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Media, Faith, Culture

It is important to recognize that popular culture shapes us, as well as reflects our values. Examining our culture can be a very effective means of calling attention to critical issues in this society and in the global community, issues that are related to justice and peace for all.

This section explores popular culture in light of Catholic Social Teaching through resources with questions for reflection and discussion. We invite your suggestions and your contributions.

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The Beatitudes , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This artistic reflection is based on the song “Beatitudes,” written and performed by The Dameans. To view the reflection, click here: Copyright © 2017, Education for Justic...more

Film Discussion Guide: Moonlight , by: Irene Koo

Moonlight is the coming-of-age story of a young Black man in Miami, Florida, who struggles to fit in and understand his sexuality and identity while dealing with a tumultuous family life. Copyright ©...more

Film Discussion Guide: The Zookeeper’s Wife , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

Based on the novel of the same title, The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the story of a Polish family’s journey to save hundreds of people during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Copyright © 2017, Education ...more

Monthly Calendar: June 2017: Creating Tolerance , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This month’s calendar offers daily reflections and actions to celebrate EFJ’s theme for the month of June 2017: Creating Tolerance. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of...more

The Qur’an and The Bible: A Common Word , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

In our current climate of hostility towards Muslims, this artistic reflection uses quotes from the Qur’an and the Bible to highlight the commonality between Islam and Christianity. To view the refle...more

Film Discussion Guide: How Capitalism is Killing Itself , by: Irene Koo

How Capitalism is Killing Itself is a powerful documentary addressing issues of inequality and exploitation under our current capitalist system. Connections to CST, reflection questions, and a direct ...more