IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE 2023
October 28-30 | Washington, D.C.
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Learn, pray, and advocate for justice at the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States.
The Teach-In is a place for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to be empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. Now in its 26th year, the Teach-In has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.
Pre-Sessions (Includes Orientation, Networking Sessions, and Advocacy Training)
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Day 1
Reflection Rooms Open
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Day 2
Reflection Rooms Open
Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
We are boundless: unified in difference. We are beloved: working for justice witnesses to that love. God imbues us with immeasurable creativity and collaboration as we approach this work. We cannot set bounds or limits on God’s love–therefore, the promised vision of God’s justice is beyond what we can possibly imagine. Our striving for our collective liberation will never be complete, and that in and of itself empowers us to pursue that work.
Community is essential to the pursuit of justice. We are not merely fellow workers in these labors, but truly siblings and friends. Realizing our unique goodness and giftedness, we are drawn into a union of minds and hearts. As a community, we must be open to the questions of the Spirit: What are the signs of the times? What does our reality demand? Where are the intersections? How do we use our unique gifts to build a more just world? We here enter into discernment.
We experience the walls and divisions of our world and challenge them with a radical love. Beginning with a listening heart, we recognize the belovedness of each person and the community as a whole. The Spirit impels us to prayer and study that lights the path forward. From there, we take planned, collaborative action to create a world where human dignity is universally upheld. We have deep faith that justice will prevail and that the promise of the boundless and beloved community is possible here on earth.
Cancellations/ Refunds: Any cancellations occurring prior to 9/15 will be eligible for a refund of registration fees minus the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations occurring 9/16 or later will not be eligible for a refund.
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Get to know our nation’s Capitol during your Teach-In experience! Explore the seat of democracy where decisions and history are made every day. Participants can access many D.C. sites on foot or via the metro.
“For 18 years, IFTJ has been central to my life and prayer. Attending when I was fifteen, it was the first time in my life that I felt like I belonged. The opportunities for friendship, learning, and hope are extraordinary and are a great sense of renewal every year. As a teacher bringing students, many of them felt heard and excited for the first time in their lives. It’s a powerful experience of justice and goodness in the world!”
“Attending IFTJ was such an empowering and fun event. I got to be a part of the fight for social justice. I remember walking to the senator’s building and feeling like I was not alone in this fight and that my voice was being heard. I became great friends with students all over the nation who are also fighting for a more just world. We are stronger together!”
“.. in the midst of some really challenging years, IFTJ is consistently a space of consolation, hope, and resolve. Whatever the secret sauce is, you have it. Thank you for creating this space and empowering and encouraging our Ignatian family.”
“I really appreciated the vulnerability of all the speakers, and was grateful to be able to share my own perspectives at the breakout sessions”
“The Teach-In was very informative and taught me so many new things. It was great talking with college and high school students from around the country and listening to their personal stories. This is something I think everyone should experience”
“The Teach-In opened my eyes to a world of injustice and how our faith influences our actions. Being with people like me inspired me to do better for our environment, immigrants, and community. I can say I’m more than ready to go out and work towards injustice.”
“This was Gonzaga Prep’s first IFTJ with students, and I cannot explain to you the positive impact that it had on them. … IFTJ opened their eyes to the love, support, and unapologetic stance for acknowledging the dignity of all and advocating for the marginalized. They are so psyched to be a part of the Ignatian Family.”
“The conference reinforced the career I wish to pursue, but most importantly provided me skills and knowledge.”
“Through all of the breakout sessions and presentations, I learned so much about contributing to social justice and how everyone can be an advocate.”
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