Ecojesuit: Collaborating through networking and international relations

Ecojesuit: Collaborating through networking and international relations

Featured in the latest issue of Comillas Journal of International Relations (No 29, 2024) is the document Ecojesuit: Collaborating through networking and international relations that unpacks the experience of Ecojesuit as a global network in helping explore new ways of collaborating across institutions and committed individuals for better participation in global processes.

As shared in the abstract:

Ecojesuit is a tiny voice at the fringes of the UN meetings on climate and sustainability but adds effort to the broader social commitment for global action. It connects with other organizations sharing goodwill, capacities, and voices caring for our common home and those struggling in the local context of climate disasters.

While COP28 was a great disappointment for those seeking fossil fuel phaseout, research of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is increasingly upheld. Such participation in international relations deepens the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) and Jesuit regional Conferences in apostolic planning.

The process of growing a Jesuit network of broad collaboration takes decades; each revision involves greater participation and inclusion of present realities and meaning in life.”

The story of Ecojesuit reflects the collective desire to care for our environment – ecosystems, biodiversity within and climate around – where we live in and take action.

The objective is not to expect to technically solve this constructed world of problems, but to share the reality and lighten the burden from the local to the global. Ecojesuit seeks to connect with the basic life and prayer, connecting the story or renewal with community and mission.

Ecojesuit is an ongoing learning of how local actions can be drawn together and form a story – a belief – that from these small actions of wellbeing, personal fulfillment, and community collaboration, the greater horizon becomes a more workable reality.

In De Statu Societatis Iesu (p 93), Father General Arturo Sosa SJ calls for further focus and deeper reflection and conversion: “In practically all the Provinces/Regions it is recognized that we have not found the way forward or changed our life-mission to collaborate in the care of our Common Home in a new and effective manner.”

It is here where the Spirit helps us discern, so we can act with hope and seek to reconcile the human destruction of our own being as nature. Collective learning is very slow, it comes with a generation that seeks change. Not every generation seeks change as some build further on the model of the earlier generation, but then comes a generation confronted by the world itself changing. What does our network need to do in itself and with others to achieve this sense of the mission?

We are sent to reconcile, so as we seek renewal each in our local context, may we pray to know the direction and where we are called to accompany and may we send out that telegram to the world we know and seek together the right action, just like Father Arrupe did.

Ecojesuit: Collaborating through networking and international relations is available as a PDF document here. This document is one of the articles featured in the latest issue of Comillas Journal of International Relations (No 29, 2024)

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