by Angelina Cahalan
The following is a reflection from St. Ignatius students participating in a two week immersion at St. Anthony’s.
Hello! A lot has happened since we last wrote. We’ve continued learning in the JEVA (Justice Education, Volunteer and Advocacy) classroom at St. Anthony Foundation. We looked at the distribution of wealth nationally and realized the large gap between the classes. We also used the game of JENGA as an analogy to the real world and its structure of laws and rules. It became frustrating when rules changed and we didn’t have control over the powers that be. Friday we discussed the different types of service in our society. Today, Tuesday, we began talking about advocacy and how to get involved either on a legislative level or by the power of assembly. Today we had the opportunity to meet Sean Elsburnd, an SI graduate and now the District 6 supervisor. It was interesting to hear him speak about the city’s government and see city hall. This past weekend we traveled to Santa Cruz for a mid-trip retreat. We reflected and spent time at the beach. We spent Saturday night at a hotel, and our group continued to bond and have more fun! It was really nice to do some laundry at the local Laundromat. Sunday we went on a nature hike and swam in the river there as well. On 4th of July we walked to the Ferry Building and watched the city fireworks. Yesterday we also went to Grace Cathedral and took some time to reflect and pray. We walked down a labyrinth there.
We have kept up our nightly reflections and focused on a variety of topics including charity, justice, service, solidarity, community, and faith. Our reflection discussions have been vital to this trip. We are continuing to challenge others and be challenged. The tenets of living simply, acting justly, community and spirituality continue to be very prominent in our everyday encounters.