Explore pressing issues of our day through the lenses of prayer, scripture and Catholic
social teaching. These reflection guides are ideally suited for small faith-sharing groups.
  • Who is My Neighbor
    Lessons in Solidarity

    Are we our brother's and sister's keeper?
    This introductory session looks at what it means to be part of one human family.
  • Who is My Neighbor
    Lessons in Solidarity

    Are we our brother's and sister's keeper?
    This introductory session looks at what it means to be part of one human family.
  • Buying Wisely
    Lessons in Fair Trade

    Fair trade is based on the principle that people should earn a fair profit for what they produce. Learn how what we buy can help improve another person’s life.
  • Hungering for Justice
    Lessons on Global Hunger

    "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you?" (Mt 25:37) Reflect on how this scripture passage powerfully speaks to us today.
  • Welcoming our Sisters and Brothers
    Lessons on Migration.

    Economic migration is both a global reality and an acute issue here in the United States and Latin America. Use this session as a tool to foster understanding on what can be a challenging topic.
  • If One Suffers, All Suffer
    Lessons on HIV and AIDS

    Globally, someone new becomes infected with HIV approximately every 12 seconds. Given its scope, explore how HIV and AIDS affects us all.
  • The Measure You Give
    Lessons on Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding transforms the way people and communities live by structuring their relationships to promote justice and peace. How does building peace apply to our own relationships?

Solidarity Story Videos

Each video offers a personal look at the people impacted by the issues presented in this series. View the piece pertaining to your session topic, and then return to your reflection guide. No video for session 1 on Global Solidarity.

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Fair Trade

Session 2

In northeastern Nicaragua, The Fundacion Entre Mujeres (La FEM) coffee cooperative empowers local women in agriculture. The coffee they grow is high quality, organic and fair trade certified. La FEM partners with Just Coffee in Madison, WI to make it available to U.S. consumers.


Session 3

CRS staffer Lane Hartill investigates the impact volatile food prices are having on 4 different families in Senegal and Burkina Faso in West Africa.


Session 4

THE LINE IN THE SAND uses the power of theater to tell the personal stories of people affected by U.S./Mexico border migration. The following dramatization is an excerpt from an hour-long collection of monologues and photos exposing audiences to a variety of points of view on this complex and critical issue.


Session 5

Bridget Chisenga became HIV positive in 2000 and subsequently lost her teaching job in Zambia due to stigma and discrimination. Today she works in Zimbabwe for Catholic Relief Services as an AIDSRelief Adherence Officer.


Session 6 Option A

Like thousands in the Holy Land, Mazen Faraj and Rami Elhanan have lost loved ones to violence. Mazen, a Palestinian, lost his father, and Rami, an Israeli, lost his daughter. Yet unlike many, they do not let their losses build a psychological wall between them.


Session 6 Option B

On Oct. 24, 1993, Marguerite "Maggy" Barankitse saved 25 children from ethnic killing in Eastern Burundi, Africa. What began as a home for the orphaned children, Maison Shalom—or "House of Peace"—has grown into a multi-functional service agency helping heal and support 30,000 young people and families.