Pope Francis reminds us, “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (LS, 14)
All during the 7th grade school year, students have been learning about missionary discipleship and becoming missionary disciples themselves.
Our students understand missionary discipleship as a process that involves:
• Encountering people on our “margins” (people who are not in our close circles of family, friends, and neighbors we interact with on a regular basis),
• Experiencing disturbance at injustices that people on the margins experience, and
• Planning and carrying out a response that reflects God’s mission of love and care for all.
Throughout much of the early part of the school year, students worked together in their religion classes to research six broad topics related to people on the margins. The six broad topics are:
Care for Creation
Immigration and the Movement of Peoples
Economic Justice and Poverty
After learning something about each of these topics, each class narrowed down to focus on just one or two of the topics. Prior to this year, each class worked together to develop a response topic. However, due to the need for social distancing created by the COVID-19 pandemic, students this year planned and completed their projects individually or in small groups that would still allow for social distancing.
The goal of their project was to do something that can make a difference and encourage others to join their cause. The students’ year of learning about missionary discipleship is an introduction to what we hope will become an ongoing part of their lives.
Parker T. -- Taking Care of the Earth
Emily R., Lucee F., Elise A., Stella Z. -- Caring for Creation
Addision P. & Brooklyn P. -- Working to be an advocate and activist for the cause, and inspire others to care for creation.
“I invite all persons of goodwill to adhere to it, to take care of our common home and our more fragile brothers and sisters”. -- Pope Francis.