Saturday 15 November was the last day of the workshop, a day under the title “Where do we go? To which frontiers is the Lord calling us?”. One participant and member of the Facilitating Team from India, Xavier Jeyaraj, left the following comment on this blog which describes beautifully what most of us felt:
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.
The ‘real action’ that Xavier Jeyaraj speaks about might look like this:
- Network for Migration (led by Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes España & CPAL)
- Network for communication and exchanging information on Peace and Human Rights (led by Hekima College/JESAM)
- Coordination for Education Initiatives (led by Fe y Alegría)
- Group working on Development Aid (led by Entreculturas)
- Group working on Models for Sustainable Development (led by CPAL)
- Network on Natural Resources and Displacement (led by South Asia/JESA)
- Ecology group (led by OCIPE)
- Additionally, South Asia will also lead on Religious Fundamentalism.
- Two documents are also planned: one on our common mission, drawing together the above themes into one vision; and the other one on spirituality and Ignatian advocacy.
Since your faithful correspondent was down with the flu during the sessions where the above was decided (that’s also the reason for the delay in posting – apologies!), for the moment, I can’t completely assure the correctness of the nine points. I will update this list as soon as I have reliable information.
The Workshop is over – the work can begin!
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