In a politically polarizing city like Ottawa, many become apathetic or wary about being able to change the world through politics. We may “forget” to vote, be hesitant to align ourselves with any party, or have trouble weighing issues from a big-picture stance. What does it mean to be a Catholic Christian in the political sense?
In this event’s picture we see William Wilberforce, the catalyst for the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. After his conversion, Wilberforce felt drawn to the life of a minister and considered leaving his political battles against slavery “to do the work of God.” Thankfully for us, an activist convincingly proposed that he could do BOTH – politics can be God’s work.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “It is the duty of citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.” [Para. 2239]. On July 22nd St. Maurice will host an evening seminar on Effective Activism and Political Mobilization. This seminar will run from 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The seminar is offered by the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies and will be delivered by Garnett Genuis. The event will be preceded by an informal dinner especially for young adults with local Catholic politican Pierre Lemieux, MP, who will share how his faith complements his politics. Dinner’s at 6 in the atrium, please bring $6 and we’ll order in pizza.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm
St. Maurice Atrium
4 Perry St
TO REGISTER and for more information, please contact Garnett Genuis at email@example.com (Please include “St. Maurice” in the subject line) or telephone 613-695-2176 ext. 211. The event is free, but again please bring $6 if you plan to come for the dinner at 6. Seminar starts at 7 pm.