Jesuit Forum Vision

The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is an apostolic work of the Jesuits of Canada, striving to fulfill the Jesuit mission of the service of faith and the promotion of justice rooted in the Ignatian spiritual tradition of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Reverence for our Creator and all of Creation is the foundation of our sense of social and ecological justice.

From out of the Ignatian tradition we value a world fully alive to our Creator’s guiding presence through a discerning spirit of community where each person and creature can live harmoniously in, contribute towards, and benefit from the fruits of society and of Creation in their full uniqueness.

 

Jesuit Forum Spiritual Foundation

Grounded in Jesuit spiritual tradition the Jesuit Forum’s approach is built on the conviction that God is at work in our world, continually drawing us towards the greater common good and calling us towards fruitful change in greater witness of our Creator.

Faith is social at its core. It is meant to play an active role in bringing about a more just and sustainable world.

The Jesuit Forum’s small group dialogue approach creates a space for opening up to the leading of the Spirit and learning to discern “the signs of the times” on personal and global levels. This takes place through a reflective and discerning approach of our personal experiences, contrasting what is energising and life-giving (Consolation), with what is disheartening and draining (Desolation).

As we open ourselves to other points of view we can come to realize that our prayerful aspirations meet those of others. The insights we gain can confirm our previous intuitions. But they also open our perspectives towards horizons that call us towards more fruitful personal and communal engagement.

 

Our Social Context

Despite economic growth and technological progress, our world is in crisis: climate change is compromising the planet’s sustainability, rising inequalities are preventing the greater part of humanity from having access to basic human rights. Conflicts, poverty and climate change are triggering refugee movements. Political extremism is challenging democracy and international collaboration.

These contemporary issues are complex, often interconnected and of such magnitude that it is easy to feel at a loss to engage with them in meaningful ways in a daily life context. No one can tackle these issues alone, but we often lack the appropriate social settings that would allow us to talk with others and find ways to contribute to change.

 

Jesuit Forum Mission

The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice strives to intellectually engage all peoples of all faiths and backgrounds rooted in prayerful reflection, discerning dispositions, and willingness to share upon the realities and issues of our time for the purpose of more faith-filled and just societies. 

In helping build up a better world the Jesuit Forum brings together small groups of people who seek to make a fruitful difference within society through personal and communal reflection rooted in a growing intellectual awareness, a growing sense of prayerfulness, and a desire to listen and share transparently with others their consolations and desolations on the social and spiritual blessings and challenges of our Creation and of society.

Through an environment of personal and communal discernment and trusting relations, in contrast to growing individualism and a reactionary faith, the Jesuit Forum seeks to foster prayerful friendships, energy, enthusiasm and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live in order to foster more just and fruitful social choices in harmony with Creation and our Creator.

2024

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