Ecojesuit, the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) on Ecology, is organizing its 2023 meeting in Asia Pacific from 7 to 11 August at Balay Laudato Si’, a culture and ecology workshop and venue facility in the ancestral domain of the Pulangiyēn community in Bukidnon in northern Mindanao, Philippines.
With the theme Commitment, Communication, and Collaboration, the meeting’s objectives are: 1) to listen to the contexts and challenges of ecological engagements at the Conference, Province, and local levels, to strengthen Ecojesuit’s actions and connectivity; 2) to identify cross-Conference linkages where broader partnership is possible; and 3) to strengthen the network’s communication strategies and processes for effective advocacy.
Previous Ecojesuit annual meetings were held in Bonn, Germany in 2017, in Leticia, Colombia in 2018, and in Mumbai, India in 2019 to discern how local, regional, and global collaboration as a network can be strengthened amidst social and ecological challenges at the global and local.
The forthcoming meeting will gather ecology representatives and other engaged institutions from the Conferences, and a representative from Christian Life Community. Speakers from Santa Clara University and Loyola University Chicago will facilitate some sessions to strengthen collective action in community-based research and action as Ecojesuit explores collaboration with the academe.
Given the sustained crises from fires, floods, conflicts, migration, a transition to an El Niño weather pattern, and with poor political action for the environment, the challenges are mounting.
It is important to discern a shared vision while communicating the hope needed, especially with the youth, and the people with whom we seek to work. Conference participation and commitment are a challenge. With the continuing changes in people and priorities, there are new perspectives and aspirations where Ecojesuit is challenged to do more with its partners and to sustain the engagement through e-media. Part of this challenge is to continuously include the dimension of shared faith in caring for Creation.