The Life, Justice & Peace Commission advises the Office of Life, Justice & Peace. Members of the Commission are volunteers who represent various interests of Archdiocese parishioners -- youth, young adult, middle age, elderly, deacons, clergy, diversity, geography, and issues -- and a diversity of thought and experience.
After consultation with the Commission, the following issues are the priority of the Office through June 2019.
- Affordable Housing and Homelessness
- Child Tax Credit
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Fair Trade
- TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
- Tenant Rights
- Wage Theft
Reauthorization of the Farm Bill (2017-18)
- SNAP and TEFAP (Preferential Option for the Poor)
- Support for rural communities (Rural Life)
- Subsidies and support for small farmers (Subsidiarity)
- International food aid (Global Solidarity)
- A focus on food (Agriculture)
A designation as a priority issue focuses the Office's efforts and resources on that issue.
- Sustainable agricultural practices (Care for Creation)
The Office may take the lead, as it will on Laudato Si' and the Catholic Culture of Life.
The Office may be an active collaborator, such as Wage Theft, where it is an active member of the Oregon Wage Theft Coalition.
When there is a leading organization, such as the Community Alliance of Tenants, the role of the Office will be as an active supporter and promoter.