On November November 4-6, the Ignatian Solidarity Network hosts the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (just outside of Washington, D.C.) in Arlington, VA. The IFTJ is a special opportunity to participate in the annual gathering with members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and the larger church) who come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, and network together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. And, with an added benefit for us, on Monday, Nov 14, there is an Advocacy Day planned when many IFTJ participants will head to Capitol Hill to share stories, facts, and ask for more just policies with their elected officials. Advocacy efforts will focus on 2 priority areas: Immigration Reform and Criminal Justice Reform.
Saint Ignatius is a member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and therefore if you want to attend this event, as an individual, you are able to register at a reduced rate. For more information, visit the ISN website at http://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/
The Justice and Peace Committee extends an invitation to all parishioners to join us and attend this year’s IFTJ. If you are interested, send an email to Candra Healy at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate how the dates you want to attend, whether you want to stay overnight; or commute daily, and if you will participate in the Advocacy Day on the Hill. It is a good idea to visit the website first and view the agenda.