Labor and Human Dignity

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During the week of March 25, 2011, the Kalmanovitz Initiative and Office of Campus Ministry sponsored an exploration and a celebration of the sacred link between faith work and justice. That weekend, Muslim Jummah, Jewish Shabbat, Catholic Masses, Protestant services, and Orthodox Christian vespers featured readings and reflections illuminating how different faith traditions honor the dignity of work and working people.

Then, on the evening of Tuesday March 29, students, faculty and staff gathered for an evening of interfaith discussion moderated by Phil Tom, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Labor, which highlighted recently-unionized workers from Georgetown’s cafeteria and student allies. The discussion explored how each faith tradition handles issues of labor and the working poor and how we can use these scriptures to interpret modern-day labor struggles.
This event was a part of the national program run by Interfaith Worker Justice , “Labor in the Pulpit, on the Bimah, in the Minbar .”