Weekly Update: Sept. 30-October 5

Featured Events:

2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Information Meetings

Find out what it means to be a coordinator for a CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trip as well as what the application process entails. Information meetings will be at the Harper Center in the CCSJ (room 2067) on Monday, September 30th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Tuesday, October 1st from 9:00 to 10:00pm.

IFTJ Applications and Payments Due

Each fall Creighton students travel to Washington D.C. and gather with thousands of others at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, to remember the 6 Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter who were killed in El Salvador in 1989 and to inspire each other through current witness to works of faith and justice. Come join this year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2013: Illuminating the Horizon of Hope which will be held on Friday Nov.15-19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. For more information or to fill out an application visit our website. Applications are now live and the CCSJ will be accepting payments on October 3rd and 4th until 4:00 pm.

Events this week:
Peace from Tragedy: A Conversation with Bud
2014 CCSJ Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Info Meetings
Gasland: Part II
Discovering Peru: Language, Church, and Society in Context Info Meeting
3rd Annual Diversity Law School Expo
JVC/JVC Northwest Recruiters on Campus
Weekly Prayer of Silence at CCSJ
A Conversation with Maen Rachid Areikat
Meeting the Future of Agriculture and Food: What Can the Faith Community Do?
Science as Myth: Ecospitituality in the Anthropocene Age: Religion and Environment Lecture
St. Francis Feast Day
Fall Career and Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair
IFTJ Application and Payments Due
Refugee Cultural Night

Events More than One Week Away:
Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service

Service and Justice Opportunities

Friday, September 27th

Peace from Tragedy: A Conversation with Bud
Bud Welch became an ardent spokesperson against the death penalty after his daughter, Julie, was killed in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 along with 167 others. He serves on the board of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation and as President of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. He has received several “abolitionist of the year” awards and has testified in front of over 25 state, national, and international legislative bodies. Please join us for a conversation with Bud in Harper Center Ballroom section C from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be served. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, in conjunction with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and Nebraksans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Monday, September 30th

2014 CCSJ Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Info Meetings
Find out what it means to be a coordinator for a CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trip as well as what the application process entails. Information meetings will be at the Harper Center in the CCSJ (room 2067) on Monday, September 30th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Tuesday, October 1st from 9:00 to 10:00pm.

Gasland: Part II Screening
A Screening of Gasland: Part II will be held in Hixson-Lied room G04 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Dilly, a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work will be speaking and leading the discussion after the event. Please contact Kush Desai at KushDesai@creighton.edu with any questions. Sponsered by Eyes Wide Open and Creighton Center for Service and Justice.

Tuesday, October 1st

Discovering Peru: Language, Church, and Society in Context Info Session
This 6 week immersion Program Summer 2014 (May 25- July 3) includes daily service sites in Villa El Salvador which is an urban slum in Lima, language immersion, weekly home visits, room and board at a retreat center in Villa El Salvador, and faith-based reflection and sharing. The program is built with 9 credits including THL 343: Ecclesiology in Context: The Church in Peru (CORE A and global studies credit) with Thomas Kelly (theology), SOC 102: Social Problems (CORE A and global studies credit) with Kyle Woolley (Sociology), and 3 hours of Spanish: class designed to meet needs and levels of students enrolled in the program (CORE, may apply to major or minor) with Ryan Spangler (Spanish). There will be an information meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Skutt 105. For more information, questions, or applications, contact Dr. Thomas Kelly at thomaskelly@creighton.edu (Humanities 126).

Wednesday, October 2nd

3rd Annual Diversity Law School Expo
The Creighton University School of Law will host the 3rd Annual Diversity Law School Expo from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Ahmanson Law School. The Expo will give multicultural students, college students, and graduates interested in attending law school the opportunity to learn about the application and financial aid processes while networking with practicing attorneys and current law students. We strive to encourage diversity in the legal profession by providing multicultural students with the resources needed to start the application process. This event is sponsored by Creighton’s Black Law Student Association and co-sponsored by Creighton’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, DiscoverLaw.org, and the Diversity Retention and Recruitment Task Force. For more information please contact Luz Rodriguez at Lrodriguez@creighton.edu or register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DiversityLawSchoolExpo.

Thursday, October 3rd

JVC/JVC Northwest Recruiters on Campus
It’s time to start thinking about Post-graduate Volunteering. Carly Dominick-Sobol from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Steph Haas from Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest will be available from 10:00am – 4:00pm next Thursday, October 3rd in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper 2067). Anyone interested in volunteering after graduation is encouraged to stop by to talk with them. No appointment is necessary.

Weekly Prayer of Silence at CCSJ
Weekly “Prayer of Silence” with Joan Lanahan will be every Thursday from 12-12:30 pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067). No need to bring anything. Come once or come each week. All are welcome!

A Conversation with Maen Rachid Areikat
Maen Rashid Areikat is the Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization Delegation to the U.S. and Keynote Speaker at the Global Studies Conference on October 3-5. Maen Rashid Areikat, who was born in Jericho in the occupied West Bank, earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and his MBA in management from Western International University. He received his diplomatic training at the Ministry of External Affairs in Ottawa, Canada and completed a training course in good governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001. Prior to his appointment to Washington, he served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General (2008-2009). Earlier, he spent five years at Orient House, the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team to the Madrid peace talks. Mr. Areikat previously took part in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun in Gaza and Taba in Egypt in 1996, in Jerusalem in 1997 and was an official member of the Palestinian delegation to the Wye River negotiations in 1998. This event will be from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Omaha Room at Milo Bail Student Center. For more information about this event or the conference, please contact Dr. Rory J. Conces, rcones@unomaha.edu or call 402.554.2947.

Meeting the Future of Agricultre and Food: What Can the Faith Community Do?
Fred Kirschenmann, who is a world-renowned leader in sustainable agriculture and professor of religion and philosophy at Iowa State University, will be speaker at this event. He is the Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and the former director. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has also served on the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Kirschenmann speaks across the country and the world about land ethics, soil health, and biodiversity in agriculture. He owns a 3,500 acre organic family farm in North Dakota where he and his family grow seven different grain crops and graze cattle on native prairie. His recent book, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, was published in 2010. This is event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Science program and the Sustainability Council as part of the St. Francis Celebration week events. The event will be from 12:30 to 1:45 pm in Hixson-Lied Center Auditorium in the Harper Cneter. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Dilly, X1424; bjdilly@creighton.edu.

Science as Myth: Ecospirituality in the Anthropocene Age: Religion and Environment Lecture
Dr. Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University will deliver the 4th Annual Religion and Environment Lecture which addresses the role of science on religion and Dark Green Religion. Dr. Sideris’ research broadly focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and environmental ethics. She addresses how religious environmental thought incorporates, or fails to incorporate, knowledge gained from the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary theory and ecology. She is the author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia, 2003), and co-editor of Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (SUNY, 2008). Her recent research is on the role of wonder and enchantment in (and with) science, nature, and religion, and the variety of ways in which scientific narratives, particularly those involving evolution, are being “re-enchanted” and recast as mythopoeic stories with moral content. This lecture will be from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in Harper Center 3023.

Friday, October 4th

St. Francis Feast Day
Fr. Lannon will celebrate Mass at noon in St. John’s Church celebrating St. Francis of Assisi. At the close of Mass Fr. Lannon will sign the St. Francis Pledge to care for creation and the poor. Following Mass enjoy a complimentary lunch (12:45-2 pm), discussion and sustainability fair in Lower Saint John’s Church. All are welcome!

Fall Career and Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair
Career and Volunteer Fairs are the easiest way for you to meet face-to-face with recruiters to introduce yourself, your experiences, your talents, and your professional goals. Come prepared with your resume and dress in your best. This fair will be from 12:00 to 3:30 pm in Harper Center 4th floor Ballroom.

IFTJ Application and Payments Due
Each fall Creighton students travel to Washington D.C. and gather with thousands of others at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, to remember the 6 Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter who were killed in El Salvador in 1989 and to inspire each other through current witness to works of faith and justice. Come join this year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2013: Illuminating the Horizon of Hope which will be held on Friday Nov.15-19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. For more information or to fill out an application visit our website. Applications are now live and the CCSJ will be accepting payments on October 3rd and 4th until 4:00 pm.

Saturday, October 5th

Refugee Cultural Night
Omaha Together One Community, Institute of Public Life, and Omaha’s Refugee Communities invite you to a cultural night at Creighton Prep Commons (7400 Western) from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. At 5:00 pm there will be light snacks and opportunity to talk with the performers. From 6:00 to 7:30 pm African and Asian refugees living in Omaha will dance, sing, and share their cultures through traditional dress. Performing groups are from South Sudan, Darfu, Burundi, Butan, Somalia, and areas of Burma (Myanmar) and will be followed by refreshments and conversation. Tickets are available for a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit the refugee groups, supporting their ongoing work to share their culture. Reserve tickets by calling 402-344-4401 or by email at iplomaha@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events:

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Thursday, October 10th
Support the 200+ students participating in Fall Break Service & Justice Trips by attending the Send-Off Service at 9:00 pm in St. John’s Church. The service will be followed by a reception in Lower St. John’s.

Please Note:
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighon.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.

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