Jesuit Social Services

 

A summary of guiding principles:

how we work at Jesuit Social Services

The following points summarise the principles that guide our work ay Jesuit Social Services.

a) Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching: The Christian Gospel and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching – human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity [see http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/content/socialteaching.html] – guide and inspire all aspects of our work.

b) Jesuit vision, mission, values: Jesuit Social Services is guided by the foundational documents of the Jesuits including by the vision, mission and values of the Australian Jesuit Province [http://www.jesuit.org.au]

c) Solidarity with the poor and marginalised: In keeping with our Jesuit heritage we understand that we are called to live a faith that does justice and expresses solidarity with the poor and marginalised.

d) Working collaboratively to influence hearts and minds: Jesuit Social Services' vision is 'building a just society'. We believe this can only be achieved by working collaboratively with others and we therefore seek to influence hearts and minds to that end – our program participants, staff, volunteers, government and key decision makers, community, business, church and wider society.

e) Forming communities: Our vision calls forth communities which challenge the world to act justly, to deal respectfully with one another, to transform its systems of relationships, and to take the command of Jesus to love and serve others as the basis of its life.

f) Crossing boundaries: Jesuit Social services has a vision of the service of faith and the promotion of justice which impels us to cross boundaries of culture, religion and social class. This involves a befriending of the poor and those of other cultures and other faiths.

g) Dialogue born of respect: Our vision is shaped by a Christian faith which is inescapably social in its implications, because it is directed towards how people relate to one another and how society could be ordered. It is a vision of service, which must be a dialogue, born of respect for people, especially the poor.

h) Seeking the greatest good: In discerning where we choose to work and what issues we address, we consider where the need is greatest, where others will not or cannot go, and where the greatest good can be achieved.

i) Providing quality programs: Jesuit Social Services is committed to providing quality programs that address the needs of its program participants using agreed standards that are underpinned by evidence, our practice wisdom and our heritage and are in accord with state and national standards.

j) People are relational and social: Our program interventions and our research policy and advocacy are based on the belief that all people:

  • are inherently relational
  • are formed in family
  • are part of a wider community
  • require safety and security
  • seek equality and a meaningful participation in society, and
  • need to feel that their life has worth and a sense of purpose.

k) Inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue: We are invited to 'find God in all things' and, with other Jesuits and their lay colleagues throughout the world, to prioritise inter-faith and cultural dialogue.

l) Ecology: We understand that all life is gift and that sustainability is a foundation for justice.