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Carrying on a Legacy of Justice

IFTJ_DelegationThis past weekend, I was blessed to be able to make a 20 hour bus ride to Washington D.C. with 58 other members of the Creighton community to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). This was my second experience with the IFTJ and it is an event that has been very impactful and formative in my college career.

For those of you who do not know much about the IFTJ, it is a conference held every year to commemorate the six Jesuits, their house keeper, and her daughter who were martyred on November 16, 1989 at the University of Central America in El Salvador. The Jesuits were working to create a more just community for the marginalized groups in El Salvador and the government did not like that. Due to this, Salvadoran soldiers who were trained by the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia murdered the Jesuits in a rather horrific manner. Thousands of members of the Jesuit community, of Jesuit high schools and colleges and other Jesuit apostolates come out to support this event every year and it is truly beautiful.

​While my heart aches every time I hear about these events, I don’t think I was fully aware of the gravity of what the UCA martyrs did until this past weekend at the IFTJ. These men and women quite literally worked for justice until death. They were aware that they could die, but they did not let that stop them. They kept going. This hit me hard because I often question to what length I would go for justice.

Currently, I am weighing my post-graduate opportunities and I find myself saying things like, “I need a stipend” or, “I need help with loans,” and now I feel rather selfish. They were willing to give up their lives and I have only been willing to give my service conditionally when there shouldn’t be a condition placed on when justice for humanity is right. While I am still excited about post-graduate service, I now have a new framework for how I want to serve.

While on the IFTJ, I was able to attend many break-out sessions and advocate on Capitol Hill for issues that are important to me. I spent a lot of my time expanding my knowledge on issues relating to environmental justice and took that information to Senator Grassley’s office. I was advocating for the EPA power plan, which seeks to enforce carbon output regulations in order that only 30% of emissions will be carbon related by 2030. Naturally, Senator Grassley does not support this and I found myself having to bite my tongue in order to not become unprofessional. Overall it was a phenomenal learning experience and gives me more willpower to continue writing letters, making phone calls, and participating in visits with members of the House and Senate.

Overall, I still find the IFTJ to be beautiful. It provides an experience where I have never seen more passion, an experience where I can connect my faith to my passion, and an experience that gives vocational direction. I am proud to have gone, and I hope to rise up to the challenges I was given while there.

Sarah Kelly
Class of 2015
CCSJ Student Coordinator

 

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

 

 

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Men and Women for our World

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On February 5, we commemorate the death of Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Looking back at my Creighton experience, I see how we live out his famous words of “men and women for others” in every part of my collegiate life.

From classes, my time in the CCSJ and all of my extra activities, I see Pedro Arrupe’s words of “men and women for others” lived out. I especially see these words present in my work at the CCSJ. In my two years of working on the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice through the CCSJ, I found students and faculty not only being men and women for others in their Creighton community, but being men and women for others in our world as well. My first time at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington D.C. was in 2010 when I was still a Senior in High School. That year I had my first legislative visit. I remember walking into my Congressman’s office and being so nervous about speaking to my Congressman and also scared that I would forget some of the information for my topic. When my meeting was done though, I was so relieved and excited for my next legislative visit. Since that first meeting four years ago I’ve done many legislative visits about different topics. Doing legislative visits is one of the many ways I see our Creighton community being men and women for our world.

This month, I find myself preparing again for legislative visits with our Nebraska legislators as a part of the Ignatian Advocacy Month. Feel free to drop by the CCSJ for more information or check out our website for more updates. For more information about the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice of Ignatian Advocacy Month feel free to check out the Ignatian Solidarity Network at ignatiansolidarity.net


Roselle Agdipa
Class of 2015
College of Arts and Sciences
CCSJ Student Coordinator
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, Co-Chair

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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IFTJ Applications Now Available!

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IFTJ 2014

Friday Nov.14-18, 2014

Marriott Gateway Crystal City
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway · Arlington, Virginia 22202

Featuring:

  • Keynote Speakers: Michael Lee, Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., Marie Dennis
  • Ignatian Family Advocacy Day on Monday, November 17th on Capitol Hill

The IFTJ Application is HERE!

Important Dates

IFTJ Info Meetings: Monday, Sept. 15 & Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 9-10 PM Skutt 104
IFTJ Applications and Money Due: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 by 4:00 PM CCSJ, Harp 2067
IFTJ Retreat: Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Harp 3023
IFTJ Logistics Meeting: Monday, Nov. 3 OR Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 9:00-10:00 PM CCSJ, Harp 2067
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice : Friday, Nov. 14 – Monday, Nov. 18, 2014 Depart late afternoon Friday and return late morning Tuesday Washington, DC
Martyr’s Memorial: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Steps of St. John’s
IFTJ Reunion: TBD  -  -

Limited need-based scholarships are available: Fill out the Scholarship Application online here. You should also fill out the Leadership Education Grant Application and return it to the Student Activities Office as soon as possible. Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, September 23rd. If you have any questions about either form, please contact Anna Ferguson as soon as possible.
Applications will be considered complete when full payment ($175) and all required forms have been submitted to the CCSJ. If your application is not accepted, as there is very limited room on the bus, your money will be refunded in full. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The IFTJ Core Team will make decisions and notify you on the week of October 6, as soon as possible.

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Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Join over 1,200 Ignatian inspired leaders in Washington D.C. for the 16th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Learn, reflect, and act throughout a jam-packed weekend of inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, and public action opportunities.

-Info nights are September 23 & 24 from 9-10pm in the CCSJ (Harper Center 2067).

-General applications due October 4th
For more information visit: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/
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IFTJ Application Still Open

The IFTJ Application is now online.

Important Dates

IFTJ Info Meetings: Tuesday, Sept. 25 & Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 9-10 PM & 11 AM- 12 PM CCSJ, Harp 2067
IFTJ Applications and Money Due ($200.00 per person): Oct 2nd-4th, 2012 by 4:00 PM CCSJ, Harp 2067
IFTJ Retreat: Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 1-10:00 PM Opus Community Room
IFTJ Logistics Meeting: Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 9:00-10:30 PM CCSJ, Harp 2067
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice : Thurs, Nov. 15 – Mon, Nov. 19, 2012 Depart late afternoon Thursday and return late afternoon Monday Washington, DC
Martyr’s Memorial: Sunday Nov. 18-Monday Nov. 19, 201 - Steps of St. John’s
IFTJ Reflection: TBD

Limited need-based scholarships are available. Fill out the “Scholarship Application” online.  You should also fill out the Leadership Education Grant Application and return it to the Student Activities Office as soon as possible.  Scholarship applications are due Monday October 1st.  If you have any questions about either form, please contact Jeff Peak as soon as possible.
Applications will be considered complete when full payment and all required forms have been submitted to the CCSJ.  If your application is not accepted, as there is very limited room on the bus, your money will be refunded in full. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The IFTJ Core Team will make decisions and notify you as soon as possible.

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Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Planning Off to a Great Start!

Anna Ferguson

This year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is right around the corner and the IFTJ core team is hard at work planning for Creighton’s annual trip there in November.

IFTJ is a weekend promoting social justice and advocacy sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. If you are passionate about making a difference and want to learn more about current social justice issues and what you can do in response to them, this weekend is for you!

The Teach-In is a great chance to travel to Washington D.C., meet new friends, and learn how to advocate for people experiencing injustice.

Have I interested you yet?

If so, our first info meetings will be on September 25th from 9-10pm, and September 27th from 12-1pm. Applications will be available starting September 25th. For more information, contact Anna Ferguson at: anneferguson@creighton.edu .

IFTJ Core Team Update:

–We’ve got some great info meetings coming your way, so get excited!
–Planning for the IFTJ retreat is underway. Be on the look out for more information coming soon.
–Have you seen our schnazzy fliers around campus? Bright yellow, keep your eyes open!

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