JUSTICE AND ECOLOGY NETWORK FOR AFRICA (JENA)
“A faith that does justice”
In February this year, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) announced the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) which will provide a guideline for our apostolic engagement for the next 10 years. The UAPs are an ambitious roadmap to guide Jesuit efforts to contribute to the transformation of the world.
The UAPs, which really are a mission given to the Society of Jesus by the Pope, are a means we want to engage to support global efforts to promote wellbeing, both material and spiritual, end all forms of poverty in the world, reduce inequalities, fight against climate change and promote inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.
It is in this context that during its annual meeting, the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network for Africa (JENA) is organising the International JENA Conference on the Implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences with a focus on the role knowledge, research and collaboration, from August 6th to 9th of this year. The Conference is bringing together about 35 experts along with some Major Superiors, representatives from Jesuit universities and social research centres from more than 15 countries, to discuss ways to deploy and track the implementation of the UAPs on all levels and scales.
JENA is seeking to become one of the leading actors in the debate, analysis, the development and implementation of UAPs and promoting the contribution of universities and academic centres throughout. The UAPs appeal to all Jesuits and collaborators the world over to raise awareness of how the problems and realities of the planet affect us all. JENA members want to display firm commitment and effective leadership in the assumption of these global challenges.
The Conference is a unique opportunity for all the agents involved, who I would like to sincerely thank for their participation, to start working to achieve such huge challenges, which are as praiseworthy as they are necessary.
Fr. Charles B. Chilufya SJ, JENA Director