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Journal for Peace and Justice Studies

Volume 24, Issue 2, 2014

Peace, Justice, and Education

Dr. Meghan J. Clark
Pages 50-72
DOI: 10.5840/peacejustice201424217

Learning to be in Solidarity with: Vulnerability and Experience Required

Pope Francis urges us to reject the throwaway culture and instead embrace a culture of solidarity. A primary virtue in Catholic social teaching, solidarity requires building relationships founded upon equal human dignity, experience and vulnerability are required. This creates certain challenges for teaching and learning about global solidarity within the confines of a classroom. In this article, I highlight three pedagogical tools I use to create space for experience and vulnerability. Without physically leaving Queens, NY, students begin learning to be in solidarity with others through digitally engaging multiple stories, online simulations, and academic service learning.

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