Advocacy & Education

St. Matthew’s supports Catholic social justice teachings on, and participates in advocacy efforts related to, issues that include poverty, access to healthcare, and affordable housing, and environmental justice, among others.

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

Clergy meeting and waterfront tour on Jan. 31, 2019, from 10am to 1pm. Meet at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (1401 V Street, SE, DC) for a bus tour along the Anacostia waterfront to teach and discuss upcoming redevelopments and potential affordable housing fights through a justice lens. Register online at https://www.windc-iaf.org/calendar/.

ADW Legislative Network

Information is to be announced.

DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network

Migrant Transit Support Initiative The DMV Sanctuary Network is reaching out to recruit volunteers who are interested in supporting the piloting of our Migrant Transit Support Initiative. Volunteers are needed to prepare and distribute hospitality kits at local bus stations, and to help direct individuals to community resources as well as information they need to apply for a change of venue to assure their asylum cases are not put in jeopardy.  Specifically, there are three rolls volunteers can play: (1) preparing hospitality kits, (2) doing shift work for the welcome team, and (3) collecting and managing data from interviews and conversations with migrants coming to the DMV. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/DCMigrantTransitSupport.

Good Faith Communities Coalition

Train to become a SNAP Outreach Specialist DC Hunger Solutions trains and assigns specialists to work at each of the the DC Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) sites where filing help is available for low-income tax payers. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Specialists provide information about the program and other food resources available in DC, screen clients for eligibility and assist in completing applications.  No experience is needed to join the training program.
Register by contacting Melissa Jensen at mjensen@dchunger.org. Training dates are Jan. 28 to Apr. 14, 2019.

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St. Matthew's Care for Creation Group

The Care for Creation group, inspired by the thought of Pope Francis in Laudato Si,' is devoted to encouraging deeper awareness of our duties to care for God's creation. Our mission is to promote change with individual parishioners, our parish community as a whole, the District of Columbia, and our nation. If interested, please attend the forum on January 24, or email Phil.

Check out the Catholic Climate Coalition for links to learn more and pledge your support.

Just Faith

Just Faith is an extended educational and spiritual formation program. Just Faith provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated within the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness and Catholic social teaching. The next session is not yet scheduled.

If interested, contact Tyler Martin (stmattsadvocacy@gmail.com).