Theology, spirituality and ethics, a basis of the JRS mission
Two years ago at Boston College some leading members of JRS met together with moral and social theologians to see about building a bridge between theology and JRS.
Eventually a theologian simply asked, what can we concretely do? Each of us had read a number of JRS stories and someone simply suggested that maybe we could do short reflections on these stories.
But what would the agenda for these reflections be? It was one thing that we theologians reflect on these brief but very human and poignant stories, but what dimension of these narratives should we reflect upon? What would serve to connect all the stories and their reflections? What would be the glue to make them cohere?
Certainly, JRS had to set the agenda. Eventually it was proposed that we enter into the Strategic Framework 2012-2015 and use as our foundation the seven JRS values: compassion, hope, dignity, solidarity, hospitality, justice, and participation.
In turn, we selected, from among the many stories, seven that matched the JRS values. Then we gave to each of the seven theologians a specific value with its correlated story and asked for brief but hopefully very human and illuminating reflection.
We hope you find our project helpful as you take JRS strategically ahead.
James F Keenan SJ, Jesuit priest and member of the Theology Department at Boston College