Over the course of the five years that our L.I.G.H.T. program has been in existence, we have covered five of the ‘six pillars’ of our faith: Church Year, Sacraments, Morality, Creed, and Prayer. This year, we will look at the last pillar – Social Justice. Following this planning structure, we are able to insure that all of the important elements of our faith are presented and discussed over a six year cycle. And when this cycle starts again from the beginning, we will spiral back and look at each of these topics again, looking at things from a different angle and deepening our understanding and our faith along the way. This process is reflected in a PLUS from our year-end evaluations: I have a better understanding of the ‘church.’ I think that it is safe to say that we all do!
But, happily, some of you are calling for even more. One evaluator writes: Some tougher subjects should be discussed (contraception, homosexuality, hypocrisies within the church) and another asks for Guest Speakers. We can guarantee that this year we will look at those tougher subjects, some of those listed and many others. And we will work on the Guest Speakers!
Our theme of Social Justice is a great opportunity to discuss topics that are considered to be ‘tough’ as described. We will be approaching the subject of faith through the lens of “Right Relationships.” In some of his early notes to the planning group, Father Friedrichs describes JUSTICE in this way:
For the Christian, (justice) means to stand in right relationship with God and others in the manner that Jesus did. To be just means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who was in right relationship with his Father, with himself, with others and with all creation.
Following in the Footsteps of Jesus, seems simple, but as we will all find out, it is a big challenge. I think its one that we are all up to taking!
Have a good afternoon everyone!
See you in Church,