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A collaboration between the Office of Campus Ministry and the Alternative Breaks Program of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service at Georgetown University, Magis: Jamaica is a week-long immersion experience during which participants will explore economic and social justice in conversation with practices and legacies of faith. The Ignatian concept of “magis”, an encouragement to think more deeply, love more compassionately, and serve more justly, guides the immersion experience. In learning from civil society leaders and local community members and participating daily in spiritual practices to cultivate the magis, we will seek to deepen our understanding(s) of ourselves and of our world, realizing our own implication in macro systems of injustice, thereby seeking personal and collective transformation.
Magis: Jamaica explores social solidarity through the Ignatian concept of magis - doing more for others. As a collaborative trip between the Office of Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Justice, Magis: Jamaica will explore the aspirations and struggles of global communities through both unique and common historical narratives. What connections exist between music (think Bob Marley), religion, and cities? Past trips have engaged questions surrounding the tourism industry, corruption, governance, and social protection in response to economic inequality. We will examine shared social conditions, nurturing empathy through the similarities between our home communities and global communities over food, service, and dialogue. Throughout the course of the week, Magis: Jamaica will challenge participants to engage in solidarity with diverse and unique communities.
The approach to the trip is immersive: participants will live with and learn from residents, clergy, and volunteers in Kingston and Mandeville, Jamaica. Experiencing life alongside our local hosts, we will reflect together on the meaning of life in communities: the communities we meet, our campus community, and the global community.
If selected to participate, the Jamaica Magis experience will invite participants to commit to a lifestyle of an informed and reflective dedication to uproot injustice and promote solidarity between poor and privileged communities - on campus, in DC, and around the world.
Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others” - Pope Francis, Address to the United Nations 2014-05-09