PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Serve as a Committee Member
The Christ the Redeemer Peace and Justice Committee seeks to respond to the challenges placed before us by the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
We research the causes and effects of conditions that impact the lives of the poor and marginalized within our communities. We showcase and support acts of mercy organized and carried out by members of Christ the Redeemer Parish and the larger community. We share the fruits of our research with the community. We participate in opportunities for action.
The Peace and Justice Committee needs help! Are you a good salesperson or poster creator? Do you have a favorite ecology related topic to share? Can you pick up material from downtown? Are you willing to share your favorite soup recipe? Do you have a personal interest in any of our planned activities for the coming year (see below)? To volunteer any amount of time or help, please call Dianne Zande (248-391-2746) or Nancy Danko (248-391-1330). We welcome everyone with an interest in peace and justice to our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month (September through May) at 7 pm. Drop in whenever you can!
Upcoming Peace & Justice Committee Events at Christ the Redeemer
- March 17: “Update on the Flint Water Crisis,” a presentation by Vicky Schultz, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genessee Counties. Her presentation will be part of the Service Commission’s Lenten Soup Suppers Program. Join us for soup, bread and fellowship beginning at 6 p.m. on March 17, which is St. Patrick’s Day, with Vicky Schultz’s presentation scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open discussion.
- April 19 and April 26: “Laudato Si’– On the Care for Our Common Home.” All are welcome to join in a discussion lead by Bishop Tom Gumbleton and Fr. Tom Lumpkin on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, On the Care for Our Common Home. The April 19 program will begin with Mass at 7 p.m., with their presentation and discussion beginning at 7:40 p.m. The April 26 program will begin with Taize Prayer at 7 p.m., followed by their presentation and discussion beginning at 7:40 p.m.
- May 6: “Friday Night at the Movies,” featuring Naomi Klein’s film on caring for our environment, “This Changes Everything.” This will be a follow-up program to April’s Laudato Si’ presentations by Bishop Tom Gumbleton and Fr. Tom Lumpkin, focusing practical things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our commitment to sustainability. Popcorn, pizza and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
A description of the Church’s social teaching about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society can be found at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm