Social Justice Week promotes action and reflection on social issues of the day in light of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. It occurs each year in mid-September.
Social Justice Week 2012 runs 9-15 September, and focuses on the theme Our Daily Bread: Putting food on the table.
The core resource booklet Our Daily Bread: Putting food on the table examines food and distributive justice in the light of Catholic social teaching. It poses questions about food and hunger for individual and group reflection.
Resource packs for schools and parishes were sent in late July.
This year we ran a blog called Breaking Bread Together, an interactive site with videos, games and resources on food justice. You can also contribute your comments and views on food security issues in Aotearoa and around the world.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference initiated Social Justice Week in 1997, with Caritas responsible for promoting it to the Catholic community and beyond.
The core resource each year is the Social Justice Series booklet, which began with A Fresh Start: The Eradication of Poverty in 1997. Booklets in the series are available from the Caritas office, or downloadable here.
Our Daily Bread: Putting food on the table (core resource - SJS Series no. 17) (PDF - 2 MB)
The Hunger in our Midst - powerpoint for SJW2012 (PPT - 700 kB)