How do we engage more compassionately with people on the margins?
JustFaith is a process that provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and become advocates for justice.
During this extended formation and justice education process, groups employ books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. Participants also form a community and share a journey of faith and compassion that is life-giving and challenging. JustFaith is available in two versions – JustFaith Catholic, and JustFaith designed for Christian denominations and interdenominational groups.
I discovered many treasures during my JustFaith experience. One was the rich reading materials and powerful books educating me about the systems which perpetuate injustice. The second was the spiritual richness experienced in a small group of people exploring the call to Christian social gospel. The group sharing and prayers were a true gift.
– Rev. John D. Des Moines, IA
Deeper Faith Connection
Throughout the journey, JustFaith participants discover a deeper connection to their faith, parish, and community.
Discover new perspectives
Participants develop a new level of understanding of systemic issues and see more clearly the faces and lives of people most affected by those systems.
Renew connections to parish and social ministry
Inspired by new insights about the world’s needs, JustFaith participants develop passion, compassion, and patience that prepare them for the work of social ministry.
Groups are co-facilitated by two participants from the group, using materials provided upon registration.
JustFaith includes twenty-four 2 ½-hour sessions, broken into four phases of six sessions. An optional fifth phase, a three-session discernment phase, completed in one 6-hour day or broken into three 2-hour sessions, is highly recommended. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. Some sessions also include videos and/or guest speakers.
Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading of several books and viewing a number of DVDs and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the JustFaith process.
The ideal group size is 10–15 people; a small faith-sharing group that is connected by deep listening, dialogue, and trust.
To broaden perspectives, each of the 4 phases include an immersion where participants visit local organizations to learn from the stories of those living and working on the margins of society.
Opening and Commissioning Retreats frame the process. The optional Discernment Phase invites participants to explore how they might live with a deeper sense of purpose.
JUST FAITH TESTIMONIALS
What They’re Saying
During the JustFaith program, a deep awakening took root in me to make a difference in the world, no matter how large or small.
– Mary L., Janesville, WI
Affordable Pricing for Groups
JustFaith is currently organized to function through a small-group experience within a church, parish or organization. If you’d like more information on how to start a program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Comprehensive materials for each session, revised annually
- Facilitation guides and support
- Retreat and immersion design
- Access to program staff for support
Other program costs include books for participants. Estimated total cost for these materials is $118/person. Groups also purchase DVDs at an estimated total cost of $144/organization.
PLEASE NOTE: JustFaith Catholic 2016-17 is the same program as JustFaith Catholic 2015-16. Please register for JustFaith Catholic 16-17 in order to have access to any updates or corrections.
Frequently Asked Questions
While both versions explore the gospel call to compassion and address the systemic causes of poverty and other social injustices, the Catholic version explores them through the lens of Catholic social teaching.
Yes, participants commit to the entire program. Participants joining or leaving the group after the first session or two disrupts group formation and process. To maintain momentum, we recommend that groups schedule all of the phases without breaks in between. If groups choose to take breaks, we recommend no more than two weeks between phases.
No. Program fees and resources provide only about 25% of the cost of program development and maintenance. The majority of the cost of each program is provided by generous donations from past program participants. We are also sustained by the support of our partner organizations and grants. JustFaith Ministries relies on these partners to make sure all programs are affordable for churches, organizations, and individuals who want to participate in our mission.
Facilitators are not expected to be the expert or “teacher” with all the answers.
Guided by user-friendly materials and with support from JustFaith Ministries staff (as needed),
- gather materials, coordinate logistics, and prepare to facilitate a session
- express a genuine interest in the social mission of the Church
- are capable of overseeing a group conversation
- are attentive to the needs and energies of the group
There is a version of the JustFaith Catholic program designed for candidates in the process of diaconate formation. For more information about JustFaith for deacons contact email@example.com