Ignatian Social Justice

Ignatian Social Justice (ISJ) is a ministry of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola made up of parishioners committed to:

(1)  raising awareness of current Catholic social teaching; and

(2)  advocating for social justice on timely and underappreciated issues.

The volunteer group embraces the responsibility to inform, engage, and mobilize parishioners to promote social justice in our local community. The ministry divides its time between advocacy and promoting awareness through a dialog with local leaders on social justice issues. The ministry is especially committed to pursuing issues and perspectives that would not otherwise be apparent to St. Ignatius parishioners.

Recent Events:
In April, ISJ conducted a advocacy campaign for the Bread For The World 2018 Offering of Letters. The parish community signed over 300 letters to our regional legislators urging them to make public investments that will provide needed resources in our community, and move us toward the end of hunger worldwide. The campaign was concluded with visits to our elected officials in May, along with other faith communities, to personally seek their commitment. Our efforts were well received.

In May, ISJ hosted author Joseph Califano to discuss his recent book Our Damaged Democracy: We The People Must Act. Califano shared his unique insights with over 100 attending parishioners, concerning the changes—political, cultural, constitutional, technological, institutional—that damage our government and the urgent need to fix our democracy. The lecture included anecdotes and examples featuring every modern president and actions of both parties. Copies of the book were available and signed by the author. The evening concluded with a reception, offering parishioners an opportunity to continue the discussion and share their thoughts.

Upcoming Events

Wed., Sep. 16
A Virtual Training Event: Learn to Survey and Care for Our Urban Street Trees
PART 1: Forester's Overview | Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

PART 2: Street Tree Mapping | Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

Thu., Oct. 29, 6:30 pm
Virtual Interparish Film Discussion


Eric Van Nostrand, Chair
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