Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice
Be part of the largest annual Catholic/Jesuit social justice gathering in the United States! The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an opportunity for members of Jesuit schools and organizations to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together in Washington DC. IFTJ is grounded in a rich history of honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989, and has focused on social justice themes such as immigration reform, environmental justice, racial justice, and many others.
This year, the 2022 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice will be offered in-person with conversations surrounding the climate crisis and injustices faced by indigenous communities, as well as other contemporary social justice issues such as racial justice. The teach-in will be October 22 - 24 in Washington DC at the Washington Hilton. The theme of this year's teach-in is "Rooted and Renewing'' where students will reflect on our current state as a church and the state of our world, restoring one anthother's energy, celebrating our successes and mourning the downfalls, and building kinship within the IFTJ community. The key-note speakers for this year are Olga Segura, Maka Black Elk, and The Peace Poets. There will be breakout sessions on dozens of other social justice topics and reflection on how we bring what we learn back to Fordham.
After a weekend of education on social justice on Monday, October 24th the entire IFTJ community will hold Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill where students will meet with their congressional representatives and speak about issues they learned about over the weekend and share their experiences.
Read about past year’s experience, Fordham Staff, Students find community during Virtual Jesuit Teach-in.
There will be a social justice follow-up program in the spring. For more information about the Teach-in, please visit the IFTJ 2022 website.
The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Fordham's delegation is hosted by a collaborative effort between Campus Ministry and the Center for Community Engaged Learning within the division of Mission Integration and Planning.