21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge
Friday, August 28, marks the anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. In light of the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the subsequent protests, it is imperative that we continue the “march” forward at Brebeuf Jesuit continuing to analyze and confront issues of race, racism, and equity.
To that end, Brebeuf Jesuit will engage in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge that will be introduced to students on Friday, August 28 and begin on Monday, August 31. These three weeks provide needed focus and time for prayer on race and equity.
What is the 21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge?
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) platform provides tools for those interested in learning more about the complex realities of racial injustice and anti-Blackness in the U.S.
This site contains FAQs, a sign up for Challenge Emails (more details below), and a daily breakout by week that outlines the challenge in great detail.
The Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge is designed for all participants, regardless of race, ethnicity, prior anti-racism work, age or background and will include opportunities to learn, pray, and act on different themes of racial equity. Additional specific resources will be provided for white people, who benefit from and perpetuate racist systems in our society, both intentionally and unintentionally.
Friday, August 28
- Several students will lead a morning prayer in which they will make note of the anniversary of the March on Washington and how the march toward equity is still underway.
- Following the prayer, there will be an announcement that beginning Monday we will launch a 21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge. Students will receive more information by email and social media.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech will be played in the Chapel during the 1st and 2nd PRTs on Friday, August 28.
- The Daily Examen at the end of the day will be specific to the 21-Day challenge.
Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 18
- Morning prayer will relate to the day’s theme (see 21-Day challenge).
- The school community will be encouraged to engage with each day’s theme.
- For those who might desire to explore these topics with others, the LGI has been reserved for conversation during the 2nd PRT each day throughout the challenge.
- A challenge-specific Examen will be used each day.
ISN has also created a program that provides a daily email to all who wish to participate. This 21-day email campaign will provide daily resources to learn, pray, and act on a variety of issues related to racial justice and equity.
For those wishing to participate and follow along with our community, they are encouraged to sign up between this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. on Monday.
All Brebeuf Jesuit students will receive the weekly guide on Monday of each week in their AMDG email accounts.
To learn more and sign up for these emails, please click here.
Ways to Participate
We are encouraging the Brebeuf Jesuit community to participate in a way that is challenging, but does not go beyond what they are ready to receive.
There will be a number of ways to participate. A number of student-led and faculty-led initiatives will be unveiled during the subsequent weeks of the challenge.
Opportunities for families and the Brebeuf Jesuit community will be provided to all via email and social media. Daily posts with more information, helpful links and items for prayer and discussion will be posted throughout the challenge. Follow along using the hashtag #Brebeuf21Day.
The Brebeuf Jesuit community is looking forward to this time of prayer, conversation, reflection, and action.