|Ways to pray, learn and share: Individual
- At usccb.org/globalpoverty, sign up your family to be part of the one million Catholic voices raised up to confront global poverty. This will also allow you to get regular updates about new resources and ways your family can be involved in Catholics Confront Global Poverty in the future.
- Learn about how the issues related to foreign aid, peace, debt, trade, natural resources, climate change, and immigration affect real people around the world by reading the stories and listening to the podcasts found at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- Choose one issue, learn more about it, and then write an e-mail message to an elected official about that issue, or visit the Catholics Confront Global Poverty Action page to view current Action Alerts on this issue.
- Choose one community to which you belong (for example, your extended family, book club, neighborhood, parish, school, etc.) and brainstorm, as a family or individual, about how you can educate that community about how issues like climate change, foreign aid, trade, immigration, and industry affect the poor.
- Plan a “family night” to explore and discuss global poverty. Commit to learning about and acting on one issue highlighted at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- Say a family rosary for global poverty. Pray each decade for one of the issues related to global poverty found at usccb.org/globalpoverty. As you pray together, remember those living in extreme poverty and pray for elected officials with the power to enact U.S. policy to combat poverty.
- View the DVD, The Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border, available from crs.org/dramaproject/. This stage drama by Villanova University theater students, tells the story of immigration from all sides of the issue. Invite friends over to view and discuss it, or watch it as a family.
- Help the older children you live or work with learn about the Church’s social teachings at one of the following web sites:
- Make financial contributions to poverty-fighting organizations like Catholic Relief Services.
- Is the coffee you use at home “Fair Trade certified”? This certification means that the producers are part of a poverty alleviation program that guarantees workers a fair wage. Make a commitment to use Fair Trade coffee at home and encourage its use in other settings (for example, at your parish, workplace, or school). Go to the Catholic Relief Services web site crsfairtrade.org to learn more and to order Fair Trade coffee and chocolate.
- Ask your local grocery stores to sell Fair Trade certified goods. Adopt a local supermarket. Visit with the manager to discuss Fair Trade items. Invite parishioners to stop by and ask for the products as well. Visit crsfairtrade.org for more ideas.