Yesterday’s presentations of the four case studies needed some digesting. This was done in small groups who were asked to discuss the following questions: How does my own experience relate to the case studies? What is Ignatian abou the experience? I was especially interested to hear the answers to the second question, and here are some of the answers:
- Ignatian advocacy is grounded in faith and passion that leads to action.
- It always takes the perspective of the excluded and speaks in their favour.
- It is based on discernment, on the deepest movements within us.
- It has clear ethical positions.
The second part of the day is dedicated to a discussion of the position paper “A Model of Ignatian Advocacy” that Frank Turner (OCIPE) has prepared for this workshop. While the small group discussions about the paper are currently going on, the morning session has already identified some contentious issues. It seems that the main disagreement regarding the model is over DIALOGUE VS. CONFRONTATION in advocacy. Joe Xavier from India expressed his concern in this way: “You cannot dialogue when you are on uneven ground.”