Events

Webinar Series

The Roundtable organizes webinar discussions on practical topics of greatest interest to the membership. Recent topics have included Moving the Mission to the Middle of the Church, Using Games to Teach Catholic Social Teaching, What’s at Stake in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.


The Fall 2017 webinar series titled, Ministry on the Margins, seeks to provide diocesan social action directors resources and suggestions on how to address the issues of same-sex attraction, migration, and racism. The majority of social action directors are responsible for one, if not all, of these ministerial areas. All of these issues bring the Church outside of herself to the peripheries of our society, which is what the Gospel and Pope Francis are calling us to do. "We must open ourselves to the peripheries, also acknowledging that, at the margins too, even one who is cast aside and scorned by society is the object of God's generosity," (10/12/14). Please join us for one or all three parts of the series!



Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 3.46.18 PMPart I of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
TitleOn the Peripheries: Building Bridges with the LGBT Communities
Presenter: Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 1 PM EDT 

Missed Fr. Martin's webinar?  It is now available!  Click HERE for the recording.  
*NOTE: due to technical difficulties, the first ten minutes were not recorded; we apologize for any inconvenience.

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Part II of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
Title: How to Effectively Minister to Migrants and Refugees Despite Political Challenges
Presenter: C. Mario Russell, Director of Catholic Charities New York's Immigrant and Refugee Services Division
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 1 PM EDT
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Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 5.01.11 PMScreen Shot 2017 09 21 at 5.01.25 PMPart III of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
Title: How the Catholic Church Can Heal the Wounds of Racism in Our Communities
Presenters: Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi, USA, and Ralph McCloud, Director, Catholic Campagin for Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 1 PM EDT 
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Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)

Overview - This five-day program offers first-time participants grounding in Catholic social teaching, biblical theology, and the spirituality of social justice. Returning attendees take part in an advanced program focused on particular areas of social action ministry. SASI is planned jointly with national collaborators from the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, and national partners at Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA. Recent topics covered at SASI have included Supporting Workers Today, Peacebuilding for the 21st Century, Economic Justice, and Racial Reconciliation, and numerous skills-building workshops.

NOTE - SASI was not held in 2017 due to the USCCB's Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America that took place from July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, FL.  For follow-up information and videos, please visit www.usccb.org/convocation/

 


SAVE THE DATE 
SASI 2018 // July 15 - 19, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

 

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Annual Symposium

Each February, as a joint meeting with the larger Catholic Social Ministry Gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, the Roundtable conducts a Symposium through which its members, with the help of resource persons, share their understanding and approach to social justice issues and diocesan social action ministry. The event also includes the Roundtable annual Membership Meeting. Topics at recent Symposia have included Food Justice, Faithful Citizenship, and Privatization of Prisons.