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  • Change seats Forms for tonight? Reaction sheet for Tuesday’s class is online for tonight: Oct. 27 (evening) fill out first two questions preferably before we go there tonight Also a map there for how to get to the Center (it’s a pretty straight shot downtown)—though I just heard that the bridge at Angela is closed We’ll meet at 5 to 6 in the SU circle we’ll have a brief tour when we get down there then a panel from some of the guests (maybe 2 to 4 of them) they are your teachers for the evening: “ The excluded have big eyes. ” when the opportunity presents itself, please be open to asking them questions part of the Center’s Mission is to educate the community about homelessness, and this is one of the ways it does it obviously, it’s not easy to admit publically that you’ve failed at the great American dream I’m thinking we’ll be done by 7:15 and you’ll be back here by 7:30 (if you need to leave early, then please do that) Start out with comparison between charity and justice—make distinctions (justice = providing what one is owed; charity = doing or giving something that’s above and beyond the call of duty, as in ‘children as gifts of God’—not owed one) maybe have them count off by 2s and have the 1s define love or charity, and the 2s define justice; then have then confer Benedict says that charity presupposes justice, but charity also goes beyond (“transcends”) justice love seeks to address human suffering justice seeks to prevent it in the first place love is about effects (reactive); justice is about causes (proactive) Good Samaritan story Then ask what they’d need to remedy what they read about in “Being Poor,” and Invisible Knapsacks: charity or justice? (perhaps some of each, but some of those issues are structural ones) First ask what an invisible knapsack is After they have read the article, I ask them to go through and determine which of the items McIntosh lists are discretionary and which are not. I want them to determine which privileges they can opt out of. This leads to looking at systemic advantages as opposed to individual responsibility and prevents too big a "white guilt fest" that is not constructive. Sometimes, I have them reflect on groups at Saint Mary's and what advantages/privileges some groups have over others and determine whether these are earned or unearned.   Then ask about the dangers of working for justice in light of those things who are some people you associate with working for justice? What do they have in common? working for justice disturbs the status quo in ways that working for love does not love can exist amidst great injustice Dom Helder Camara: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint….” in fact, if you really lived in a just society, you wouldn’t need that much charity so the more ‘charities,’ the more cause to worry St. Vincent de Paul said we must ask forgiveness from the poor for the charity we give them Then go over dignity, community, pref. option; and ask them to find things in “Being Poor” or “Invisible Knapsack” that illustrate these concepts or lack or them—try to get everyone to talk Dignity car example value of persons and value of things is different (“no human accomplishment”) infinite value Poverty takes away hope and respect—and so it’s a spiritual issue as much as a material issue Community trinity—God is a community; if created in the image of that God, then…. we need others to be who we are, just as God does we’re all group projects (hence the list last time) so: OUR Father…. human life is sacred and human life is social Preferential Option the way any community tells how healthy it is is to look to those who are most likely to be left behind we’re not a true community if we leave people behind and the one’s most likely to be left behind are the most vulnerable or marginalized chain as strong as weakest link Can also have one group read “The Catholic perspective on the environment” and relate it to community and find environmental issues in “Being Poor” or “Invisible Knapsack” Put in groups for this? Then have them get into groups and make categories for being poor and tie them to dignity, community, pref. option Where does the environment fit in here? -Pope Benedict insists that the world “must not be bequeathed to future generations depleted of its resources” (No. 50 in caritas) -also, “Every violation of solidarity and civic friendship harms the environment, just as environmental deterioration in turn upsets relations in society.” (No. 51) -in “The Catholic perspective on the environment,” there are references to inter-generational justice relating to “future generations” -but there’s also a statement from Benedict that we can’t separate the environment from the protection of human life meaning that a threat to one is a threat to the other
  • Class #19

    1. 1. <ul><li>I. Charity vs. Justice </li></ul><ul><li>II. Three Foundational Pillars of C.S.T. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Dignity (§§13, 61) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Community (§§14, 64-66) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Pref. Concern/Option for the Poor (§§16, 70, 88) </li></ul></ul>Dignity Community Pref. Option
    2. 2. Compare what you read in the first three online readings for today with what the Church is saying about homelessness (fourth reading—§§III & IV), and especially where homelessness comes from, how it should be defined, and what society’s obligations are to those who are homeless. vt
    3. 3. <ul><li>process our experience from last week’s visit to the Center for the Homeless, </li></ul><ul><li>review preconceptions you may have had about homelessness and how these may have been challenged by meeting and hearing the guests speak to us, </li></ul><ul><li>hear from those CST students who have interned at the Center for the Homeless, and </li></ul><ul><li>consider the Church’s views on homelessness. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Reactions to the visit </li></ul><ul><li>How did your perceptions of the homeless change? </li></ul><ul><li>How should we understand ‘homelessness’? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do we blame the homeless? </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Church and the Housing Problem” </li></ul>