LGBTQ Connections Task Group

Long CSJ History with PRIDE

The charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph is profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.  This means that there is no distinction between how we seek to love God with how we love ALL our neighbors.  We seek a more just world for ALL.  The CSJ Community has walked in the Twin Cities PRIDE for many, many years because of out commitment to justice and inclusion, knowing that Jesus welcomed everyone.  Our participation in PRIDE is an expression of our faith and inclusive spirit of Jesus.

In 2020, in the weeks following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, the CSJ Community expressed our support through our following video reflection for the virtual PRIDE that year.

Here are highlights from the 2019 PRIDE parade:

Members of the CSJ LGBTQ Connections Task Group, the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Consociates, St. Joseph Workers, and our Partners in Mission collaborate to be prophetic signs of Christ’s love and unity in the world.  We walk with our LGBTQIA+ neighbors in Twin Cities PRIDE Parade because at the heart of the CSJ mission is a call of unifying love and respect of the dignity of every human person.


Past Events

Members of the LGBTQ Connections Task Group have been supporters of RECLAIM and their critical work with youth for over ten years.  In 2020, the Task Group hosted an online bingo party as a part of the RECLAIM fundraising event.  Members of the group attended a special RECLAIM 10th Anniversary fundraising breakfast where the CSJ Community was recognized as one of their long-standing supporters since their founding.  The Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates continues to stand in solidarity with organizations like RECLAIM and supporting their important work with LGBTQIA+ youth.

 


Mission and Goals

The purpose of the “LGBTQ+ Connections Task Group” is to use the power of our CSJ voice to advocate and act on issues of justice that impact marginalized communities, acknowledging the intersectionality of identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Represent the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph on LGBTQ+ issues and at events.
  • Educate the CSJ community on issues as they arise, and help mobilize the community to participate in advocacy actions
  • Collaborate with other working groups to recognize intersectionality in all justice issues.
  • Support organizations that offer outreach to LGBTQ youth and families.

For more information contact Marty Roers at 651-690-7054 or mroers@csjstpaul.org.