Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Device of the Enemy



(An encore presentation for those that may not have read this warning)

A Device of the Enemy


We are to pray for divine enlightenment, but at the same time we should be careful how we receive everything termed new light. We must beware lest, under cover of searching for new truth, Satan shall divert our minds from Christ and the special truths for this time. I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to lead minds to dwell upon some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to our salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the "present truth," when all their investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure than before, and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth.--Letter 7, 1891.



Let no one present beautiful, scientific sophistries to lull the people of God to sleep. Clothe not the solemn, sacred truth for this time in any fantastic dress of man's wisdom. Let those who have been doing this stop and cry unto God to save their souls from deceiving fables.

It is the living energy of the Holy Spirit that will move hearts, not pleasing, deceptive theories. Fanciful representations are not the bread of life; they cannot save the soul from sin.

Christ was sent from heaven to redeem humanity. He taught the doctrines that God gave Him to teach. The truths that He proclaimed, as found in the Old Testament and the New, we today are to proclaim as the word of the living God.

Let those who want the bread of life go to the Scriptures, not to the teaching of finite, erring man. Give the people the bread of life that Christ came from heaven to bring to us. Do not mix with your teaching human suppositions and conjectures. Would that all knew how much they need to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God--to make His words a part of their very lives.-- Manuscript 44, 1904.


Selected Messages Book 1, pp.159,160.
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The spirit of dissatisfaction



There had been no change in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer's envy and misrepresentation and his claims to equality with Christ had made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God; but this had been the same from the beginning. Many of the angels were, however, blinded by Lucifer's deceptions.

Taking advantage of the loving, loyal trust reposed in him by the holy beings under his command, he had so artfully instilled into their minds his own distrust and discontent that his agency was not discerned. Lucifer had presented the purposes of God in a false light--misconstruing and distorting them to excite dissent and dissatisfaction. He cunningly drew his hearers on to give utterance to their feelings; then these expressions were repeated by him when it would serve his purpose, as evidence that the angels were not fully in harmony with the government of God. While claiming for himself perfect loyalty to God, he urged that changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary for the stability of the divine government. Thus while working to excite opposition to the law of God and to instill his own discontent into the minds of the angels under him, he was ostensibly seeking to remove dissatisfaction and to reconcile disaffected angels to the order of heaven. While secretly fomenting discord and rebellion, he with consummate craft caused it to appear as his sole purpose to promote loyalty and to preserve harmony and peace.

The spirit of dissatisfaction thus kindled was doing its baleful work. While there was no open outbreak, division of feeling imperceptibly grew up among the angels. There were some who looked with favor upon Lucifer's insinuations against the government of God. Although they had heretofore been in perfect harmony with the order which God had established, they were now discontented and unhappy because they could not penetrate His unsearchable counsels; they were dissatisfied with His purpose in exalting Christ. These stood ready to second Lucifer's demand for equal authority with the Son of God. But angels who were loyal and true maintained the wisdom and justice of the divine decree and endeavored to reconcile this disaffected being to the will of God. Christ was the Son of God; He had been one with Him before the angels were called into existence. He had ever stood at the right hand of the Father; His supremacy, so full of blessing to all who came under its benignant control, had not heretofore been questioned. The harmony of heaven had never been interrupted; wherefore should there now be discord? The loyal angels could see only terrible consequences from this dissension, and with earnest entreaty they counseled the disaffected ones to renounce their purpose and prove themselves loyal to God by fidelity to His government.


Patriarchs and Prophets, pp.38,39.

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For the promise is unto you, and to your children





And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.


Acts 2 King James Version (KJV)
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HappySabbath


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pope Francis played key role in U.S.-Cuba deal



Gregory Korte and Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

2:40 p.m. EST December 18, 2014



Alan Gross, an American contractor who was arrested in Cuba in December 2009, landed at Joint Base Andrews on Dec. 17. VPC, WUSA



(Photo: Franco Origlia, Getty Images)


WASHINGTON — A personal appeal by Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years.

The pope wrote a personal letter to President Obama this fall — something he'd never done before — and a separate letter to Cuban President Raúl Castro.

The letter invited the leaders to "resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain prisoners," according to a Vatican statement congratulating the two countries Wednesday. The Vatican said it received delegations from both countries in October and helped facilitate a dialogue.

That resulted in a major U.S. policy shift toward Cuba, including a prisoner swap between the two countries that freed American Alan Gross on Wednesday.




USA TODAY

American released by Cuba was wasting away


"The Holy See will continue to assure its support for initiatives which both nations will undertake to strengthen their bilateral relations and promote the well-being of their respective citizens," the statement said.



President Obama meets with Pope Francis March 27 at the Vatican.(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)


In addition to the Vatican meeting this fall, discussions between the two leaders took place in Canada over the past year and a half, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly.




USA TODAY

Obama opens doors to Cuba after 56 years


Aside from President Obama and the Cuban president, the pontiff was the only other foreign leader directly involved in the talks, the official said.

Francis' support was particularly important given Cuba's historical and cultural Catholic identity, the official said, and his election as the first-ever pope from Latin America gave him credibility.



USA TODAY

5 ways U.S.-Cuba relations are about to change


Before he was Pope Francis, the Argentinian served as Bishop of Buenos Aires, where he was a prominent member of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America. That group, along with the Vatican and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has long advocated for normalized relations between the United States and Cuba.

Their rationale "stems from the Vatican's long-standing desire to overcome conflictual divisions between nations," said Stephen Schneck, who works at the Catholic University of America. "It's very much part of the pope's own understanding of proper foreign relations."



USA TODAY

Timeline: Cuba and U.S. relations through the years


In addition, the Latin American bishops believe residents in the hemisphere should be doing business with each other and getting along, Schneck said.

"(They've) seen this split between the United States and Cuba as a kind of split among American brothers," he said.

Dorell reported from McLean, Va.

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    1 day ago - Pope sent letters to Obama and Castro calling on pair to 'resolve humanitarian questions of common interest' while Vatican helped broker talks.
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  4. The Vatican Helped Seal U.S.-Cuba Deal | TIME

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seventh-Day Adventists cry foul after Calgary child’s death linked to religious diet




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CALGARY - The "strict dietary regimen" police allege led to the death of a child is not a tenet of the faith the child's parents claimed to follow, the minister of Calgary's largest Seventh-Day Adventist congregation said.

Randy Barber, pastor of the Calgary Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church, says while the religion makes diet and health a priority, members are taught to live a healthy lifestyle, rather than enforce strict dietary doctrine.

"That certainly does not include being vegan," he said. "We teach that if a person chooses to eat meat, that they should eat clean meats and make sure they get a well-balanced diet."

"That's pretty much where we leave it," he added.

Police allege the 2013 deadly staph infection that claimed the life of 14-month-old John Clark was exacerbated by an extreme vegan diet administered by his parents, Jeromie Clark, 34, and his wife Jennifer, 38, both of whom proclaim to be Seventh-Day Adventists.

Adventism, a Protestant denomination of Christianity, teaches that health and diet are a part of a person's overall spiritual well-being.

More than 60% of adherents are vegetarian, which Barber says is a personal choice among church members.

Barber, who baptised Jeromie into Adventism in 2002, described the man as a paranoid isolationist with unorthodox views.

"I very soon began to realize that he was very radical in this thinking," he said. "He was more like a survivalist in his thinking."

Barber recalled an incident at Clark's baptism when a church member attempted to take a photo of the ceremony.

"He got violently angry," he said. "He would not allow a picture to be taken because he said the government would get a hold of it."

Jeromie was a common sight at Saturday church services until his marriage to Jennifer, a popular schoolteacher, nine years ago.

"After they got married, he got her to quit her job and they disappeared off the face of the Earth," Barber said.

"We didn't know where they went, they hadn't attended church - they isolated themselves completely."

Barber wasn't even aware the couple had children until news of the Clark's arrest earlier this week.

This is the first time he's seen a situation like this in Barber's 35 years in the ministry.

"That's not to say I haven't had church members in the past that I thought were unhealthy or were not following good health practices," he said.

"You'll find those kind of people in every organization - religious or not, there are radical people in every movement."

His faith, he says, teaches a holistic approach to health and guides its members towards making sensible choices - evidenced in numerous secular studies lauding the health of Seventh-Day Adventists.

"We instruct, and we leave it between them and God," he said.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Ten Commandments plaque being stored in office



Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, mrotunojoh@marionstar.com5:03 p.m. EST December 15, 2014



(Photo: Bill Sinden/The Marion Star)


MARION – A donated plaque of the Ten Commandments is being stored in the Marion City Schools superintendent’s office until an agreement can be reached on where to move it.

The plaque had been in the Marion Harding High School building since it opened and was taken down in August. Students, community members and the administration will discuss where to move it on Jan. 6.

Harding freshman Anthony Miller, who had been protesting the decision, said he plans “on doing work this week” after not participating in class for several days.

Kurt Moore, communications coordinator for MCS, said a parent inquired about the plaque over the summer. He said Harding Principal Kirk Koennecke made the decision to take it down in August.

The plaque is labeled as a donation from the class of 1956, not 1953 as previously reported.

Reporters for the Harding Herald first reported this story in the Dec. 5 issue and began circulating a petition to get the Commandments hung back up.

In an interview last week, Herald staffers Shanna Morris, Cheyenne Abrams and Sydney Cook said they want the plaque back up at school, not in another location.

“Taking down the Ten Commandments has caused more problems than leaving them up,” said Abrams, the Herald editor.

The Marion City School Board meets tonight at 7 p.m. There is no mention of this issue on the agenda, but there is time for the public to bring forth concerns before the meeting.

Historical context: religious displays and the law

Government action regarding religion is guided by the so-called “Lemon test” established after the 1971 Lemon v. Kurtzman Supreme Court decision. The test is threefold:

1. The statute must not result in an “excessive government entanglement” with religious affairs.

2. The statute must not advance or inhibit religious practice

3. The statute must have a secular legislative purpose.

The court has cited the Lemon test (also referred to as the establishment clause) in several cases.

The Ten Commandments were a point of contention in a 2004 court case, Van Orden v. Perry.

Petitioner Thomas Van Orden argued a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol building represented an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion under the establishment clause.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the monument could stay up, saying that “simply having religious content or promoting a message consistent with a religious doctrine does not run afoul of the establishment clause.”

The monument was donated “to the people and youth of Texas by the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Texas, 1961.”

That same day, the American Civil Liberties Union won a battle against three Kentucky counties that displayed framed copies of the Ten Commandments and other religious documents in courthouses and public schools.

In McCreary County v. ACLU, the court decided 5-4 that the counties violated the Lemon test.

In Ohio’s Jackson City School District last year, a court ordered the district to pay $95,000 in damages and permanently remove a portrait of Jesus from its property to settle a lawsuit file by ACLU of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Also in 2013, the East Muskingum School Board voted to remove a painting of Jesus from John Glenn High School.

mrotunojoh@gannett.comTwitter: @RJReports


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New Canadian ambassador seeks collaboration for ‘betterment of humanity’


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Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See Dennis Savoie (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Embassy to the Holy See) - RV
15/12/2014 08:12



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the new Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, Dennis Savoie, on Monday. During the morning meeting, Ambassador Savoie presented the Pope with his credentials, which marked the start of the diplomat’s four-year term.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Ambassador Savoie about his meeting with the Pope. “I felt very privileged to have been received by the Holy Father. I met a man who is very, very simple, very personable, makes you feel at ease right away. It was a very, very good meeting.”

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Ambassador Savoie said his “first priority” is to establish a network within which to identify areas for possible collaboration between Canada and the Holy See.

Listen to the interview with Ambassador Dennis Savoie: 


“What I’ve already started doing in the past couple of months … is to establish a network within the area of the Holy See and government to try to, together, try to identify in what areas both countries, so to speak, could collaborate for the betterment of humanity,” he said.

The new ambassador, who fills a post that had been empty for more than a year, said he also looks forward to working with other ambassadors in Rome on issues of common concern.

“Some of them are very focused in certain areas which I’m interested in, whether it’s social justice, whether it’s immigration or religious liberties,” he said.

FIRST DIPLOMATIC POST

Ambassador Savoie was born in Tracadie, New Brunswick, one of Canada’s eastern provinces, on 9 February 1945. He and his wife of 44 years, Claudette Surette, have two children and five grandchildren.

He comes to Rome after a long and successful career in the business and nonprofit sectors, namely a 27-year career with the New Brunswick Power Corporation, where he rose to vice president, and upon retirement, four years as executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes.

A committed Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1973, he later served as the Deputy Supreme Knight in New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States, from 2006 to 2013.

This is his first diplomatic assignment.

“Diplomacy for me is a brand new area and I’m sure it’s because of my involvement with the Knights that I’m here,” he told Vatican Radio. “I hope that my experience with the Knights as a …very profoundly Catholic organization, highly ethical from a business point of view… I hope that experience, knowing how the Church functions a bit, will no doubt help me.”

THREE BENCHMARKS

The ambassador also reflected on the role of faith in his work, saying he was “very fortunate” to have grown up in a “very strong Catholic family” and to have had good mentors.

One mentor in particular, while he was still a sociology student in university, had given him “three benchmarks” by which to live his life: “Whatever you do, do it with integrity and honesty. You’re integrity is not for sale, bottom line. Always aim for excellence. In other words, do the best you can at all times. And always be concerned about the human concern.”

Ambassador Savoie said he committed to these guidelines throughout his career. “They served me well over the years,” he said. “And why people believe certain things and do differently, I don’t know. It’s hard for me to understand that part.”

The ambassador said he looks forward to his four-year term at the Vatican.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to make a small difference in whatever we do to help the world,” he said.

Ambassador Savoie arrived in Rome in early October. He succeeds Anne Leahy, who had completed her term in September 2012, but who remained an additional four months. The Canadian Ambassador to Spain, Jon Allen, had taken on the additional duties of overseeing the office in the interim.

Report and interview by Laura Ieraci


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From Protestant - Historicism to Jesuit - Dispensationalism - Futurism - Christianity Hijacked!






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Published on Oct 12, 2014


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Stocks slide, extending decline, as oil slumps






Street signs mark the corner of Broadway and Wall Street, in New York's Financial District. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
ASSOCIATED PRESS

"What you're seeing is a correction that's long overdue"



U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.




The price of crude oil continued to drop Monday, and Russia's ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,180.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,989. The Nasdaq composite lost 48 points, or 1 percent, to 4,605.




Russia's ruble plunged 13 percent against the dollar. The falling price of oil, which is the chief source of Russian exports and tax revenue, has weighed heavily on the currency.

The price of U.S. benchmark crude oil sank $1.90, or 3.3 percent, to $55.91 a barrel. Oil has fallen by nearly half since June.


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Social Justice – IgnatianSpirituality.com



Social Justice


Social justice is an area of concern for those interested in Ignatian spirituality. The early Jesuits often described their work as simply “helping souls.” The great Jesuit leader Pedro Arrupe updated this idea in the 20th century by calling those formed in Ignatian spirituality “men and women for others.” Both phrases express a deep commitment to social justice and a radical giving of oneself to others. Many organizations and colleges informed by Ignatian spirituality offer opportunities to work for social justice in the world today. Here we highlight some of the social justice work being done by Jesuits and their friends.

National Jesuit and Ignatian Social Ministries
California Province
Chicago-Detroit Province
Maryland Province
Missouri Province
New England Province
New Orleans Province
New York Province
Oregon Province
Wisconsin Province
Colleges and Universities

National Jesuit and Ignatian Social Ministries


Jesuit Refugee Service International
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) serves, accompanies, and defends the rights of refugees held in detention. JRS staff around the world visit people who have been deprived of their liberty simply for entering or remaining in a country or moving without authorization. JRS is concerned about the inadequate conditions in which refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants are being held in detention and their lack of access to proper procedures.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) witnesses to the reality that God is present in human history, even in the most tragic experiences of persons driven from their homes by conflict, natural disaster, economic injustice, or violation of other human rights.

Ignatian Solidarity Network
The Ignatian Solidarity Network facilitates and enhances the effectiveness of existing social justice and advocacy efforts that are currently present in Jesuit-affiliated high schools, universities and colleges, parishes, retreat centers, independent organizations, and lay individuals across the nation.

Center of Concern
The Center of Concern is a faith-based organization working in collaboration with ecumenical and interfaith networks to bring a prophetic voice for social and economic justice to a global context.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides men and women, aged 50 and greater, opportunities to serve others, to address social injustice, and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of capable volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps is a national and international program operated by five regional offices. Thus local JVC staff can continue to understand community needs, retain regional ties, and provide strong personal and programmatic support to the volunteers. Jesuit Volunteers make a commitment to serve where the need is greatest, to work with people who are marginalized by society, and to live in apostolic community with other Jesuit Volunteers.

National Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility
The primary purpose of the National Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility (NJCIR) is to advocate for and effect change in corporate behavior by coordinating shareholder advocacy initiatives at both the province and national levels.

Ignatian Social Ministries Database
“Iggy” (short for the Ignatian Social Ministry Database) was developed by Dr. Chris Huntley of Fairfield University and is hosted by the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. It provides a listing of Jesuit and Ignatian-inspired social ministries in the United States.


In addition to working to advance social justice with national Jesuit ministries, different provinces work to help with local needs and issues.

California Province

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps works with other social service organizations to serve people who have the greatest need, especially those whose needs society often ignores.

Jesuit Refugee Service/Southwest Kino Border Initiative
The Kino Border Initiative “is the culmination of a three-year process of reflection, discernment and conversations along the Arizona–Mexico border about the reality of migration and the most urgent needs with respect to migration in general and for our Church in particular,” says Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, of the California Province, Executive Director of the KBI.

Homeboy Industries
Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training, and education.

Chicago-Detroit Province

Poder Learning Center
Since 1997, Poder Learning Center has responded to the educational needs of immigrants in the primarily Latino areas of Pilsen/Little Village and Back of the Yards, on Chicago’s southwest side. In less than 10 years, 4,500 students have attended tuition-free classes through Poder. But with 20,000 new immigrants arriving annually, the need for Poder’s services has never been greater.

Ignatian Spirituality Project
A remarkable Chicago-based Jesuit ministry which offers retreats to those who are homeless and seeking recovery, to help them find meaning and purpose as they reclaim their lives. The Ignatian Spirituality Project also trains the formerly homeless to assist in giving retreats.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Midwest
Jesuit Volunteers in the Midwest work and live in inner-city environments, serving populations where the issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, racism, drugs, abuse, unemployment, and lack of housing and quality education are prevalent.

Maryland Province


Institute on Migration, Culture, and Ministry
The primary purpose of the Institute on Migration, Culture, and Ministry is to advance ministry with and on behalf of those who have found it necessary to leave their homelands and seek employment, shelter, and a more dignified life.

Missouri Province


Ignatian Volunteer Corps St. Louis
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) St. Louis positions volunteers in grade schools, prison ministry, and in legislative advocacy on behalf of the poor.

New England Province

Ignatian Volunteer Corps New England
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) expanded to New England in 2009.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps East
Jesuit Volunteer Corps serving in the East work and live in inner-city environments from North Carolina up to Maine with people from a wide range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. Poverty, homelessness, racism, addiction, abuse, unemployment, and lack of housing and quality education are prevalent.

New Orleans Province

Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice
The Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice seeks to shape social justice consciousness through education, and to take action on critical social problems confronting society. The Twomey Center acts as a catalyst for research and action on critical issues of workers’ rights, racism, poverty, and justice.

Jesuit Social Research Institute
The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) exists to promote research, social analysis, theological reflection, and practical strategies for improving the social and economic conditions in the southern United States and in select parts of the Caribbean and Latin America, with a particular focus on issues of race, poverty, and migration.

New York Province


Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia
The Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia is dedicated to putting faith into action, promoting social justice, through dynamic collaborations and needs-based initiatives, in service to the communities of Washington Heights and Inwood (New York).

Oregon Province


Oregon Province Social Ministries
The Society of Jesus undertakes specific social ministries, like the establishment of interdisciplinary institutes for research, criticism, discernment, and public advocacy, and specific initiatives aimed at defending human rights, struggling for economic justice, alleviating need, protecting the environment, and building peace.

Native American Ministries
Northwest Jesuits currently work with Native American people on reservations in many parts of the Northwest and the Yup’ik and Cup’ik populations of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska.

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center promotes just structures in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 16 religious communities, including the Oregon Province Jesuits, and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest connects women and men with one or more years of volunteer service that focus on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. JVC Northwest provides opportunities for young, motivated individuals to reach out to persons living on the margins of society and vulnerable places throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Wisconsin Province


Wisconsin Province Ignatian Associates
Ignatian Associates are Catholic adults, married and single. Their spiritual formation is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Following a two-year formation program, Ignatian Associates may accept an invitation to make public “Promises” of Simplicity of Life, Fidelity to the Gospel and to our Associate and Jesuit Companions, and Apostolic Availability.

Red Cloud Volunteers
Red Cloud offers volunteers a unique opportunity to work amid the Oglala Lakota, in some of the poorest counties of the United States. Red Cloud Indian School strives to provide an education that is a key requirement for a better future.

Colleges and Universities

Boston College
Appalachia Volunteers
The Appalachia Volunteers Program is committed to working with the poverty stricken populous of the United States.

4 Boston
The 4 Boston program is committed to weekly community service promoting spirituality, community, and social justice.

Ignatian Family Teach-In and School of the Americas Vigil
The Ignatian Family Teach-In is an annual gathering that serves both to honor the Jesuits and other martyrs in El Salvador and to protest the activities of the U.S. military and government in the region.

Urban Immersion
In Boston College’s Urban Immersion program students engage in direct service with impoverished people, study some of the many issues confronting city-dwellers, and form a community of prayer and hope.

Canisius College
Community Service at Canisius College
Canisius College Campus Ministry offers a variety of ways to become engaged in the pursuit of justice.

Creighton University
Creighton Center for Service and Justice
The Creighton Center for Service and Justice seeks to spark passion for truth and justice and nourish courage and lives of commitment.

Creighton University Justice and Advocacy Action Alerts
The Creighton Center for Service and Justice provides student alerts and links on issues of peace, poverty and economic justice, immigration and refugees, and humanitarian relief agencies.

Fairfield University
Fairfield University Service and Social Justice Groups
Social justice opportunities at Fairfield University include advocating for issues and participation in the Ignatian Family Teach-In/Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer at local soup kitchens, Best Buddies, or spring break service experiences.

Annual Hunger Clean-Up
For over 25 years, Hunger Cleanup has been a Fairfield tradition. 500 students, faculty, staff, and alumni join together to volunteer for a one-day serve-a-thon at 40-plus local agency sites in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stamford.

Fordham University
Global Outreach
Fordham University Global Outreach teams are challenged to embrace and incorporate the program’s four pillars of community, spirituality, simple living/cultural immersion, and social justice, while fostering an ongoing commitment that embodies these values in the university, local, and global communities.

Georgetown University
Center for Social Justice
In order to advance justice and the common good, the Center for Social Justice promotes and integrates community-based research, teaching, and service by collaborating with diverse partners and communities.

Center for Intercultural Education and Development
The Center for Intercultural Education and Development’s goals are to empower people, promote greater mutual understanding, strengthen democratic values, and support sustainable development.

Center for Peace and Security Studies
The Center for Peace and Security Studies is dedicated to examining the full range of political, economic, historical, cultural, and technological factors that influence global peace and security.

Georgetown Law Center Clinical Program
The mission of the Georgetown Law Center Clinical Program is to educate students in the practical art of lawyering while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations.

Pro Bono and Community Service Programs
Georgetown Pro Bono and Community Service Programs are dedicated to the principle that members of the legal profession and those aspiring to enter the legal profession have a professional obligation to assist in providing quality legal services to individuals, groups, or causes that are under-represented in the legal system.

Holy Cross College
Student Coalition on Homelessness and Housing
The Student Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (SCOHAH) is responsible for educating the Holy Cross College campus about hunger and poverty, advocating for the poor, and working directly through local housing groups and shelters to create affordable housing and end hunger and homelessness.

John Carroll University
J.U.S.T.I.C.E.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. (Jesuit University Students Together in Concerned Empowerment) strives to achieve sustaining social change through its experiences with and for others.

Le Moyne College
Le Moyne College Campus Ministry
Le Moyne College Campus Ministry offers a number of opportunities for students to participate in social justice activities including Ignatian House, Habitat for Humanity, the Ignatian Family Weekend, and Alternative Break Programs.

Loyola College in Maryland
Jamaican Experience
The Jamaican Experience allows participants to learn about the lives of and to be in solidarity with people who have been socially, economically, and/or politically marginalized.

Center for Community Service and Justice
The Center for Community Service and Justice engages students and the broader Loyola College in Maryland community in education through service for a just and equitable world. The Center is committed to collaboration with community partners and to involvement with people who are marginalized, especially those who are materially poor.

Loyola Marymount University
Center for Service and Action
The mission of the Center for Service and Action is to educate and form men and women with and for others, especially with and for the disadvantaged and the oppressed. Through direct personal contact between students and the marginalized in service experiences, the Center for Service and Action fosters a solidarity with the poor that will lead to intellectual inquiry, moral reflection, and social action.

Human Rights Coalition
The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) is a group of Loyola Marymount University students that have united in their common concern for human rights all over the world.

Loyola University Chicago
Hunger Week
The mission of Hunger Week at Loyola University Chicago is to cultivate compassion in the community by educating and raising funds while striving to stand in global solidarity with those who hunger.

Loyola4Chicago
Loyola4Chicago students work in service teams at various sites including work with children, teens, refugees, low-wage workers, and persons experiencing homelessness.

Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University Community Action Program
Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP) volunteers serve in different ways, including feeding the homeless, tutoring learners of all ages, spending time with the elderly, attending protests, rebuilding the Gulf Coast, and sponsoring speakers and events for social justice.

Loyola Life
The nature and dignity of the human person is today threatened on many sides. In the face of these threats to life, Loyola University New Orleans students, faculty, and staff come together for purposes of prayer, witness, and solidarity with the vulnerable.

Marquette University
Marquette University Campus Ministry—Service and Justice
Marquette University’s Service and Justice page has links for ministry and justice initiatives.

Regis University
Social Justice Committee
The Regis University Social Justice Committee works to enhance the awareness of the student body regarding social justice issues both domestically and abroad.

Rockhurst University
Center for Service Learning
The Center for Service Learning at Rockhurst University helps students experience the service that is at the heart of Jesuit education. Through service we use the gifts we have developed and put them into action to transform the world.

Saint Louis University
College for Public Health and Social Justice
The college combines SLU’s programs in public health, health management, social work, emergency management, applied behavior analysis, and criminology and criminal justice. As the only accredited Catholic, Jesuit school of public health in the nation, they are committed to social justice and the Jesuit mission.

Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research
The Emmet J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research is an independently funded center within the Saint Louis University School of Social Work that promotes long-range solutions to social problems through education and research.

Service Through the Saint Louis University Office of Community Outreach
The Saint Louis University Office of Community Outreach operates in the Ignatian paradigm to provide students, faculty, and staff a variety of service opportunities that develop individuals into lifelong learners while they serve the community as a response to their faith.

Saint Peter’s College
Service, Justice, and Leadership Opportunities at Saint Peter’s College
In cooperation with the Office of Community Service and Service Learning, Saint Peter’s College Campus Ministry organizes Global Outreach service projects, domestic and abroad. Past destinations have included Mexico, Appalachia, Washington D.C., and Haiti. Activities also include the Hunger Banquet and the Ignatian Family Teach-In at the School of Americas.

Santa Clara University
Arrupe Community Partnerships for Community-Based Learning
The Arrupe Partnerships for Community-Based Learning create opportunities, through community placements in Santa Clara County, for active engagement, research, and service oriented toward questions of social justice.

Center for Social Justice and Public Service
The Center for Social Justice and Public Service provides Santa Clara students with a legal education that instills a commitment to social justice, public interest, and public service.

Northern California Innocence Project
The Northern California Innocence Project works to create a more just and humane world through working to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.

Sustainability at Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is dedicated to improving environmental sustainability, to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Seattle University
Seattle University Campus Ministry
Seattle University Campus Ministry invites students to participate in social justice initiatives locally and nationwide, including the School of Americas Watch, Jesuit Refugee Services, and Global Exchange.

Soup with Substance
Soup with Substance gathers Seattle University students, faculty, and staff in a discussion about current social justice issues within the context of faith while sharing a simple meal of soup and bread.

Spring Hill College
Faith and Justice Formation
Faith and Justice Formation at Spring Hill College outlines a variety of ways students can participate in faith and justice activities, including March for Life, Mardi Gras Break Immersion trips to Belize and Guatemala, and participating in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice at the School of the Americas Protest.

St. Joseph’s University
Service and Social Justice at Saint Joseph’s University
Many opportunities are available for Saint Joseph’s University students to get involved in service and social justice.

University of Detroit Mercy
Ignatian Family Teach-In
Each year a group of students and leaders travel to the School of the Americas Vigil / Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The Ignatian Family Teach-In (IFT) is an annual event marking the anniversary of the slain Jesuits and laywomen of El Salvador. During this gathering of the Ignatian family, participants reflect on our collective commitment to live “a faith that does justice” and rally around our Catholic call for peace.

Peace and Justice Floor
The Peace and Social Justice Floor is a unique place on the University of Detroit Mercy campus to learn and grow in a community devoted to encountering issues of peace and social justice.

University of San Francisco
University Ministry Community Action
University Ministry’s Community Action program collaborates with a variety of other Bay Area non-profit agencies to provide students with opportunities to serve in their local community.

Arrupe Immersions
The Arrupe Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to experience different cultures and socioeconomic environments, to witness firsthand the challenges faced by marginalized communities and to begin asking difficult questions.

Justice Lecture Series
The Justice Lecture Series brings speakers who are actively committed to promoting social change to the University of San Francisco campus.

University of Scranton
Community Outreach Office
The University of Scranton Community Outreach Office allows students to meet, work with and develop relationships with people—other college student volunteers, community agency personnel, and the population they are serving.

International Service Programs
University of Scranton international service trips provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to be immersed in cultures and experiences in developing countries of our world.

Wheeling Jesuit University
The Service for Social Action Center
The Service for Social Action Center (SSAC) coordinates service and course-based service-learning activities for members of the Wheeling Jesuit University campus community.

Xavier University
Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning
The Eigel Center is a catalyst for Xavier University’s involvement in partnerships that advance learning and pursue social justice through practices of direct service, community building, and public policy advocacy.


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