Workshop Series - Building Communities of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity
Much information fills our daily lives. Social media and traditional communication outlets partially inform us of local, national and international occurrences. Today, we receive much more information than ever before, and it can easily and readily be accessed at our fingertips. There are, however, conversations that are under-reported or not being reported at all; conversations that aim at undermining the beauty of the treasure found in each one of us as children God. A great number of our brothers and sisters are constantly being judged by the color of their skin, their place of birth, their race, their gender identity or sexual orientation and their faith or religious tradition and not by the content of their character and their innermost dignity. Racial and xenophobic sentiments are being unearthed and now they seem acceptable and socially permitted.
The Charity and Justice Ministry at St. Mary of the Hills Parish believes Catholic communities should create spaces and opportunities for constructive dialogue to facilitate the education of the laity and most importantly of clergy, catechetical leaders, and ministers. They have been entrusted with the responsibility to share Christ’s message of compassion and love in a very special way with those whom they shepherd. As we seek to offer these opportunities, we have created a workshop series entitled “Building Communities of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity.” This workshop series aims at providing spaces for common growth and mutual dialogue in a safe and respectful manner.