Weekly Update: November 1 -10

Featured Events:

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers on Campus

Colin McDonald, a 2013 Creighton alumnus and current Colorado Vincentian Volunteer, will be in the CCSJ tomorrow, November 1st, from 3:00-4:30. In addition to being able to answer questions about the CVV program, he’ll also be able to talk about his general volunteer discernment and why he decided to take a year to volunteer between college and medical school. Contact Jeff Peak and check out the CVV website for more information.

Advocacy Groups

Are you interested in learning more about current issues that deal with Migration, Peace and Non-Violence, Sustainability, Economic Justice, or Access to Education? If so, think about joining an Ignatian Advocacy Group through the CCSJ! These student-lead groups are a very accessible way to become more educated and to get involved in your local, national, and international community. For more information contact the students in charge of the group you’re interested:

Migration-Refugees and Immigrants: Meets Mondays 4-5pm in the CCSJ (Harper 2067). Contact kellysullivan@creighton.edu, ianfallon@creighton.edu, or mariabenevento@creighton.edu.

Peace, Non-Violence, & Human Rights: Meets Mondays 5-6pm in the CCSJ (begins September 23rd). Contact laurenschoendorf@creighton.edu or roselleagdipa@creighton.edu.

Ecology & Management of Natural and Mineral Resources (Sustainability): Meets Tuesdays 8-9pm in the CCSJ. Contact haleywarren@creighton.edu, christineprissel@creighton.edu, or hannahmullally@creighton.edu.

Economic Justice & Access to Education: Meets Thursdays 8-9pm in the CCSJ. Contact michellevillegas@creighton.edu, leahschaffer@creighton.edu, or jackanderson@creighton.edu.

Events this week:
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers on Campus
Girl Rising Film and Discussion
Special Screening at Film Streams: American Promise
Prayer of Silence
The Legacy of Vatican II Year Two

Events More than One Week Away:
Spring Break 2014 Service & Justcie Trips Participant Info Meetings
Adopting a Family for Christmas
CASA Volunteer Request

Service and Justice Opportunities

Friday, November 1st

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers on Campus
Colin McDonald, a 2013 Creighton alumnus and current Colorado Vincentian Volunteer, will be in the CCSJ tomorrow, November 1st, from 3:00-4:30. In addition to being able to answer questions about the CVV program, he’ll also be able to talk about his general volunteer discernment and why he decided to take a year to volunteer between college and medical school. Contact Jeff Peak and check out the CVV website for more information.

Sunday, November 3rd

Girl Rising Film and Discussion
The Cortina Community, Lieben Center for Women, and Creighton Women’s Leadership Network presents the groundbreaking film Girl Rising. Girl Rising highlights the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world as they strive for education. The film uses “powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.” We will be showing the film at 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. A discussion will follow on girls’ education. Please RSVP by emailing amandadrapcho@creighton.edu to attend this wonderful event.

Tuesday, November 5th

Special Screening at Film Streams: American Promise
Film Streams in collaboration with Center for Holistic Development will present a special screening at 6:30 pm of the documentary American Promise. This film is an intimate and provocative account, recorded over 12 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious–and historically white–private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Dalton School had made a commitment to recruit students of color, and five-year-old best friends Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers of Brooklyn were two of the gifted children who were admitted. The boys were placed in a demanding environment that provided new opportunities and challenges, if little reflection of their cultural identities. American Promise will begin a one-week engagement at the Ruth Sokolof Theater Friday, November 1. Immediately following the November 5 showing will be a panel discussion facilitated by Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray. For showtimes, tickets, or more information for American Promise, click here. For other social awareness films, check out Film Streams calendar.

Thursday, November 7th

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!

The Legacy of Vatican II Year Two
Fifty years ago this fall, on October 11, 1962, the Council of some 2500 Bishops of the Catholic Church, plus hundreds of theological advisors descended upon the City of Rome to begin the largest single meeting of the Catholic Church, and the largest four-year long, peaceful meeting of any human organization in world history. Earlier this past year, Pope Benedict XVI called upon Catholics throughout the world to observe a “year of faith” by remembering Vatican II and studying the documents that came from it. Creighton will be a part of this by having a two day conference on the themes of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy to be held from Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 am to Friday, November 8 at 5:00 pm in the Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom. Three Creighton undergraduates – Adam Lomas, Kaitlin Mullen, and Joshua Rutter – will be speaking along with four theologians. More information about the schedule of the conference, the backgrounds of the speakers, and links to the major Vatican II documents can be found here or check them out on Facebook.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meetings

Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th
Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. Two trained student coordinators lead a group of 6-14 students. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students. Attend this information session to learn more about Service & Justice Trips as well as to learn about the application process. There will be two meetings from 9:00 to 10:00 pm on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12 in the Harper Center Ballroom. The application will be on the CCSJ website after the information meetings. Scholarship Applications are due November 18th and all other applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on November 20th.

Adopting a Family for Christmas

In the past, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) has engaged with many Omaha individuals who expressed the interest to adopt families for Christmas, and in the spirit of the season, make their Christmas season full of love and joy with simple gifts. We have not, however, been able to continue this activity over the past couple of years, due to time constraints. If anyone is interested in adopting a family for Christmas, please contact the following individuals: Ashley Villanueva by calling 402-939-4603 at the Juan Diego Center (located at 5211 S. 31st St., Omaha, NE 68107) or Michelle Richards by calling 402-453-6363 at Christ Child North Omaha (located at 1248 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68108).

CASA Volunteer Request

On any given day, there are approximately 1300 children in foster care in Douglas County. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains volunteers to take ONE child or set of siblings through the court system. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and are in foster care. CASA workers are appointed by a juvenile court judge and they study the case, but more importantly, get to know the child/children on a very personal level. Then they write a report to the judge with their own recommendations. “Social workers” are over-loaded with multiple cases and it’s impossible for them to get the information CASA workers get from the child. The goal is to provide a CASA for every child in the system. For more information on how to volunteer contact Candace Daly. For general information about CASA, go to http://www.casaomaha.org/.

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 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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