Human Concerns Social Justice
We are called to care for each other and creation.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND RECYCLING
On Saturday, December 8,, 2018 at 2 p.m. the Human Concerns Social Justice Committee of St. Anselm Church hosted the THIRD in a series of workshops to highlight the Call of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato Si’ to Care for each other and our Common Home the earth.
JAYE S. SIMS Monmouth County Assistant District Recycling Coordinator and STUART NEWMAN Monmouth County Solid Waste Coordinator led this third workshop on RECYCLING. Their talk, slide show, handouts and question/answer session provided much needed information regarding exactly what is and is not recyclable. Sims regularly provides these sessions to schools, churches, and communities.
Sims and Newman explained that a few non-recyclables added to recyclables can contaminate the entire batch and stop the automation process. Some examples of contaminants are: any plastics other than numbers 1 or 2, yogurt containers, salad containers, waxed paper; old light bulbs, LED bulbs (recycle these at Loews or Home Depot), garden hoses, pizza boxes and plastic bags. The group learned that plastic bags are the worst offender and should NEVER be included in municipal recycling as they get caught in the teeth of the machines and cause the machinery to come to a standstill. The talk was so informative that a tour of the recycling facility will be arranged later in the year.
UPCOMING: Saturday, January 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm
DON FAISTL, member of St. James Parish Finance Committee and VP Life Sciences and Healthcare at The Metropolitan Technology Services Group, to educate us about the SOLAR CONVERSION PROCESS AND EXPERIENCE at St. James Parish in Red Bank: Questions Asked, What They Learned, Why They Converted
On Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. the Social Justice Committee of St. Anselm Church hosted the 2nd in a series of workshops to highlight the Call of Pope Francis in his Encylcial Laudato Si’ to Care for each other and our Common Home the earth. Janet Tauro, NJ Board President of Clean Water Action, led the workshop on Plastics Pollution-Rethinking Disposables.
Janet explained that while most of us recycle, only 9% of plastics are recycled appropriately. 79% the plastic ends up in landfills or the natural environment, including our oceans. Plastic toxins and particulates are now being found in breast milk and in the fish we eat. Janet explained how Clean Water Action continues to work to monitor the cleanup of certain areas of Newark suffering from lead contamination in the drinking water. Legislation has been proposed to ban certain single use plastics throughout New Jersey. Janet helped the group identify steps that can be taken individually and as a community to work to reduce plastic waste.
***Janet Tauro, NJ Board Chair of Clean Water Action, is a founding member of GRAMMES (Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety), former reporter with The Record (formerly Bergen Record) newspaper.
Clean Water Action was the leader in securing the early retirement of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant ten years ahead of schedule, and plays a large role in addressing plastic pollution in New Jersey, lead in drinking water, renewables, and other climate change initiatives.
Since its founding in 1972, during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act, Clean Water Action has won strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking, and people power to the table.***
The mission of our committee is two-fold: (1) to provide assistance and care for the needs of the more vulnerable people in our parish and local community and (2) to identify, publicize, and educate the parish on current social justice issues. In all of our activities we follow certain key principles of Catholic social justice.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLES
- The dignity of Each Person
Belief in the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic social teaching. We are made in the image and likeness of God and must be the starting point of a moral vision for society.
- The Common Good and Community
We have a responsibility to participate in organizing our society, in law, policy, economics and politics because of the direct effect on human dignity and the rights of individuals. We must protect human life and dignity and promote the common good.
- Rights and Responsibilities
We have not only the right but the responsibility to participate in politics out of concern and commitment to the good of the community. We have a duty to keep informed about issues of the day and to vote to protect the common good.
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The Bible teaches us to put the needs of the poor first. Jesus showed us the way. This is the true test of our Christianity: how we treat those living in poverty.
- Stewardship of God’s Creation
God gave human beings the task of caring for and nurturing all of creation. All people have an equal right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. In his Encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis calls all people of the world to take “swift and global action” to stop the environmental destruction of our planet which has a disproportionate effect on those living on the margins of society. Concern for creations is inseparable from concern for justice.
- Promotion of Peace
There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice. Peace is the “fruit of justice and is dependent on the right order among human beings.
Human Concerns Calendar
APRIL-May: Birthright Baby Shower
AUGUST: The Center Summer Dinner (3rd Sunday)
AUGUST: School Supply
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER: Thanksgiving Food Drive
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Giving Tree
FEBRUARY-MARCH: Diaper Drive
Social Justice Activities
The Committee is following our Catholic Social Justice Principles in educating the parish on various issues related to protecting God’s children and our earthly home. Our recent presentations include:
- Human Trafficking
- Mass Incarceration
- Teen Homelessness
- Cyber Security
- Pesticide Free Gardening
OTHER CHURCH MINISTRIES HELPING THE POOR
Community Outreach (COR) which provides emergency financial assistance to parishioners and people in our local community.
Family Promise is an organization that provides housing, feeding and services to homeless families. St Anselm’s is a host family. We house and feed families on a quarterly basis.