Weekly Update: October 11 – 20

Featured Events:

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips

Fall Break 2013 starts after classes on Friday. The CCSJ is sending participants across the country on Service and Justice Trips. Please pray for these individuals and follow the trips on our Facebook and Twitter. The trip members will return October 19th after a week of immersion.

Call to Sign St. Francis Day Pledge

As part of Creighton’s St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Celebration, Fr. Lannon signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. His homily from this mass can be found on the CCSJ website. What can you do? Join Fr. Lannon and sign the St. Francis Pledge! It’s a quick, easy way to commit to living sustainably and advocating for a more sustainable society. Just fill in your name, email, postal code, and country and you’re set! Here’s the link: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/the-st-francis-pledge/.

Prayer of Silence

Weekly “Prayer of Silence” with Joan Lanahan will be every Thursday from 12:00 to 12:30 pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067). No need to bring anything. Come once or come each week. There will be no prayer over Fall Break, but it will resume on Thursday, October 24th. All are welcome!

Events this week and one week away:
C-Unity Week Mural Focus Group #3
Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Benson Area Refugee Taskforce Meeting and Clothing Needed
Fall Break Service & Justice Trips
Keeping Corner: an IDEA Book Club for Fall Break
Women’s Journey, An Intro
Domestic Violence Vigil
Expand Your Horizons: Domestic Violence
LunaFest – Connecting Women through Film
Sustainability Council Meeting
Post-Grad Teaching Volunteer Programs Information Session
Discovering Peru: Language, Church, and Society in Context Information Session
Prayer of Silence
Film Screening: Lioness
Taizé Prayer
CU at the Day of the Dead Celebration
26th Annual Klutznick Symposium

Events More than Two Week Away:
Immigration Text Messaging Campaign
Music Ministry Invitation
2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Payments and Apps Due

Service and Justice Opportunities
Thursday, October 10th

C-Unity Week Mural Focus Group #3

Celebrate Unity at Creighton! Creighton’s Outreach and Programming Team from the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a focus group to get your opinion on what should be included on the Unity Mural to be created on campus during C-Unity Week (November 9-15) and finishing November 22nd. The Mural is an opportunity for anyone from the Creighton and Omaha community to help paint the 50ft art piece with local Artist Mike Giron to celebrate the theme of “unity”. On October 1st and 4th, ideas were generated and focused with the artist to determine a direction for the final design. Focus Group #3 will be from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3029. Final decisions will be made to approve and/or improve the final design. This design will then be drawn out on a 9×50 foot canvas, which you can help to paint.

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service

Support the approximately 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.

Benson Area Refugee Meeting and Clothing Needed

Benson Area Refugee Taskforce will be meeting at 4:00 pm at St. Paul United Methodist in the Fellowship Hall. They are in desperate need of winter clothing, especially coats. If you have some winter clothing, please feel free to bring it to this meeting. Please direct questions or comments to bensonrefugeetf@gmail.com.

Friday, October 11th

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips

Fall Break 2013 starts after classes on Friday. The CCSJ is sending participants across the country on Service and Justice Trips. Please pray for these individuals and follow the trips on our Facebook and Twitter. The trip members will return October 19th after a week of immersion.

Keeping Corner: an IDEA Book Club for Fall Break

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Lieben Center bring you “Keeping Corner” by Kashmira Sheth. Keeping Corner explores themes of human rights, freedom, and coming of age. It is an exceptionally valuable addition to the canon of young adult literature for the insight it provides about a time, place, and culture that is not frequently written about, and for its examination of tradition, and the difficulty of getting societies to abandon old ideas in favor of ones more modern and humane. Space is limited to ten (10) participants and you must be able to make the following discussion dates: Monday October 14th , Wednesday October 16th, and Friday October18th from 12:00 until 1:00 pm in the Office of Multicultural Affairs Conference Room in Harper Center room 1109. Please bring your lunch! For a description of the book, visit http://calendar.creighton.edu/event?id=39793. To reserve your book, please email Luz at Lrodriguez@creighton.edu.

Tuesday, October 15th

Women’s Journey, An Intro

Women’s Journey is a community of women of color at Creighton who meet monthly to discuss issues that impact them. The group was formed because research reveals that on predominantly White college campuses women of color have been found to have “feelings of loneliness and isolation, fears relating to competence, concerns about dating, and feelings of inadequacy about appearance. Women’s Journey provides a framework for young women of color to increase their understanding and appreciation of the how culture, the American society, and family has a significant psychological and physiological impact on their lives. The group exists to equip them with psychological tools to meet and arrest the fears that come from living under multiple oppressions. Along with guests such as women of color from the community, the group also encourages the use of online readings and reflections (journaling). This session will be at 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Harper Center room 1109 in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and will include a general overview of the Women’s Journey program and include excepts from the Letters to a Sister Project. This program is coordinated by Ms. Becky Nickerson. Women’s Journey is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Counseling Services.

Domestic Violence Vigil

This vigil is a part of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Douglas County Court House. Sponsored by Women’s Center for Advancement, Domestic Violence Council, Generation Hope, Hope’s Guiding Hand, Hill Counseling & Consulting, Offutt Family Advocacy Center, Heartland Family Service, Catholic Charities – The Shelter, and Douglas County.

Thursday, October 17th

Expand Your Horizons: Domestic Violence

Expand your Horizons is a series of informative gatherings held on third Thursdays, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Notre Dame Sisters and Associates. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this week’s topic is Domestic Violence: Understanding so as to BREAK the SILENCE. Kim Carpenter from the Domestic Violence Council and a domestic violence survivor will share facts about, and experience of, the horror of intimate partner violence. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Seven Oaks at Notre Dame dining room, 3439 State Street, Omaha. Use the West entrance located at 35th and State. For more information or questions, call 402-614-0177.

LunaFest – Connecting Women through Film

As a part of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, LunaFest is going to be shown at Aksarben Cinema. It is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. Nine short films will be shown – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor. Cocktails and silent auction will start at 6:00 pm and films will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Aksarben Theater. Sponsored by Woodmen of the World, proceeds to benefit the Women’s Center for Advancement.

Friday, October 18th

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 – 3:00 pm in Brandeis Private Dining Room. All are welcome! For more info visit http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability or find them on Facebook by searching for “Creighton Sustainability”.

Monday, October 21st

Post-Grad Teaching Volunteer Programs Information Session

Are you interested in a vocation in teaching? Come to the CCSJ to talk with directors and participants of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps and Magis Catholic Teacher Corps about possibilities of joining a post-graduate teaching volunteer program inspired by the Ignatian charisms. Whether you are an education major or not, there are many opportunities for serving in under-resourced Catholic schools and using education as a way for today’s youth to rise out of poverty. While teaching, further your own learning through graduate coursework and live in an intentional community with other volunteers, growing through simple living, spiritual fellowship, and teaching as service. Drop by the CCSJ on Monday, October 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to learn about a network of possibilities across the country to pursue teaching, graduate coursework, spiritual growth and community living! Please contact sydneystulock@creighton.edu or jeffpeak@creighton.edu with any questions.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Discovering Peru: Language, Church, and Society in Context Information 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 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Skutt 105. For more information, questions, or applications, contact Dr. Thomas Kelly at thomaskelly@creighton.edu (Humanities 126).

Thursday, October 24th

Prayer of Silence

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!

Film Screening: Lioness

Film Streams in collaboration with Nebraska Veteran Leader Corps will host a special screening of the documentary LIONESS, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Omaha World-Herald columnist Erin Grace. Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans. Lioness makes public, for the first time, their hidden history. The film will be shown at 7:00 pm and tickets can be purchased at http://www.filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?ID=1225.

Taizé Prayer

What is Taizé prayer? Named for the ecumenical Christian community that developed it, Taizé Prayer is a simple and meditative form of worship which calls us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us. Mantra songs, prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer. All members of the Creighton community are welcome to join at 8:00 pm in St. John’s Church! If you are available to help with Taizé prayer services, contact mollymattingly@creighton.edu. We especially need volunteers to set up the prayer space before the services!

Friday, October 25th

CU at the Day of the Dead Celebration

The Intercultural Senior Center hosts an annual Day of the Dead Celebration with food, music, and cultural activities. This is an opportunity for students to either attend the event or volunteer for a couple of hours! This event will be from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm at the Intercultural Senior Center. For more information, contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez at Lrodriguez@creighton.edu.

Sunday, October 27th

26th Annual Klutznick Symposium

The Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization (Creighton University) and the Harris Center for Judaic Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), in conjunction with the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies (University of Nebraska-Omaha), announce the Twenty-Sixth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium, to take place in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, October 27, and Monday, October 28, 2013. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Wealth and Poverty in Jewish Tradition”. For more information, contact Colleen Hastings at colleenhastings@creighton.edu.

Upcoming Events and Actions:

Immigration Text Messaging Campaign

Interested in staying up-to-date about Immigration actions and educational events at Creighton and in the Omaha area? Text: CUDREAM to 97779 to receive texts about local events surrounding Immigration Reform!

Music Ministry Invitation

Music Ministry at St. John’s is an open environment. No auditions are required and all members of the parish and university community are welcome to join at any time. They serve the community gathered at the following weekly celebrations: Saturday 5:00 pm – Community Ensemble, Sunday 10:30 am – Community Ensemble, Sunday 4:30 pm* – Cantor & Pianist, and Sunday 8:30 pm* – EvenSong student ensemble (*academic year only). These ensembles rehearse one hour before each mass. EvenSong also rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and all students are invited to come check it out! Joining is as easy as sending an email! Just contact Molly Mattingly, our Director of Music Ministry, with any questions or concerns. More information can also be found at Music Ministry website.

2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Payments and Apps Due

Monday, October 28th
Did you enjoy your experience(s) on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip? Do you want to take that experience to a deeper level through helping to coordinate a trip? Become a trip coordinator! Applications are now being accepted for 2014 Fall and Spring Break trips. For more information, to see a full list of coordinator roles and responsibilities, and to apply to be a coordinator, check out the CCSJ website. Applications, complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up, are due October 28 at 4:00 pm.

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.

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

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