In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants work with Catholics to help people.
Tell participants that the Catholic Church has a long tradition of justice and charity work. If you have a church newsletter, look through it for examples.
Catholic Charities USA is an umbrella organization that is the national office for over 1,700 Catholic agencies and organizations that offer services in communities.
If you have access to a computer and the Internet, visit their website. If not, show the group the pages you have printed.
Catholic Charities is currently involved in a campaign to end poverty in America. If you have Internet access, watch a six-minute video on YouTube about the campaign. Ask youth:
Locate a Catholic agency near you. Contact them and ask how you can help. If possible, ask leaders at the agency to talk with the group about why this is the work of people of faith. Youth can explain why their faith leads them to this work.
After the visit, ask youth if it was easy to explain how their faith supports justice work Youth might have worked on writing credos, statements of faith, or elevator speeches about their UU faith. Invite youth to write a social justice elevator speech that speaks directly to why their UU faith calls them to do good works. After 10 minutes, have them pair up to share the speeches. Suggest that they practice further with family and friends, until their words come naturally.
If you go out into the community to serve, make sure the site is accessible to everyone in the group.
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
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