Social Justice in a COVID Environment

Parish Social Justice Network

Social Justice in a COVID Environment series is now concluded.  However, it is really just a beginning!

Sr Angela Reed led a group of around 40 parishioners through a process of reflecting on our experience of COVID-19 in order to clarify where we stand now, in light of our faith, and to what we are called in the future.  Participants shared a rich array of experiences which will form the basis for the renewed social justice platform across our parishes.

The first Social Justice Network meeting was held on Thursday, 27 August via zoom. Fr Brendan Reed continued the process with a group of 20 parishioners, discerning pathways to action which will enable us to both express our lived experiences and our faith.  Contact the Parish Office if you would like to join the network.

Parish Social Justice Network

Social Justice in a COVID-19 Environment

How do we respond?

Facilitated by Sr Angela Reed RSM PhD
Series held on 6, 13 and 20 August at 7.30 pm via Zoom

Everyone in our world has an experience of living through the current global pandemic COVID-19.  As we live through the pandemic, our parish recently conducted a three part series to reflect, listen, analyse, and discern pathways to action for Social Justice in this new environment.  The series was facilitated by Sr Angela Reed RSM PhD, the current Head of Mercy Global Action, the justice arm of Mercy International Association.

Series Outline

This interactive series provided the opportunity for all participants to:

  • reflect on their experience
  • listen to and share experiences with others
  • analyse our findings around human rights frameworks and socio-economic and political systems
  • consider these experiences in light of the Gospel, Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching
  • discern pathways to action which enables us to express both our lived experience and our faith.

These three evenings were helpful to parish social justice teams, those involved in outreach ministries, including St Vincent de Paul Society members, Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support groups and anyone interested in reactivating a social justice network during or post COVID-19.

 

More about Sr Angela

Based in New York in close proximity to the United Nations, Sr. Angela advocates on behalf of the Mercy World.  Working to transform oppressive systems that marginalize those rendered poor, issues of concern include water, migration and homelessness.

Sr Angela is a graduate of RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, in Melbourne, Australia where she completed her PhD on Human Trafficking.  While living in the Philippines, her research focused on giving voice to Filipino women who had been trafficked for sexual exploitation.  Prior to her research, Sr. Angela Reed was a part time lecturer for the Master of Social Work courses at RMIT University and coordinator at “Mercy Care” a women’s safe house in Melbourne, Australia where she encountered many women and children who were experiencing violence and abuse.  Over the years she has integrated her professional background in education, social work and theology to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to research, service provision and public advocacy.  Her primary research interest is on gendered violence and in particular human trafficking.