Weekly Update: Febuary 22-March 1

Featured Events:

New Weekly Service Site!
Educational Opportunity Center English Language Tutoring
Tuesdays meet in CCSJ office at 11:45 am to walk over for tutoring from noon- 1:15 pm. Students are needed to work one on one with English language learners. Many of the students are refugees from a variety of countries.
You do not need to know any other language, just a caring heart and some patience to help these adults learn basic pronunciation, vocabulary and build their conversational skills.
Contact ColinMcDonald@creighton.edu with questions.

CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Group Meeting Times
If you are interested in getting involved in learning and participating more in advocacy, join one of our office teams!
1. Ecology and Management of Natural and Mineral Resources (Sustainability): Meets every Sunday at 1pm in the CCSJ. For more information email haleywarren@creighton.edu or ryanfreeman@creighton.edu

2. Peace, Non-violence, and Human Rights: Meets every other Thursday (Next meeting is 2/7/13 at 5pm in the CCSJ). For more information email mirandahinnenkamp@creighton.edu or jacquelinegreene@creighton.edu.

3. Economic Justice/Access to Education: Meets every other Thursday at 8:15 in McGloin. Fore more information email elizabethsamson@creighton.edu or leahschaffer@creighton.edu.

4. Migration: Meeting time TBA. For more information email amalbarre@creighton.edu or michellevillegas@creighton.edu

Events this week:
Black Gold: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee
Peace Vigil
A Weekend Essential Permaculture Weekend Training
CUIC – Sustainability at Creighton
New Weekly Service Site! Educational Opportunity Center English Language Tutoring
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Mercy High School’s Guest Speaker Sr. Deidre Mullen
Cultivating Peace Through Nonviolence Relating Series
Cold Toes, Warm Hearts
Courageous Voices: Let’s Talk About “It”
Special Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Taizé Prayer 2012-13
Perceptions of Iyeska
Holocaust Heroine
Dying Well: Getting “The Best Care Possible” Through the End of Life
Markoe DePorres Lecture – Lenten Soup Lunch and Lecture
2013 IBEC Conference – Providing Patient and Family-Centered Care at the End of Life

Events More than One Week Away:
Hand-in-Hand Volunteers Needed
Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration Open

Service and Justice Opportunities
Friday, February 22nd
Black Gold: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee
Film: Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. This screening will take place 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Skutt room 104. There is even a donation of free trade coffee for the event!

Saturday, February 23rd
Peace Vigil
Peace Vigil at 72nd & Dodge St in Omaha; parking lot on NE corner. This even will take place from 1:00-2:00pm and is a weekly event. For more information contact Steve Horn at 402-426-9068.

A Weekend Essential Permaculture Weekend Training
Learn How to Grow Food & Capture Energy the Permaculture Way with Bill & Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture hosted by Knowles Mercy Center and Transition Omaha. A foundational course in permaculture design with a practical bent, for renters, apartment dwellers, home-owners and lot-owners alike. Learn about foundations of permaculture design, gardening for bounty while reducing labor, creating a greater sense of community & resilience in our neighborhoods, various rainwater harvesting techniques, raising food just about anywhere, gardening on concrete, on roofs & in apartments, reducing energy use, generating income from one’s home or lot. Full Course description at: www.MidwestPermaculture.com
This weekend event is Saturday, 9 – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 – 3 pm at Knowles Mercy Center located at 2304 Campanile Road, Waterloo, NE 68069-6838. We now have some donors that might make it more affordable for students. The cost would be $100 which is $95 off the original cost. If there are students who would like to do this, they may call Becky Wilson 815-256-2215 or email
Becky@midwestpermaculture.com at Midwest Permaculture and tell her I gave them this price. If there is someone who really wants to attend, but cannot afford this price, please email Kathy Townsend at kathtowns@msn.com

Monday, February 25th
CUIC – Sustainability at Creighton
Please join Ms. Mary Duda, Dr. John O’Keefe, Dr. Barb Dilly, Dr. Rich Miller and others for a conversation around Creighton’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and what part you can play in making Creighton climate-neutral by 2050! All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. This conversation will be in Lower Becker Faculty Commons from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Tuesday, February 26th
New Weekly Service Site! Educational Opportunity Center English Language Tutoring
Tuesdays meet in CCSJ office at 11:45 am to walk over for tutoring from noon- 1:15 pm.
Students are needed to work one on one with English language learners. Many of the students are refugees from a variety of countries.
You do not need to know any other language, just a caring heart and some patience to help these adults learn basic pronunciation, vocabulary and build their conversational skills.
Contact ColinMcDonald@creighton.edu with questions.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
The Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same name, Half the Sky brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to not only raise awareness of women’s issues, but to also provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women. Change is possible, and you can be part of the solution.
This film is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. The documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.
This is a documentary screening and panel discussion sponsored by the Lieben Center. This screening will be at 6:30pm in Rigge Science Building, Auditoriom 120. For more information visit http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Mercy High School’s Guest Speaker Sr. Deidre Mullen
Sr. Deirdre Mullen is a “Social Justice Sisters” who works to raise awareness about education of girls in the developing world. She will be coming to Mercy High School as a part of their Mission Week. This event will take place at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel located at 1501 S. 48th St.
The event will be free admission. A flyer for this event can be found on the CCSJ website at http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/02/sr-deidre-mullen-speaking-at-mercy-high-school/. For more information or to RSVP to the event contact Jamie at (402)553-9424 or e-mail randonej@mercyhigh.org

Cultivating Peace Through Nonviolent Relating Series
Cultivating Peace Through Nonviolent Relating invites you into the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and giving with a focus on peacemaking. This three part series will be Feb. 26 and March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. Cost is $75 single registration; $55 double registration. Facilitated by Christine Malloy, Sister Margaret Stratman, OSM, and Sister Val Lewandoski, OSM. To register, contact Sister Margaret Stratman, OSM at 402-951-3026 or scc@osms.org or visit www.osms.org.

Wednesday, February 27th
Cold Toes, Warm Hearts
Did you know that the Siena/Francis House serves on average 1,145 meals each day and provides a bed to 428 persons a night? The Swanson Hall RHC is hosting a program to raise money and awareness of those experiencing homelessness in the Omaha community. Our program, Cold Toes, Warm Hearts will be hosted on February 27, 2013 and we want you to participate! By pledging to wear flip-flops throughout the day on February 27th and donating $5, you will be assisting in the effort to achieve our goal and make a change. All proceeds will be donated to the Siena/Francis House. Through your donation and pledge, you will have access to the hospitality room, located in Swanson Hall throughout the day. This year, the hospitality room will feature delicious warm soup from Panera, artisan bread, coffee and cookies from Sodexo, and other refreshments. All will be able to participate in the reflection and discussion by stopping by the reflection wall along the mall.
To register for the event, please go to CU Marketplace, where you can register and donate using credit card or Jaybucks. Here is the link for the CU Marketplace: https://www.blueq-surveys.creighton.edu/se.ashx?s=46BEEE7F4D48F639 You can also register for Cold Toes, Warm Hearts at the Swanson front desk.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have at NicoleGeorge@creighton.edu or AnneDaly@creighton.edu.

Courageous Voices: Let’s Talk About “It”
For this Courageous Voices, “It” being whatever you would like to talk about! We often have some things on our mind that we haven’t had an opportunity to talk about or if you have talked about it haven’t been heard. We are inviting students to come and participate in an open and safe dialogue on a topic that they would like to be heard on. Courageous Voices is a program series that will focus on fostering constructive dialogue about some of society’s most contentious issues, including but not limited to: race, religion, sexual orientation, and conflicts throughout the world. We invite students, faculty, and staff to participate. This event will be at 7:00pm – 8:00pm in Harper Center room 3029. For more information on this program or if you are interested in participating please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez at LRodriguez@creighton.edu.

Special Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Presented in collaboration with The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law. A panel discussion will follow the film. This screening is one night only at 7:00pm at Film Streams, Ruth Sokolof Theater located at 1340 Mike Fahey St. For more information about this important film and this event, go to http://praythedevilbacktohell.com/ or http://filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?ID=1066

Thursday, February 28th
Taizé Prayer 2012-13
Due to closures last Thursday, Taizé has been rescheduled for February 28th.
Creighton Campus Ministry and Lutheran Campus Ministry invite you to experience Taizé prayer! Named for the ecumenical Christian community that developed it, Taizé Prayer is a simple and meditative form of worship that calls us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us. This event will take place in St. John’s Church at 8:00pm. All members of the Creighton community are welcome. For more info please visit the Campus Ministry website at http://www.creighton.edu/ministry/campusministry/ws/taizeprayer/index.php

Perceptions of Iyeska
Charles E. Trimble presents his book IYESKA: Mixed-blood views of Indian Country. Born in 1935, Charles E. Trimble was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. In 2000, Creighton University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Cultural Sciences degree for his work in human rights. Sponsored by: Native American Studies, Student Support Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Peace and Justice, and CCSJ. This lecture and book signing will be at 6:00pm in Harper Center 3028.

Holocaust Heroine
Author Julija Sukys talks about her book Epistolophilia. The book tells the story of a little-known university librarian and Holocaust rescuer who entered the Vilna Ghetto (Lithuania) for three years under the pretense collecting unreturned library books. In reality, Simaite was bringing in medicine, food, and other forms of aid, then carrying out and hiding letters, manuscripts, and even children. Sukys painstakingly sifted through a collection of thousands of letters and scores of letters scattered to archives around the world. Fragment by fragment, she succeeded in painting a nuanced portrait of a compelling and courageous life. This event is sponsored by the Department of English at Creighton University, the Department of History at Creighton University, the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, the Women and Gender Studies Program at Creighton University, and the Journal of Baltic Studies. This event will take place at 7:00pm – 8:00pm in Harper Center, Hixson Lied Auditorium.

Dying Well: Getting “The Best Care Possible” Through the End of Life
Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative care physicians in the country, gives a community presentation in which he argues that how we die is among the biggest national crises facing us today. In addressing the sorry state of dying in America, politics has trumped reason, and spirituality is often given short shrift. Dr. Byock explains that to ensure the best possible care for those we love—and eventually ourselves—we must not only remake our healthcare system, we must also move past our cultural aversion to talking about dying and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. In so doing, we can live emotionally authentic, healthier, and more joyful lives. Dr. Byock is a practicing Palliative Medicine physician and Professor at Dartmouth Medical School. He has been a consistent advocate for the voice and rights of incurably ill patients and their families. Secure your tickets in advance for the suggested donation of $10. Tickets are available at Countryside Church during office hours. Please call 402.391.0350 for details. Students with ID are admitted for free.

Friday, March 1st
Markoe DePorres Lecture – Lenten Soup Lunch and Lecture
This is an 11:30 am Lenten Soup Lunch with 2:00 pm Keynote speaker: Fr. David Hollenbach discussing Pacem in Terris at 50: The Catholic Church and Human Rights in the 21st Century. This event will take place in Harper Center Ballroom.

2013 IBEC Conference – Providing Patient and Family-Centered Care at the End of Life
This conference’s purpose is to enable the learner to provide patient and family-centered care at the end of life by identifying practice innovations, recognizing the impact of faith traditions, exploring common public and professional perceptions, and understanding the ethical dimensions related to end-of-life care. The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Ira Byock. This conference will be 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Scott Conference Center located at 6450 Pine St. Detailed information, including Dr. Byock’s bio, agenda, and registration forms, can be found at this flyer. Registration form is required along with registration fee of $60 due by February 25th. For questions regarding registration, please contact Mikala Schuman at 402-717-1963, at the Alegent Creighton Health Education Department.

Upcoming Events:

Hand-in-Hand Volunteers Needed
Sunday, April 14
Hand-in-Hand is a day (April 14th) where adults with developmental disabilities come and hang out at Creighton and get to have an afternoon of games, crafts, bingo, food, and even some karaoke! It is great for the people to make social connections and actually get to do something that they might not otherwise do. A CU student (called a partner) is matched two-to-one or one-to-one with the Guests who will join us for Hand in Hand. THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN! Volunteers are making an impact on the individuals life by working with them one on one and just providing them emotional and social support and helping make their day that much better. It’s an exciting opportunity to give of yourself personally and touch someone’s life.
All partners will need to attend a training session on April 2, 2013, at the Rigge Science Building Room 120 from 6:30-7:30 PM.
On the day of the event all partners will need to report by 12:30pm to be ready for our guests to arrive, and stay for a short check in after the guests have left. You will be finished no later than 5:00pm.
For more information or to register visit http://www.creighton.edu/ministry/campusministry/ab/handinhand/index.php

Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration Open
Friday, March 22
Building on the success of the past four years, on Friday, March 22, 2013, (8:00am – 2:30pm for Volunteers; guest intake from 8:30am – 2:00pm), with the support of Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. This is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 170 sets of dentures), and more. Last year, more than 500 guests connected with significant services at Creighton’s Kiewit Fitness Center, assisted by more than 800 volunteers.
General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, greeting, directing, registering, and serving food, among other positions that help the day flow. Most volunteers will serve as “navigators” and assist guests in filling out a basic intake form and staying with them through the process of accessing services. Health care professionals who can offer their skills are also needed (registration information is provided on the website). Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. Go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/ to register.
For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/ (including video reflections). Contact Patrick O’Malley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-1290 or patrickomalley@creighton.edu.
Registration will be open until volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

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