A message from our allies Faith in Detroit on the date the Pope arrives in North America.
FAITH in DETROIT: Listen, Participate, Collaborate
Following the call and example of Jesus, we are Catholic women and men vowed religious and associates who live in and/or minister in Detroit. Called “Faith in Detroit,” we commit to listen, participate, and collaborate:
- To listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from “serious unjust situations, instances of profound social inequality and conditions of poverty.” (Pope Francis*)
- To participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to effect positive social and environmental change
- To collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.
Through contemplative listening and dialogue, we desire to be a significant voice with the vulnerable, the poor, children and elders. We recognize that the basic needs for water, food, housing, education, jobs, health care, transportation and safety call us daily to serve the common good of all life.
As followers of Jesus, we seek a Detroit where all are one:
- where racism is recognized, dismantled and healed,
- where government is inclusive of and accountable to the people,
- where public planning reflects the common good,
- where quality education is the reality for everyone,
- where opportunity is accessible to everyone,
- where compassion for suffering people and our planet is never sacrificed to feasibility or profit,
- where voices of mercy, peace and justice resound.
We believe in the gifts of others and welcome their perspectives. We are persons of a global community who embrace our interconnectedness with all creation.
* Pope Francis, Address to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 16 June 2014
AFFIRMED and ACCEPTED on February 14, 2015