Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


On this site, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a wide variety of resources for implementing the social teaching of the church within the life of the local parish by helping parishes "find resources about living as communities of salt and light".


collection of reflections

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Present the youth in your congregation with different social justice scenarios and require them to create responses to those challenges after doing the "What Would You Do? An Activity for Youth Groups".
  • Emphasize the role of lay people as "salt and light” in the world, caring for the poor, and advocating for justice through the formation of community and in solidarity with those who suffer.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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