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Collaboration through networking: Learnings from the social apostolate in Europe

15 July 2016
: Jesuit Networking es una iniciativa internacional para apoyar el surgimiento de la innovación de abajo hacia arriba de colaboración para la Misión universal en el cuerpo apostólico de los jesuitas.  En noviembre de 2015, el encuentro “Networking for Justice” reunió a las principales redes globales de justicia del Apostolado Social de la Compañía de Jesús en Loyola, España para evaluar y promover el trabajo en red como una herramienta importante en la lucha por la justicia. Foto de: Jesuit Networking

José Ignacio García, SJ (translated by Erika Meyer from the original Spanish) Sometimes the most obvious journey is not always the easiest to accomplish.  This is the case with collaboration through networking.  Although we might be talking about similar institutions engaged in similar activities and all of them either Jesuit or Ignatian; and although you might think they form part of the same organization, the fact is that collaboration is not always a given. Rather, in Europe, our tradition reflects little collaboration.  There is a certain degree of knowledge regarding its importance, but unfortunately we have to recognize that there has been little collaboration until a few years ago. It is not easy to carry out an accurate analysis of the reasons that have kept us in a prolonged state of respectful inaction.  For years, we have launched “euro-groups” of all kinds: schools of philosophy, theology faculties, master of novices, primary and secondary schools, Jesuit students, the apostolate of prayer, specialists in ecumenism or university chaplains. In the best cases, these groups have come to share “best practices” but it is very difficult to accept that they have been true “working groups” or active networks.  We have learned about one
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Renewing ecological life and mission

30 June 2016
: Fortalecer la acción ecológica entre los participantes en el taller de JCAP como comunidades de práctica. Foto de: A Ignacio

JCAP Reconciliation with Creation team Beginning with gratitude and reflecting on the letter of Father General Adolfo Nicolás in preparation for the 36th General Congregation, the Reconciling with Creation Reflection workshop recently held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Bukidnon, Philippines renewed life and mission for 35 participants from 10 member countries of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP), giving depth to ecological action. For three days with no Internet, email, and cellular phone signal, participants from Jesuit social, pastoral, and education apostolates, the local diocese and archdiocese, and a local community group of teachers and youth took part in the local exchanges and four workshop sessions – acting as one.  The search for peace and human development in the Philippine Province “Roadmap of Mindanao” helped all connect. The GC 36 calls “to accompany vulnerable migrants, refugees, indigenous and homeless people” and “to care for both our human and natural environment” and “develop sustainable ecological and social practices both within our Jesuit communities and apostolates” inspired and affirmed the workshop objectives.  As participants worked together and shared experiences, they developed 60 joint actions for strengthening, collaboration, and communication as networks and communities of practice Bendum’s morning forest clouds
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Responsible consumption and production

Julie Edwards Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One...

Los participantes en el taller JCAP en Bendum con la cordillera de Pantaron como telón de fondo, Dave está en la última fila, el 9º por la izquierda. Foto de: A Ignacio

Reconciling with creation and renewing mission in Micronesia and beyond

David Andrus, SJ In a brief report to the Jesuits of Micronesia, David Andrus, SJ shares his experience as one of the participants to the Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP)  held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Philippines from 6 to 10 June 2016. I...

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