Faith and Justice
school of theology and ministry
A commitment to the faith that does justice is integral to all dimensions of formation at the STM. Far more than the content of a course, the social teaching of the Catholic Church shapes the daily life of the STM community – its scholarship, pedagogy, worship, and community life. Additionally, students and faculty support each other in the promotion of peace and justice through active engagement in local, national, and international ministries.
Many students integrate volunteer service into their time of study and formation at the STM. The Faith and Justice Committee schedules service opportunities on a regular basis each semester; most take place in the Boston area with students also participating in national service trips, Ignatian Teach-Ins and an annual international immersion trip. Additionally, a variety of opportunities are coordinated through the University's Office of Campus Ministry, through the Archdiocese of Boston and through non-profits throughout greater Boston.
The STM’s Faith and Justice Committee serves as a resource to sustain faculty, staff, and students to a lived expression and concrete embrace of the gospel love of neighbor, and mutuality and equality among peoples and cultures that brings human dignity to all. It promotes careful and respectful use of the resources of creation, peaceful and just reconciliation of conflicts, and, in theological study, creative research and pastoral practice with a special concern for those on the margins of society and Church.
Specifically, it seeks to:
- Raise pertinent issues of social justice and encourage methods for practical implementation in STM courses and programs.
- Provide resources for STM sponsored volunteer opportunities with local service programs.
- Sponsor (alone or with other BC agencies) international immersion programs, providing tools for preparation and reflection on the immersion experience.
- Shape on-going sensitivity to the use of inclusive language for all STM documents, including promotional and informational materials, student papers, and liturgies.
- Provide information for the whole STM community on current issues and crises of social justice concerns, including local, national, and international issues and avenues for helping to influence legislation and shape outcomes pertaining to these matters.
- Highlight and provide lectures and educational opportunities relating to social justice.
- Generally maintain, throughout the whole life and curriculum of STM, a commitment to the works of justice and peace, in both word and deed.