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Greetings student leaders! We're delighted to welcome you to the Young
Leaders Initiative at Catholic
Social Ministry Gathering.
This page is to help you prepare for your trip. It includes:
The 2019 theme is Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A
Call to Restore and Reconcile. As
you prepare for your journey to CSMG, we encourage you to pray and reflect on Scripture and on the words of Pope Francis:
Read Amos 5: 9-14, 23-24.
"Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the daily politics of quid pro quo, where everything becomes business. How many people suffer injustice, standing by powerlessly while others divvy up the good things of this life. Some give up fighting for real justice and opt to follow in the train of the winners. This has nothing to do with the hunger and thirst for justice that Jesus praises.
"True justice comes about in people's
lives when they themselves are just in their decisions; it is expressed in
their pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak. While it is true that the
word "justice" can be a synonym for faithfulness to God's will in every aspect
of our life, if we give the word too general a meaning, we forget that it is
shown especially in justice towards those who are most vulnerable: "Seek
justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow" (Is 1:17)."
-Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exultate, no. 78-79.
Pope Francis warns against being too general with the
term "justice." What are the specific types of justice that you feel called to
How can your own—and others'—participation in encountering others, building community, and raising your voices, help the "pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak" around the world? What gifts do you bring? Where do you seek to grow?
The full schedule for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is here.
Don't miss the four events that are specifically for Young Leaders, which include:
Kévin, Dom, and Edith attended a few years ago, and here are some practical tips they learned from attending!
Visiting Capitol Hill to help influence your legislators is
an important part of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.Your state captain will set up meetings with
legislators from your state. On Monday morning, you will have the chance to
gather with other people from your state to assign speaking responsibilities at
the meetings. Consider volunteering to present about one of the legislative
Prep materials for CSMG Hill Visits, including backgrounders about the CSMG advocacy issues
Students can feel free to join either the delegation from the state where your school is located, or the state that you consider your home.
On Saturday through Monday, most conference participants wear business casual clothing. For example, slacks or khakis, blouse or dress shirt, polo or open collar shirt, skirt at knee-length or below, knit shirt or sweater, are all examples of business casual clothing.
Save your most professional clothing for the Hill visits on Tuesday. Many participants will elect to wear shirt and tie and/or jacket on this day.
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