Weekly Update: February 21- March 2

Featured Events:

Join a Weekly Service Site or Weekly Prayer

Every week the CCSJ offers transportation to 5 community sites where students can volunteer their time and give back to the Omaha community. A prayer of silence is also offered weekly for students, faculty, and staff to give an opportunity for led meditation. The details including time, day, and contact is listed in the right column and descriptions can be found on our website. Currently, Pixan Ixim, Education Opportunity Center, and Children’s Square are seeking more volunteers.

Events this week:

OTOC Issues Conference
Tunnel of Oppression Art Exhibit
Non-Western Culture Activities: Traditional Music Performance and Dr. Patrick Jones
Documentary Screening: Justice for Sale
A Jesuit Response to Human Mobility in Latin America
Taizé Prayer
Chalupa Night (Mexican Bingo)

Events More than One Week Away:

Spring Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities

Saturday, February 22nd

OTOC Issues Conference

Join Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) and community leaders to learn about some of the important issues facing families in Omaha and learn what we can do to make life better for our families and communities. Workshop Topics include: mental health, education, state policy on taxation/medicaid expansion, immigration reform, workforce development, sustainable environment refugee support, and housing and community revitalization. This conference will be from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at Augustana Lutheran Church located at 3647 Lafayette Avenue.

Monday, February 24th

Maze of Oppression Art Exhibit

Please join students from the Department of Residence Life, the Skutt Student Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Campus Ministry for an interactive Art Exhibit which focuses on multiple manifestations of oppression in the world, in our nation, in Omaha, and on our campus. Exhibits will focus on Poverty, Hunger, & Healthcare; Violence & Migration; City Planning, Segregation & Development; and Women’s Issues & Education. This exhibit will be from February 24 – 28 in Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, February 25th

Non-Western Culture Activities: Traditional Music Performance and Dr. Patrick Jones

Creighton’s Black Studies Program presents Dr. Patrick Jones of the University of Nebraska History and Ethnic Studies Departments, who will introduce the Traditional Music performance with a short lecture entitled “White Skin, Black Studies: Reflections on the State of the Discipline.” The Traditional Music Society is an arts organization dedicated to the promotion of educational excellence and community cohesiveness through the study of indigenous music and dance from around the world. They will be focusing on West Africa during the Creighton performance. This event, funded by the Non-Western Studies Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is free and open to the public. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Skutt Student Center West Ballroom. For more information contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez.

Wednesday, February 26th

Documentary Screening: Justice for Sale

This Documentary, Justice for Sale, follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price? This event will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Harper 1109, Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Studies Program, and the Diversity Action Team of the Division of Student Life.

Thursday, February 27th

A Jesuit Response to Human Mobility in Latin America

Fr. M. Renzo Rosales S.J., Assistant Professor in Creighton’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work will be presenting a summary of the panorama that the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is facing in Latin America and what types of initiatives they are collaborating on. JRS makes services available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs. JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so that those made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection and durable solution to their plight can be achieved. JRS works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. This event will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Harper Center room 1109, Office of Multicultural Affairs. This event is a part of the Solidarity Lecture Series, which 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. For more information on this program or if you are a CU faculty member interested in participating please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez.

Taizé Prayer

Take some time for peace and quiet as the midterms rush approaches. Taizé Prayer is an ecumenical, meditative form of prayer that allows us to re-center. This month we will be encouraged to remember our trust in God. This prayer style is modeled on the daily prayer of the title community in Taizé, France, where thousands of pilgrims from all over the world gather each year to pray together in song, silence, and scripture. Come see what it’s about – we promise you’ll leave calmer than when you walked in! This event will be at 8:00 pm in St. John’s main church. To find out more, visit the Campus Ministry Taizé page and the Taizé Community website.

Friday, February 28th

Chalupa Night (Mexican Bingo)

Enjoy a lively evening of Mexican Bingo using the traditional Chalupa picture cards. For a $10 contribution you will be able to play chalupa, eat tasty tostadas and treats. This event is a part of Coffee with Cause for Omaha Together One Community at Urban Abbey at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Thursday, March 6th

This service is for those who are going on spring break Service & Justice Trips as well as those who know participants to bless them before they leave. All are welcome. This event will be from 9:00 to 10:00 pm in St. John’s Church. Refreshments will follow 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@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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