!

MARCH 9, 2016 6:30pm

Encountering Racism

Recently the musical artist Macklemore said in his song White Privilege II, “It seems like we’re more concerned with being called racist than we are about racism.”  So let’s concern ourselves with racism. On this evening we will dive into our own privilege.  We will learn about the systems that are perpetuating white privilege and institutionalized racism.  Jenny Traux from the Karen House Catholic Worker Community will bring us the challenging subject that we all would rather went unspoken.  We will gain a common vocabulary with which to continue these honest dialogues in the future.  All are Welcome!

MARCH 16, 2016 6:30pm

The Face of Homelessness

It is so easy to label a group of people that we lose the individual human person.  Tonight we will hear from The Urban Guerilla Andre Cole.  Dre will talk about his decade working with people suffering from homelessness with organizations like The Bridge at Centenary and Peter and Paul Community Services.  Dre sees the individual trees in the forest.  He knows each of the guys that enter Peter and Paul Emergency Shelter have an individual story and history and name.  He treats everybody with a degree of compassion and respect that is unfortunately too rare in our Church. Dre runs a newsletter, podcast and multiple Facebook groups on St. Louis homelessness and is routinely kicked off online neighborhood forums like NextDoor for defending the homeless community from slanderous comments made by residents of South St. Louis City.  Dre is excited to speak to the group but even more excited to answering questions that the audience might have about his job or the state of homelessness in St. Louis.  All are Welcome!



Past issues focused on during SJ Month:  

  • Homelessness Awareness Week: With a ShantyTown and Soup Lines in the Nosh
  • Hunger Awareness Week: Hunger Banquet
  • Capital Punishment Awareness Week
  • Fair Trade Awareness Week
  • Environmental Awareness Week: Climate Change Warnings
  • Criminal Justice Awareness Week: Prison Ministry
  • Immigrations Awareness Week
  • Migrant Farm Workers Rights Awareness Week
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Week
  • Social Responsibility Awareness Week
  • Poverty Awareness Week