We invite your voice … we need your voice … and the world awaits.
Since 1970, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia has been a network of men and women who live our Christian faith with special emphasis on the call to love and serve “the least among us,” with care for all God’s creation. Together we stand with Appalachia and her people to lift up their voices while encouraging others to listen with compassion and respond in action. The People’s Pastoral is an invitation for you to join in the dialogue.
We invite YOU, first and foremost, whose voices we do not hear easily, often, or at all, including Earth. We want to hear the stories of those of you who struggle, for example, those with low incomes or on desecrated lands; who give voice to the environment; who are undocumented or behind bars; youth, the aging, women, gays and lesbians (LGBTQ); workers in the mines or in the fields; those without a job, a place, a role and little prospect for a future; those struggling with addiction, abusive relationships, mental illness, or sicknesses brought on by industrial or environmental causes, etc. We want to hear, also, from YOU, their advocates and communities who share the struggle with them. And, we ask for words from YOU, beyond these immediate relationships because, in our interconnectedness through Earth, we recognize all are companions on the journey.
As followers of Jesus (”I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”), we believe the more people can work together, the better we can be, as he was, a presence of healing and hope for all God’s creation. So, we ask you …
- What is your story of struggle?
- How would things be different if you had no fear or obstacles?
- Where is there hope in your situation right now?
- What can we do together, and what bigger changes are needed, to bring about what looks promising?
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