Social Justice

Social Justice

Social Justice

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s Social Teaching. In this course students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and the needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

Staff-currated Semester Options

To help you create unique semesters unitilizing Life Nights from different shipments, we've created three options for you to use if you need some help crafting a semester. Use these outlines a suggestion. Supplement as needed by looking at the USCCB semester outline to fill in gaps for your youth group.

We suggest that you build unique semesters based on the USCCB requirements that help your teens understand the Faith. Don't feel compelled to use every night, but pick and choose what fits your group.

Option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

USCCB Semester Outline

Life Teen follows the USCCB semester outline for high school catechesis. We offer the most comprehensive and complete youth ministry curriculum available based on this curriculum. See how our Life Nights fit into each semester of the curriculum below. You'll find on the left the main points from the USCCB framework and to the right what nights fit into each main point. You can find more details about the USCCB catechesis framework in this PDF.

USCCB Outline

Life Nights

I. God's Plan for His People

Vatican II: The Church is a sign and instrument of communion with God and the whole human race.

A. Salvation and Truth

B. Happiness in this life

II. Social Teaching of the Church

A. Church always has stood for charity and justice

B. Different types of justice

C. Social teaching and the modern era

D. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching from the Universal Magisterium

E. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

III. Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

A. The dignity of human life

B. Call to family, community, and participation

C. Responsibilities and rights

D. Preferential option for the poor

E. Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

F. Solidarity: Individuals should work for the common good

G. Stewardship of God’s Creation

IV. Sin and its social dimensions

A. Concept of “social sin”

B. The social dimension of the Commandments

C. Social Dimensions of the Beatitudes

D. The Two Great Commandments: Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself

V. Challenges

A. Why shouldn’t we look out for ourselves first? No one else will look out for me.

B. Isn’t the degree of a person’s success and achievement really measured in terms of financial security and wealth?

C. Isn’t not fighting back or getting even with someone who hurts or offends you a sign of weakness?

D. Isn’t it more important to work for justice then to engage in charity?