JustFaith in jail

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Article Social Justice
Not all JustFaith groups meet in parish meeting rooms. One allows inmates to deepen their faith and serve their community behind bars. 

Eleven men sit in a circle on church pews that they have pulled close together in the cool and peacefully quiet chapel. They listen intently as soft-spoken members of the group discuss the plans for their day-long retreat.


How to turn a lukewarm parish into a hotbed of social justice

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Article Parish Life Social Justice
In a 1990s article from Salt of the Earth, Jack Jezreel wrote about the surprising success of JustFaith, the parish-based program on social justice, at its beginning.

In 1988, I decided to give parish work one more try. I reluctantly accepted a position as minister of social responsibility with Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, Kentucky, a position that focused on what today we call "parish social ministry."


How to turn a lukewarm parish into a hotbed of social justice

By Jack Jezreel| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Social Justice
In a 1990s article from Salt of the Earth, Jack Jezreel wrote about the surprising success of JustFaith, the parish-based program on social justice, at its beginning.

In 1988, I decided to give parish work one more try. I reluctantly accepted a position as minister of social responsibility with Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, Kentucky, a position that focused on what today we call "parish social ministry."


Do your parish justice: An interview on Justfaith with Jack Jezreel

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Article Social Justice
The most vibrant parishes focus as much on ministry to the poor as they do on ministry in the liturgy, says the founder of JustFaith Ministries. 

In 1988 Jack Jezreel reluctantly became a parish social minister as a means to an end: to earn enough money to start a farm. "I realize that peace-and-justice work will always be done by only a handful of parishioners, it will most likely remain on the periphery of parish life, and it will be eyed suspiciously by most parishioners," he wrote in his job application for Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, Kentucky.


Do your parish justice: An interview on Justfaith with Jack Jezreel

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
The most vibrant parishes focus as much on ministry to the poor as they do on ministry in the liturgy, says the founder of JustFaith Ministries. 

In 1988 Jack Jezreel reluctantly became a parish social minister as a means to an end: to earn enough money to start a farm. "I realize that peace-and-justice work will always be done by only a handful of parishioners, it will most likely remain on the periphery of parish life, and it will be eyed suspiciously by most parishioners," he wrote in his job application for Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, Kentucky.


Working for the common grid

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Article Environment Social Justice
Reducing our collective carbon footprint can be as easy as plugging in.

In the old days all the cool guys and gals who wanted to show up “the man” devoted a lot of their creative geekiness to figuring out ways to get “off the grid,” devising Rube Goldberg-ish mechanicals and homemade micro-tech geared to living outside the nation’s energy infrastructure. It was laudable self-reliance—sometimes run amok—but it belongs to another age.


It's time to take our medicine: An interview with Sister Carol Keehan, D.C.

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Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice
Health care reform is about more than reducing insurance premiums, says this Catholic health care executive. It’s about caring for the sick.

On March 5, 2009, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity and president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), which represents more than 600 Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, participated in a White House roundtable on health care reform. The gathering included members of Congress, journalists, and invited interested parties, such as Keehan.


It's time to take our medicine: An interview with Sister Carol Keehan, D.C.

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Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice
Health care reform is about more than reducing insurance premiums, says this Catholic health care executive. It’s about caring for the sick.

On March 5, 2009, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity and president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), which represents more than 600 Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, participated in a White House roundtable on health care reform. The gathering included members of Congress, journalists, and invited interested parties, such as Keehan.


A Catholic doctor’s Good Samaritan plan

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
When I give talks on health care reform to faith communities, I often use the parable of the Good Samaritan.

After the priest and the Levite have passed by an injured traveler, the Samaritan man is moved with compassion, providing first aid and then medical care for the stranger. The parable poignantly exemplifies the core tenet of our Catholic social teaching: the respect for human dignity. Sadly, the United States is alone among industrialized societies in its failure to recognize the fundamental right to health care that human dignity demands.


A Catholic doctor’s Good Samaritan plan

By Michael Grady| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
When I give talks on health care reform to faith communities, I often use the parable of the Good Samaritan.

After the priest and the Levite have passed by an injured traveler, the Samaritan man is moved with compassion, providing first aid and then medical care for the stranger. The parable poignantly exemplifies the core tenet of our Catholic social teaching: the respect for human dignity. Sadly, the United States is alone among industrialized societies in its failure to recognize the fundamental right to health care that human dignity demands.


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