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The Social Justice Initiative explores current social justice issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching. The group has sponsored programs on immigrants and refugees, climate change, homelessness, and racism, including Lenten speaker series and a Lenten program of volunteer activities. SJI has affiliated with Good Neighbors, a Capitol Hill refugee resettlement group, and with DC127, a District-wide church movement that helps children in or at risk of entering foster care (see below).

 The SJI planning group meets on the third Thursday of the month (except summer) in the rectory and welcomes the participation of new members. Or send ideas for programs, activities, or issues to be explored to the email address below.


Cindy Cota, facilitator

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St. Peter’s Joins Effort to Help Vulnerable Children

 “Religion that God our Father considers as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” - James 1:27

St. Peter’s Social Justice Initiative is partnering with DC127, a movement of churches united around the children in our city’s foster-care system and those at risk of entering foster care, and we need your help!

Being a “protector of creation,” as Pope Francis urges us, sounds like an overwhelming task. But there are myriad small steps we can take in that direction. Here’s a list of things to consider doing at home, adapted from material prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and distributed by the Archdiocese of Washington.