Virtual Congress 2017 March 1st – April 30th
- Congress Theme 1: Tradition: A Call for Innovation
- Congress Theme 2: Caring for our Common Home: Ecology and Social Justice
- Congress Theme 3: Sent in a Global Network
- Congress Theme 4: Our experience of God: in dialogue with diverse points of view
The International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates in Rio in October 2017 aims to enrich the dialogues and debate about the current educational frontiers within the path of educational renewal that the Society of Jesus calls us to. This dialogue will be initiated and supported through the contribution of Keynote Speakers.
In order to help shape a truly open, diverse and global dialogue we are holding the JESEDU Virtual Congress from March 1st to April 30th. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions. On this page you will find the Keynote Presentations, as well as the biography of each Keynote Speaker. We invite you to watch and comment on all of the videos. You can also download each presentation for reading and reference offline.
Tradition: A Call for Innovation
President of St. Louis University High School
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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?
Caring for our Common Home: Ecology and Social Justice
Benedictus Hari Juliawan, SJ
Secretary for Social Ministries and Coordinator for the Migration Network, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
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?
Sent in a Global Network
José Alberto Mesa, SJ
Secretary for Education, Society of Jesus
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?
Our experience of God: in dialogue with diverse points of view
Vincent Sekhar, SJ
Executive Director and Dean of the Research Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions
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?
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