The Ignatian Solidarity Network, an association of Jesuit institutions, hosts the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice annually in Washington D.C. It is an exciting gathering of students and teachers from Jesuit high schools and universities nationwide to discuss relevant social justice issues. The Teach-In lasts three days in November and features keynote speakers and breakout sessions to educate attendees about issues ranging from fair trade and immigration to domestic poverty and sustainability. One of the goals of the Teach-In is to prepare students and their teachers to go out and advocate on the issues they learned about during the Teach-In.
Inspired by the life and vision of Servant of God Pedro Arrupe SJ, the Arrupe Leaders Summitis an opportunity for six emerging student leaders from our SLUH community. Below is the description taken from the program's website.
"The Summit invites emerging student leaders and faculty chaperones from high schools and parishes nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities.
Throughout the program, students exploreThe Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders through the lens of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.’s life. Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, is known for his strong leadership of the Jesuits during a tumultuous period in global history and a time of great transition for the Catholic Church and the Jesuits. Fr. Arrupe’s commitment to engaging the Second Vatican Council’s call to solidarity with all of humanity was demonstrated through his emphasis on the Jesuits’ re-commitment to serving those on the margins and seeing social justice as core to one’s faith in Christ.
Summit facilitators weave together Arrupe’s example with the leadership best practices, and help students make connections to their own lives through small group conversation, activities and personal reflection time. Further, students and faculty are given ample opportunities to share social justice programming ideas and make connections with fellow social justice leaders from around the country."