In addition to the work of Outreach and the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative, the Social Justice in Action team works to further Old St. Patrick’s mission and the Gospel vision of peace, justice, and human flourishing. Our Catholic faith calls us to follow Jesus who challenged the oppressive forces in his day and who built a following among people who were marginalized and made poor. Today, we recognize the structures and cultures that operate in our own society to create inequality and leave members of our human family in poverty, homelessness, sickness, hunger, and isolation. The Social Justice in Action team is here to help our faith community embrace the challenges that come with confronting racism, sexism, systemic poverty, and other toxic social sins. Since August 2014, Old St. Pat’s has been a part of Community Renewal Society, a coalition of Christian congregations in Chicago working together to organize and build relational power. We fight for policies that support dignity of all life, especially for people most vulnerable in our communities. This collective activism and advocacy holds our leaders accountable to the communities they are supposed to serve and honor. Our faith says we belong to each other and to God, and our work with CRS helps us put this faith into action.
We are moving forward together in faith, hope, and love under the guidance of God’s amazing power and spirit. Our Social Justice in Action team currently has four ways for you to plug into our work and contribute your gifts and strengths. If you have new ideas and thoughts to share, we’d love to listen! Please contact Rachel Lyons to have coffee and share your story: firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.798.2399.
All are welcome to join our Social Justice in Action team, and we hope to see you soon around Old St. Patrick’s Church. Peace and justice to one and all!