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JustFaith  Program

 JustFaith has been offered every year since 2003 here at St. Mary's with far-reaching impact both for the individual participant and the communities they touch.  It is a 28-week intensive action-oriented faith formation program that begins in October each year and goes until May with breaks during holidays.  It includes two retreats.  Within a group process, consciousness is raised through reading books on many issues, viewing videos, having guest speakers, group discussions, “face to face encounters”  in which the participants visit  marginalized communities such as  substance abuse centers, urban poor communities and congregations and community organizing groups to listen to their stories and "see" and experience the issues.  At the end of the program the graduates discern how to put their faith into action towards transformative structural change.  Over 120 parishioners and non-parishioners have participated in St. Mary's JustFaith programs to date.

See brochure which highlights survey results of 79 JustFaith graduates, and documents the impact of program.

 

A Brief History 

Thirteen friars, staff and parishioners spent a year looking at important social issues through a Leaven program in 1987-88: From “Sexism and Human Liberation” to “Racism: Two Americas”; from “Poverty and Affluence” to “War and Peace”. They studied how to make “Changes in a Democratic Society” utilizing a tool called “Structural Analysis.” They created the St. Mary’s Justice and Peace Committee (J&P) in 1988 with the purpose to educate themselves, educate others and take action on identified issues.





 

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