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Justice Education

Education for justice is both a commitment and theme embedded in courses, programming, and work with faculty of the Center for Social Concerns. The Center sponsors and cosponsors events for the campus and local community that serve to educate and to encourage action on behalf of justice and peace. Where possible, we wish to provide various forums for members of our campus and local community to consider and analyze pressing social problems and to draw “principles of reflection, norms of judgment and directives for action from the social teaching of the Church” (Octogesima Adveniens, 4).

The Center was founded upon the themes of Vatican Council II appealing to the faithful to be “artisans of a new humanity” and is a symbolic and living commitment to the Paul VI directives that action for justice is a personal and institutional responsibility involving both the effort to bear witness to the principles of justice...and acting to give those principles life in society. (Octogesima Adveniens, 1971) The Center takes seriously our role in educating for justice as that which distinguishes Catholic colleges and universities.

The Center's justice education range of events, initiatives, and issues have included farmworkers and workers rights, fair trade coffee, anti-death penalty, globalization, children's rights, international conflicts, racism, domestic and international poverty, AIDS/HIV, advocacy, human rights, and hunger.

 

JUSTICE EDUCATION EVENTS AND RESOURCES

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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION ANNUAL THEMES

Since 2007 the Justice Education team of the Center, comprised of staff members and students, has selected an annual theme from Catholic Social Tradition to serve as a focus for programming and courses. The theme is drawn from a Papal encyclical or Bishops’ statement. The original document, along with other commentary and related resources provide context and background for analysis of pressing social issues. 

“Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as the most significant document of Catholic social teaching in the twentieth century. The bond between the Church and humanity will be reflected upon together as a community as we learn and act to advance social justice.  “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men (and women) of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ” (#1 GS).

 

 

2014–15 Joy and Hope

 

2013–14 Diginity and Justice

 

2012–13 Raising Voices

 

2011–12 Building Justice

 

2010–11 Charity in Truth

 

2009–10 Hope in Action

 

2008–09 Faithful Citizenship

 

2007–08 Solidarity

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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION CONFERENCE

Celebration of the Gaudium et Spes theme will culminate in an international conference in March 2015

hosted by the Center for Social Concerns.

 

JOY & HOPE


FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF GAUDIUM ET SPES


March 22–24, 2015    University of Notre Dame

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