Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J.
July 10, 2015
Address delivered at the
2015 Melbourne Conference on Jesuit Higher Education Melbourne, Australia
This afternoon I have the privilege to share with you some personal thoughts on the formation of the Jesuit university communities towards social justice based on my experience as current President of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) and the shared experience of service learning in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP). On both levels I reflect on efforts that are ongoing – works in progress – rather than on models. I hope simply to encourage sharing on the issues and challenges we encounter as Jesuit colleges and universities committed to making a contribution to social justice in the world today. Continue Reading →
1 The AJCU-AP will contribute to the Global Jesuit Case Studies Series. Case studies, evolving from stories are business-oriented but not confined to business, and which can feature Asia Pacific contexts. One of these would be business within the ASEAN+3 context.
The objective is to develop emerging leaders by providing transformational learning experiences using unique cases rooted in Jesuit tradition and core values.
In partnership with the over 200 Jesuit colleges and universities globally, the Global Jesuit Case Series (GJCS) aims to produce and disseminate a series of business and social policy cases that embody the values of social justice, human dignity, moral leadership, and sustainability while concurrently fostering organizational innovation and profitability. Our hope is that the GJCS will act as an invaluable resource for faculty, students, and alumni.
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1) The AJCU-AP will contribute to the Global Jesuit Case Studies Series (http:// www.gjcs.org). Case studies, evolving from stories are business-oriented but not confined to business, and which can feature Asia Pacific contexts. One of these would be business within the ASEAN+3 context.
The objective of this initiative is to develop emerging leaders by providing transformational learning experiences using unique cases rooted in Jesuit tradition and core values. In partnership with the over 200 Jesuit colleges and universities globally, the Global Jesuit Case Series (GJCS) aims to produce and disseminate a series of business and social policy cases that embody the values of social justice, human dignity, moral leadership, and sustainability while concurrently fostering organizational innovation and profitability.
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Jesuit schools in Asia Pacific are committed to growing green campuses in response to the Society’s growing ecological concern. As a group, the members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) recognise the need to develop ways to reduce consumption of waste material and to find a means to recycle them. They deem it essential to lessen the consumption of energy, paper and water, and instead make use of clean energy to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases. They have also considered how architecture can be helpful to cut energy needs and save on water costs. “We engage vigorously in environmental protection as it is inseparable from the promotion of faith that does justice, cultural sensitivity and interreligious dialogue,” said AJCU-AP Chairperson and President of Ateneo de Davao University Fr Joel Tabora SJ in a recent lecture on Laudato si’ at his university.
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Leaving home, stepping away from my comfort zone, doing without the comfortable and familiar is a step towards reclaiming my lost passion. I am so glad I am one of those who will work at St. Aloysius Gonzaga English Language Institute (SAG ELI).
Can I deliver? Will my fear of the unknown make me better able to deliver my lesson or will I let my fear control me? Will I do my magis there or will my fear pull me back from giving my best? I do not know. But what I do know is this: I travel this road only once, may the Lord be with me in this one-time journey to make a difference. <read full text>
Inspired by the 40th Year Anniversary of Fr Pedro Arrupe’s Historic Address on Jesuit Education apostolate entitled “Man for Others”, AJCU-AP Service Learning Program 2014 is themed as, “Jesuit Education in the Frontiers of Greater Societal Engagement”. The Program is aimed at: (1) Provide opportunity for interaction to Service Learning Communities to facilitate understanding of present social realities particularly in Mindanao. (2) Facilitate deepening and reflection sessions on Jesuit Ideals which will strengthen participants’ awareness and commitment to greater societal engagement (3) Engage participants to actual Service Learning projects in Xavier Ecoville to encourage initiatives and participation for sustainable community development
On August 4, 2014, Xavier University welcomed student and faculty participants from Sogang University-South Korea, Sophia University-Japan, Sanata Dharma University-Indonesia, Ateneo de Davao, Ateneo de Naga and Ateneo de Zamboanga Universities-Philippines to the AJCU-AP Service Learning 2014. There were 23 Student Participants who took part in the 24-day Service Learning Program at Xavier Ecoville and 11 Faculty Participants who took part in the 3-day Service Learning Program for Faculty.
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Is it unrealistic to reflect on the common good where the reality of our lives is difference, diversity, polarisation, disagreement and conflict? I don’t have to recall the diversity of languages, cultures, nationalities, religious and other world-views with which we engage. I am particularly interested in conflict. These are the more serious problems arising from the incompatibility of policies and purposes. Some want to achieve goals which jeopardize the goals and purposes of others. The opening and development of mines to excavate and extract coal, oil or minerals can threaten the livelihoods and cultures of the people under whose land the natural resources are found. The opening up of infrastructure can benefit peoples, but it can also undermine their indigenous way of life and their relationship with their environment. Roadways give people access to schools and hospitals and other amenities, but they also provide a route for loggers and those who will denude and exploit the natural environment. As we have too often experiences, the attempt to provide security can be counterproductive, stimulating fear and anxiety instead.
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“Every Jesuit academy of higher learning is called to live in a social reality… and to live for that social reality, to shed university intelligence upon it and to use university influence to transform it.”Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ
The Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City, Southern Philippines, hosted the Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP), chaired by Fr. Joel Tabora, last 26-27 August. Fr. Patxi Alvarez, Asst. to Fr. General for Social Justice and Ecology addressed the gathering “On the Role of Jesuit Universities and Social Justice,” with Ateneo de Davao’s very own Datu Mussolini Lidasan sharing on “The Bangsamoro Accord and the Mindanao Struggle for Peace.” Continue Reading →
Dear Members of AJCU-AP:
On behalf of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia and the Pacific, I am pleased to invite you to our Annual Meeting which will be held in the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines this 26-27 August 2014. Our meeting precedes the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) meeting which will be held on 28-30 August 2014, also in Ateneo de Davao University. Continue Reading →
SOFEX is Sophia Sogang Festival of Exchange, where there are sports, cultural and academic exchanges of students and faculties held every year between these two Jesuit Universities, Sophia(Japan) and Sogang(South Korea), since 2010. Continue Reading →