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JustAct Ministries

Current online study module: Faith & Racial Healing (August 2020. This class is now closed for registration.
 
 

Coming in Fall, 2020: Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Politics from JustFaith.

More information for sign ups will be forthcoming about this eight-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.

As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.

The series is well-grounded in the study module prepared by renowned JustFaith Ministries, serving over 1,500 churches with over 50,000 participants since 2001. Cost of the materials will be $40 per packet. Dates will accommodate participants.

 

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Other Programs through JustAct Ministries

What does the Lord require of you but to act justly,
love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God?

For general information, contact Mark Longanecker by email. 

 

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. Deacon Jim Allglaier, Deacon Joe Domond 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.

 

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 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 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 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.