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A day of action

Today was going to be the “tough” day, when all the great ideas of the last few days would have to be shaped into something that could become actions. It turns out that the morning was a bit of a rough ride but an agreement was eventually reached over how to form groups around topics of interest.

At the time of writing, these groups are meeting on the ground floor, like this sub-group of the Poverty & Development group:


The topics of interest that participants are gathering around are:

  • Poverty & Development
  • Human Rights, Peace & Reconciliation
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Migration & Refugees

The questions that the groups are trying to answer regard possible methodologies and structures – bi-lateral, multi-lateral and at the level of the Society of Jesus – as appropriate to their topic of interest. The toughest question to answer, however, will be “What might be your level of commitment as an institution or (Jesuit) Conference?”.

As Jim Stormes pointed out this morning, the group gathered here in El Escorial these days is the group of people involved in advocacy within the Society of Jesus. If they don’t make commitments, nobody will do it for them, and the chance to do so now is not going to re-present itself very soon. Of course, the group will also make recommendations for actions that others should take (e.g. within the governance levels of the Society of Jesus) but the commitment of the participants in this workshop will be pivotal to the success of any future advocacy action that the Jesuits or individual Jesuit and wider Ignatian institutions will undertake.


About utaroma

I'm the Officer for Advocacy Networks and Communication of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. Or, shorter and sweeter: passionate about writing, fighting and networking for the greater glory of God.


2 thoughts on “A day of action

  1. I quietly celebrated the birthday of Pedro Arrupe on Nov.14th and I know that he would have jumped for joy at your efforts. He will bless your work and will guide you to the most urgent areas. Thank you all and blessings from Australia.

    Posted by Mary Tiller | 15 November 2008, 01:32
  2. Having been part of the process of this Advocacy workshop, and having gone through the desolation and consolation, I was thrilled to see how the last day of “REAL ACTION” plan went so smoothly. It was really wonderful to see how each participant felt the need to enter into, what I may call the ‘real action’ on all the issues that came up. I could see the commitment of the participants to the cause and to the people they are united with and struggling with. It was worth going through the birth pangs of this workshop. I sincerely hope and pray that we are guided by our ‘Advocate’ the Holy Spirit to take the process forward in each of the our places.

    Posted by Xavier Jeyaraj | 16 November 2008, 09:23

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