Purpose of the Education and Training Center
The Diocesan Education and Training Center has been established to provide consistent and organized training for people and parish groups engaged in social justice ministry within Northeast Ohio. The Center is a collaboration of all the offices of Diocesan Social Action. The leadership of the offices, through its various commissions, recognized the need for education in Catholic Social Teaching, for development of an understanding of the call of the social mission of the Church as found in Catholic Social Teaching, and for technical training in becoming effective agents of change.
Besides its training programs, forums on current issues, spiritual programs, and technical assistance, the Center develops materials for use in parishes, especially discussion guides that apply gospel values to social, economic, and political issues.
Principles Underlying Our Work
All that we do is faith based. Our methods, programs, and experiences are rooted in gospel values. Empowerment of people and groups is essential to what we are about. Therefore, we are inclusive, affirming multicultural diversity, as we use a multi-dimensional, multi-tracked approach, especially in our basic offerings.
While presenting the “bigger picture” of Catholic Social Teaching, we remain focused on specific issues as they impact the local level. Training is experiential and interactive, concentrating on practical skill levels. Our programs start with the skills of social analysis and discernment of the signs of the times, and move on to knowledge and the practical skills needed to take action.
We recognize the differing needs and issues of the various people and groups in the diocese. Therefore, we remain flexible, tailoring all our offerings. The empowerment of people and groups for social justice ministry is our focus.
Basic courses and workshops:
- Sowers of Justice—a 5 session leadership training program
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Recruiting & Keeping Volunteers
- Advocacy Training
- Framing an Issue
- Becoming Agents of Change
- Leadership Skills/Training
- Special Topics in Social Justice
- Faithful Citizen
Development and Consultation
- Social Concerns Committees
- Economic Development
- Petition Drives
- Advocacy Programs
- Adult Education Programs
- Legislative Networks
- Evenings/Days of Reflection
- List of Speakers
- RCIA Sessions
- School & Youth Group Programs