What does the Lord require of you but to act justly,
love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God?
Just Act ministry of OLA offer four options at various times during the year to move disciples of Jesus from faith into action through education and spiritual formation in the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. Deacons John Tullius and Jim Allglaier and the growing JustFaith community at OLA invite you into this life-changing experience integrating personal spirituality with social ministry. Journey into the heart of the Gospel and grow in compassion as you encounter the poor and marginalized in our world.
CURRENT JUSTACT STUDY MODULE
Currently, the JustAct community is studying the eight-week module, Hunger for Change, an exploration of the realities of food insecurity in the U.S. and around the world. It was created in partnership with Bread for the World to inspire faith-filled action. In this program, a prayerful process includes the study of Scripture, dialogue and an "immersion experience" with people who live in marginalized communities. Small groups engage in spiritual practices that illuminate the reality of food insecurity. Finally, groups will vision action steps to address the root causes of hunger. If you are interested in joining this study, now in progress, contact Deacon John Tullius or Deacon Jim Allgaier.
WHAT IS JUSTFAITH?
JustFaith is an extended justice education process that meets weekly, employing books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. Participants also discover the joy of becoming community and sharing a journey of faith and compassion that is both life-giving and challenging. This is a 30-week formation process (beginning Fall 2014) consisting of weekly gatherings of about 2-1/2 hours each in length. There are two retreats - one to open and one to close the program. Also, four Saturdays will be dedicated to group projects.
Participants read and discuss 8-10 books (requiring about 100 pages of reading per week); view and process a dozen videos, all during the group meetings; participate as a group in four projects involving face-to-face contact with people living on the margins of society; form a spiritual community. Visit the JustFaith website at www.justfaith.org.
WHAT IS GOOD NEWS PEOPLE?
The Good News People program is a dynamic, parish-wide, faith formation program for adults. About 150 OLA parishioners have participated in this small-group process. It offers an introduction to Catholic Social Teaching in a shorter format: 7 weeks in fall and 7 weeks in spring. The goals of Good News People are to...
+ Explore the call to discipleship and the power of community through prayer, reflection, and action;
+ Learn more about the Catholic faith through Scripture, the Catechism, and Church Teaching;
+ Find renewed hope in living the Gospel and putting faith into action;
+ Foster vibrant parish communities alive with the spirit and the mission of Christ.
Good News People includes...
Opening and closing retreats – held at OLA;
14 Sessions – 7 in fall and 7 in spring;
Face-to-face interaction with local ministries/agencies.
WHAT IS ENGAGING SPIRITUALITY?
Engaging Spirituality is the next step for those who have completed JustFaith. It focuses on the practical challenges of following Jesus into the broken heart of our world, inspired by the urgency and spirit of the Gospel message to our lives, to our relationships, and to our times. Participants practice "the undivided life" of Christian discipleship—engaging in contemplation while immersing ourselves in the heart of our fragmented world. This is a 20-week program.