On May 29th, 2018, both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking members of the AFTDJ community gathered for a Friends’ Appreciation Dinner at the parish hall of St. Cecilia’s Church in Boston. They shared dinner to celebrate a year of successful workshops and community meetings that raised consciousness about the most vulnerable populations around us. The cast was diverse, including many Spanish-speaking volunteers and supporters. Fr. Gyves spoke about reaffirming Jesus’ mission to put faith into action and to challenge the systems of injustice that pervade our society today. Building on this year’s success, he also discussed AFTDJ’s new English as a Second Language (ESL) initiative that will expand its service to the immigrant populations in downtown Boston. In conclusion, all participants were given a carrying bag with the AFTDJ logo as a gesture of AFTDJ's appreciation for attending multiple events or for volunteering time and talent to its mission.
May 8, 2018 - The Immigrant as Evangelizer: Christian Faith, the Border, and the Option for the Poor
Posted by Emily Lopez.
On May 8, 2018, more than 60 people gathered in the parish hall of St. Cecilia’s Church in Boston to participate in A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) Workshop, The Immigrant as Evangelizer: Christian Faith, the Border, and the Option for the Poor, led by Roberto S. Goizueta, PhD, Margaret O’Brien Flatley Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Boston College. The AFTDJ mission is raising consciousness about social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us, as well as creating opportunities to walk in solidarity with those less fortunate. Dr. Goizueta spoke eloquently about the vulnerable populations who, for most of history, live at the borders of countries as well as the in the inner cities and beyond. Using the words of the Second Vatican Council, Dr. Goizueta talked about the “Option for the Poor,” a theory that that examines God’s universal love and his preferential love of the poor. When describing more privileged populations, he postulates that their lack of vulnerability causes an inability for such people to have genuine feelings, to truly be alive and to recognize that our “lives and futures are always beyond our complete control.”
A Symposium with Journalists from The Boston Globe Spotlight Team
In April 2018, A Faith That Does Justice was proud to welcome members of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team for a symposium, Racism: An Ongoing Dilemma. We were joined by the Boston Globe Spotlight Team Editor Patricia Wen and reporters Akilah Johnson and Liz Kowalczyk. Rev. Rahsaan D. Hall of the Massachusetts ACLU moderated the discussion.
In December 2017, The Boston Globe ran a seven-part Spotlight series that highlighted Boston’s continuing struggles to effectively address racism in the region. As the Globe team began investigating the issue of racism, they quickly realized this was bigger than one story. With so many different areas and industries to explore, the story became a week-long series. The series looked at how racism shapes current neighborhoods, the health care system, higher education, and more in the greater Boston area.
December 19, 2017 - Ending Homelessness: What Successful Communities Do Differently
A Faith That Does Justice Holds Community Meeting on Ending Homelessness
What are the three actions that communities can take to end homelessness? A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) sought an answer to this question at its second Boston Community Meeting on December 19th. According to Rosanne Haggerty, president and CEO of Community Solutions in New York City, communities must know homeless individuals by name and know their specific circumstances.
October 10, 2017 - Undocumented Migration to the US
October 2017 Community Meeting
What is the best way to bring together individuals who live in the same region, but whose lives seem worlds apart? What can those who have means and influence do to help marginalized populations in their own neighborhoods? How can people of faith and/or good will assist immigrant communities living in anxiety because of the current political climate? These were the fundamental questions that nonprofit, A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ), addressed at its Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 10th.
A Faith That Does Justice is a multifaith organization that seeks to raise consciousness about social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us and offers others opportunities to walk in solidarity with those less fortunate than themselves.
Peter W. Gyves, SJ, MD Founder
A Faith That Does Justice, Inc. 300 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (857) 990-3670