This weekend, over a thousand students from Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities will be inspired and invigorated by a lineup of talented speakers who are set to make this year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice the best one yet.
But the calls for social justice won’t be contained just to the Washington, DC area.
The main stage events the Teach-In – run by the Ignatian Solidarity Network – will be livestreamed here, allowing viewers across the country and around the globe to catch keynote addresses, compelling student presentations and more.
And the lineup is outstanding:
Fr. James Martin, SJ, (Saturday 11/16, 5:25 p.m.) is a Jesuit priest, author and editor-at-large of America, the national Catholic magazine. He has a degree in economics and spent six years working in the corporate world before entering the Society of Jesus. Fr. Martin has written numerous books about religion, spirituality and Catholic Saints; he makes frequent appearances on “The Colbert Report” and other television programs as a religious commentator.
Peggy O’Neill, SC, (Saturday 11/16, 9:10 p.m.) is director of Centro Arte para la Paz, an organization in El Salvador that works to develop and promote peace through the arts, creativity, imagination and cultural exchange. Sr. Peggy is well-respected all across El Salvador for her wisdom, humor and insight and her honest, pragmatic outlook has earned her the reputation of a local sage.
Sarita Gupta (Sunday 11/17, 9:10 a.m.) is executive director of Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work. She’s worked to help build a strong, progressive labor movement on local, national and international levels, working together with community, faith and student organizations for social justice. Her recent article in Huffington Post focuses on the many Americans living below the poverty line who are being left out of the recent economic recovery.
Kyle Kramer and Dan Misleh (Sunday 11/17, 1:45 p.m.). Kyle Kramer is an organic farmer. He serves as director of graduate lay degree programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology, and is a former columnist for America magazine. His book, A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt focuses on the intersections of simple living, ecology and Catholic spirituality. Dan Misleh is executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, working to engage national all levels of Catholic community in serious, sustained conversation about the Catholic approach to climate change and the promotion of the common good.
The Teach-In includes a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, set for Monday, which will allow hundreds of advocates for causes discussed over the weekend to meet collectively with more than 100 members of Congress.
Enjoy the livestreaming here, and share in the weekend’s wonderful events.