Monthly Adult Faith Formation for Faculty and Staff
Ignatian Spirituality for Anti-Racist Educators
On Friday, September 4, faculty and staff gathered for their first monthly adult faith formation meeting. Every year there is a theme and focus for the gatherings. This year the theme is Ignatian Spirituality for Anti-Racist Educators. Each gathering will explore and pray with some aspect of Ignatian Spirituality in order to provide spiritual resources and focus on the school’s mission to support our ongoing anti-racism work on campus.
August 11-Eric Abrams
Opening Week Faculty and Staff Gathering: A Conversation with Eric Abrams
On August 11, 2020, our adult faith formation meeting began our discernment process of how we will address racism in our own school community and beyond. This year our gatherings will provide Ignatian spirituality resources for our mission and work as anti-racist educators. At this gathering formally began our Ignatian discernment about how to go about this by engaging in deep listening of our students. We will listen to, and reflect on, the feedback we received this summer, primarily from our students of color, regarding their experience of racial justice/injustice on campus.
We then heard reflections from, and was guided in, facilitated conversation by Eric Abrams, Chief Inclusion Officer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. He helped us learn how to build a campus culture and climate of racial justice and healing that all of our students, but especially students of color, need and want from us. And finally, we closed with a guided examen, identifying the ways God is calling us to respond to what we have just listened to and discussed, so that we may better do the antiracist work to which our school is called.