Food Justice: How to Stand with Workers and Care for Creation
This session will introduce students to what is commonly known as “factory farming” and the impact it has on workers, the environment, and animals. Students will come away being able to explain what a factory farm is, what laws regulate industrial farming, and what reforms have been proposed. You will learn what Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’s new encyclical have to say about factory farming and how you can make a positive impact simply by changing what’s on your plate!
Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Catholic Teach-In on Migration
Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province – Mary Baudouin
How can we change the hearts and minds of students and parishioners about our nation’s difficult immigration issue? The Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University has been trying to do that – with some good success – through Teach-Ins where parishioners and students have an opportunity to listen to the very real and personal stories of recent migrants, most of whom are teens and young adults. The Teach-Ins include prayer, large group testimony by undocumented immigrants, an overview of Catholic Social Teaching on Migration, and, most important, small group discussions with the migrants themselves. Both the participants and migrants are walking away from these sessions with changed attitudes and beliefs about each other, and a newfound understanding of the humanity of the other. This workshop will provide tools for organizing a teach-in at your school or parish.
Legal Challenges Facing Central American Asylum Seekers
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA – Giulia McPherson
Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown Law – Jean Han
In early 2015, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools launched a partnership to identify and address the legal challenges faced by families and children from Central America seeking protection in the U.S. This session will explore these challenges, and related recommendations, which are documented in the June 2015 report A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants.
The Economics of Laudato Si’
USCCB – Tom Mulloy
Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on ecology is also a profound challenge of the way the global economy operates. In Laudato Si, he writes about the relationship of deep poverty, inequality, joblessness, hunger, family stability, and other social issues, to environmental degradation. His is critical of the economic and political institutions that have structured the economy in this way, and is hopeful for their participation in the profound renewal that must take place. This session will explore the Holy Father’s vision of economic justice laid out in the document, as well as how we can carry out his hope for renewed action and commitment to standing in solidarity with people living in poverty and excluded from economic life, both in our own communities and around the world.
Hopeful Girl: Student Film Making in the Third World
Le Moyne College – Michael Streissguth, Delaney Lawrence, Stefon Greene
In early 2013, four Le Moyne College students and their faculty mentor traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to produce a documentary film about the aspirations of a girl who attends the Jesuit-founded Working Boys Center. None of them had ever traveled to a third world nation, much less made a film in one. This session will discuss preparation required and the techniques of documentary inquiry needed to produce the film. The documentary will also be screened.
Devotedly in Our Lord: The Berrigans and Engaging Nonviolence through Letters
Loyola University Chicago – Daniel Cosacchi
Fordham University – Eric Martin
Over more than fifty years, the famed brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan engaged faithfully in correspondence with one another. Often, their letters focused on how they and others could work together to combat injustice, especially the injustice of warfare and nuclear weapons. We believe that their letters are historical artifacts worthy of widespread study, and also that they point towards something more. Ideally, with as much public exposure as possible, they have the potential to inspire many people (especially those in the Ignatian Family) to work for a more just, and peaceful society.
Fe y Alegría: Schools that Change the World
Friends of Fe y Alegría in the United States – Erika Meyer
Fe y Alegría is a Jesuit popular education movement that is dedicated to providing quality, inclusive education for the most vulnerable. Founded in 1955 in a barrio of Caracas, Venezuela by the Jesuit, José María Vélaz, “Fe y Alegría begins where the asphalt ends” is the inspiration behind this network of schools that reaches over 1.5 million in 19 countries. Hear testimonies and share experiences of how Fe y Alegría has had an impact in the lives of children and families throughout Latin America and learn how you can get involved from the U.S. to build bridges of solidarity with the Fe y Alegría community.
Jesuit Research-Led Teaching: Toward a Jesuit Understanding of Academe
Creighton University, Iliff School of Theology, Jesuit School of Theology – Matthew Reznicek, Rebecca Chabot, Nathaniel Romano
When Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. declared that the “prime educational objective must be to form men- and women-for-others,” he was inherently addressing how Jesuit secondary schools, universities, and teachers approach their mission of education. In today’s academic world dominated by the concept of publish or perish, our research can feel very separate from Arrupe’s clarion call. This breakout session seeks to bring together Jesuit educators, lay and ordained, to build bridges between our various disciplinary and research areas and our classrooms, integrating both more fully into the mission of education for justice. Building on experience of undergraduate-, graduate-, and professional-level educations, we will discuss strategies, pedagogies, and difficulties of remaining committed to Arrupe’s educational ideal in the modern world of academia.
The Living Stones: Pilgrimage in Palestine
St. Joseph’s Prep School – Stephen Oldham
This workshop will encourage reflection and dialogue connecting our Ignatian call to do justice for and with others in the context of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I will offer my experiences and reflections from this Living Stones pilgrimage last May in Palestine. How can we be a voice for the voiceless as American citizens today regarding this conflict?
Beyond Immersion and Service: Bridges for Institutionalizing the Impact of the Global South on our Educational Mission
Center for Global Education and Experience of Augsburg College – Mark Lester
Fr. Ellacuria emphasized that as social forces, universities need to respond to the social realities of their time, but to do so in alliance with the poor majorities, facilitating their agency and demands for change. Years of experience facilitating immersions and service trips confirms the need for ongoing, institutional presence to bridge the multiple gaps between the reality of the Global North and South, if the realities, perspectives, priorities of the poor majorities – especially those unconnected to their own local power structures – are to be heard and incorporated into our educational projects and priorities. This presentation is meant to provoke reflection on those gaps, and the important role institutions can play “as bridges” if our institutions are going to live up to Ellacuría’s vision.
Catholic Mobilizing Network – Lydia Cocom
Learn what is being done in our name. At this moment, between 80,000 to 100,000 individuals are experiencing solitary confinement in prisons across our country. Explore solitary confinement within the context of issues such as mental health, human rights and community. Discover how people of faith are working to make change happen. This workshop includes a virtual reality experience, powerful stories and advocacy training.
From Opposition to Understanding: Moving into Dialogue
JustFaith Ministries – Cory Lockhart
How do we cultivate depth and understanding in a climate where sound bites, character attacks, and outshouting “opponents” is typical? How do we encourage relationships across ideologies? Dialogue: it requires a movement from sharing thoughts to sharing from the heart, a constant willingness to remain open. This presentation will provide an explanation of the differences between discussion and dialogue and offer guidance on how to cultivate the heartfelt sharing and open-hearted listening of dialogue. Cory Lockhart will lead us through some of the ways we can encourage depth in ourselves and others through dialogue.
Organizing Beyond Barriers: “Go to the Worker”
UNITE HERE! – John Murphy
Catholic Social Teaching calls us to support immigrant workers in their struggle for workplace justice and Catholics in the United States have long answered that call. From Catholic Labor Schools to Catholic Social Action to the Catholic Workers, we have played a dynamic role in the labor movement. That tradition continues today as immigrant workers face poverty wages, undignified work and an unprecedented anti-immigrant backlash. During this session participants will learn how Catholics across the US are organizing with immigrant workers in the hospitality industry and bringing alive our Jesuit values of being men and women for others.
Finding Yourself in Service to the Poor
Catholic Volunteer Network – Katie Mulembe, Rosa Segura, Nya Brooks
How do I choose the right volunteer program? Is community living for me? How will I repay my student loans on a volunteer stipend? Will I miss out on job opportunities if I do a year of service? Join us as we answer all of your questions about full-time service and share about the many ways it can have a profound impact on your life and the world we live in. Former volunteers will share their first-hand experiences and provide advice for those discerning post-grad and summer service programs.
Catholic Relief Services University Engagement Opportunities
Catholic Relief Services University Engagement – Danielle Roberts
College students have a powerful voice. You are leaders on campus, advocates for justice, and passionate about global solidarity. We invite you into a national network of like-minded students to connect to one another and to CRS in order to learn about global injustice, connect your faith to action, develop leadership skills, and transform your campus and the world. In particular, this year’s “I am Climate Change” campaign invites students to respond to Pope Francis’s recent challenge to take action on climate change, especially because it most severely affects our brothers and sisters in poverty around the world.
Encountering the Other at L’Arche Greater Washington DC
L’Arche Greater Washington DC – Liz Yoder, Crisely Melecio-Zambrano, Eileen Schofield
As L’Arche Greater Washington D.C., we choose L’Arche as a way of life in community with people with and without intellectual disabilities. We’re part of an International Federation, celebrating solidarity and hospitality in our local homes and in more than 45 countries worldwide. Our session will focus on the bridges we build in encounters with “the other.” Community members will share about mutuality, the daily encounter, and how L’Arche can be a sign for our society. Participants will be challenged to draw from their own experiences of relationships, and will use art and conversation to apply these principles to their own lives.
“To Whom Should She Go First?:” Supporting the Effort to End Neglected Tropical Diseases as an Expression of Solidarity
END7 Campaign – Emily Conron
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) infect over one billion of the world’s poorest people, but it costs just $0.50 to treat and protect a child from seven of these debilitating diseases for a whole year. The END7 campaign was created to mobilize a grassroots movement to support the global effort to control and eliminate seven of these diseases in the next decade. Learn about the Church’s growing support for this effort and how you can rally your school, parish, and community to act in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable communities affected by NTDs through advocacy, education, and fundraising – responding to Pope Francis’ call to become “islands of mercy in a vast sea of indifference.”
Tools for the Community Engineer
Mo’ MAGIC – Sheryl Davis
Throughout the nation there is a call for police reform; there is concern that certain populations of young people are more at risk of negative interactions with police. Learn more about a program that speaks to the ISN call to support funding for youth and gang violence prevention programs. See a model that connects youth at risk of being involved in violence with the San Francisco Police Department to change how they all view each other.
Laudato Si: This Changes Everything
Franciscan Action Network, Global Catholic Climate Movement – Patrick Carolan
Pope Francis wastes no time in writing about the problem when in the second paragraph he states, “This sister [Earth] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the good which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters entitled to plunder her at will.” In paragraph 202, our Holy Father guides us to the solution when he states, “Many things have to change course, but it is we humans above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and a future to be shared by everyone.” In his talk, Patrick Carolan will discuss what this means to us as individuals, how we can transform ourselves and our communities.
Turning Social Justice into a Vocation: Graduate Studies in Theology and Ministry
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry – Adam Poluzzi
Have you ever thought about making service and ministry a life-long career? Well, you can! Join the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and hear about the many different opportunities that are available to people wanting to put faith into life long action after college, years of service, and other careers.
LGBT Issues in Our Schools: The State of the State
Xavier High School – Jack Raslowsky
After a brief opening presentation setting the context for an understanding and appreciation of Catholic teaching and writing about issues of sexual orientation, participants will be invited to reflect on their personal and institutional experiences and share successes, failures, challenges, ideas, hopes, dreams and questions about creating inclusive, respectful and caring environments in Jesuit and other education settings.
On the Courts, Off the Streets
The Carroll Ballers – Becky Barsa, Jackie Sosnowski
The Carroll Ballers is a unique and innovative service opportunity that strives to reduce the rate of recidivism within the juvenile justice system through the game of basketball and genuine, lasting relationships, both on and off the court. As Jesuits, it is our responsibility to be men and women for and with others; this includes all members of society. This is an opportunity to come to understand the delicate balance of juvenile incarceration and profound hope. In this session we will show how and why The Carroll Ballers was created, what our mission is, how we achieve that each week, and most importantly, how you can, too.
The Power of Fair Trade
Erin Mackey & Peter Buck – CRS, Equal Exchange, Fair Trade Campaigns
What we buy matters! During this session we will discuss on bringing fair trade to your campus, school, parish, or community and why it is important in light of our faith. @CRSFairtrade @EqExCoop |All Groups|