JESEDU

The world is our house
Congress Themes

Congress Themes

Day 1: Tradition: A call for innovation

Keynote Speaker: Mr. David Laughlin

Approach to the theme:

Pedagogical innovation is characteristic of the educational tradition of the Society of Jesus. Innovation makes Jesuit education a “living tradition” that constructs “new paths” discerning the past routes that have been taken. In this sense, what are the barriers to innovation that stop us from the necessary renewal? What commitments should we make as a global network so that the Jesuit education can be a true testimony to the ongoing Incarnation in our changing world?

 

Day 2: Our experience of God: in dialogue with diverse points of view

Keynote Speaker: F. Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Approach to the theme:

A school that forms part of the current global context should aspire to form men and women as global citizens who, while proud of their local roots, are able to see themselves as members of a common world and proactively engage the common social, cultural and spiritual context. A mature global identity is able to open itself to other perspectives, be it spiritual, religious or secular without diluting one’s own beliefs or losing one’s identity, nor should one remain solely among those who share the same beliefs.  How can we converse with diverse religious perspectives? How can we celebrate and present our Catholic/Jesuit/Ignatian identity in our multicultural world?

 

Day 3 Contemplating the world with God’s eyes <- Pilgrimage day

Approach to the theme:

We look for God in everything around us, our schools “are chapels” and our cities reflect humanity’s complexity. In order to find God in everything around us we must make the effort to “Contemplate the world through the eyes of God” and each city is also, in its own scale, a representation of our entire world. We propose a space for personal and communal reflection that builds upon the experience of contemplation of certain sectors of Rio de Janeiro with the conviction that this pilgrimage will take us from observation to action. These actions must be coherent with the reflection of what the signs of the times tell us. Does coherence exist in our courageous commitments and the urgencies we see in the world?

 

Day 4: Caring for our common home: ecology and social justice

Keynote Speaker:  F. Benedictus Hari Juliawan, SJ

Approach to the theme:

Unlike any other time in history, due to its own actions, humanity is confronted with the real possibility of destroying its natural environment and thus ending its own existence: pollution, the exploitation of natural resources and the destruction of ecosystems that generates consequences in the social fabric. We have rightly emphasized social justice in our education in the last decades; we still need to do more to be able to respond to the challenges coming from a true education for social justice However, we need to do this within the context of our new ecological crisis.  What commitments should we adopt as a global network in order to be collaborative members in the effort to cure our wounded societies and world? What type of men and women should we form so that they praise the creation and so ensure the survival of social justice and ecological peace within our communities and the world?

 

Day 5: Sent in a global network ← F. General Arturo Sosa, SJ will attend the Congress.

Approach to the theme:

The Global Network of Jesuit Schools is a means to serve our educational/pedagogical mission better, to be “ministers” of the apostolate of education. We form networks at different levels, from local to regional and, finally, a global network. In order to effectively function at this global level we need to define a common agenda that can articulate our efforts and orientate our work. This agenda should respond to our global responsibility to the mission of a faith that does justice in the dialogue with others and in care for our planet. What are the educational frontiers that we should engage as a global network? What strategic guidelines and common goals should we consider for this agenda? What is the delegate’s role as co-responsible for the global school network? How are we going to work together to respond to this global agenda?