MSJC is one of the first structured partnerships in the US or North America between the Society of Mary, Marianist Sisters, and the Marianist laity. Each has equal representation on the Steering Committee and each supports MSJC financially according to their means. In addition, all of the committees, issues teams and projects of MSJC are open to any member of the Marianist Family and their associates, as well as others who want to be involved in our work. MSJC is accountable to the Marianist Family Council of North America.
These are small groups of people who work together to address a specific social justice issue. The teams are responsible for setting the direction and proposing the strategies and actions for each of the issues. Currently we have five issue teams:
• Immigrant Justice
• Death Penalty Abolition and Restorative Justice
• LGBT Initiative
• Adele Social Justice Project
• Women and Justice
• Racial Justice is a forming team
An additional issue, Environmental Justice, is also a priority, even though it is not a traditional issue team. The Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) facilitates discussion, projects, and initiatives on this issue for MSJC. Other issue teams may be formed in the future. At this point, a small group of people concerned about racism is meeting in hopes of forming a new issue team focused on racial justice.
We are keenly aware that there are many social issues calling for urgent and decisive action – abortion, human rights, gun rights, hunger, nuclear weapons, the growing gap between the rich and poor – to name just a few. While we have focused most of our attention on five issues, we want to hear and know about your work and involvement. Share your story. It may lead us to new endeavors. We also recognize that we cannot address issues of injustice in the world around us without at the same time striving to assure justice in our own relationships, in our communities, in our institutions, and in our church.
There are several ways to participate in MSJC, and you can make your decision about the kind of involvement based on how much time you can give. Serving on one of our issue teams is one way to be involved. Most teams meet face to face only once a year, since team members live in many different communities. They will often have conference calls at other times. The work of the issue teams is a critical component of MSJC and they depend on a significant commitment on the part of team members. You can also be involved by taking action on our priorities in your local community or in your own household. For example, we often need help in local communities in organizing or publicizing speakers or events we plan. The teams will also frequently ask all members of the Marianist Family to take some small step in their own lives to be more in solidarity with the victims of injustice. Another way to be involved is by contacting policy makers about key issues or proposed legislation that has social justice implications.
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