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 2023 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice will be offered in-person with conversations surrounding how community is essential to the pursuit of justice and how working for justice witnesses God's love. The teach-in will be October 28th - 30th in Washington DC at the Washington Hilton. The theme of this year's teach-in is "Boundless and Beloved" where students will reflect on becoming unified, working for justice in a community of true siblings and friends, and building kinship within the IFTJ community. The key-note speakers for this year are Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, and Ellie Hidalgo. 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 30th 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.
There will be a social justice follow-up program in the spring. For more information about the Teach-in, please visit the IFTJ 2023 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 Ministry.