Welcome to this inaugural volume and issue of Engaging Pedagogies in Catholic Higher Education (EPiCHE), published by Saint Mary's College of California. EPiCHE is an open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of the theory, research, policy and practice of civic engagement, community-based research, service-learning, leadership, and social justice education in the context of Catholic higher education. We are interested in including how multiple faith traditions and disciplinary perspectives contribute to strengthening engaged pedagogies in Catholic higher education and beyond.

This first edition of EPiCHE includes a timely piece by Cornel West about social inequality and the New Jim Crow. Following West's opening article are two papers which look at social justice education first from the lens of shame and second from the lens of self, sociology and Catholic Social Teaching. The issue closes with a case study of a service-learning course which links engaged spirituality with the rock music of U2.

Now more than ever, our students and our culture require authentic engagement with ideas and work that matter. We at EPiCHE believe that faculty and staff also embody this desire to do good work and good scholarship in service of the common good. We welcome you on this pedagogical journey.