Published October 25, 2007
A Faith and Public Policy workshop, focusing on Catholic teaching and responsible citizenship, will held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall at Holy Cross Church. All are welcome to attend.
Sponsors for the event are the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Communications, Pro-Life Office, Parish & Social Justice Ministries and Catholic Charities of Atlanta.
In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participating in political life is a moral obligation rooted in the baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness.
According to the organizers, Catholics are encouraged to participate in the political process, protecting the lives and dignity of all, especially the weak, the vulnerable, the voiceless. Catholics bring broad experience in serving those in need—educating the young, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless, helping women who face difficult pregnancies, feeding the hungry, welcoming immigrants and refugees, reaching out in global solidarity and pursuing peace.
The workshop will include presentations on the seven key themes of Catholic teaching, applying Catholic teaching to major issues, an overview of the Georgia Catholic Conference, and the key policy positions for the 2008 Georgia Legislative Session. Speakers include: Pat Chivers, communications director of the Archdiocese of Atlanta; Frank Mulcahy, executive director of the Georgia Catholic Conference; Mary Boyert, director of the Pro-Life Office, Archdiocese of Atlanta; and Susan Sullivan, director of Parish & Social Justice Ministries, Catholic Charities of Atlanta.
The cost for the workshop is $10 for the handout materials. Holy Cross Church is located at 3175 Hathaway Court, Atlanta. To register online, visit the archdiocesan Web site at www.archatl.com/events/fppw.php.
For more information about the Faith and Public Policy workshop, contact Veronica Diaz, assistant communications director, at (404) 978-2766 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.