Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Public Policy

Proclaim Jubilee: Break the Chains of Debt (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video focuses on getting the United States Congress to help reduce the debt burden of the poorest countries in a way that will channel the benefits to poor people in those countries. The Hebrew Scriptures teach us how to proclaim Jubilee. The book of Leviticus calls for a year of Jubilee every 50 years. People who have lost their land or liberty because of heavy debts are to be freed from this burden. They get their land and their livelihood back. This video will help viewers understand the debt issue.

Renewing the Mind of the Media (ADULT)
Overcoming the exploitation of sex and violence in communications. Have you ever felt disturbed by words and images in the media? Do you feel powerless before those in control of news and entertainment media? This video addresses such questions especially as they related to the gratuitous violence and misuse of sexuality in the media. The United States Bishops' Committee for Communications present this video as a companion piece to their 1998 document by the same name in order to provide a starting point for further reflection and action by dioceses, parishes, and others. Production of this video was facilitated through a grant from the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Fund.

Tornado Relief (ADULT)
This video shows actual footage of damage from tornado in Mechanicville. It also shows the role of Catholic Charities in filling the needs of people not met by the government.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 2 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Explore alternatives to violent entertainment, while teaching the critical role media literacy principles can play as a catalyst for challenging violence in the media. The Parent/Caregiver video (12 min.) includes: 7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts, offers 90-minute "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. The Teen/Adult video (35 min.) includes: 7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos and movies, and includes action and advocacy activities.

Faithful Citizenship: A Matter of Conscience (Teens, Adults)
How is "faithful citizenship" a matter of conscience? Three 10-minute segments show how everyone can faithfully participate in the political process. Each segment helps Catholics learn how they can form their consciences in order to make important public choices. The 3 segments are: (1) English for Adults--Faithful Citizenship (2) Spanish for Adults, (3) English for teens--Go Make a Difference.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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