“The hopes and forces which are moving the world in its very
foundations are not foreign to the dynamism of the Gospel, which
through the power of the Holy Spirit frees people from personal sin and from its consequences in social life.…
“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation
of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the
preaching of the Gospel -- or, in other words, of the Church's mission
for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every
-- World Synod of Catholic Bishops, Justice in the World (1971). #5, 6.
The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo are committed to providing education, formation and real life experiences which help Catholic adults understand and practice the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
The Cedar Valley Catholic Social Justice Network is a coalition of individuals and organizations in the Catholic community who are interested in and committed to study, prayer and action for social justice. The Adult Formation Office cooperates with the Social Justice Committees in the parishes, other local churches and social justice organizations, diocesan and national organizations to coordinate formation, education and personal involvement in social action which is consistent with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Presented by Brian Terrell
Saturday, March 12, 2016. 9:00am-3:00pm.
O'Hagan Hall. Sacred Heart Parish, Waterloo [map]
$20/per person; $15.00/students and seniors (includes lunch)
Payable at the door. Pre-registration required.
About the Retreat
Our annual Social Justice Lenten Retreat is designed to help people of faith focus on the social justice dimensions of our Lenten journey to conversion and Gospel living.
In this year's retreat, Catholic Worker activist Brian Terrell examines what it means to be Christian and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery during a presidential election year. While personal spiritual growth is often emphasized during Lent, Brian reminds us that there is also a communal, social and even political aspect to Lenten repentance. The scriptures read in our churches during Lent call for communities of the faithful and the nations to fast, pray and weep; they predict ruin for the nations who will not “abandon their wicked ways and habitual violence.”
Whether you agree with the presenter or not, this retreat experience will expand your appreciation for the social justice dimensions of the Lenten season.
Brian writes: "Our own country’s refusal of national repentance is all the more clear in this year of a presidential election campaign. Rather than beg pardon for the past sins of slavery, discrimination, war and torture, for many of the candidates these realities evoke not shame and sorrow, but rather an ideal 'better' American past to return to. No candidate of either party will repent of the war on terror, a war that Vice President Cheney told us in 2002 might become 'a permanent part of the way we live.' Every candidate is pledged to continuing the war, some with boots on the ground or carpet bombing to 'make the sands glow,' others with more drone strikes, more 'special operations' and more arms to repressive and violent regimes. None offer repentance and reparation for what we as a nation have done to others."
About the Presenter
Brian Terrell has been a peace activist for more than 40 years. He began his career as an editor at The Catholic Worker newspaper in New York while Dorothy Day was still alive. After moving to Iowa, he was active in Catholic Worker communities in Davenport and Des Moines. He now lives on a Catholic Worker farm in Maloy, Iowa, and is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Brian's presentations draw on his deep personal understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and his commitment to peace and justice as well as his frequent visits to Afghanistan, the Nevada desert, the nation’s capital, various prisons and jails, and his participation in numerous fasts and marches to end torture abroad and police violence at home.
How to Register
By Phone: 319-233-0498.
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online: Click here to register online.
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Cedar Valley Hospitality House is a day-shelter for the homeless and people in need, operated by an inter-faith organization at 1003 Mulberry St. in Waterloo. It provides coffee, showers, clean clothes, computer access, local telephone access, referral to community services 9:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week and light meals on weekends.
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“Cool Catholics” is a committee of local Catholics who are committed to faith-based environmental awareness and action to address global climate change. The committee sponsors workshops, provides information, and organizes public action to reduce human contributions to global warming.
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Habitat for Humanity. The Catholic Parishes support the efforts of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity by providing volunteers of all ages to help build new homes with needy families in our community. The parishes organize work crews on the second Saturday of every month and on Tuesday of any week, April through October.
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Immigration Reform. The Catholic Parishes and the Cedar Valley Catholic Social Justice Network are involved in a variety of efforts to develop and support comprehensive reform of the nation's immigration laws.
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Iowa Institute for Social Action is a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Catholic dioceses of Iowa for adults and young adults interested in social justice. It includes speakers, small-group workshops, and an opportunity to network with social justice activists from around the state.
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JustFaith is an intensive adult formation and education process which uses study, discussion, prayer, and experience to help participants grow in their understanding and commitment to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The JustFaith formation process is highly recommended for individuals who are, or wish to become, more active in the church’s ministry of social justice and peace.
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Poverty Simulations administered by Iowa State University Extension give participants an opportunity to role-play the real-life experiences of unemployed families, families living on public assistance, the elderly on limited incomes and farm families struggling to make ends meet. Simulations are held several times a year in conjunction with Allen College.
St. Francis Catholic Worker House is a shelter for men, women and children operated in the spirit of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. The House, located at 321 E. 8th St. in Waterloo, provides various opportunities for volunteer service, including a free community meal on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Join the Worker community for its monthly meal, Mass and discussion. Contact Fran Fuller at 319-232-2116 (email <email@example.com>).
Seasonal Social Justice Retreats sponsored by the Social Justice Network are designed to help participants appreciate the social justice dimension of the Church's principal liturgical seasons, Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.
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Stewardship of the Earth is a five-week bible study which examines the biblical foundation for environmental stewardship. It combines the opportunity for personal study and group discussion, which leads to a prayerful and transforming response for individuals who are especially interested in the challenges of global climate change.
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Study Circles on Racism and Race Relations are inter-racial study groups designed to help participants identify their own experience, concerns, opinions and fears about race, hear other participants' experiences and concerns, consider a wider variety of views on racial issues, and explore strategies for personal and community action. The groups meet for five weeks under the direction of professionally trained facilitators.
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