September 18 - November 6, 2017


This course is designed for diaconal students and anyone else interested in facilitating the social ministry of the church in its active engagement with the world. Participants will study the nature of social ministry and its link to the Baptismal Covenant. Urgent contemporary social issues facing society and the church, including poverty, health care, racism, and violence, will be explored, along with church ministries and secular programs which address these issues. Participants are asked to visit and reflect on their experience of various programs in their community in order to become familiar with how the issues are manifested locally.

This course is part of the diaconal curriculum developed in partnership with AED.

Instructor: Sr. Pamela Clare Magers

Pamela Clare Magers, CSF (Ph.D. in anthropology, University of Arizona) is a member of the Community of St. Francis and is on the faculty of the School for Deacons in the Diocese of California.