International symposium on the Spiritual Exercises and ecological conversion: Exploring the Spiritual Exercises in responding to the ecological crisis

International symposium on the Spiritual Exercises and ecological conversion: Exploring the Spiritual Exercises in responding to the ecological crisis

The International Center for Ignatian Spirituality (Centre Internacional d’Espiritualitat Ignasiana or CIEI), the Ignatian School of Spirituality (l’Escola Ignasiana d’Espiritualitat or EIDES), and an international committee are convening the International Symposium 2024 on the Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion from 10 to 16 June 2024 at the Cova de Sant Ignasi (Cave of Saint Ignatius) in Manresa (Barcelona), Spain.

This symposium emerged as a result of and continuation of the symposium on the Mystagogies of the Spiritual Exercises 500 years afterwards in June 2022.

The Spiritual Exercises and ecological conversion is the theme chosen for the 2024 international symposium and how the experience of the Exercises can promote an awareness and a change in attitude towards the ecological crisis.

The Four Weeks of the Exercises will be studied to explore their potential in responding to the ecological challenge through speakers from various parts of the world who are engaged in this field and who have reflected on the spiritual experience it entails.

The symposium’s objectives are:

  • To create a climate of listening, reflection, and dialogue that allows for the exploration of the potential of the Exercises in ecological conversion and transformation
  • To deepen the notion of Creation of which we are part, because all creatures come from God
  • To realize that our relationship with God is inseparable from caring for others and nature
  • To become aware that we are all responsible for taking care of the Common Home that is the Earth and that we must make a path of reconciliation with it, all of which implies deep changes in our lifestyle
  • To discover that following the poor and humble Jesus entails a certain lifestyle that has an impact on our relationship with nature
  • To become aware of the pain and passion of Creation as well as the passion and persecution that certain peoples and populations suffer due to the despoliation of the planet and the commitment that this implies
  • To become aware of the importance of food because it has direct effects on the way we access products and treat other beings
  • To create a consensus on a certain style and ecological commitments in Spirituality Centers.

The symposium is intended primarily for those who accompany the Exercises, have responsibilities in the formation of Ignatian spirituality, or direct retreat centers and houses of spirituality.

For more information, please visit the symposium website, available in English, Catalan, and Spanish:

International Symposium 2024 on the Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion

Simposi Internacional 2024 sobre Exercicis Espirituals i Conversió Ecológica

Simposio Internacional 2024 sobre Ejercicios Espirituales y Conversión Ecológica

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