42nd. Social Ministry Convocation – February 27, 2021
Persistence in the March Towards Justice
Convocation Morning Session – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Video begins at around 3:40 Minutes
Convocation Afternoon Session – 48 Minutes
Video begins at around 3:25 Minutes Keynote Address
Ashley Morris, Associate Director for the Intercultural Office of the Archdiocese of AtlantaWorkshopsThe ABC’s of Social Justice
Johnny Zokovitch (Pax Christi USA)The ABC’s of Social Justice will explore the basic principles of social justice, drawn from the legacy of justice movements –particularly in the last 25 years to today–and also drawn from Catholic Social Teaching. Participants will compare justice movements and discern how these basic principles would transfer to the work being done at the parish level.
Mobilizing to Support Workers
Dr.Clayton Sinyai (Director U.S. Catholic Labor Network)
Terry Cavanagh (Service Employees International Union MD-DC)
Chuck Hendricks (Unite Here)
Father Ty Hullinger (Interfaith Worker Justice MD)Archdiocesan Catholics are mobilizing to support workers seeking just solutions to conditions magnified by the pandemic. Essential workers need paychecks to cover essentials, furloughed/laid-off workers need assurance that they will not be replaced by new hires, and workers need updated safety standards. Discussion will include action steps to promote worker justice as the economy recovers.
Providing Tenants a Fighting Chance: Evictions and the Right to Counsel
Charisse Lue (Public Justice Center)The 2020 Stout Report revealed the massive racial and economic disparity in evictions, making it a civil rights issue linked to the legacy of racial segregation in housing policies. Learn more about the findings in the Stout report, as well as the ongoing efforts to redress this disparity through affording tenants the Right to Counsel in eviction proceedings. Discussion will include active steps participants can take to support current Right to Counsel legislative actions.
Parishes Coming Together: Accompanying LGBTQ+ Catholics, Families, Allies
Father Joe Muth
Ryan SattlerParishes discuss “Becoming a Bridge” for searching LGBTQ+ Catholics while offering pastoral understanding to their personal faith journeys, and share ideas on how to create a welcoming environment within your parish. Attendees in this workshop will have an opportunity to share their parish stories with ample time for Q and A
Resistance to Justice: Young Adults at Work
Rudy Dehaney (Northeast Catholic Community)
James Conway (St. Wenceslaus Parish)
Ashley Morris (Archdiocese of Atlanta)
Vicky Hathaway (Diocese of Gary)
Vanessa Zuleta Goldberg (Diocese of El Paso)Young Adults have been instrumental in work and advocacy of several social justice issues. What happens when young adults run into resistance in fighting for social justice? This workshop will delve into experiences of young adults with resistance, lessons learned, and practical points on how we support young adults in our work to end injustice.The Laudato Si’ Challenge to Embrace Ecological Conversion
Doug Demeo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
Nolan McCoy (Archdiocese of Baltimore)
Peggy Perry (Gunpowder Falls Conservancy)
Stephen Clegghorn (St. Matthew Catholic Church)A call to ecological conversion is at the heart of Laudato Si’, and within this call lies real potential for evangelization. Panelists will discuss responses to ecological conversion within the Archdiocese, highlighting local efforts such as the Clear Creeks Project at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and ways the Maryland Catholic Conference can offer more political leadership in this care for our common home.
The Journey to Racial Justice: Repentance, Healing and Action
Sherita Thomas, Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Black Catholic MinistriesPlease join us for a discussion on racial justice in the Catholic Church, with a particular focus on the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Sherita Thomas, interim director for the Office of Black Catholic Ministries and racism workgroup lead will discuss ways to shine a light on darkness and increase our knowledge and awareness of racism. We will embrace the church’s teachings, which call us to combat the sin of racism, and explore ways to develop concrete strategies we can take back to our own parishes. God calls us to be a welcoming, worshipping community of faith, hope, and love. Through his Spirit, the Lord Jesus lives in those who believe, and reaches into our world with his saving message and healing love.
Mass Incarceration: What is it and how do we change it?
Mary Pat Donelan (Prison Minister)
Charles Sullivan (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)
Olinda Moyd (Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform)
Father Charles Canterna (Prison Chaplain, Archdiocese of Baltimore)
Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. (Angela Davis)In early 1970, 357,292 inmates were incarcerated in the United States. Although the crime rate has been steady over the years, in 2014, 2,015,300 inmates were incarcerated. The US is 5% of the world’s population but holds 25% of the world’s prisoners. Many factors have brought us here -the war on crime, the war on drugs, legislators wanting to be tough on crime, and more. What can we do as responsible Catholics and citizens to change these deplorable statistics?
Ray Kelly, Citizens Policing Project”Citizens Policing Project is committed to sustaining a commUNITY-informed policing model to insure implementation and compliance of Baltimore’s Consent Decree, while creating a conduit to trust and collaboration with the BPD for a safer Baltimore City.” Come learn more about the Citizens Policing Project, the police reforms it is advancing, and those planned under the new Mayor Brandon Scott administration. Discuss how these reforms are the first step towards a more just police system in Baltimore City and a more just attitude of policing statewide and nationwide.Actualizaciones de inmigración bajo la Administración de Biden/Harris
Giuliana Valencia-Banks (Esperanza Center)Lo que sabemos hasta ahora sobre la política de inmigración de la administración Biden/Harris; ¿Qué significará para nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes? Actualizaciones sobre DACA / TPS y asilo.
Immigration under the Biden/Harris Administration & Catholic Social Teaching
Giuliana Valencia-Banks (Esperanza Center)What we know so far about the Biden/Harris administration’s immigration policy and what will it mean for our immigrant brothers and sisters. What does Catholic social teaching tell us about immigration?Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Social Justice in Action
Danise Dorsey-Jones (CCHD)
Gisele Ferretto (CCHD)
Geraldine Sicola (CCHD)While the gospel speaks of our responsibility to promote social justice, it can be hard to know what our role is in addressing the social sin rooted in our social and economic structures and institutions. CCHD is the church’s response to Jesus’s call to social justice. This workshop will highlight examples of successful projects right here in our diocese and identify ways we can all promote and participate in social justice activities.
Ending Global Poverty Through Advocacy
Chris West, Catholic Relief ServicesCatholic Relief Services is committed to improving the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world. In doing so, we are forming communities of people committed to serving the poor and ending global poverty as Missionary Disciples. These ‘chapters’ will take action that contributes to CRS’ mission to create transformational change for our global human family. This workshop will provide an overview of this successful advocacy work and the methodology behind it