Grounded in the life and message of our brother Jesus, and in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, our St. Joan of Arc Peace and Justice Ministries bring the Beloved Community together to act on our faith and transform our world.
Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: The Foundation of our Faith and our Shared Future. These principles offer us a lens through which to see and love the world as God does. They are a powerful blueprint for us in our work for God's peace and justice:
Human Dignity: Every one of us is created in the image and likeness of God.
Common Good: We realize our human dignity in relationship and community.
Option for the Poor: The moral test of our society is how we treat our most vulnerable.
Rights and Responsibilities: We all have a fundamental right to what is needed to live in dignity - life, food, shelter, health care, education, employment. We also have a responsibility to participate in our public life together.
Role of Government: The state has a positive moral function to promote human dignity, protect human rights and build the common good.
Economic Justice: All workers have the right to decent and fair wages and safe working conditions. No one is allowed to amass excessive wealth while others lack the basic necessities of life.
Stewardship of God's Creation: We are called to live in right relationship with the earth.
Promotion of Peace and Disarmament: Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is the fruit of justice.
Global Solidarity: We are called to work together globally in an interdependent world.
We honor human dignity, we build the common good, we embrace nonviolence, we protect creation, and we change systems of domination and oppression so that all may know the fullness of God’s love and love of neighbor.
Each of our peace and justice ministries meets monthly as a group. We collaborate with one another and with other areas of the parish, including faith formation, adult education, and liturgy. We build relationships and partnerships within our parish and in the broader community. You are invited to join any of our Peace and Justice ministries for monthly meetings and for ongoing opportunities for education, action, and reflection. Our ministries are led by lay members of the community. Julie Madden is the staff liaison to our peace and justice ministries.
To learn more about the community of St. Joan of Arc and the journey of our Peace and Justice Ministries, please contact Julie at 612.823.8205x228 or jmadden [at] stjoan.com. We welcome you, wherever you are on your journey!
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