Educating for Peace and Justice, as noted in the Pastoral Letter on Campus Ministry: Empowered by the Spirit, constitutes a fundamental aspect of any campus ministry program. Teaching students the fundamentals of Catholic Social Teaching while providing hands-on experience in service of others that builds and enriches a community lies at the core of this concern.
Service offers a unique way to bring diverse students together for a common cause. Campus ministry can provide exciting opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Direct service, service learning, service coupled with course content (i.e. economics, public policy, etc.) and exploration of Catholic Social Teaching offer a rich spectrum of opportunities for students.
The following list of sites provides resources about Catholic Social Teaching and particular justice issues. Many of the sites are specifically Catholic. The Catholic focus also allows us to identify what we bring to the table in an ecumenical or interfaith project.
The Office for Social Justice in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis has created an outstanding reference for Catholic Social Teaching. This site identifies specific documents, notable quotations, themes (cross referenced with document quotations), a reading list and teacher toolbox.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development offers a unique insight to poverty with its virtual tour “Poverty USA.” The site also offers information about CCHD, youth and young adult awards, new room and resources.
Catholic Relief Services provides an international perspective to the Church’s concern about poverty. The site offers a creative exploration of poverty and refugees. In addition there is extensive data on international needs and various projects that seek to address those needs. Links on emergencies and the news room provide up to date information.
Amnesty International addresses human rights issues around the world. Particularly helpful are links regarding Prisoners of Conscience, the Death Penalty, Diamonds and Audio/Video clips.
Pax Christi provides some exciting connections for young adults. The site focuses on news, events, programs and campaigns, young adult organizing as well as publications and links to Catholic faith based sites.
The Education for Justice website of the Education for Justice Project at the Center for Concern features resources to help promote Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues through interactive group activities and discussions.
The National Catholic Rural Life Conference provides information and advocacy for issues of food and agriculture and rural life.
Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation’s largest social service networks. This site highlights the latest on the Catholic Charities Network.
The Catholic Network of Volunteer Service is a national association of Christian volunteer and mission programs. This site connects full-time volunteers with Christian member programs.
The St. Vincent Pallotti Center is a Catholic organization working with people who wish to be full-time volunteers. The Center connects volunteers with opportunities to serve.
The Sustainability in Higher Education Toolkit, called Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration, was created by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, in partnership with The Center for Ministry Development. Young people today long for a way to make a difference in the world. They live at a critical time in the history of the world. The impact of climate change is real and it is taking a toll on the earth and its people. Youth worry about their future in a world where rain forests and oceans, clean water and air are threatened, and where rising temperatures create bigger storms and longer droughts. This Toolkit will provide ideas and resources for use on campus and in ministry settings.