JustFaith is an intensive and successful model of justice education and spiritual formation that consists of weekly meetings, and employs books, videos, speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats, and hands-on experiences. The intent is to provide a tapestry of learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the remarkable justice tradition of the Catholic Church. This is a demanding course of study over months that exposes the participants to the privilege of becoming community with others and sharing a journey of faith and compassion that is both life-giving and challenging.
Jul. 29–Sept, 16, 2020
awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege.
The program requires a significant commitment and one that needs to be entered into with some prayerful discernment and the ability to make space in your life for personal enrichment. The program consists of:
In observance of State and local guidelines, at this time, the course will be held on Zoom. All participants must have access to a computer and an internet source in order to participate.
Also, an onsite retreat or immersion experience will not be required. In the future, when hopefully we can all gather again in person we will schedule a retreat and immersion experiences for all those that participated during COVID-19 restrictions.
JustFaith Ministries is series of programs created to help bring awareness of Catholic Social teaching, our faith’s call to justice, and prepare individuals and parishes for the work of social ministry. Founded by Executive Director Jack Jezreel, M.Div. in 1989, JustFaith works in partnership with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and Bread for the World. The Catholic Social Teaching Ministry has hosted several programs at St. Monica with the express purpose of acquainting our parishioners with our rich heritage of Catholic Social Teaching. JustFaith is used in over 1,000 parishes and churches involving 20,000 people. Go to http://justfaith.org for more information.
Please note: In addition to this program, there are additional outings, service opportunities, speakers, and worship experiences scheduled throughout the year by this ministry for the entire community.
Please note that Faith and Racial Equity is not for the faint of heart! The module is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community-building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.
Sessions meet at 7:00 p.m. You must be registered to attend and commit to the listed requirements above.
Please note: Attendance is required for all JustFaith sessions and activities.
Introduces the theme of privilege and white fragility.
Discusses the origins of race and racial identity.
Helps participants begin to name the cultural messages that have formed their understanding of race.
Participants identify how whiteness affects their communities and institutions.
Exploring racial privilege embedded in the US education system.
Explores racialized messages in the media that influence our assumptions about race.
Explores implicit bias, policing, and double standards around drug policy.
Guides participants in discerning ways to take action.
The books that are used for Phase 3 are:
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown
White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Robin DiAngelo
40 Days of Prayer Cheri Mills (used all 3 phases)
To learn more about Faith and Racial Equality please contact: