Analysis for Action
Learn where you stand on an issue and what course of action you should take using a Good Shepherd Lens. Follow the steps below.
Observation & Info Gathering
Who is affected by the issue?
How are they affected by this issue?
What are their stories and experiences?
What are the root causes of this issue?
What factors impact those root causes?
How are those causes connected to each other?
What current policies influence the issue?
\Who gains from the situation? Who loses?
Determine Your Position
Good Shepherd and Catholic Social Teaching Framework
What is the Good Shepherd vision of a just society? How do the Good Shepherd values of individual worth, mercy, reconciliation and zeal intersect with this issue? Are they accounted for? Where might they be lacking?
Catholic Social Teaching
What position takes into account the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching?
Find the Political Connection
How does your position and the values that generated your position compare to current policy?
How have [your] elected officials impacted the issue?
What should they do to address the issue?
What external factors influence how they might address the issue?
Determine a Course of Action
How can you and your organization influence your elected officials to address the issue?
How can you and your organization inform others about the issue?
How can you and your organization get others involved to address the issue?