Newsletter

Ignatian Reflection for Our Times - (Email Jan 12, 2022)

Dear colleagues,

These days continue to challenge us as we collectively attempt to support ourselves, our families, and our students through an international pandemic, the continued harms of racial inequity, myriad climate calamities, and threats to our national democracy.

Many of us are finding we need extra support. In the spirit of cura personalis, we at the CJE want to extend an offer to you of pastoral care.  Associate Director Andrea Fontana, Jesuit Assistant Mike Bayard, SJ, and myself are all available for confidential spiritual conversation and accompaniment.  Please reach out to us if you’d like to meet for a consultation.  We are all in this together. 

- Jen Tilghman-Havens on behalf of the Center for Jesuit Education team

Reading and Reflection Group: 
The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice 

Winter Quarter – Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 3 and Mar 17 | Zoom

Yancy Dominick and Andrea Fontana, facilitators 

RSVP here by Wednesday, January 12   

The Center for Jesuit Education invites you to join a reading and reflection group utilizing The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. (Anamchara Books, 2021). Participants will work independently through the author’s writing and journal prompts and will gather with the group to share the fruits of their reflections.  

Deepen your commitment to racial justice through an engagement with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. No experience with the Spiritual Exercises required!

Midweek Work Break:
Soul Sessions 

NEW TIME!  Wednesdays, Jan 12–Feb 16
12:40-12:55 p.m.  

Zoom link

Soul Sessions is a brief (15 minute) weekly community gathering to renew your mind and spirit.  Your diverse and talented colleagues lead a simple meditation to help you pause, breathe, reflect, and find inspiration for your daily life and work.  

Access prior Soul Sessions for yourself or a class here: CJE website.

RSVP here to receive Soul Session Zoom links in your Outlook calendar 

Women in Jesuit Mission  

Join this community of Seattle University women for connection and conversation Winter Quarter. All are welcome! 

Self-Facilitated Small Group (Book Provided)  
A Rhythm of Prayer, edited by Sarah Besseyis a beautiful, raw, spiritually rich collection of essays and prayers from a variety of progressive faith perspectives. 
(You received this book if you attended the Women’s Retreat in April 2021).
Email Women in Mission if you’d like to participate in a small group focused on this book. 

Lunchtime Zoom Community Gathering  
January 20, Thursday | 12:00-1:00 pm 
Jen Tilghman Havens, facilitator

Come share reflection and conversation with inspiring SU women colleagues in order to re-connect and contemplate your hopes in this new year. 
Zoom link

Community Padlet: Reflections for the Journey 
For those of us who are not physically on campus, we created a Padlet so that we can stay connected in a different way. The theme of the Padlet follows on last spring’s Women in Jesuit Mission retreat theme: “Resolved to Love, Walking Together.”
Please post an image, a favorite poem, and/or your own words about how you are finding your way on this journey  (Note: The password is WIM.)

Women’s Retreat Planning:  We are crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to host a WIM retreat at Camp Burton in April.  Would you like to be a part of a small Women in Mission Retreat Planning group? If so, email Jen Tilghman-Havens.  Thank you!

Save the Dates!
Next Lunchtime Walk 
February 17, Thursday |12:00-1:00 pm | Joy Strange, facilitator
Women in Mission Retreat – April 8-10 | Camp Burton on Vashon Island

 

Endowed Mission Fund for Academic Year 2022-23 is now open!

The Power of Possibilities: EMF Grants for Mission and Purpose
January 24, Monday, 1:00-2:00
RSVP for Zoom link

Come to an open session to explore grant possibilities and process with some who have received grants:

Rashmi Chordiya (Institute of Public Service): 
Embodied trauma-informed healing-centered social justice education
Joelle Pretty (Student Academic Engagement):
Starting the Conversation: The Class Gap at SeattleU
Michelle Kim (Office of Multicultural Affairs):
Faculty and Staff of Color Retreat
Ajay Abraham (Albers-Marketing):
Arrupe Seminar Alumni Programming in Albers

Pedagogies for Social Justice:
Structuring Learning Experiences

Jan 26, Wed | 12:30–1:30 | Zoom

Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher (S&E - Chemistry) and Kerry Soo Von Esch (College of Education)

Join colleagues in developing ways to structure learning experiences to promote social justice in the classroom and beyond.

Register

Questions: Jenny Loertscher
Co-sponsored by:
Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Jesuit Education

 

Hidden Mercy: Stories of Catholic Responses to the AIDS Epidemic
A talk with author Michael J. O'Loughlin

February 16, Wednesday, 7pm
Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGN 2nd Floor)

Set against the backdrop of the HIV and AIDS epidemic of the late twentieth century and the Catholic Church's crackdown on gay and lesbian activists, journalist Michael O'Loughlin searches out the untold stories of those who didn't look away, who at great personal cost chose compassion—even as he seeks insight for LGBTQ people of faith struggling to find a home in religious communities today.

Register here for the in-person event
*Livestreamed at www.youtube.com/c/StJosephParishSeattle

Cosponsored by:
St. Joseph Parish, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the Center for Jesuit Education

 

Contemplatives in Action

 

Examen for Racial Justice

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day on Monday, January 17, consider practicing this Examen for Racial Justice.  Seattle University alumna Leonetta Elaiho presented this for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle in October 2020 and has given us permission to share it with you. The Examen provides an opportunity to help us become more attentive to the world around us, and to how our actions and the actions of others can move us to behave differently.  As our country continues to reflect deeply on the hurts of racism, praying this Examen can change our hearts to see,  love and act in greater solidarity with all of our neighbors.   

 

Action in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This coming Monday, our nation celebrates the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  We invite you to honor this day and the movement for Black lives in whatever ways you are able. The Seattle MLK Coalition has planned a variety of events for the 40th Annual Seattle MLK Jr Day.  Details are found here: https://www.seattlemlkcoalition.org/.

The Seattle MLK Coalition has planned a variety of excellent virtual workshops organized from January 11th - 15th.  The workshops are described here, with links to register: https://www.seattlemlkcoalition.org/workshop-topics-2022

Join the MLK Rally at 11 am (outdoors), and the MLK March at 12:30 pm, both at Garfield High School. The event organizers ask that you wear masks and practice distancing as much as possible.

 

Winter Day of Reflection

Seasons of Grace

January 29, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm Online via Zoom
Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ, presenter

After a year full of both good and challenging things, we pause for a moment to take a breath, give thanks, grow in awareness of God’s grace, and seek hope for the path ahead. Just as surely as the seasons change, we can be certain that our lives, too, will change. After nearly two years of living in a pandemic, we recognize we are in a different season of life, of time.

We invite you to make the transition into a new year more prayerful by inviting God’s Spirit to fill you with insight as you examine the graces received this past year. Join us for a space to receive hope as you discern God’s invitation for your future. This silent mini-retreat includes brief presentations leading you through four movements of the Examen, guidelines for prayer, abundant time for personal reflection and journaling, and a small group at the end of the day—all designed to support you as you embrace the journey ahead.

COST

Standard Rate: $50
Young Adults (20’s & 30’s): $35

Register 

Scholarships available: Center for Jesuit Education 

A program of the Ignatian Spirituality Center

 

 

 

Ignatian Reflection for Our Times - (Email Nov 12, 2021)

Dear colleagues,
In the Jesuit Catholic tradition, November is a time of remembrance and gratitude. We remember and cherish our beloved dead, and we reflect in gratitude for the gift of life.  This year, laid on my family’s November Remembrance Altar are photographs of both Peter Ely, SJ and Pat Howell, SJ whose work and lives continues to inspire our SU community.  

We also honor Native American Heritage Month and Black Catholic History Month, with gratitude and celebration for the wisdom, spirit and resilience of our indigenous and black brothers and sisters, and also with longing for an end to racism, erasure, and inequity. 

In the spirit of the Jesuit martyrs who gave their lives for their commitment to social justice 32 years ago, may we each discern how to most fully and authentically live in the legacy of those who’ve gone before us as we work for a just and humane world.  We hope the programs below will assist you in this discernment.

- Jen Tilghman-Havens on behalf of the Center for Jesuit Education team

Upcoming CJE Programs

To See All Things New: 
An Ignatian Silent Retreat for Faculty and Staff 

*Feb 4, Friday, 5:30 pm – Feb 6, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way
* Check-in any time after 4:00 pm Friday.
Retreat begins Friday with dinner at 5:30 pm. 

Renew your spirit and vision for life! Give yourself the gift of a weekend retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius…
Get away to a beautiful retreat center overlooking the shores of Puget Sound for a weekend of rest, personal reflection, group presentations, spiritual direction, and rituals of healing and (optional) Eucharist.  Guided by suggestions for prayer and reflection from each presenter, and conversation with a trained spiritual companion (“spiritual director”), the abundant silence of this retreat is meant to create space for you to listen more deeply and to see more clearly what God envisions for your life and the world.  All are welcome!

COST: The subsidized cost $100 includes two nights of single-room lodging and all meals.  Scholarships are available.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:   All retreatants and directors will be required to show proof of full vaccination. Local and state COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, including ventilation and masking in public spaces, social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing.  For meals, diners will be spaced 6 feet apart in a spacious well-ventilated room.

TO REGISTER:  Space is limited and spots fill quickly! 
Click here to apply by Friday, January 14, 2022

 

Breaking Bread: 
Faculty/Staff Mass and Lunch 

November 17, Wednesday | *12:15 – 2:00 pm 
Chapel of St. Ignatius and the Stu Rolfe Room, Admissions & Alumni Building 
*note Mass start time

The Center for Jesuit Education invites all faculty and staff to this new quarterly opportunity – Breaking Bread: Mass and Lunch with the CJE. 

You are cordially invited to celebrate Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius with Mike Bayard, S.J. presiding and with recently ordained deacon Lucas Sharma, S.J. preaching.  The mass will begin at 12:15 p.m. (note Mass start time). Following liturgy, faculty and staff will gather in the Stu Rolfe Room in the Advancement & Alumni Building for lunch and conversation in order to build community among our colleagues and engage our Jesuit and Catholic mission. 
Questions, contact Mike Bayard, S.J. 
RSVP for the lunch to the Center for Jesuit Education

Join Women in Jesuit Mission  

A community of Seattle University women who desire to deepen their knowledge and commitment to the Jesuit Catholic mission of the university in the diverse ways that each serves the SU community.   

New or seasoned faculty and staff are welcome to participate in any or all the following ways: 

  • Lunchtime Walk
    Thursday, November 18th |  12:30-1:30 pm   | Labyrinth
    We’ll meet at the labyrinth behind the Loyola building for a poem and conversation prompt and then break into walking groups for 25 minutes before closing with a quick boxed lunch.  
    So we can get a lunch count, please RSVP 
  • Community Padlet: Reflections for the Journey
    For those of us who are not always physically on campus, we created a Padletso that we can stay connected in a different way. The theme of the Padlet follows on last spring’s Women in Jesuit Mission retreat theme: “Resolved to Love, Walking Together.”
    Please post an image, a favorite poem, and/or your own words about how you are finding your way on this journey 
     
  • Self-Facilitated Small Groups
    We offer two options for small groups with book provided:
    Small Simple Waysby Vinita Hampton Wright, a book of brief daily reflections written by a woman who is steeped in the Ignatian tradition.
    A Rhythm of Prayer edited by Sarah Besseya collection of essays and prayers from a variety of progressive faith perspectives.

Email Women in Mission if you’d like to participate and indicate which group.

Save the Date!
Women in Mission Retreat at Camp Burton on Vashon Island - April 8-10, 2022

 

Soul Sessions

Tuesdays through Nov 30 |12:30-12:45 pm  Zoom 

In the Ignatian spirit of “caring for the whole person,” Soul Sessions is a series of brief (15 minute) and accessible community gatherings to help you pause, breathe, reflect, and find inspiration for your daily life and work.   

We are pleased to announce 
Kim Thompson, De'Andre Jones, and Carol Lwali as upcoming facilitators. 

If you are looking for a brief reflective practice for yourself or for a class, please see the repository of all 29 Soul Sessions thus far, offered by members from across our campus community on our CJE website.

To receive “Soul Session” Zoom links in your Outlook calendar, email
Center for Jesuit Education

 

Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition:
Pedagogies for Social Justice

Nov 12, Friday | 3:30–4:30 pm
Zoom link provided upon registration

Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and
Kerry Soo Von Esch (College of Education)

Join us for an interactive session to explore frameworks for social justice-centered teaching, and discuss our own successes and challenges with creating more equitable and rich learning experiences for our students. Bring a syllabus, course activity, or assignment to work on and receive feedback as part of this session.

If you have any questions, would like to contribute teaching materials, or have ideas for topics for winter or spring quarter sessions, please contact Jenny Loertscher.

»Register

Co-sponsored by The Center for Jesuit Education and the Center for Faculty Development

 

Contemplatives in Action 

Welcome to the CJE newsletter’ “Contemplatives in Action” section! 
Look here each month to explore a new contemplative practice and find resources for action responding to the times. 

 

A Reflection on the Ignatian Year

This year, Jesuits worldwide have invited all of us to celebrate an Ignatian Year marking the 500th anniversary of Ignatius’ conversion, when a cannonball shattered Ignatius’ leg and way of being, and set him on a path “to see all things new.” 

This reflection on the Ignatian year is meant to help you reflect on your own “cannonball moments,” and discern how you too might be called to see things in a new way—to live more fully into who you are meant to be as you re-enter life and work this quarter.   

 

Support Truth and Healing in the History of Indigenous Boarding Schools

Until the 1960s, federal Indian Boarding School policies aimed to assimilate Indigenous peoples into white American culture, compelling Indigenous students to attend boarding schools and prohibiting them from speaking their language or practicing their culture. Many suffered abuse and some never returned home, their bodies buried at the schools.  An estimated 100,000 children attended these schools — many of which were run by Catholic religious orders, including the Jesuits.  The impacts of intergenerational trauma from this history continue to be experienced in many Tribal communities today. 

Learn more about this history and how you can act by supporting a federal Truth and Healing Commission. 

 

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 

The current issue of Conversations magazine, “Ignatian Antiracism and Enhancing US Civic Life,” has arrived! 

In this current issue are excellent articles by Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, the author of "The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice” (currently used by a CJE book group) and two members of our SU community: 
Hye-Kyung Kang (Social Work) and Le Xuan Hy (Psychology).

This issue is definitely worth reading. 
We have heard your concerns about delivering paper copies of Conversations to your mailboxes and instead, we refer you to the online version. If you’d like a physical copy of the magazine, we’re happy to send you one or multiple copies for classroom use, staff meetings, etc.
Contact Center for Jesuit Education

 

Living Witness: Black Catholic Faith Past, Present, and Promise

November 14, Sunday | 4:00-5:30pm | Zoom
Mass to follow at 8pm at the Chapel of St. Ignatius 

Seattle University's Campus Ministry, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Center for Jesuit Education, with the Archdiocese of Seattle's Black Catholic Advisory Circle and Immaculate Conception Parish, celebrate Black Catholic History Month with an evening of conversation, music, and reflection with Dr. Ansel Augustine, Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington. More about Dr. Augustine can be found here. 

At 8 pm we'll gather in person at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University for Mass with Deacon Joseph Connor of Immaculate Conception Church preaching and music led by Sherrell Mitchell, choir director of Immaculate Conception Church.

Register here

 

Ignatian Partners' Programs

Remembering the Martyrs of El Salvador:
Preserving and Advancing the Mission of Organizing 

November 16 | 7:00pm | Zoom

Our 2nd Province-Wide CORE Assembly of the Year will be a chance to ground our work in the legacy of the Jesuit martyrs and their companions in El Salvador, to hear from Ignatian leaders continuing this work today through bold organizing in El Salvador, and to reflect on how we continue this legacy through our own work. We will hear from leaders from Faith in Action's chapter in El Salvador (Comunidades de Fe Organizadas para la Accion (COFOA)); share what we heard in our communities during our Season of Listening; and prepare for the Season of Research.

Register

 

A Prayerful Pause:
An Advent Evening of Prayer 

December 8, Wednesday | 7:00 - 8:30pm
In-Person at Seattle First Baptist Church
Livestreamed online  No registration required!

Presenters: Emily Jendzejec & Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips

As winter approaches, and before we rush into the busyness of the holiday season, let us gather as one community to ground ourselves in the gifts and spirit of Advent. Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center and Seattle First Baptist Church for the annual Advent Evening of Prayer – a contemplative evening of ecumenical prayer, poetry, music, reflection, and silence. Co-presenters Emily Jendzejec (Executive Director, Ignatian Spirituality Center) and Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips (Lead Pastor, Seattle First Baptist Church) and friends will guide you through a gentle evening for a peaceful pause: to pray, rest, and prepare for the Light of the world.

We welcome you to join us in-person in the beautiful sanctuary of Seattle First Baptist (vaccination is required). If you prefer, you are welcome to join us online through our Livestream option 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and Seattle First Baptist Church

 

 

 

 

 

Ignatian Reflection for Our Times - (Email Oct 4, 2021)

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear colleagues,

Even amidst our continued collective struggle, there is much reason for hope.
In this
Ignatian Year we honor that the disappointment in Ignatius’ life invited him to reconsider his priorities, his privilege, and his possibilities for making a difference. We invite you to the opportunities below as we bolster hope in one another and in our students to build a more beloved, more humane, more just world.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

- Jen Tilghman-Havens on behalf of the Center for Jesuit Education team

 

Meet the CJE Team

Executive DirectorJennifer Tilghman-Havens
serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Jesuit Education.

Andrea Fontana
serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Jesuit Education. 

Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J.
is the Jesuit Assistant for Pastoral and Spiritual Outreach at the Center for Jesuit Education.

Yancy Dominick
is a Senior Instructor in Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Jesuit Education.

Jenny Loertscher
is a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Jesuit Education.

Mary Kay Brennan
is Social Work Program Director & Clinical Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Jesuit Education.

Eddie Salazar
is the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Center for Jesuit Education.

Upcoming CJE Programs

 

The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice

Reading and Reflection Group
Fridays, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Via Zoom 

Please join us to read and reflect on The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J..  (click here for an interview with the author).  You are invited to discuss the book and deepen your commitment to racial justice through the framework of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Each week, you will work independently through a brief passage from the author’s writing and reflection questions.  You will be invited to share the fruits of your meditations at each gathering. No experience with the Spiritual Exercises required! 

Faculty and staff of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcome. Please include in your RSVP whether you would prefer to be in a potential smaller reflection group with colleagues who identify as: 1) white; 2) people of color; or 3) white and people of color. 

Space is limited! RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 5 to centerforjesuiteducation@seattleu.edu.
If you are unable to pick up your book on campus, include your mailing address so we can ship it to you.

Please contact the co-facilitators with questions:·      
Andrea Fontana, Associate Director fontanan@seattleu.edu
Yancy Dominick, Faculty Associate dominick@seattleu.edu

Soul Sessions

As we return to work during a time of change and lingering uncertainty with the pandemic, making time for soul-care is more important than ever.  In the Ignatian spirit of “caring for the whole person,” the Center for Jesuit Education welcomes you to “Soul Sessions,” a series of brief and accessible community gatherings to help you pause, breathe, reflect, and find inspiration for your daily life and work. 

Soul Sessions will be offered Tuesdays on Zoom at 12:30-12:45 pm from October 12th through November 30th . The series will kick off with facilitator Mike Bayard, S.J., new Jesuit Assistant for Pastoral and Spiritual Outreach at the Center for Jesuit Education.  This Fall’s other facilitators, your SU colleagues, will be announced soon.  

To receive “Soul Session” Zoom links in your Outlook calendar, email:
centerforjesuiteducation@seattleu.edu.
You can attend every week or drop in when you’re able. If you miss a session, they will be available on the
CJE website

 

Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition

Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition (TJT) is a year-long series for faculty who want to build connections and exchange ideas about teaching and learning at a Jesuit university.

Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. When you register, you’ll gain access to a Canvas resource site with concrete ideas for classroom exercises.

Ready-to-use Classroom Resources for Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition
Fri, Oct 15 | 3:30–4:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and Jen Tilghman-Havens (Center for Jesuit Education)

Come explore a community-generated Canvas repository of teaching resources based on the principles of Ignatian pedagogy. Participants will learn strategies to use in current courses and will be invited to contribute their own best practices.

Pedagogies for Social Justice
Fri, Nov 12 | 3:30–4:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and Kerry Soo Von Esch (College of Education)

Join us for an interactive session to explore frameworks for social justice-centered teaching, and discuss our own successes and challenges with creating more equitable and rich learning experiences for our students. Bring a syllabus, course activity, or assignment to work on and receive feedback as part of this session.

If you have any questions, would like to contribute teaching materials, or have ideas for topics for winter or spring quarter sessions, please contact Jenny Loertscher (loertscher@seattleu.edu).

»Register

Co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education and the Center for Faculty Development

 

Ignatian Pedagogy Series III: Inclusive Pedagogies

Explore what the higher education literature and Ignatian pedagogical principles teach us about inclusive pedagogies, with a clear focus on racial equity. Participants must commit to all four sessions in the series and complete short written reflection assignments between sessions.

  • Thu, Oct 14 | 10:15–12:15
  • Thu, Nov 4 | 10:15–12:15
  • Thu, Nov 18 | 10:15–12:15
  • Thu, Dec 2 | 10:15–12:15
  • Zoom link provided upon registration

Up to fifteen places are available, and participants will receive a $100 stipend from the Center for Jesuit Education upon completion of the module and related reflection assignments.

Register

Co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education (CJE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Breaking Bread: 
Community Mass and Lunch with the CJE
  

November 17, 2021, Wednesday, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Chapel of St. Ignatius and the Stu Rolfe Room, Admissions & Alumni Building 

The Center for Jesuit Education invites all faculty or staff to this new quarterly opportunity – Breaking Bread: Community Mass and Lunch with the CJE. 
After celebrating Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius with Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J., we will gather in the Stu Rolfe Room in the Admissions & Alumni Building for lunch, seeking to build community among our colleagues and engage our Jesuit Catholic mission.  
Questions, contact Mike Bayard, S.J. (bayardm@seatttleu.edu). 
RSVP at centerforjesuiteducation@seattleu.edu  

 

Save the Date!
Silent Retreat - Feb 4-6, 2022
Women in Mission Retreat - April 8-10, 2022

 

Contemplatives in Action 

Welcome to the CJE newsletter’s new “Contemplatives in Action” section! 
Look here each month to explore a new contemplative practice and find resources for action responding to the times. 

 

Examen

The Examen is a practical approach to discernment that if practiced daily, over the course of days and months, can provide direction in one’s life. A former colleague likens the example of the child’s game of connecting the dots like practicing the Examen.  As the line is drawn from one dot to the next, a picture begins to appear. The same is true in using the Examen as a practice of discernment, over time - each day practiced - it becomes clearer, a truer and deeper understanding of where one is being led.

Learn about the Examen 

 

Welcoming our Afghan Allies and Neighbors 
Advocating for Women and Girls in Afghanistan

Advocating for Women and Girls in Afghanistan

In the last month, hundreds of people from Afghanistan have arrived in the Puget Sound area.  Click below to explore ways you can welcome our Afghan allies and neighbors and also advocate for women and girls back in Afghanistan: Check out Action that you can take

 

Ignatian Partners' Programs

Is Healing Possible?
Confronting Catholic Indian Boarding School History
Tuesday, October 12 at 4pm
 on Zoom

Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), 
Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School

This dialogue will focus on understanding the history of one particular former Indian boarding school (now Red Cloud Indian School), address the challenges produced by that history, and seek to understand what the future might hold for the possibility of healing. Questions to ponder include: What must the Church do to reckon with this history? How can we imagine a Catholic faith that rejects the colonial project?
Read more about Maka Black Elk's work here, and RSVP on Eventbrite
Sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture 

Voices of the Border
October 19, 6:30 p.m. 
Pigott Auditorium

Migrants, refugees, and deportees live through harrowing situations, yet their personal stories are often ignored. While politicians and commentators mischaracterize and demonize, herald border crises, and speculate about who people are and how they live, the actual memories of migrants are rarely shared. In the tradition of oral storytelling, Voices of the Border reproduces the stories migrants have told and in doing so offers a window onto both individual and shared experiences of crossing the US–Mexico border. 

Advance registration is required: 
Click Here to Register/ Find more Details 

Sponsored by Seattle University Common Text Program, Matteo Ricci Institute, International Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Jesuit Education, and the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture