By Josh Goralski
Sunday, March 12, 2017
The OSPNext Faith in Action Committee hosts monthly Social Justice Small Group discussions to give OSP members and friends the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of various social justice issues. These monthly small group discussions provide a space to dialogue and learn about the months’ selected social justice topic, connect the topic to Catholic Social Teaching, and share ways those people can get involved with an organization working to end the social injustice. The monthly topics are chosen based on current issues that have been in the news and the group’s interest. We have looked at education inequalities and funding issues in Illinois, re-entry from prison and the barriers to getting housing and employment for folks with records, racism and white privilege, and others. We are now planning a meeting to discuss immigration and how we can welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters to our faith community and keep them safe in our city. To prepare for each month’s discussion, an article or resource is sent out in advance of the monthly meetings.
Given these topics are complicated and interconnected, we can’t talk about every aspect of them during our monthly conversation. However, the article or resource allows the group to focus on a particular piece of the social justice issue being discussed, provide background for those who might not be as familiar, and tell the human impact of a particular type of oppression or pain. Each month different participants share their personal experience and knowledge on the topic allowing others to learn from what their peers know. It has been an eye-opening experience to learn from each other, build knowledge and empathy for people in different walks of life, and work towards greater awareness and action to live lives of justice, peace, and connection. While these small groups are facilitated by OSPNext members, we always welcome anyone who is interested in joining us next month.
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