Manaus - Seminar discerning the mission of the Pan-Amazonic Plan
Between 19 and 22 November a Seminar was held in Manaus to discern the mission of the recently initiated Jesuit Plan for the Pan-Amazonia. At present there are around 70 Jesuits working in different countries of the Amazonia: Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. People from all these countries came together for the first time to share their experiences and envision their future joint work. This Plan is being promoted by the Conference of Latin America, which has identified the Amazonia as one of its priorities. Click for more information. The REPAM (Red Eclesial Panamazónica) has also released a pastoral letter in Spanish, and English.
Johannesburg - Jesuit Pre-forum on Migration
Jesuits from all over Africa and a few from Europe gathered in Johannesburg from December 2-4, to reflect on migration in Africa and envision possible new responses in the African Conference. This meeting was called Pre-forum as it took place right before the VI World Social Forum (Dec. 5-8) on Migrations in Johannesburg. Most of the delegates from the Jesuit Provinces also attended the Forum. They launched a press release, "Building a culture of hospitality and inclusiveness" in English, and Spanish.
Nairobi - Reconciling with creation
Jesuit African Social Centres Network (JASCNET) held a training seminar on Ecology in Nairobi, from 24 to 28 November. It was led by Fr Pedro Walpole SJ, the director of Environmental Science for Social Change in Manila and coordinator of the responses on ecology in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. The attendants were coming from all over the continent. At the end they launched a press release on ecology in English, and French.
Asia Pacific - Sustainability coordinator training program
An online program to train sustainability coordinators in Jesuit schools and institutes within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific has been launched. This was developed as a response to the Jesuit mission on ecology. It will enable better green campus management, in line with the JCAP agenda of "Growing a Green Campus", by strengthening the capacity of school managers in waste auditing and baseline data development, engineering, waste management, organization and system management, and carbon footprint auditing. Click to know more.
US - Newsletter of "Investments that do justice"
The National Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility (NJCIR) advocates for corporate behavior consistent with Catholic social teaching, through dialogues with corporations, shareholder resolutions and proxy voting. They have just released another newsletter where you can find the very innovative ways in which they engage with corporations.
Spain - Living ecology in our communities
A team from the social apostolate has prepared some materials to reflect and pray on ecology in an Ignatian way. The aim is to offer Christian communities a wider awareness about these questions. The documents offer a reflection proposal for several community meetings and some prayers, using an Ignatian method and trying to connect to our Ignatian and Church tradition and to our personal option Faith-Justice. Click to download the materials.
India - Rallying to protect the rights of the poor
Activists from Udayani Social Action Forum, the Jesuits social action wing of Calcutta Province, participated in a 20,000 strong protest rally - comprising of farmers, pensioners, slum dwellers, daily labourers and other underprivileged people from all over India - in Delhi with the slogan, 'Abki baar Hamara Adhikar' (This time it is our rights). The protest was against the central government's proposal to dilute and bring changes in some of the key 'pro-poor legislations' such as Rural employment guarantee act, National food security act and Land acquisition act, all in favour of corporate sector. Read more...
India - Jesuits Campaign for self-determination of indigenous people
The Supreme Court of India cancelled 214 out of 218 coal blocks allotted to private companies over the past two decades, calling them "illegal". While the newly formed central government is preparing guidelines for re-auctioning those illegal mines, Bagaicha, the social coordination centre of Jesuits in central India, together with many Indigenous people, organizations, people's movements in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, are campaigning to stop the process of re-auctioning with a "demand that the Gram Sabha (village governance institution) be recognized as the legitimate, constitutional body to decide on all that pertains to mining" in their respective places that are being affected by these illegal mines. Kindly sign the petition to join the campaign.
Global - Newsletter from the International Jesuit Prison Network
The recently started International Jesuit Prison Network has released the latest edition of its newsletter in 2014. Within a year, the network has been able to call together many Jesuits and lay partners serving prisoners all over the world. This network is allowing these pastors to share their experiences and good practices. Read the newsletter here.
Rome - Jesuit Yearbook 2015 on 'Society of Jesus and Ecology'
'Open your eyes... and see things anew' is an invitation to watch the present world as creation, a place where we can meet God and aknowledge Him in all his creautures. The new Yearbook of the Society of Jesus dedicates a special section to the major theme of the problem of ecology, that has become ever more urgent in today. The twelve articles written from various perspectives, explain with examples the immensity of the problem that we confront today and how we can act in concrete ways to limit damage to our environment.
El Salvador - Twenty fifth anniversary of UCA martyrs
November 16, 2014, marked twenty-five years since Ignacio Ellacuría, 5 other Jesuit companions and their housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her 15-year-old daughter Celina, were murdered at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. The legacy of the Jesuit martyrs significantly influenced the Church and the Jesuit community around the world. Jesuit institutions, particularly UCA, and Jesuit communities all over world are commemorating the 25th anniversary in unique ways through exhibitions, processions, prayer services, seminars, discussions, vigils etc. In El Salvador itself lots of programs are going on throughout November, in memory of the martyrs. On Sunday 16th November, a special Eucharist was celebrated inside the crypt of the Cathedral. Click here to read the list of UCA programs.
Africa - Jesuits Social Centers Network (JASCNET)
From 15 to 19 October 2014, the JASCNET, in collaboration with the Arrupe Center for Research and Training, organized a seminar on "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) in Africa. This seminar is the second organized under the theme "Governance of Natural Resources", one of the strategic emphases of the JASCNET program. The first seminar on this subject took place in June 2013 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). JASCNET had planned to hold the second in October 2014, again in Lubumbashi. But because of the turmoil caused by the fear of Ebola in the DRC, it was relocated, and took place in Nairobi, Kenya at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations. Click here to read the press note.