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Human Trafficking Vigils

Every first Sunday of the month, IPJC hosts silent vigils to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with victims of human trafficking.

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Workshop & Retreat Offerings

We provide a wide range of events and speakers to support and deepen the work of justice, including Scripture-based retreats, social justice workshops, and RCIA. Contact us for an event designed to fit your group's unique needs.

Immigration: Creating Caring Communities (Adults)
Timeframe: 2 hours
Context: Examining the complex issue of immigration including economic and legislative issues, faithful citizenship, and the call to act with justice.
Content:

Host/attend an immigration workshop to:

  • Reflect and pray as a community
  • Explore scripture & Catholic Social Teaching
  • Examine history & recent immigration trends
  • Review US Bishops’ recommendations
  • Receive practical tools & resources
Process: Includes prayer, reflection, presentation, interactive story sharing and discussion
 
A Spirituality of Justice: A Path with Heart
Timeframe: 3-4 hours
Context: Exploring our call to Justice, rooted in our Catholic Tradition
Content:

Varies with group and time

  • Scriptural Foundation for our journey to justice
  • Catholic Social Teachings
  • Understand our call to charity and justice
  • Recognize the continuum of issues that our Church asks us to consider
  • Invitation to contemplation and action
  • Resources
Process: Prayer, presentation, media, reflection and small group interaction 

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery (Adults)
Timeframe: 1 to 3 hours
Context: The call to freedom and dignity for all people is grounded in Scripture and our Catholic Social Teachings.
Content: Interactive workshop which includes Church teaching and a multi-media presentation on the global/local reality of modern day slavery and what we can do to stop the demand.  The Church teaching component can be tailored to fit the group (Catholic, Protestant, Non-Denominational).
Process: Includes prayer, reflection, presentation and discussion. 

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery (8th to 12th Grade)
Timeframe: 1 hour
Context: The call to freedom and dignity for all people is grounded in Scripture and our Catholic Social Teachings.
Content: Interactive workshop and multi-media presentation on the global/local reality of modern day slavery.  Uses the example of child and forced labor on cocoa plantations to explore what we can do to stop the demand for human trafficking.
Process: Includes prayer, presentation, discussion and justice action.
 
Online Webinar: Human Trafficking (7th & 8th Grade)
Timeframe: 45-60 minutes
Context: The call to freedom and dignity for all people is grounded in Scripture and our Catholic Social Teachings.
Content: Interactive web based workshop on the global/local reality of modern day slavery.  Uses the example of child and forced labor on cocoa plantations to explore what we can do to stop the demand for human trafficking.
Process: Includes prayer, presentation, discussion and justice action. Students interact online with presenter and students in other classrooms
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Faithful Citizenship
Timeframe: 2 hour or 4 hour format
Context: A call to participate in civic life, rooted in our Catholic Tradition.
Content: Highlights of Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility, Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, justice issues and tools for action.
Process: Prayer, presentation, issue highlights, group activity to apply CST, activity for action. 
 
Peace, Just war and Nonviolence: Catholic Social Teaching
Timeframe: 1-1/2 hours
Context: Education on the evolution of CST on peace and war; Personal and communal reflection on nonviolence and conversion of heart
Content:
  • History of Just War Theory
  • Highlights of CST
  • Culture of Violence
  • A Call to Dialogue, Reconciliation and Conversion of Heart
Process: Prayer/Ritual, presentation, small group conversation, resources
   
Transformation for an Emerging Future
Timeframe: 4 hours - 2 days
Context: The state of our political, economic, ecological and ecclesial systems call for a new paradigm. What does this mean and how do we participate in an emerging future
Content:
  • Evolving our understanding of Scripture
  • The Universe Story: Science and Religion in dialogue
  • Communal Contemplation
  • Chaos and Systems Theory
  • Nurturing the mystic and the prophet
  • Creating Communities of Dialogue
Process: Presentation, prayer and ritual, media, story, reflection, small group process

Socially Responsible Investing: Conscience & Clout in the Marketplace
Timeframe: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Understanding how to be active and responsible investors in the critical issues of our global community global warming, HIV/AIDS, sweatshops, genetically engineered organisms and Fair Trade. The presentation explores socially responsible investment; linkages between personal purchases and global issues; stories of hope; and tools for personal and communal action.

Seeds of Deception, Seeds of Hope
Timeframe: 3 hours 
Content: An eco-justice workshop on genetic engineering, Fair Trade and sustainable agriculture. Scripture, ethics and Catholic Social Teaching serve as a framework for considering the issues.
Process: Includes prayer, ritual, reflection, presentation and discussion.

Youth Ministry/Confirmation
Timeframe: 1 1/2 hours 
Content: Interactive workshop which includes Scripture; understanding the difference between service and justice; and applying the principles to justice issues.
Process: Includes stories of youth making a difference, prayer, and ritual.

RCIA/Social Concerns
Timeframe: 2+ hours 
Content: Discerning our call to service and justice in our church and world. This workshop covers Scripture; Catholic Social Teaching; understanding the difference between charity and justice; engaging the pastoral circle process of experience, analysis, theological reflection and action; and practical tools for action.

Spirituality of Simplicity 
Timeframe: 1 hour to 11/2 hours 
Context: Contemplating simple living rooted in a spiritual or Christian perspective
Content:
  • Understanding Simplicity in a faith context
  • Considering a Spirituality
  • Contemplative Practice
  • Modern Day Mysticism
  • Outward expressions of living from a liberating Spirit of simplicity
Process: Presentation, Communal Contemplation, Reflection Booklet

Discerning Our Call to Service and Justice
Timeframe:

1 to 2 hours 

Context:

The foundation for service and justice are based in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as our Catholic Social Teachings 

Content:

This can have different emphasis depending on the group and need. It can be on the Catholic Social Teachings as the core or it can be understanding the difference between service and justice using the gospel as a lens. Any or all of this would/could include: 

  • Biblical understanding of justice 
  • Presenting the difference between service and justice and identifying some personal and parish examples of each 
  • Explaining the "Pastoral Circle" process of Experience, Social Analysis, Theological Reflection and Action

Teaching a Faith that Does Justice (K-8 Teachers/Staff)
Timeframe:

3-4 hours 

Context:

Elementary School Teacher In Service: Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum

Content:
  • Scriptural foundation of Justice as a core dimension of our faith
  • Understanding the call to service and justice
  • Catholic Social Teachings as an integral part of our School curriculum
  • Process tools for teachers to assist students in the exploration of social issues
  • Stories of students making a difference
  • Resources, activities, games and more
Process:
Prayer, presentation, CST activity, stories, small and large group process

Adult Immersion: Prayer, Service, Justice Retreat
Timeframe:

Day Long

Context:

The foundation for service and justice are based in Scripture as well as our Catholic Social Teachings 

Content:

Participants experience what life is like for those on the margins of our society. The immersion includes reflection on the causes of poverty and injustice and possible solutions. This retreat/workshop includes: 

  • Prayer and reflection 
  • An actual service opportunity together 
  • Input sessions: Scripture, Understanding Service and Justice, Pastoral Circle, Practical Action Tools 
  • A notebook of practical tools for personal, communal and parish use
Process:

Modeled on the "Pastoral Circle" process of Experience, Social Analysis, Theological Reflection and Action


Family Immersion (5th grade through adult):
Prayer, Service, Justice Retreat 
Timeframe:

Day Long

Context:

The foundation for service and justice are based in Scripture as well as our Catholic Social Teachings

Content:

Each family forms a team for the opening prayer and sharing activities and can choose to participate in the same morning service experience. The immersion includes reflection on the causes of poverty and injustice and possible solutions. This retreat/workshop includes: 

  • Prayer and reflection 
  • An actual service opportunity together 
  • Education sessions are divided into youth and adult around service, justice and the pastoral circle 
  • A notebook of practical tools for personal, family, school and parish use 
Process:

Modeled on the "Pastoral Circle" process of Experience, Social Analysis, Theological Reflection and Action

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