The foundation of the PPP is Faith, Culture, Identity and Transformation. The ministerial dimension brings together young adults from parishes in the Southwest of Chicago to help them understand and reflect on our Catholic faith. The project seeks to catechize and evangelize while it engages in the social mission of the church to bring reconciliation to troubled youth and violent communities.
The PPP strives to develop a new generation of Latino lay pastoral leaders. PPP leaders invite others to go out beyond the walls of the church and reach others in an effort to transform society ant this time in history.
The PPP is utilizing the methodology of community organizing to build and broaden relationships among young adults so they can experience how social ministry can be a component of the Catholic parish and have a path to step up to various leadership roles within the parish and collectively with other parishes in the project.
“Changing Patterns of Police Behavior Campaign”. Historically the Patterns of Behavior of police in district 8th have been reactive and forceful toward community residents. The Parish Peace Project is committed to reducing violence in the Southwest side of the city by changing police district punishable/reactionary structural practices and improving the relationship between police and residents. The PPP will work in collaboration with the Southwest Organizing Project to move this larger campaign seeking a genuine and respectful police community engagement.
“Reclaiming Our Public Space”. Local public learning and recreational space for youth/young adults is available only in limited basis in the Southwest side. People in our community have just a few spaces to meet. This leaves youth/young adults with limited options for places of socialization and recreation. The most accessible public space for youth/young adults is the streets, which increases their probability of being recruited into gangs.
Two examples of community struggle to access public space is the Gage Park library that has not meeting space suitable to the needs of youth and young adults and the Cornell Park in Back of the Yards, which has been taken by street organizations and residents do not visit it because they feel unsafe in the park.
The PPP will give young adults the opportunity to move from the margins to the center of decision making around the use of public space for learning and recreational purposes in the Southwest side of the city. The Parish Peace Project is in the process of conducting an inventory of available public space suitable for learning and recreational experiences for youth and young adults in the community.