C-08 Starting and Strengthening Parish Social Ministry
Ministries that serve the poor and advocate for justice are as central to the parish as liturgy and faith formation. This workshop helps participants to start a parish social justice ministry that is (1) rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, (2) connected to other ministries in the parish, and (3) a leaven to invite all parishioners to participate, not just a motivated few! These effective, realistic steps are also helpful for strengthening or renewing the social justice ministry that already exists. We will review some of the many resources available for planning the ministry and building a firm foundation in Catholic Social Teaching. This workshop draws on the presenter’s experience helping many parishes start, strengthen or renew their ministries of service and justice.
Joe Hastings, M.Div. works with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) promoting global solidarity in Western dioceses. Before coming to CRS he worked with the homeless, in parish ministry, and in religious education. He has taught classes and workshops in scripture, theology, social justice, and nonviolence in programs for adult education, catechist certification, deacon formation, and young adult leadership. He has visited the work of CRS and the local Catholic Church in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Philippines. HE IS SPONSORED TODAY BY CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES.