Living the Catholic Social Tradition combines four essays from leading scholars with eight concrete case studies based on community social justice projects across the country. This unique combination of theory and reflective practice provides university students and adult learners with a framework for understanding the Catholic social tradition and a demonstration of its positive social impact on the people it serves. The reader first learns about the challenges facing Catholic universities in educating the current generation about the Catholic social tradition. The next essays provide insights into the ways in which the tradition frames and contributes to social change; approaches to understanding the key concepts and documents that make up the tradition; and an understanding of the forces confronting change agents in major metropolitan areas. Undertaken by younger scholars and activists, the eight case studies tackle the issues that grass roots groups and visionary leaders face as they try to bring about positive change in their communities.
Kathleen Maas Weigert is the first Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service and Research Professor in both the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Program on Justice & Peace at Georgetown University. She co-edited America's Working Poor and is one of the authors of The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans, which received the "1998 Award for Excellence in Research" from the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders. Alexia K. Kelley is currently Program Director at Environmental Resources Trust in Washington DC, where she focuses on partnerships to support renewable energy. For nine years she worked at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in media, development and outreach.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Part I: Framing Essays Chapter 4 Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Introduction and Overview Chapter 5 Social Change Strategies for the Future of Metropolitan Areas Chapter 6 From Industrialization to Globalization: Church and Social Ministry Chapter 7 Catholic Social Teaching: Starting with the Common Good Part 8 Part II: Case Studies Chapter 9 Introduction to Case Studies Chapter 10 Young Visionaries in the South Bronx Chapter 11 The Resurrection Project Chapter 12 The Neighborhood Development Center Chapter 13 Oakland Community Organizations' "Faith in Action": Locating the Grassroots Social Justice Mission Chapter 14 COPS: Putting the Gospel into Action in San Antonio Chapter 15 Coalition of Immokalee Workers Chapter 16 Baltimore: BUILD and the Solidarity Sponsoring Committee Chapter 17 Students Against Sweatshops Part 18 Resource Section Part 19 About the Authors