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Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice

“Be part of the largest annual Catholic/Jesuit social justice gathering in the United States!" IFTJ 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 2021 Ignatiam Family Teach-In for Justice will be offered both virtually and online with conversations surrounding the climate crisis and migration justice, as well as contemporary social justice issues such as racial justice. The virtual teach-in will take place October 11 - 16. An in-person, on-campus delegation will have space to meet at Rose Hill on October 16th and Lincoln Center students can be given Ram Van passes to and from Rose Hill. The in-person teach-in will be November 6 - 8 in Washington DC at the Washington Hilton. The theme of this year's teach-in is "Imagining a Path Forward" where students will reflect on our current state of the world, reckoning and urgent action, and building kinship within the IFTJ community. The key-note speakers for this year are Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., Keya Chatterjee, and Fordham Theology Professor Fr. Bryan Massingale. There were breakout sessions on dozens of other social justice topics and reflection on how we bring what we learn back to Fordham.

Additionally, due to COVID-19 protocols restricting in-person visits to Capitol Hill, IFTJ attendees are invited and encouraged to take action by joining the Ignatian Family in a virtual advocacy day on Tuesday, November 16 in honor of the anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador and their companions. 

Read about last 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 and we will participate in ISN’s Advocacy month in March. For more information about the Teach-in, please visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network site.

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. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Gibney (cgibney@fordham.edu) or Gil Severiano at (severiano@fordham.edu).