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Programs

JustFaith is an extensive justice education/formation program that provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated by the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness, and Catholic social teaching. It is an exciting opportunity for parishes and dioceses interested in expanding and promoting social ministry.

Pace e Bene’s Engage program uses stories, exercises and resources to help various groups (church, student, advocacy, etc) build a nonviolent society. It is a revision and expansion of Pace e Bene’s “From Violence to Wholeness” program, based on the experience of leading hundreds of workshops. 

Short term delegations/immersion experiences

Friends Across Borders, a project of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Inclusion on the following list does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; please do due diligence on the programs you find of interest before giving a commitment.

BorderLinks
Center for Global Education
CIS: Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad
CISPES: Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
Cloudforest Initiatives
CRISPAZ: Christians for Peace in El Salvador
CSN: Colombia Support Network
FOR: Fellowship of Reconciliation
GATE: Global Awareness Through Experience
Global Exchange
Guatemala Solidarity Project
IPM: International Partners in Mission
IRTF: InterReligious Task Force on Central America
MSN: Mexico Solidarity Network
Nicaragua Network
PBI: Peace Brigades International
Rights Action
SHARE Foundation
SIPAZ: Servicio Internacional para la Paz
Unitarian-Universalist Just Journeys
U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities
Witness for Peace

Volunteering abroad

Most of the organizations listed above that offer short-term delegations also offer short- and long-term volunteer opportunities. Here are some additional resources.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service
Christian Peacemaker Teams

Other:
Nonviolent Peaceforce
Transitions Abroad
Global Volunteers
OneWorld365
Global Youth Connect
Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide of Global Volunteer Opportunities 

Videos/films, books and resource packets

"Planting a future/Sembrando un futuro: The agroecological alternatives of the Nuu Saavi people to desertification in the Mixteca Alta"

"Controlling our food: The world according to Monsanto." This 109 minute documentary, directed by French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin and shown in Europe in 2008, briefly explores Monsanto’s long history of producing toxic chemicals, such as PCBs and dioxin-laced Agent Orange, and interviews victims of the company’s chemical operations. But the film devotes more attention to Monsanto’s 20-year old genetically engineered seed empire.

Praying for peace around the globe: A resource for prayer and action: Published by the Institute for Peace and Justice. 128 pages. This book invites us to pray and act for peace in 40 different countries and around 13 different issues of peace and justice on a daily and weekly basis. Each prayer page includes a short description of the situation on the country or issue; a longer prayer for peace from that country or issue; suggestions for action (with the action websites in the website supplement); and a shorter prayer of petition that can be used in worship services.

An Inconvenient Truth. This film traces the work of former Vice President Al Gore to promote understanding and awareness of climate change.

Breaking Faith with Nuclear Weapons, a publication from Faithful Security:  The National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger  

Cowboy in Caracas: A Personal Account of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution: Written by Charles Hardy, this book tells the story of the people who support Hugo Chavez and why. It also explores the social and political phenomenon of the Venezuelan Bolivarian revolution, and its impact throughout Latin America and the world. Hardy lives in Venezuela, and spent eight years in the barrios of Caracas. Published by Curbstone Press, 176 pages, $15, ISBN: 978-931896-37-5.

Dying to Live, a video produced the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey, and exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.

Video: A Gathering Storm: IRIN, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), shares these eight short videos on the human cost of climate change in Africa, specifically in Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal.

“Holy Land, Common Ground”: This documentary by Ed Gaffney and Alicia Dwyer focuses on peacemakers in Israel and Palestine. The film includes three stories of Israelis and Palestinians who show the importance of family life in both societies, the terrible impact on families when their homes are lost or destroyed, and the deep yearning of both communities for a safe, secure homeland they can call their own. Commentators include former Sen. George Mitchell and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ed Gaffney.

Ready, Aim, Foreign Policy: A report from the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America 

Reality in Nairobi's Kibera: Slum Survivors: This 40-minute web-based film from IRIN News, produced in October 2007, shows footage depicting the lives of people who struggle just to exist on a day-to-day basis in Nairobi’s largest slum.

Tarnished Image: Latin America Perceives the United States, a report from the Latin America Working Group Education Fund.

To Walk Humbly: Stories and activities for teaching compassion and justice: This resource from Anne E. Neuberger is for ages 10-13 (grades 5-8). Published by 23rd Publications, this book offers 55 stories from around the world to help young Catholics connect with the social, environmental, and economic problems of children around the globe. It encourages them to accept and think of these children as family. Story topics include school life, child labor, cultural and religious celebrations, hunger, racism, poverty, sharing, generosity and lifestyles. It is also a primer on Catholic social teaching and how its principles can be lived out in daily life in simple and doable ways. 96 pages; $14.95. For more information, contact 23rd Publications, P.O. Box 6015, New London CT, 06320.

Web resources

Earth Charter Initiative Handbook: Launched in 2000, the Earth Charter has been implemented and promoted by social activists, teachers, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, international law experts, and leaders in government. This handbook has been prepared as a general guide for all those who are working with the Earth Charter around the world. It provides basic information on the origin, nature and purpose of the Earth Charter, the structure and mission of the Earth Charter Initiative (ECI), and the organization, goals and policies of ECI. In addition to the handbook, the Earth Charter International website contains much more information on how to get involved, on current Earth Charter activities and events, and on relevant reading materials.

Economic Cost of War: One day of the Iraq war costs the U.S. $720 million, in addition to the tragic loss of lives and the destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has developed a program called “The Economic Cost of War” to highlight the economic cost of the war and demand that Congress shift war funding to support human needs here and real solutions in Iraq.

The Education for Justice website provides resources and materials for teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers and others in leadership roles to use with their groups/classes in order to deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching and social justice. Members of the Education for Justice website also have the opportunity to share, dialogue and connect with colleagues across the nation. (Membership fee required)

Faith in Public Life: Lifting Up Voices for Justice and the Common Good: This website offers many resources, including communications and organizing tools -- in support of the U.S. faith community. As a Resource Center, Faith in Public Life offers tools, strategic services and informational resources to strengthen the effectiveness, collaboration, and reach of faith movements sharing a call to pursue justice and the common good. Since becoming operational in early 2006, Faith in Public Life has supported dozens of groups, including We Believe Ohio, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Sojourners, Catholic Alliance for the Common Good, the Progressive Faith Blog Conference and CrossWalk America. Contact the staff of Faith in Public Life at admin@faithinpubliclife.org with any questions about its work or the communities it serves.

Free online reports from the Institute for Policy Studies:
Investment Rules in Trade Agreements
Plutonium Wastes from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex
Taxing the Wall Street Casino
Other reports include “Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War”; “U.S. Department of Energy Budget FY 2009; Military vs. Climate Security”; “State of the Dream 2008; Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Initiative: A Civil Society Critique”; “Executive Excess 2007”; “Just Security; A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2008,” and more.

Running Dry: The humanitarian impact of the global water crisis, a web-based resource from IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service.

Shop with a conscience: SweatFree Communities and International Labor Rights Forum presents the Shop with a Conscience Consumer Guide filled with excellent products made in good working conditions. We believe that one of the most important criteria for meaningful and dignified work is that workers themselves have an effective, collective voice in determining their wages and working conditions. Therefore all the products in this shopping guide are made by workers organized into democratic unions or worker-owned cooperatives.

Women in Politics: This map provides a “snapshot” of women’s presence in the executive and legislative branches of government, as of January 2010. It gives a visual representation on the percentage of women in politics, including women in parliament, ministerial posts, and heads of state or government throughout the world.

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