Founded by Fr. Peter W. Gyves, a Jesuit priest and doctor who was inspired by the example of the Jesuit priests he observed in El Salvador, the program seeks to build solidarity in three ways – by hosting workshops that allow people of different faiths to explore their common goals in human rights and social justice; by sponsoring community meetings that will bring speakers to Boston to highlight the challenges facing the poor and vulnerable around the world; and by pursuing a Faith in Action component, one element of which will be English as a Second Language classes.
At the first of the organization’s Community meetings, A Faith That Does Justice will welcome the Honorable Ruben Zamora, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, as its first guest speaker. Zamora will be interviewed by Fr. Gyves, where they will discuss the increase of undocumented immigrants from Latin America into the United States, as seen from the perspective of a UN representative.
Ambassador Zamora has participated in the political sphere within El Salvador for the past 30 years, holding positions as member of the Legislative Assembly, candidate to the Presidency of the Republic (1994 and 2000), and Founder and Vice-President of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR).
Fr. Gyves, who is bilingual, is a retired pediatrician who once worked in poor communities in El Salvador. Two years ago, he piloted AFTDJ in Barrio Logan, San Diego. This program focuses on faith lived in action on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. He took this approach to two groups, one that spoke English and the other Spanish. Both urged him to bring the groups together, which he did in January 2015. From there, the idea of A Faith That Does Justice was born. It was then moved to Boston in September 2016 in order to reach out to its diverse population of people, many of whom have recently arrived in the United States.
The forum with Ambassador Zamora will take place on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:15 to 8:15 pm at Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. If you are interested in attending A Faith That Does Justice’s community meeting with Ambassador Zamora, please rsvp at this link.