Portland, Oregon – The Archdiocese of Portland hosted the highly successful 29th annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) on human and natural ecology July 19-23, 2015 at University of Portland. The five-day national conference was organized by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors in partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Offices of Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Justice Peace & Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and JustFaith Ministries.
SASI offers education, professional development and advocacy training for diocesan and parish social action ministers. Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, SASI provides a forum for people to explore social issues in the light of scripture, Church teaching and theology. The conference this summer focuses on themes in human and natural ecology. Participants from dioceses throughout the country as well as parishes in the Pacific Northwest visited local agencies to witness social justice in action. They also participated in diocesan and parish ministry workshops aimed at sharing best practices in social action ministry.