Archive for Networking

Two great tasks of our time

loyola-meet-01-758x426How can Jesuits and their colleagues respond more effectively to the challenges of justice issues all over the world? That was the question explored by an international group of over fifty Jesuits and co-workers from various Jesuit justice organisations  when they met together in Loyola, Spain from 17-20 November. Among them was Irish Jesuit Martin Curry SJ, Programmes Officer of Irish Jesuit Missions.  As well as discussing the demands that social and environmental crises around the world make on those involved in areas of justice the group also explored how they could best cooperate and network together as part of an international organisation.

Objectivity and urgency driving the Stockholm Dialogue

2015_11_30_Editorial_Photo2With joy and hope in their hearts, and openness and creativity in their minds, the Global Igntian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology entered into the second day of the Stockholm Dialogue to explore with members of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) the relationship between scientific objectivity and social urgency inherent within what we know as sustainability science – a science that emphasises and puts into practical action the social transformation that embraces social inclusion and environmental integrity.

The July 2015 conference in Melbourne, Australia

melbourne_2015The July 2015 conference in Melbourne, Australia focused on “Expanding the Jesuit Higher Education Network: Collaborations for Social Justice.” Close to 200 leaders of Jesuit higher education institutions around the world spent three days discussing current collaborative projects and seeking future opportunities. The challenges and opportunities were well articulated in a video on “Social Justice and the Jesuit University” that complements a document on the same subject entitled “The Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society.” The video, document, program, extended interview with Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, can be found on this site.

Jesuit Educational Association (JEA)

jeasa_logoThe Jesuit Educational Association (legal title: Jesuit Conference of India-Educational Section) was constituted in 1961 with the aim of providing Jesuits with a forum of reflection on the educational apostolate of the Society in the context of changing conditions in South Asia. All Jesuit educational institutions in South Asia are members of the JEA. The secretariat, assisted especially by the Province/Region Coordinators of Education, seeks to animate Jesuit educational institutions to a deeper understanding of the Jesuit vision in Education especially through the implementation of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy. This entails enabling the institutions to be rooted in the local context, to network with like-minded institutions and be instruments of social change.

Ignatian Advocacy Network

ignatian_advocacy_networkFrom the last Congregation, and accompanied by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, several international networks for Ignatian advocacy have begun to develop in several areas: Ecology, Peace and Human Rights, Right to quality education, Governance of natural and mineral resources, Migrants and displaced people.These networks have invited institutions from all the Conferences in the Society to respond in an articulated way in the five areas above mentioned.Though many of these institutions belong to the social apostolate, they wish to collaborate with apostolic works from other sectors and offer, together with them, a more holistic response to the above challenges of our common mission.