Weekly Update: May 4 – 26

All Weekly Service Sites have ended for semester and this will be the last Weekly Update for a while. After taking a break for the summer, the CCSJ will resume these updates when the fall semester begins August 21. Please contact CCSJ by phone (402-280-1290), email, or drop by 8:00 am – 4:30 pm if you have any questions, comments, or looking for volunteer opportunities over the summer.
Good Luck on exams and have a great summer!

Featured Events:

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
The Missioning Ceremony is the Friday morning of graduation weekend (May 17th) and is a great way to celebrate students’ choices to volunteer or enter religious life. Additionally, it is a wonderful way bless and mission family and friends as they embark on their journey of support. This will be the fourteenth annual Missioning Ceremony and Fr. Lannon, SJ, President of Creighton University will be present to bless the volunteers and Fr. Andy Alexander, SJ, Vice President of University Ministry, will also join us to bless family/friends.

Our alumni speaker this year will be Emily Ruskamp, a 2010 Creighton graduate from Dodge, Nebraska, who volunteered after graduation with the Incarnate Word Missionaries in Chimbote, Peru. Emily plans on pursuing a degree in Intercultural Ministry in the fall.

Ken Reed-Bouley, Kelly Orbik, and Jeff Peak of the CCSJ will welcome and mission the graduates. Dr. Roger Bergman, Director of Creighton’s Justice & Peace Studies Program, and Dr. Tom Kelly, Associate Professor of Theology will hand out journals for those being missioned, and Wendy Maliszewski will give out prayer stones for the graduates. Dr. Bergman will also present the Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ, award. This Ceremony will be at 10:30 am in St. John’s Church.

Events this week:
Cinco de Mayo Festivities Volunteers Needed
OTOC City of Omaha Mayoral and City Council Candidate Accountability Session
African American Troops in the Civil War: Fighting on Two Fronts
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Film Screening: The Interrupters
Empowerment Network’s 6th Anniversary Conference, Luncheon, and Celebration
Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
Sustainability Council Meeting
Thinking Like a Foodshed: Localizing Our Food Supply
The God Box

Events More than One Week Away:
Boundless Compassion Conference

Service and Justice Opportunities


Sunday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo Festivities Volunteers Needed
UNMC’s Real Collaborative program is seeking volunteers, specifically those that are bilingual, to help administer health-related surveys during different shifts this weekend at the in South Omaha. You can sign up to volunteer in shifts! We understand that this request asks you to take time out of your weekend. If you have only an hour to spare, that can work! Simply e-mail me the time slots that work best for you (and if more than one works, great!). The times are 11:30 – 12:30, 12:15 – 1:15, 1:00 – 2:00, 1:45 – 2:45, 2:30 – 3:30, and 3:15 – 4:15. If you are interested, or if you would like more information, please notify Jessica Chávez Thompson at realcollaborative@gmail.com or by phone at 402-559-1083, at your soonest convenience.

Monday, May 6th
OTOC City of Omaha Mayoral and City Council Candidate Accountability Session
Join Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) as we find out where candidates for Mayor and City Council stand on important issues including: housing and neighborhood revitalization, community safety and preventing crime, workforce development, youth enrichment and development, support for refugees, public transportation, and fair treatment of immigrants. Both candidates for Mayor and each City Council district have been invited. This event will be at 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church Parish Center located at 6901 Blondo Street. Questions? Contact the OTOC Office at (402) 344-4401 or visit http://otoc.org/.

Friday, May 10th
African American Troops in the Civil War: Fighting on Two Fronts
Come to the Health Sciences Library at Creighton University to view, “Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” It will be on display through May 18th. In addition to the exhibit, on the behalf of Nebraska Humanities Council, History Professor Dr. Spencer Davis from Peru State College will be coming to the Health Sciences Library, to speak on Friday, May 10th at 1:30 p.m. His presentation is entitled “African American Troops in the Civil War: Fighting on Two Fronts.” He will describe the challenges that African American troops faced in the Union army as well as those of the Confederate forces.
Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers has been overlooked. It looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender, thus pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in the United States. For more information about the exhibit please visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/index.html

May 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Director Spike Lee captures the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the subsequent Levee breaks, and the incorrigible response to the tragedy by the U.S government. The documentary is divided into Four Acts, each building on the former, but depicting a different element of the catastrophe. When the Levees Broke reveals the intersections of culture, race, class, and gender as it manifested during the events of Katrina. Spike Lee masterfully instills an appreciation for the unique place and culture of New Orleans through liberal incorporations of the cultural, artistic, and musical importance of New Orleans. The documentary includes commentary and performances from celebrities such as Terence Blanchard, Harry Belafonte, Wynton Marsalis, and Sean Penn. Dramatically portraying the consequences of human indifference, the documentary and dialogues will invite participants to engage with difficult questions about democracy, civic engagement, and equality. The documentary is divided into 4 Acts, we will watch one act per day May 13 – 16 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in Harper Center at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (room 1109). After each act there will be 30 minutes of active dialogue based on Teaching the Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement published by Columbia University Teachers College.

Tuesday, May 14th
Film Screening: The Interrupters
The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities and introduces us to a woman and two men working with bravado, humility, and even humor to stop the madness – in the process revealing their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption. A Q & A session with Steve James will follow the screening. This screening will be at 7:00 pm at Film Streams Theater located at 1340 Mike Fahey Street. For more information visit http://www.filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?ID=1105

Thursday, May 16th
Empowerment Network’s 6th Anniversary Conference, Luncheon, and Celebration
Sondra Samuels, CEO at Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) in Minneapolis, MN, will be the Keynote Speaker for the Empowerment Conference, but other local, regional and national speakers will also be featured. Samuels has emerged as one of the nation’s most influential leaders on collaborative impact and holistic education reform. Based on the Harlem Children’s Zone model, Samuels leads one of the nation’s most comprehensive cradle to career education movements in the country. In recognition of their tremendous collaboration and leadership, NAZ received a $28 Million Promise Neighborhoods grant to further their innovative and leading edge work. The event will be from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Hilton Omaha Downtown located at 1001 Cass Street. Deadline to register is Friday, May 10, 2013. For more information, a full list of events, and to register, visit http://www.empoweromaha.com/Empowerment-Conference/

Friday, May 17th
Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
The Missioning Ceremony is the Friday morning of graduation weekend and is a great way to celebrate students’ choices to volunteer or enter religious life. Additionally, it is a wonderful way bless and mission family and friends as they embark on their journey of support. This will be the fourteenth annual Missioning Ceremony and Fr. Lannon, SJ, President of Creighton University will be present to bless the volunteers and Fr. Andy Alexander, SJ, Vice President of University Ministry, will also join us to bless family/friends.

Our alumni speaker this year will be Emily Ruskamp, a 2010 Creighton graduate from Dodge, Nebraska, who volunteered after graduation with the Incarnate Word Missionaries in Chimbote, Peru. Emily plans on pursuing a degree in Intercultural Ministry in the fall.

Ken Reed-Bouley, Kelly Orbik, and Jeff Peak of the CCSJ will welcome and mission the graduates. Dr. Roger Bergman, Director of Creighton’s Justice & Peace Studies Program, and Dr. Tom Kelly, Associate Professor of Theology will hand out journals for those being missioned, and Wendy Maliszewski will give out prayer stones for the graduates. Dr. Bergman will also present the Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ, award. This Ceremony will be at 10:30 am in St. John’s Church.

Sustainability Council Meeting
The goal of our organization is to bring effective sustainability strategies to Creighton University, integrating this important movement into what we teach, how we live and work at the University and extending this to our daily lives. This meeting will be from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Skutt room 105. Other meetings will be held throughout the summer on June 21, July 19, and August 16. For more info, go to http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability

Sunday, May 19th
Thinking Like a Foodshed: Localizing Our Food Supply
This is the second of a two-part webinar series is sponsored by Transition Omaha. Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado will address these questions:
What is the role of food localization in building community resilience and self-reliance? How can food localization address the challenges of fossil fuel depletion, climate change, and economic decline? How can Slow Money be a catalyst for food localization as economic development? What are the most promising strategies, tools, processes and pathways for localizing our food systems? This event will be from 2:00 – 3:30pm on March 17 and May 19 at First Unitarian Church located at 3114 Harney. More information: http://www.transitionomaha.org/

The God Box
A one-woman play written and performed by Mary Lou Quinlan is based on Quinlan’s New York Times bestselling book—”The God Box, Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go”. The story explores one family’s story of laughter and tears through love, loss, and triumph. The event is free and open to the public, however a $10 free will donation is appreciated. Ms. Quinlan will sign books directly after the performance and copies of Ms. Quinlan’s book, The God Box, will be available for purchase for $16.95 (cash or check only). All proceeds to benefit the Hospice House. This play will be from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the Harper Center in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium. Sponsored by Creighton and Alegent Creighton Health. Register online at eventbrite.com/event/6306748655.

Upcoming Events:
Boundless Compassion Conference
Monday – Thursday, June 10 -13th

This conference is sponsored by the Institute of Compassionate Presence, which is a program of the Servite Center of Compassion in Omaha. Its purpose is to deepen the living of compassion in participants’ personal and professional lives. Participants will study the dynamics of compassion, look at new scientific findings, and discuss applications for our professional and personal lives. Sessions will include reflection, dialogue and creative activities to assist in integrating vital new ways of seeing, doing and being. Internationally known author and speaker, Sr. Joyce Rupp OSM, will facilitate the conference and be joined by other national and local presenters. Conference is held from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily at Servite Center of Compassion located at 7400 Military Avenue. Refreshments and lunch are included. There is a program fee of $400 and final registration deadline is May 24. For more details and the brochure regarding the conference please go to http://www.osms.org/servite-center-of-compassion/institute-of-compassionate-presence. Please address questions or comments to Margaret Stratman, OSM at 402-951- 3026 or scc@osms.org.

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