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53 Creighton Students Attend National Teach-In on Social Justice Issues

Fifty-three Creighton University students and three staff members are among the 1,000 students, teachers, parish members and others attending the 14th annual Ignatian Family Teach–In for Justice (IFTJ) in Washington, D. C. Nov. 12-14. The event is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. A send-off blessing will be held Friday, Nov. 11, outside Creighton Hall on campus from 3:00-3:20 p.m. The service is an informal gathering to share in community and prayer before the delegation boards the bus and departs for Washington, D.C.

The Teach-In is an opportunity for members of Jesuit institutions and partners to gather for learning, prayer, networking and legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill. Teach-In attendees represent 28 Jesuit universities, more than 25 Jesuit high schools, Jesuit parishes, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) communities, and many other Catholic institutions and organizations. Creighton representatives will be blogging and tweeting about their experiences. The blog can be found at http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/category/blogs/ignatian-family-teach-in-for-justice-blog/, and Creighton, along with others, will be using the hashtag #IFTJ11 on twitter.

The theme of IFTJ 2011 is “The Gritty Reality: Feel It, Think It, Engage It,” derived from a speech given by former Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., in 2000 entitled, “The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education.” Kolvenbach said, “Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.”

The annual event commemorates the killing of six Jesuits in El Salvador 21 years ago.