Weekly Update: September 23-29

Featured Events:

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Information Meeting

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 the CCSJ on this three-day learning experience where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally and have our voices heard by speaking with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. There are two information meetings from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the CCSJ office, Harper Center Room 2067 held on Monday, September 23rd and Tuesday, September 24th.

Events this week:
Panel Discussion on Syria
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Information Meeting
Solidarity Lecture Series: Solidarity through Photography
Mass for Immigration Reform
Alta Gracia Information Breakfast
Weekly Prayer for Silence
Seeking Something More: A Nicaragua Immersion Experience
Walkable City Lecture by Jeff Speck
Film Series: The Power of Forgiveness
Nebraskans for Alternative to the Death Penalty
Advocacy Workshop for CU: Networking for Justice
A Tourist in the Koran: Lesley Hazelton Presents The First Muslim

Events More than One Week Away:
2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Info Meetings

Service and Justice Opportunities

Monday, September 23rd

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Information Meeting
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 the CCSJ on this three-day learning experience where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally and have our voices heard by speaking with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. There are two information meetings from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the CCSJ office, Harper Center Room 2067 held on Monday, September 23rd and Tuesday, September 24th.

Tuesday, September 24th

Solidarity Lecture Series: Solidarity through Photography
The Solidarity Lecture Series is an opportunity for Creighton faculty to share research and work in areas of diversity and multiculturalism with the Creighton community throughout the academic year. Father Don Doll will present this Solidarity Lecture Series. Don Doll, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and well-known photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic and a number of the Day in the Life of… books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. Since 1969 Doll has lived and worked at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is a professor of Journalism holding the Charles and Mary Heider Jesuit Chair. A recent project, “The Jesuits” has taken him around the world photographing in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. As part of the Solidarity Lecture Series Father Doll will share stories of his work and how solidarity is seen through the lens of a photojournalist. This lecture will be from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Harper Center Room 3028. For more information or if you are a CU faculty member interested in participating please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez at LRodriguez@creighton.edu.

Wednesday, September 25th

Mass for Immigration Reform
The Ignatian Solidarity Network has asked all Jesuit campuses and parishes to be part of a “Fall Call” for immigration reform the week of Sept. 22nd – 29th. Congress needs to hear that the Ignatian family supports a comprehensive approach to immigration policy that respects the human dignity of all people. As part of this, the Migration Advocacy group will be on the mall on Monday, Sept. 23rd from 11am – 2pm to educate and sign postcards. The CCSJ is also hosting a mass for Immigration Reform, co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs to reflect and pray for just reform. The mass will be at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Church.

Thursday, September 26th

Alta Gracia Information Breakfast
Alta Gracia workers are visiting and discussing the factory they work in and how earning a liveable wage has affected their lives. This event begins with a breakfast reception at 8:15 am in Lower Saint John’s. For more informaiton, contact Caryn Willems at CarynWillems@creighton.edu.

Weekly Prayer of Silence
Weekly “Prayer of Silence” – 20 to 30 minutes of guided meditation – with Joan Lanahan will be every Thursday from 12-12:30 pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067). Stop by to relax or pray before lunch and no need to bring anything except yourselves. Come when you can: every week or just once. All are welcome!

Seeking Something More: A Nicaragua Immersion Experience
When three Creighton colleagues went on an immersion trip to Nicaragua, they listened, they connected, they understood and they had their lives changed. Join them Thursday, September 26th for lunch as they describe their experience of this distant land and foreign people, and the humanity that binds us all. Travelers Mark Latta, dean of the School of Dentistry; Colette O’Meara-McKinney, Associate Vice President, President’s Office; and Mary Ann Danielson, Associate Vice President, Academic Excellence and Assessment will discuss the trip taken with AJCU peers and what they learned on this powerful journey. This event and lunch will be at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 104. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8089254177. This “Spirit Plus” lunch is sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office.

Walkable City Lecture by Jeff Speck
The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. This lecture will be from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Harper Center Room 3023. Book signing to follow.

Film Series: The Power of Forgiveness
The Power of Forgiveness – features religious perspectives from varied traditions and persons (Thich Nat Hanh, Elie Wiesel, Amish, Irish etc) on the topic of the transformative power of forgiveness. Faculty facilitator is Dr. Barbara Dilly of the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. This event will be from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Harper Center Room 3027. Sponsored by the John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities. For information: rkodad@creighton.edu.

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
On Thursday, September 26th, from 7-7:30pm, in the Harper Center Auditorium, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will have its Annual Reception and Silent Auction. To register online go to http://nadp.net/. Keynote speaker is Bud Welch, whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma Federal building bombing.

Friday, September 27th

Advocacy Workshop for CU: Networking for Justice
VIVAT International (VI), a non-governmental organization with special consultative status at the United Nations, is a network of twelve Catholic Religious Congregations whose work, expertise, and experience has a direct bearing on issues related to social justice, development, peace, and ecology. VIVAT International unites the voices of its members working in 130 countries. VI’s leadership team – Sr. Zelia Cordeiro SSpS and Fr. Felix Jones SVD, and Fr. John M Converset MCCJ, will give two workshops on the Creighton Campus in Harper Center room 3029: one for faculty and staff (Friday, September 27, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM) and one for students (Friday, September 27, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturday, September 28, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM). A light lunch will be provided for faculty and staff. Snacks and drinks will be provided both days for students. The workshop’s goals are (1) to become familiar with advocacy work at national and international levels, (2) to get to know the work of VI and its partners, and (3) to identify possible avenues to become involved in advocacy work locally, nationally, and internationally. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Alexander Roedlach SVD: roedlach@creighton.edu. The workshop is co-hosted by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Collaborative Ministries, Graff Endowed Chair, and the Creighton Center for Service and Justice.

A Tourist in the Koran: Lesley Hazelton Presents The First Muslim
Muhammad’s life was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality. Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy. This event will be in the Harper Center Ballroom and includes a reception from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm, a talk from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and a book signing following. Tickets are free to Creighton community, $10 for the public, and $5 for seniors and non-Creighton students. This event is organized by the Creighton University Muslim Student Association in partnership with the Center for Faith Studies at Countryside Community Church. Ms. Hazelton will also be presenting there on September 28th at 7:00 pm. For more information, contact Jamal Jamil at jamaljamil@creighton.edu or Naser Alsharif at nalshari@creighton.edu.

Upcoming Events:

2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Info Meetings

Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, September 31st
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, September 31st from 9:00 to 10:00pm.

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@creighton.edu with Weekly Update in the subject line.
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