At the end of June we had the opportunity to have an in-person meeting with the members of the Jesuit Networking research coordination team at the America Magazine headquarters in New York City. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other a bit more and work together to establish the research criteria and topics that will help to guide Jesuit Networking research in the coming months. We will soon be updating our website to launch a call for papers that will clarify these criteria and encourage researchers to become involved. Thanks to Tina Facca at John Carroll University and Kevin Ahern from Manhattan College for their time and support in the building of this project.
Photo: Dani Villanueva SJ, Erika Meyer, Kevin Ahern and Tina Facca
Last week, we had another opportunity to work closely with the University of Loyola Andalucía, in this case a team of researchers from the Business Faculty. For weeks, we have been having a rich dialogue focused on the possible support of @LoyolaAnd in the study and support for the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network from the perspective of organizational development.
Thanks to Loyola Andalucía and especially Emilio and Ana for your time and interest in building a joint mission!
This past weekend, we had an intensive work day with those who are leading the growing Jesuit secondary education network, which has emerged from the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education. Since the beginning of this initiative around July 2012, we have been in contact, mutually learning from one another, an experience which will soon bear fruit. For now, the network is in the early stages of implementation, beginning to form its team. Soon, we will provide more updates.
One of the first group of people who reacted to the Jesuit Networking Initiative was a group from the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, in Cleveland. This jesuit university has an exciting group of people interested in marketing and quantitative analysis. Tina Facca, one of our bloggers, is the professor leading all this effort that has been of great support to our work since the very beginning. Last week we have the chance of visiting John Carroll and work for a couple of days without the need of “digital mediation.”
Tina and her team are really engaged with the preparation of the next WUJA meeting and the promotion of all kind of Jesuit Networking initiatives. She is a key player in the Jesuit Networking Research Group and she is open to put her resources in order to service our common mission, specially helping with market analysis, feasibility studies, and quantitative analysis for non-profits within the jesuit world. We are really grateful to Tina and John Carroll University for their generosity.
PHOTO: Tina Facca and Dani Villanueva, SJ.
I think that everybody engaged on the Ignatian digital sphere knows already about the Ignatian Solidarity Network. This initiative is an interesting concept of hub for social justice leaders throughout the Ignatian family with a lot of resemblances to what we’re trying to do with the Jesuit apostolic body.
Last week we have the chance of visit them at their headquarters in Cleveland and invest a good amount of quality time discussing about possible synergies and common projects regarding the global social dimension of our mission throughout our network of institutions, specially in the educational field. if you are not following them, we encourage you to do so. In twitter @IGsolidarityNET is one of the best references for social justice issues within the Ignatian world.
PHOTO: Chris Kerr, coordinator of Ignatian Solidarity Network with Dani Villanueva, SJ coordinator of Jesuit Networking Project.
Little by little Jesuit institutions and networks are approaching Jesuit Networking as a hub where collaboration may happen among different players of the Jesuit mission body. Some of the institutions are just connected with our network or contribute to our contents… But some are part of our core-group participating in the strategy and contributing with resources to the network.
Last week, after a few meetings and some exciting conversations, the world committee of Christian Life Communities is joining the core-group. This network of communities is present in all five continents, in more than sixty countries. The Christian Life Community is an international association of Christians. Members make up small groups, which are part of larger communities organised regionally and nationally, all forming ONE World Community. The charism and spirituality of CLC are Ignatian and they have a strong sense of common mission with the Society of Jesus. You can learn more about CLC communities in their website http://www.cvx-clc.net/
The World Union Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) has a global meeting every four years. Last year we hold it in Medellin (Colombia) and the next one will be in Cleveland in 2017. John Carroll University is working hard with the WUJA committee in order to start the arrangements for such a big meeting, and Jesuit Networking has been approached also to be part of that strategy. The idea is to be able of coordinate global efforts in order to take advantage of such a gathering, in a way that will help global networks to work with a clear objective and gather in Cleveland for that date (late june 2017).