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Living the Joy of the Gospel
In his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis calls all to be evangelizers.  Explore the ways evangelization impacts human concerns ministries. Leader: Jim Gill, Director of Child and Family Ministry, St. Mary, Waukesha; SSND Associate

Creating Transformative Experiences for Adults
Our youth are often required to come face to face with the people they serve.  How can we create these same transformative experiences for adults in our communities?Leaders: Bob Schuelke Former Director of Social Justice Ministries and Outreach for the Four Eastside Catholic Parishes; Pam Lownik, Social Concerns Coordinator St. Mary Hales Corners.

Justice and Spirituality: Partners in Transformation
The justice agenda for the 21st century is calling us to a spirituality of conversion and community. Please join in exploring ways in which we can integrate this spirituality in our efforts to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God and each other. Leader: Fran Cunningham, SSSF, Parish Relations Coordinator for Catholic Charities

Poverty in Wisconsin; What does it look like? 
Poverty not only affects food and shelter, it impacts a child’s health, ability to learn, probability of incarceration and more. Learn about the shift in WI poverty, myths surrounding the poor, and what it will take to create real change. 
Leader: Jim Moeser, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families [WCCF]

The Archdiocesan Synod Priorities for Catholic Social Teaching and Diversity
Gain a greater understanding of these Synod priorities, how they were determined, how they will be implemented and how you might use this information to influence your ministry. Leader: Parish Director and Deacon Sandy Sites 

Faith encounters the Ecological Crises
What is the nature of the ecological crises that is unfolding before us? What challenges does it pose for people of faith? Learn what Church leaders are doing and saying, and the part we can play on the advent of Pope Francis’ coming encyclical. 
Leader: Margaret Swedish, Author and Spirituality & Ecological Hope Project Director

Voices in the Wilderness – Initiating Advocacy in Our Parishes
Moving a parish outreach’s balance from predominately works of direct assistance (handouts) to increasing pursuit of justice (changing systems) is challenging.  Learn steps taken by some parishes to embrace advocacy efforts. 
Leaders: Mary Krolikowski, St. Catherine - Milwaukee, Debra Schneider, St. James – Menomonee Falls