WHAT IS CCA ABOUT?
Community & Solidarity
We provide a community of solidarity and network of support for people of faith working for social, economic and ecological justice in Appalachia.
Catholic Social Teaching
We stand with and challenge the Church to do the work of the Gospel and exemplify Catholic social teachings.
We offer educational programs focusing on Appalachian justice issues and the challenges facing the region, the people and the environment.
We practice, advocate and encourage spirituality connected to God’s Creation.
We encourage participation at grassroots levels to fill the void of social justice and build bridges between the diverse people and places of Appalachia.
History of CCA
Since 1970, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia has existed to serve Appalachia, her poor and the entire web of creation. As a membership based organization, CCA stands in solidarity with its members on issues of concern to them. Mountaintop removal, labor, private prison development, sustainable lifestyles and communities, poverty, health, clean water, racism and climate change are among those which CCA has addressed.
The Catholic Committee of Appalachia continues to:
- Publish and distribute both of the Appalachian Bishops’ pastoral messages,
- Promote Catholic social teaching in the region
- Collaborate with Dioceses, local parishes and other organizations to advance social and environmental justice
- Offer spiritual and educational opportunities such as Pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Appalachia, the Cherokee Spirituality Retreat/Seminar, religious education materials on Climate Change and the Religious Leaders Forum on Mountaintop Removal.