See, Judge, Act

Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning

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“Erin Brigham provides an accessible introduction to the riches of the Catholic social tradition for twenty-first-century students.  .  .  .  The reflection questions, summaries, and vignettes in each chapter situate Catholic social teaching as a living tradition  .  .  .  [and encourage students]  to reflect upon the assumptions and values that influence their interpretations of social issues and their practices of responsible action.”

Jennifer Reed-Bouley
Professor of Theology
Theology Program Director
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

“Erin Brigham’’s See, Judge, Act is an invaluable resource for professors committed to service learning, professors who teach Catholic social thought, and anyone concerned about pressing social issues. Brigham applies key principles in Catholic social thought  .  .  .  to contemporary concerns. Vignettes show how students grapple with racism and white privilege, immigration, unemployment, living wage and workers’ rights, poverty and economic justice, war and peacemaking, climate change, environmental racism, and other issues in service activities. I am incredibly grateful for See, Judge, Act and will use it in my classes!”

Lois Ann Lorentzen
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, and Co-Director
The Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco

“Erin Brigham provides an invaluable tool for connecting the lived and scholarly traditions of Catholic social teaching with a service-learning pedagogy that concretely engages urgent signs of the times. She [helps] students not only bridge insights from the Catholic tradition with contemporary justice issues but also reexamine their perceptions and convictions in light of community encounters. Her treatment of Catholic social theory and praxis remains accessible without sacrificing depth.  .  .  .  This text would work effectively not only in the undergraduate classroom but also for staff and faculty development or with community partners.”

Kristin E. Heyer
Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies
Santa Clara University

About This Book

Overview

Designed for service-learning courses using the foundational principles of Catholic social teaching

As an increasing number of colleges and universities add service-learning components to their undergraduate curriculum, this new resource offers an engaging framework for community-based learning. See, Judge, Act reflects on the principles of Catholic social teaching identified by the US bishops: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; and Care for God’s Creation. The reader is encouraged to apply these principles to contemporary, societal issues through service learning using the see-judge-act process by—seeing social situations, judging them in light of principles drawn from the Catholic Church’s social teaching, and identifying actions intended to promote justice and improve the situations of those being served.

With resources, sidebars, and vignettes on service learning and contemporary social issues, See, Judge, Act moves from universal principles to concrete applications and introduces readers to relevant people, events, and concepts. Thought-provoking questions at the beginning and end of each chapter encourage readers to draw on the principles of Catholic social teaching as a resource for evaluating social situations and identifying actions that might further the goal of promoting social justice.

Details

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-154-2

Pages

200

Item # 7048

Customer Reviews

“Erin Brigham provides an accessible introduction to the riches of the Catholic social tradition for twenty-first-century students.  .  .  .  The reflection questions, summaries, and vignettes in each chapter situate Catholic social teaching as a living tradition  .  .  .  [and encourage students]  to reflect upon the assumptions and values that influence their interpretations of social issues and their practices of responsible action.”

Jennifer Reed-Bouley
Professor of Theology
Theology Program Director
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

“Erin Brigham’’s See, Judge, Act is an invaluable resource for professors committed to service learning, professors who teach Catholic social thought, and anyone concerned about pressing social issues. Brigham applies key principles in Catholic social thought (dignity of the human person, call to family, community and participation, dignity of work and the rights of workers, option for the poor, solidarity, care for creation, rights and responsibilities) to contemporary concerns. Vignettes show how students grapple with racism and white privilege, immigration, unemployment, living wage and workers’ rights, poverty and economic justice, war and peacemaking, climate change, environmental racism, and other issues in service activities. I am incredibly grateful for See, Judge, Act and will use it in my classes!”

Lois Ann Lorentzen
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, and Co-Director
The Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco

“Erin Brigham provides an invaluable tool for connecting the lived and scholarly traditions of Catholic social teaching with a service-learning pedagogy that concretely engages urgent signs of the times. She deftly surfaces reflective and interpretive components of social analysis to help students not only bridge insights from the Catholic tradition with contemporary justice issues but also reexamine their perceptions and convictions in light of community encounters. Her treatment of Catholic social theory and praxis remains accessible without sacrificing depth. The embedded reflection questions will support educators as they navigate this demanding yet indispensable pedagogy. This text would work effectively not only in the undergraduate classroom but also for staff and faculty development or with community partners.”

Kristin E. Heyer
Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies
Santa Clara University

About the Author

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Erin Brigham

Erin M. Brigham is an adjunct professor in the department of theology and religious studies and the faculty coordinator of research in the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought at the University of San Francisco. She holds a doctorate in systematic and philosophical theology from Graduate Theological Union. Her most recent book, Sustaining the Hope for Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue in a Post-modern World, was published by Liturgical Press in 2012.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The See-Judge-Act Process

Service, Learning, and the See-Judge-Act Process

See, Judge, Act and the Catholic Social Tradition

 

Chapter 1: Overview of the Catholic Social Tradition

  • Catholic Social Thought and Action
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Looking Ahead
  • For Further Reading

Chapter 2: Defending Human Dignity against Discrimination

  • Human Dignity in Catholic Social Teaching
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Racism
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Racial Discrimination and White Privilege
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought and Racism

Chapter 3: Justice for Immigrants: The Call to Family, Community, and Participation

  • The Call to Family, Community, and Participation in Catholic Social Teaching
  • The Catholic Church’s Response to Migration to the United States
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Undocumented Migrants in the United States
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought and Migration

Chapter 4: Justice for Workers and the Dignity of Work

  • The Dignity of Work in Catholic Social Teaching
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Labor
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Vulnerable Workers
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought and Workers’ Rights

Chapter 5: Economic Justice and the Preferential Option for the Poor

  • Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Teaching
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Economy
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Poverty and Empowerment
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought and Poverty

Chapter 6: Promoting Solidarity in Peacemaking

  • The Principle of Solidarity in Catholic Social Teaching
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Peacebuilding
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Social Justice for United States Veterans
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought and Peacebuilding

Chapter 7: Care for Creation and Environmental Issues

  • Care for Creation in the Catholic Social Tradition
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Environment
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Environmental Racism
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought on the Environment

Chapter 8: Rights and Responsibilities in a Globalized Context

  • Catholic Social Teaching on Rights and Responsibilities
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Global Responsibility
  • Reading the Signs of the Times: Globalization and Human Rights
  • Summary and Integration for Service Learners
  • For Further Reading on Catholic Social Thought on Globalization and Human Rights

 

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