A DIGITAL + IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE
PRE-SESSION #2 (11/6, 3:00-4:00)
Advocacy 101: How to Have an Effective Lobby Visit
Presenter: NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
This workshop will go over the essential elements of an effective lobby visit from the moment you enter the office (or Zoom room!) to the thank-you email. You will also get some ideas for how to build relationships with your Members of Congress back home, as well as their staff in-district. This session is best for folks who have never attended a lobby visit before—or would like to brush up on their skills.
Making the Connection: The UCA Martyrs and Realities of Migration Today
Presenter: Bob Lassalle-Klein, Holy Names University
Build connections between U.S. funding and engagement in El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s, during which 70,000 innocent people were killed by their own military, including six Jesuits and two laywomen, and migration to the U.S. from El Salvador today to escape gang activity, violence, and poverty.
Solidarity on Tap
Featuring: Olga Segura, author and editor at National Catholic Reporter
Location: Columbia 6
Join ISN and Olga Segura, writer and editor at National Catholic Reporter and author of Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church, for a Q&A.
Enjoy the cash bar (The first drink is on us!) and light appetizers and join us as we kick off the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. (21 & OVER ONLY – NO UNDERGRAD STUDENTS)
TIME: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Q&A: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Homeboy Joy Ride
A film by Paul Steinbroner, TouchPoint Productions
Homeboy Joy Ride is a multi-award-winning 30 minute documentary about how connection and community overcomes the soul-sickness of addiction and gang violence. Through interviews with Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., homies, and homegirls, we find how they discovered a willingness to overcome their emotional, physical, and spiritual traumas and imagine a life that has value, meaning, and purpose.
Filling History with Light: Legacy of the UCA Martyrs
Presenters: Universidad Centroamericana students and Kevin Yonkers-Talz
The poet Antonio Machado wrote: “Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.” In El Salvador, we have the privilege and challenge of walking in the paths of our Salvadoran Martyrs. What does this history mean for us? How has it impacted our spirituality and how does it shed light on our constant seeking for justice and peace. In this presentation, Salvadoran UCA students will address these questions from their context in El Salvador.
Get to Know JVC Northwest
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
Room: Columbia 12
Learn what a year of service and community is like in the Pacific Northwest. Former Jesuit Volunteer Zayna Abusada will share her experiences as a volunteer and outline what our volunteers can expect. She’ll also discuss ways that JVC Northwest is committed to being an equitable and inclusive program for both our volunteers and our community partners.
Discerning a Religious Vocation with Jesuits and Women Religious
Room: Columbia 9
Are you interested in discerning a religious vocation? Join the Jesuits and women religious for a networking session on vocation and religious life.
What Does It Take to Be a Jesuit Volunteer?
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Room: Columbia 7
JVs are always doing something different. They live intentionally with other volunteers, move towards real solidarity and social justice, and form their lives through a lens of faith and hope. Why do hundreds of young leaders choose this path every year? We invite you to share in the conversation with JVC staff, former volunteers, and aspiring Jesuit Volunteers just like you as we explore together what it takes to be a JV.
Thrive, Transform, Serve: Graduate Studies in Faith and Justice
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Room: Columbia 6
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) offers graduate programs that integrate rigorous academics with spirituality, service, and social justice. Come join us to learn about our community, degree programs, and scholarships, including a new set of awards geared specifically toward students passionate about social justice issues. Our program offerings include interdisciplinary dual degrees pairing theology with social work, mental health counseling, or business administration. Staff and current students will be available to share more and answer questions.
The Sojourners Fellowship Program
Sandra Sims and Moya Harris of Sojourners
Room: Columbia 11
Join Sojourners networking session to learn more about our year-long fellowship program. A cohort of 8-10 participants live in intentional community and work at the Sojourners office in Washington, D.C. Fellows are fully integrated into the ministry of Sojourners as entry-level employees in one of our departments, including editorial, campaigns, advertising, advancement, multimedia, and administration. This ecumenical Christian program welcomes participants from all Christian faith traditions for a year of discipleship, community, and professional development. The next cycle begins in August 2022 and applications are due February 15, 2022.
Expecting Hope, Experiencing Love, Empowering Radical Change: Growing Together and Healing the Lives of Women and Children Through Safety and Solidarity
Maggie’s Place AmeriCorps Liaison and AmeriCorps Members
Room: Columbia 10
Maggie’s Place provides life-changing programs and services for pregnant and parenting women and their children by offering a warm community, a safe place to live, and ongoing services to help them become self-sufficient. Our work, at its core, is creating a home. Our homes are staffed by live-in AmeriCorps members- women dedicating a year of service to our work. These AmeriCorps and moms live in community, learning from and celebrating with each other. Come meet Keri, Maggie’s Place AmeriCorps Liaison, AmeriCorps member, as they share stories of radical love lived out at Maggie’s Place.
“Wholemaking”: Young Adult Climate Connections
Catholic Climate Covenant
Room: Columbia 1
In the Ignatian tradition, we talk about cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio writes that we are called “to become wholemakers, uniting what is scattered, creating a deeper unity in love.” What better way to approach today’s ecological crises than with an eye toward the caring for the whole, at levels both personal and planetary? Young adults attending this year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice are invited to join Catholic Climate Covenant for an interactive lunchtime conversation on the many ways that climate change and biodiversity loss impact our experiences as whole persons. Hear from fellow young adults sharing their experiences on topics like climate anxiety, ecological spirituality, hope and grief, and activism. Leave with inspiration for how you can care-take personal and planetary wholeness, plus opportunities to plug into Catholic Climate Covenant’s young adult community.
Covering Catholic News: National Catholic Reporter Networking Lunch
Joshua J. McElwee, NCR
Room: U Street
With a Catholic president and a pope that is something of a global sensation, it’s a great time to be in the Catholic news business. Come learn about the journalist trade and network with Joshua McElwee, news editor for National Catholic Reporter, the country’s only independent Catholic news organization. Formerly NCR’s Vatican correspondent from 2014-21, Josh will also share stories about traveling around the world with Pope Francis. Fancy boxed lunches will be served. Josh will happily trade Italian language tips for advice about fitting back into the U.S.
FJVs and Friends of JVC Networking Lunch!
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Room: Columbia 5
Please join JVC staff, along with JVs, FJVs and friends, as we build community and connect. Reflections will be giving by a current volunteer on their experience at their placement, President Tom Chabolla will share updates about the organization, and Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Shana Jones will give insight into our shared vision for moving JVC towards becoming an anti-racist organization. Come connect with old friends and meet new ones as we share about our lived experience of the four values. Pizza lunch will be served!
Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices and Renewing the Church
Betty Ann Donnelly
Room: Columbia 4
Come share your stories about ways that you’ve found possibilities to preach. Learn more about the work of Catholic Women Preach and discuss the ways in which we can amplify the voices of women in the church. Bring some lunch and gather at noon!