JustMatters

Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace

“If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.” – Mairead Corrigan Maguire

JustFaith Ministries’ newest 8-week module – Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace, invites participants to formulate a personal response, inspired by their Christian beliefs, to the reality of violence. This module explores some of the central questions related to nonviolence and violent movements. The sessions provide historical, biblical, and theological perspectives and suggest ways participants can take faithful action for God’s people. Based on Jesus as a model of nonviolence, the module takes participants through explorations from self-focused nonviolence to what nonviolence can look like on a national or global scale. The module includes prayer, mind- and heart-opening readings and videos, spiritual exercises, dialogue, and invitations to action.

The Center for Social Ministry is pleased to announce the first Des Moines area offering of this module, which will begin on Monday evening, April 2, 2018, meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This group will meet at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (1020 24th Street, West Des Moines).

To Register for Cultivating Nonviolence, click here. The cost to participate is $50.

If you’d like a program flyer, click here. For more information, please contact the Center for Social Ministry at (515) 782-3054, or by e-mail at centerforsocialministry@gmail.com.

 

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

The beginning of the third millennium has been characterized by the global reality of migration, and by a growing number of migrants. This, in turn, has led to a marked increase in fear and national sentiment which seeks to close borders – to turn away the other. As Christians, how should we navigate and respond to the tension between our global reality and our calling as disciples?

JustFaith Ministries’ 8-week module – Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey – offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the challenges of contemporary migration, and explore together, through prayer and dialogue, a way to answer our call to discipleship.

We are pleased to announce that we are offering an opportunity to participate in this new module, beginning on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This group will be meeting at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (3600 75th Street, Urbandale).

To Register for Exploring Migration, click here. The cost to participate is $50.

If you’d like a program flyer, click here. For more information, please contact the Center for Social Ministry at (515) 782-3054, or by e-mail at centerforsocialministry@gmail.com.

 


For more information about bringing our modules to your parish or congregation
or for information about other Des Moines area group offerings, contact:

Center for Social Ministry
515-782-3054
centerforsocialministry@gmail.com

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JustMatters is a series of formation materials in six to eight week sessions which allow small groups to give sustained attention to a specific area of social concern or social ministry, culminating in a call to engaged action. Click here to learn about other JustMatters modules.