Sisters Home Visitors of Mary were proud to host a gathering of Faith In Detroit on Saturday, October 6. Faith in Detroit is a group of Detroit-area religious women who meet periodically to discuss U.S. national issues through the lenses of social justice. Fifteen women from varied Detroit-area Catholic orders met in the great room at the SHVM convent.
As followers of Jesus, Faith in Detroit is committed to listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from unjust circumstances, to participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to affect positive social and environmental change, and to collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.
The meeting focused on “A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation” by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, and related writings. “We are in a precarious time as a nation. We cannot be silent.” Critical injustices cry out for attention: racial injustice, immigration & humanitarian issues, gun control, gender justice, and the shameful inequality of wealth and power.
The Sisters’ voiced not only rational analysis and study, but also heartfelt opinions and emotions, starting with lament for the present but ending with hope for the future. All agreed that “We Must Speak” is the key to piercing the callus of indifference to the plights of those who suffer. Speak up to those you know. Speak to those who you perhaps don’t know so well. Speak to those who may see things differently from you. Speak in places and on platforms that are new to you. We cannot be silent. Speak.