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Service? Sure. ( But How?). Moreau Center for Service & Leadership December 3, 2011. Agenda/Overview. Warm up Charity, Justice, (Project) Examples Large Group Exercise (Debate) Discussion/De-Brief Immersion Group Discussions. Who Thinks This is Service?. Catholic Social Thought.

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Service sure but how

Service? Sure.(But How?)

Moreau Center for Service & Leadership

December 3, 2011


Agenda overview

Agenda/Overview

  • Warm up

  • Charity, Justice, (Project)

  • Examples

  • Large Group Exercise (Debate)

  • Discussion/De-Brief

  • Immersion Group Discussions


Service sure but how

Who Thinks This is Service?


Catholic social thought

Catholic Social Thought

Let each one examine his conscience, a conscience that conveys a new message for our times. Is he prepared to support out of his own pocketworks and undertaking organized in favor of the most destitute?(Pope Paul VI, 1967)


St vincent de paul societies

Food programs

Emergency financial assistance

Emergency transportation

Disaster relief and victim services

Rent/mortgage assistance

Low-cost housing

Shelters for the homeless

Shelters for the abused

Assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse, and crime

Thrift Stores

Free pharmacy services

St. Vincent de Paul Societies


St vincent de paul societies1

Employment services

Job training

Counseling/Information

Referral service

Education programs (GED)

Homemaker services

Budget counseling

Nutritional education Youth programs

Camp programs

St. Vincent de Paul Societies


Catholic social thought1

Love for others, and especially for the poor, is made concrete by promoting justice.

Pope John Paul II, 1991

The social order requires constant improvement: it must be founded in truth, built on justice, and enlivened by love: it should grow in freedom towards a more humane equilibrium. If these objectives are to be attained there will first have to be a renewal of attitudes and far-reaching social changes.

Second Vatican Council, 1965

Catholic Social Thought


Cchd catholic campaign for human development

CCHDCatholic Campaign for Human Development

  • The domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

  • Promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education

  • www.povertyusa.org

  • .


Omaha together one community otoc

Omaha Together One Community(OTOC)

  • Receives funding from CCHD

  • Conditions in Meat-PackingPlants

    “abuses and grossindecencies . . . “

    • fast processing lines

    • repetitive motion injuries

    • lack of bathroom privileges

      “I think a lot of people

      thought those days were past.”

      Fr. Norman Hunke, St Cecilia’s Cathedral


The right to form a labor union

The Right to Form a Labor Union

  • Catholic social thought insists on it

  • Needs support from groups like CCHD & OTOC

  • In Omaha, people of faith defended the right of meatpacking employees to vote yes/no for union


Omaha together one community otoc1

Omaha Together One Community(OTOC)

City bond issue

to fund sewer improvements

No projects in older, poorer areas

“I knew the people

who had raw sewage

backingup in their basements.”

Fr. Norman Hunke, St Cecilia’s Cathedral


Successful postcard campaign for the poorer neighborhoods

Successful Postcard Campaignfor the poorer neighborhoods

We had an impact on a serious problem.

Fr. Norman Hunke, St Cecilia’s Cathedral


Fishbowl debate

Fishbowl Debate


Service sure but how

Charity and justice

are equally valuable

and I could devote

my time and resources

toward either approach,

as long as I do it well.

Social justice/social change is an intrinsically better or more mature form of service than charity or direct giving, and each of us should strive to advance (grow) along a continuum, from charity toward justice.

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Charity is immoral

“Charity is immoral.”

  • Midwest Urban Community Organizer


Service sure but how

In the first centuries

of Christianity

the hungry were fed

at a personal sacrifice,

the naked were clothed

at a personal sacrifice,

the homeless were sheltered

at personal sacrifice.

And because the poor

were fed, clothed and sheltered

at a personal sacrifice,

the pagans used to say

about the Christians

“See how they love each other.”


Service sure but how

. . . In our own day

the poor are no longer

fed, clothed and sheltered

at a personal sacrifice,

but at the expense

of the taxpayers.

And because the poor

are no longer

fed, clothed and sheltered

the pagans say about the Christians

“See how they pass the buck.”


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