At my local Parish. We had a seminarian come to us from Costa Rica. He was issued a commision on Peace and Justice. Someone came from the diocese to talk about Peace and Justice. SHe gave us many examples of projects we could do to help save our inner city parish and out nieghborhood.
We could watch a movie together once a month.
We could apply for a grant and start a buisiness.
we could do things we were already doing like start a food pantry.
The people at the meeting gave the goup a name. Christian Community Outreach. Our seminarian even though he is smart is but not good with people and doesnt take the inniative. I used to do lots of things around the parish like help in the food pantry or fix the garage door or cut the grass but more and more I found myself being personally attacked by members of the parish. So I lost all intrest.
SO after about a year of nothing. The pastor invited someone to come in from a parish that causes nothing but trouble and talk about all this ridiculous stuff. This person suggested we do stuff that might get people arrested or cause problems with other groups in the parish. Everyone had pretty much given up on this and now I have.
I had even come up with a plan to work with a green program to fix up a vacant lot but nothing happend.
I think the group could have started off well as a social group. All the social groups at church are very old…
I think Social Justice and Peace is a good idea with alot of people in our church growing old and alot of fuddy duddy groups. It kind of bothers me in a world where things cost so much, we are sort of closing poor parishs and moving on. This could be a good soloution to a growing problem.