FAQ Page

What is the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC)?

MSJC is a joint initiative of the Marianist Lay Network of North America, the Society of Mary (brothers and priests) and the Marianist Sisters. Our goal is to strengthen the combined efforts of lay and religious members of the Marianist Family in educating and acting for social justice. It is a network that provides mutual support, resources, leadership for peace and justice, and links to other peace and justice groups.

Why is it called a “collaborative?”

MSJC is one of the first structured partnerships in the US or North America between the Society of Mary, Marianist Sisters, and the Marianist laity. Each has equal representation on the Steering Committee and each supports the MSJC financially according to their means. In addition, all of the committees, issues teams and projects of MSJC are open to any member of the Marianist Family and their associates, as well as others who want to be involved our work. MSJC is accountable to the Marianist Family Council of North America.

When did MSJC start?

1998

What is an issue team?

These are small groups of people who work together to address a specific social justice issue. The teams are responsible for setting the direction and proposing the strategies and actions for each of the issues. Currently we have five issue teams:

Racial and Immigrant Justice
Death Penalty and Restorative Justice
LGBT Initiative
Adele Social Justice Project
Women and Justice
Other issue teams may be formed in the future.

Is MSJC concerned about other social issues?

We are keenly aware that there are many social issues calling for urgent and decisive action – abortion, human rights, hunger, nuclear weapons, the growing gap between the rich and poor – to name just a few. While we have focused most of our attention on five issues, we want to hear and know about your work and involvement. Share your story. It may lead us to new endeavors. We also recognize that we cannot address issues of injustice in the world around us without at the same time striving to assure justice in our own relationships, in our communities, in our institutions, and in our church.

How do I get involved? Will it take much time?

There are several ways to participate in MSJC, and you can make your decision about the kind of involvement based on how much time you can give. Serving on one of our issue teams is one way to be involved. Most teams meet face to face only once a year, since team members live in many different communities. They will often have conference calls at other times. The work of the issue teams is a critical component of MSJC and they depend on a significant commitment on the part of team members. You can also be involved by taking action on our priorities in your local community or in your own household. For example, we often need help in local communities in organizing or publicizing speakers or events we plan. The teams will also frequently ask all members of the Marianist Family to take some small step in their own lives to be more in solidarity with the victims of injustice. Another way to be involved is by contacting policy makers about key issues or proposed legislation that has social justice implications.

How do I find out what is going on and how I can be involved?

The best way is to get on our mailing list so that you receive our e-newsletter, Justice Jottings . To do so, just fill out our online registration form .

What if I have a question or need more information?

Go to Contact Us to send us an email with your question.