Over 2,000 Gather for 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Nov. 16, 2016 – This past weekend, over 2,000 people gathered at the 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from in Washington, D.C. Most were young adults representing 120 Jesuit and other Catholic institutions from across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. The event, hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, gave those in attendance a chance to learn about social justice issues, share their stories and advocate for marginalized groups from a Catholic perspective.

The theme for the Teach-In was “Mercy in Action” in recognition of the closing of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy. The three-day event featured two days of lectures and reflection,n and one day of advocacy. In between keynote speeches, participants were able to attend breakout sessions on everything from the Dakota Access Pipeline to applying to graduate school for a social justice related degree. The Teach-In ended on Capitol Hill with over 1,400 people participating in a day of advocacy for humane immigration policies and criminal justice reform grounded in dignity.

“I look across the crowded room and I see high schoolers all the way up to people who have graduated and are working in different social justice fields,” said Kari Nelson, a Jesuit Volunteer at the Southern Center for Human Rights. “I think, especially, in this past year, it’s important to know that we’re not alone in doing the work that we’re doing.”

Click here to read more about the Teach-In on America Media’s website. 

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