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CRITICAL CONCERNS RESOURCES

The Sisters of Mercy have outlined areas of critical concern in the world today that our students need to be able to address in constructive ways: Earth, nonviolence, anti-racism, women, and immigration. Mercy educators have a unique opportunity to teach our usual subject area curricula in ways that also educate students about these concerns and equip them to work toward solutions. The following resources provide tools for incorporating the social justice priorities of the Sisters of Mercy into school curriculum.

Critical Concerns Resource Lists from the Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy website includes resource pages for each of the five Critical Concerns.

Critical Concerns Summer Reading Lists

The English department at Mercy High School in Burlingame, California, developed a summer reading program that highlights our Mercy Critical Concerns. All files for the summer reading program are available on Google Drive. You an also view them as PDFs below:

Curriculum Guide: Critical Concerns for English and Social Studies, Secondary School

The curriculum guides below were designed by a group of Mercy educators in August 2017.  Click to download the guides in PDF format.

Supporting Materials

Curriculum Guide: Nonviolence for Kindergarten

This guide, shared by educators at Colegio Santa Ethnea, includes curriculum ideas for natural and social environments, literature, visual education, personal and social formation / emotional education / integrated sexual education, practices of the use of language and physical expression.

View guide here.

Environment Lessons from GSR in the Classroom

View lesson plans here.

GSR in the Classroom helps students learn about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious — and religious life — around the world. Each lesson explores Global Sisters Report articles and columns more deeply by posing questions that first open readers’ minds to new learning, then help them understand what they’ve read. Other features deepen the message with pertinent passages from Scripture and Catholic social teaching. … Each lesson sends learners forth in prayer.

Teacher guides provide important background about the issues that each lesson explores, as well as engaging activities to focus the group and prayers that classes can lift up together.

… Most activities are easily adapted for group or individual use. Likewise, while our current target audience is high school learners, most elements are flexible enough for use by middle-school students as well.

Institute Justice Newsletter

This bimonthly publication of the Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team highlights Mercy’s response to our Critical Concerns. The newsletter is published in both English and Spanish. Articles include:

  • Examples of how the Mercy community is responding to justice issues.
  • Opportunities to get involved with social justice advocacy.

Access the Institute Justice Newsletter here. If you’d like to receive the newsletter and action alerts to your inbox, you can sign up here.

Just Mercy: A Catholic Study Guide

This resource from Catholic Mobilizing Network serves as an accompaniment to the film Just Mercy and offers viewers a way to explore the Catholic call to uphold the sanctity of life within the U.S. criminal legal system. View the resource or download as a PDF here.

Human Trafficking Lessons from GSR in the Classroom

View lesson plans here.

GSR in the Classroom helps students learn about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious — and religious life — around the world. Each lesson explores Global Sisters Report articles and columns more deeply by posing questions that first open readers’ minds to new learning, then help them understand what they’ve read. Other features deepen the message with pertinent passages from Scripture and Catholic social teaching. … Each lesson sends learners forth in prayer.

Teacher guides provide important background about the issues that each lesson explores, as well as engaging activities to focus the group and prayers that classes can lift up together.

… Most activities are easily adapted for group or individual use. Likewise, while our current target audience is high school learners, most elements are flexible enough for use by middle-school students as well.

Mercy Day Nonviolence Project for Secondary School Students

This resource is an outline of a 2018 Mercy Day project at Colegio Santa Ethnea which focuses on nonviolence.

Accompanied by faculty members, students visit local families to talk about peace, share a blessing and leave a gift of holy water.  Each family is also invited to come to the school later for a student performance. The full project is described in this letter to faculty from Ali Botto, coordinator of catechesis, and can be adapted to meet the needs and locality of your school.

View resource here.

Mercy for Immigrants

The Sisters of Mercy immigrated to the United States in 1843. They continued their ministry even when faced with anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic sentiment in New England. From our foremothers’ time as immigrants, we’ve responded to the needs of the times, accepting people and welcoming them regardless of their country of origin. This page was created for National Migration Week 2018 and includes archival photos and stories.

View resource here.

Migration Lessons from GSR in the Classroom

View lesson plans here.

GSR in the Classroom helps students learn about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious — and religious life — around the world. Each lesson explores Global Sisters Report articles and columns more deeply by posing questions that first open readers’ minds to new learning, then help them understand what they’ve read. Other features deepen the message with pertinent passages from Scripture and Catholic social teaching. … Each lesson sends learners forth in prayer.

Teacher guides provide important background about the issues that each lesson explores, as well as engaging activities to focus the group and prayers that classes can lift up together.

… Most activities are easily adapted for group or individual use. Likewise, while our current target audience is high school learners, most elements are flexible enough for use by middle-school students as well.

Peacebuilders Project for Primary School Students

This project shared by Colegio Santa Ethnea helps students in grades 1-6 learn about building peace with everyday actions; learn and reflect on the lives of different peacebuilders including Catherine McAuley, Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Ghandi and others; and share the message of peace with the rest of the school through visual displays.

View resource here.

Practicing Nonviolence for Faculty and Administration

This resource from Colegio Santa Ethnea shares tips on identifying and addressing areas of conflict in an educational community.

View resource here.

Race Relations Lessons from GSR in the Classroom

View lesson plans here.

GSR in the Classroom helps students learn about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious — and religious life — around the world. Each lesson explores Global Sisters Report articles and columns more deeply by posing questions that first open readers’ minds to new learning, then help them understand what they’ve read. Other features deepen the message with pertinent passages from Scripture and Catholic social teaching. … Each lesson sends learners forth in prayer.

Teacher guides provide important background about the issues that each lesson explores, as well as engaging activities to focus the group and prayers that classes can lift up together.

… Most activities are easily adapted for group or individual use. Likewise, while our current target audience is high school learners, most elements are flexible enough for use by middle-school students as well.

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