Mission:

Foster a visible, active and growing culture of Gospel-centric peace and justice within our parish.


The Peace & Social Justice Ministry seeks to help parishioners see the
challenges of modern society – poverty, homelessness, immigration,
racism, globalization – through the lens of our Catholic faith. Grounded in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, we seek to live out the Gospel by calling attention to social justice issues, finding ways to work directly with the poor, and advocating for change wherever
injustice exists. Key themes of Catholic Social Teaching include:
Life and dignity of the human person
Human rights and responsibilities
Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable
The dignity of work and rights of workers
Solidarity beyond borders
Care for God’s creation

We have some exciting plans for the new year, including a Peace &
Social Justice film series, a robust education/advocacy campaign, thought-provoking speakers, a fair-trade market, and a human trafficking event. We invite you to learn more about us and how you can get
involved in being the hands of feet of Jesus Christ to the world.
For more information, email Peace.SMCC@gmail.com.


Upcoming Local Events:

Moving Night with a Purpose: on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm in the NLC Banquet Room with the showing of I Am, a powerful documentary about a Hollywood producer’s near death experience and his quest to discover the true nature of humanity and what really brings us happiness. This is the debut event for the 2019 Peace & Social Justice Film Series.

 

S.O.A.P.

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Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution
Event to Combat Human Trafficking in Charlotte

Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, New Life Center

Think human trafficking is not happening in our zip code? Think again. Charlotte ranks eighth in the nation for number of human trafficking cases reported, with girls and boys being groomed and lured online for sex/slavery at malls, shopping centers, sporting events, and other public venues.

Theresa Flores, a 15-year-old from a well-to-do family in a suburban neighborhood, was one of them. Now an author, and international speaker on human trafficking, Flores will talk about the problem, share her personal story, and provide practical ways to combat this evil at a Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) event on Saturday, March 23, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Participants of all ages are invited to help label bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be delivered to area hotels and other known trafficking spots in Charlotte.

Flores is author of The Slave Across the Street and The Sacred Bath. She has been featured on The 700 Club, The Today Show, and MSNBC’s Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. She has also been featured on Nightline, America’s Most Wanted, and For the Record as a sex slave survivor. For more information about Flores and her work, visit www. TraffickFree.com.
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call 911 right away and do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
This event is sponsored by the Peace and Social Justice Ministry of St. Matthew Catholic Church. Contact us at Peace.SMCC@gmail.com

Volunteer opportunities:

Peace and Justice provide opportunities for compassionate interaction with, and advocacy for, the voiceless and marginalized of our society.

Church of Second Chances is an eight-week course introducing participants to the Christian principle of restorative justice.  Through scripture, book study, prayer, videos and group discussion; we will explore common misconceptions about people in prison and how such misunderstandings have shaped our sense of responsibility. In addition, deepening the understanding of the lived experience of people behind bars and exposing injustices in the judicial system. The course views incarceration through the lens of faith, hoping to inspire a prophetic revision that invites restoration, mercy, and reconciliation. Watch the bulletin and website for Church of Second Chances classes beginning in the future.

Pope Francis states, “Therefore, the Church proposes a form of justice that is humanizing, genuinely reconciliatory, a justice that leads the wrongdoer, through an educative path of encouraged penance, to rehabilitation and total reinsertion in the community. How important and good it would be to take on this challenge, so as not to let it fall into oblivion.”

To volunteer or ask a question, contact Michael Burck.

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