19th January 2021
Association Webinar Series: Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service
The second in our series of Association webinars, 6.00pm on the 19th January 2021
Following Dr Austen Ivereigh’s superb webinar in December our second guest speaker is Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK since January 2016. Sarah was MP for Brent East (later Brent Central) for 12 years, during which time she served as the Minister of State for Children and Families in the Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition Government. Sarah left Parliament in 2015 and has worked for JRS in Rome, and the UK, since then. She is practised in the Ignatian tradition of discernment, as well as spearheading work in the UK in one of four areas of Apostolic priority for the Jesuits worldwide.
The Jesuit Refugee Service was founded by Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe in 1980. Pope Francis’ first visit outside Rome in 2013 was to the island of Lampedusa to express his solidarity with migrants risking their lives seeking refuge in Europe. He has put refugees and migrants at the centre of his teaching, preaching and pastoral action ever since. Sarah will explore the challenges facing refugees, why they are a poignant and challenging sign of our times not to be ignored, and why the Church, and the Jesuit family in particular, prioritises pastoral and practical work with refugees.
Please register as soon as you can, and do please share this email with family and friends and encourage them to join us.
Once you have registered your interest a Zoom link to the event will be sent to you a week ahead, don’t forget to mark your diary.
Sarah, who is giving freely of her time, would welcome any donations, however small, to the Jesuit Refugee Service: ‘Lockdown and financial uncertainty in the country has made fundraising a huge challenge for us and yet the needs of refugees we serve have escalated under COVID so we really would be grateful for any support that people can provide.’ Should you wish to make a donation please click here: www.jrsuk.net/donate
10th December 2020
Association Webinar Series: Dr Austen Ivereigh
Dr Austen Ivereigh, the journalist, papal biographer and Fellow of the Jesuit-run Campion Hall in Oxford, has had the unique privilege of collaborating with Pope Francis on a new book to be published on 1st December.
‘Let us dream: the path to a better future’ is Pope Francis’ guidance and wisdom for a world in the midst of the pandemic crisis: about how we can and should use the crisis as an opportunity to change the world for the better.
Join Austen and friends of the Stonyhurst family for an evening webinar, hosted by the Association, at 6.00 – 7.00pm on Thursday 10th December.
Austen will talk about the process of writing the book with Francis, and the Pope’s deep reading of the current crisis, which in turn throws light on other crises that humanity has preferred to ignore. A piercing critique of the systems and ideologies that have failed us, Let Us Dream is also an uplifting vision of what could come out of the crisis if we embrace what Francis calls a “politics with a Capital P”, in which “those people who are now on the edges become the protagonists of social change”.
Politicians the world over are bereft of ideas. Will they listen to Pope Francis? Many of us hope so. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear – as good as first-hand – what the Pope is thinking about the pathways to a better future.
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A zoom link to the event will be sent to you a week ahead, don’t forget to mark your diary.