Loyola University Maryland

Campus Ministry

Faith and Justice Cohorts

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Faith and Justice Cohorts allow students to gather weekly or biweekly throughout a semester to focus on specific areas of social concern through the lens of faith. The cohorts are made up of 8-10 students who are interested in exploring justice issues through JustMatters curriculum from JustFaith Ministries. Two Loyola students lead the group through 6-8 sessions, which meet for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Each cohort will explore justice issues through prayer, readings, videos, speakers, and dialogue. Students are exposed to Catholic Social teachings, explore critical social issues and justice issues, and build community with students who are looking to be contemplatives in action.

For more information contact Elise Gower at elgower@loyola.edu or 410-617-5375

To learn more about JustMatters please visit their website.

Would you like to explore social justice within the context of a particular issue?

Faith and Justice Cohorts

Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living

This twelve part study and action program created by Pace-e-Bene offers students a wide variety of principles, stories, exercises, and readings for learning, practicing and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence for personal and social transformation. Students will explore structural/institutional/cultural violence, the dynamic of nonviolent peacemaking, tools for transforming conflicts, and create a group nonviolent action/activity.

Crossing Borders: Migration, Theology and the Human Journey

Immigration is a complex issues reshaping the cultural, economic and political landscape of the planet. This cohort offers students the opportunity for prayer, reflection, dialogue and discovery related to this critical and controversial issue of our day. This module is an introductory exploration of many issues surrounding the topic of migration and immigration. Throughout the eight sessions students will explore the contemporary debate and public policy, history of immigration, the bible and migration, foundations of migration: root causes, migration and Catholic Social Teaching, slavery in the United States, and the human face of the migrant.

Prison Reform: Church of the Second Chance

This program offers participants the opportunity to explore the Christian principle of restorative justice & the critical need for comprehensive prison reform. Students focus on the power of centering prayer and the Christian messages of reconciliation and redemption. Participants engage the issue of prison reform from many angles, learn what people of faith have to say about punishment and justice, identify common myths & misconceptions about prisons & the correction facility, explore concepts of rehabilitation and restoration as well as prison profiteering, and discuss the systematic denial of the humanity of inmates.

Faith Encounters the Ecological Crisis

Students will identify ways in which we are living beyond the biocapacity of the planet and identify elements of spirituality for living through the ecological crisis. Participants will view several films, engage in small & large group discussion, and meet with guest speakers. This module has a strong focus on Catholic social teaching and asks very big questions about our priorities, our moral values, what we owe the world now and the future generations that come after us, and what God intended for this creation.

JusticeWalking

JusticeWalking (J-Walking) is a small group process for university students (6-8) who are seeking to respond with compassion to injustices in our world, trying to live with integrity, with Jesus’ teachings as an example and asking challenging questions.

Key to this process are the relationships that develop within each Justice Walking community and those encountered at the margins of our society. Through prayer, retreats, reading, dialogue, and relationships, Justice Walkers broaden their circle of awareness and expose their lives to the compassionate spirit of Gospel justice.

Justice Walking includes:

  • Seven weekly sessions (every other session is located at a social service agency);
  • Thematic reflecting on the signs of our times;
  • An opening and closing retreat;
  • A public dialogue;
  • A daylong Justice Pilgrimage;
  • Maintaining a journal;
  • Practicing five counter cultural challenges;
  • Doing Less, Being More;
  • Reconciliation & Collaboration;
  • Living with Less;
  • Tuning-in to Silence;
  • Eating Ethically; and
  • Reading and reflecting on two books (read these books over Winter Break)
    • A Monk in the Inner City Mary Lou Kownacki
    • With Open Hands Henri Nouwen

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