God's Love unites all life.... all people, all creatures, even Earth and its vegetation -- all are interconnected in a web of life. We believe that in God's Love all life is held together... all life is sacred. Christ is our model for how we are to love ourselves, one another, and our world. Each choice... each action... echoes with effects and consequences. Everyday, we are given opportunities to put our beliefs in action.
God has entrusted to us this world. As Christians, our baptism calls us to champion the cause of life, peace, and, justice... to form our conscience with the understanding that all life comes from God. As with any issue of faith, we engage prayer, education, and action to form our conscience.
Listed below are a number of online organizations and resources dedicated to the promotion and protection of all life. Action Alerts are a way for us to draw on our faith to change the world around us -- to connect to those who are most vulnerable, most at-risk of having the sacredness of their life threatened -- to voice our concerns and our beliefs to decision-makers and leaders. In line with what our catechism teaches about social justice, these links are not meant to command us to think or choose one way or another. Rather, they provide an opportunity to grow in our faith and understanding of pivotal life issues such as abortion, human-trafficking, hunger, the environment, capital punishment, etc. And, they are a way for us to bring Christ to the world... to participate in bringing about the reign of God's Love.
"Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor." - Pope Francis, Address to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 6/14/13. Go to the USCCB Action Center to view our current action alerts and sign up for future action alerts so that you can contact your elected representatives to express your concerns and opinions on upcoming legislation.
-Foundational Catholic Social Teaching Documents (Magisterium)
-Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
-Quotes from Pope Francis on Issues of Life, Dignity, Justice and Peace
-Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions
-Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
-Resources and Tools from the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
-Caritas in Veritate Study Materials and Session Guides
-Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching
-Responsibility, Rehabilitation, Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime & Criminal Justice
-Catholic Social Teaching podcasts
The USCCB also provides resources for prayer, as uniting ourselves in prayer with others remains one of our greatest forces for promoting life, peace, and justice.
Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that calls on Catholics to defend the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and to urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty through advocacy and action.
(under its QuickLinks, click on Washington Weekly) Be it helping people meet their most basic needs or advocating for social change to reduce poverty, our Catholic values, teachings, and traditions provide the foundation for the work our agencies do in communities across the country. Believing in the presence of God in our midst, we proclaim the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church. To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families and communities to help them meet their need, address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in the state of Missouri.
Rooted in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) is a membership organization that rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism. As PCUSA, a section of Pax Christi International, we are a Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in our witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the Cross.
Together we work with individuals, organizations, and movements to strengthen their efforts to abolish war, protect human rights, end poverty, challenge injustice, heal the planet and to meet today’s profound spiritual task: to build a more just, peaceful and nonviolent world. Sign up for daily inspirations on your nonviolent journey;
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
Click on Legislative Issues for a list of bills that advocate for the poor in the Missouri General Assembly and that are currently being tracked by the MCC and give the MCC’s position on those bills, the bill’s sponsor and the last action on the bill.
Priests for Life has come to signify two distinct but related movements within the wider pro-life movement. Priests for Life refers to a very specific effort to galvanize the clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia. Priests for Life also represents a family of ministries that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement.
UNICEF works for a more equitable world by fighting for the rights of its future: children. UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.
We are the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. From well-known icons to hidden gems, protected wildlands give us:
· Clean air and water
· Abundant wildlife
· Havens for recreation, solitude and learning
· Important sources of renewable energy
· Vital natural resources that must be managed wisely
· A foundation for a healthy planet
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.1 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.
Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. We believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, and this singular focus defines our important niche in the environmental and conservation community and serves as the anchor for our organizational values - We protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions – and this approach makes a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitat.
What we do: Clean air and water. Abundant fish and wildlife. A stable climate. Our work protects nature and helps people thrive. What sets us apart is how we make this happen: By creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.
Our key initiatives:
Climate: Turn the corner on emissions » We’re focused on the solutions that will have the biggest impact, such as removing obsolete rules that hamper the clean energy market in the U.S.
Oceans: Expand sustainable fishing worldwide » We’re catalyzing reforms to make sustainable fishing the norm in 12 key nations that account for 62% of the global fish catch.
Ecosystems: Increase resiliency » We’re creating economic demand for sustainable and climate-adaptive farming, ranching, and water efficiency programs.
Health: Reduce exposure to pollutants » We’re using the dual levers of policy reform and corporate responsibility to drive down exposures to pollutants and toxic chemicals.
Oceana was established in 2001 by a group of leading foundations — The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In 1999, these foundations commissioned a study and discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy — an appalling statistic. No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, our founders created Oceana: an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean.
ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
One click a day can change the world. Whether people, pets, or the environment we all share, each of the GreaterGood's sites provides simple yet effective ways to address urgent and specific needs across a spectrum of causes. The individual sites at GreaterGood are tailored to address specific causes by raising awareness while providing tangible solutions.
Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. It has a series of intelligence games that can be played by people of ages. The better your intelligence, the more food you help donate. Freerice has two goals: 1. Provide education to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
JustFaith Ministries was birthed in the effort to invite and prepare people of faith for the life-changing and world-changing call of the Gospel to help heal the world and, in so doing, experience a deeper faith, a more fulfilling life, and a community of care and vitality. JustFaith Ministries programs create an environment that invites personal transformation. We change people – and those people change the world.
For education and prayer resources on all these issues:
Stewardship: Care for God's Creation
Life & Dignity of the Human Person
Fully Human in Community
Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Economic Justice & International Development
Rights and Responsibilities
Government & Subsidiarity
Promoting Peace and Nonviolence