International: JRS launches new website section, looking for deeper meaning
14 November 2011

Promoting reflection to help staff and refugees cope with the despair of the realities of forced displacement, Abeché, Chad (Peter Balleis SJ/JRS)
In addition to providing theological, spiritual and ethical resources to assist better those working in this challenging ministry, the papers seek to promote understanding of how JRS shapes its project and advocacy agenda as an Ignatian faith-based organisation.
Rome, 14 November 2011 – JRS International announces the launch of the new section of its website: Theology, spirituality and ethics, a basis of the JRS mission.

The new section will explore the key issues facing JRS staff in their service and advocacy work with refugees and other forcibly displaced migrants. It focuses on serving faith, promoting justice and enhancing inter-religious understanding, while also placing emphasis on how best JRS can, in the words of the Superior General of the Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás, foster reconciliation and Gospel hospitality.

The launch of the new website section – in English, French, Spanish and Italian – comes after a conference, organised between 7 and 9 October last, by the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ), bringing together JRS staff and university theologians and ethicists from around the world to discuss the development of theological, spiritual, and Christian ethical resources for JRS field staff.

These resources will seek to support JRS personnel in the spiritual and practical issues that they face every day. The theologians will write papers on some of these issues that will be made available to the wider public through the JRS International website as a resource for approaching the theological, spiritual and ethical challenges raised during the conference.

In addition to providing theological, spiritual and ethical resources to assist better those working in this challenging ministry, the papers seek to promote understanding of how JRS shapes its project and advocacy agenda as an Ignatian faith-based organisation.

Part of a larger process


The conference was part of larger ongoing partnership between the CHRIJ and JRS, which presently includes research into the burgeoning phenomenon of urban refugees and recommendations on how JRS should best respond. Led by JRS Australia Associate Director, Sr Maryanne Loughry, and Boston college Assistant Professor, Tom Crea, the research will begin with a project in conjunction with the JRS programme in South Africa.

Past work of the CHRIJ with JRS has led to the publication of two books, Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa, and Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants, both edited by the Director for the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, David Hollenbach SJ.




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