“Doing and making are acts of hope and as that hope grows we stop feeling overwhelmed by the troubles of the world."Corita Kent
These days we might feel helpless in the face of suffering in our community and our world. More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic invites us to consider big questions of social justice. Campus Ministry has some ideas of how to connect at the local and global level to work for a more just and humane world.
Right now the most important thing we can do in caring for the most vulnerable in our community, and acting for the interest of the common good, is to follow local, state, and national guidelines on social distancing. When we keep our distance, we're making choices to protect those most at risk in our communities.
It's more important than ever to keep connected with one another during this time, even if it must be at a distance. If you're looking for conversations partners as you explore the intersection of faith and justice this quarter, consider registering for Campus Ministry's Faith and Justice Cohort. The Faith and Justice Cohort will meet remotely over the course of six Tuesday evenings beginning April 28 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. PDT. For more information and to register, visit ConnectSU.
Our Jesuit Catholic heritage calls us to put ourselves on the side of the vulnerable and marginalized. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating existing inequities while leaving many people newly vulnerable, whether to physical illness or economic hardship. If you're not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas:
During times of catastrophe in the internet era, "thoughts and prayers" is often criticized as an inadequate response, lacking any orientation toward action for meaningful change. However, Ignatian Spirituality reminds us that it is through prayer and contemplation that we refine our powers to wisely discern right action in a complex world. Here are some of our favorite ways to pray these days:
In times like these, it's natural to want to hold tight to what we have, but if this pandemic is teaching us anything, it's that we are all more connected than we could have imagined. Whether of your time, talent, or treasure, there are so many ways to give right now. Here are a few ideas:
Whether you find yourself in Seattle or across the globe, now is the time to support the community where you find yourself. Our colleagues at the Center for Community Engagement have pulled together some helpful resources on their page "Supporting Our Community During Challenging Times." Though the resources are focused on Seattle, regardless of where you are located this might give you some good ideas for what to look for in your local community.