Weekly Update: April 18-27

Welcome to the CCSJ’s Weekly Update!

Since summer break will begin in a few weeks, the last Weekly Update for the semester will be sent out Friday, May 2nd. If you have any events for the summer, please submit them by Wed. April 31st. The Weekly Update will sent out again when school begins in the Fall.

Featured Events:

36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice

This Stations of the Cross walk will start at St. Mary Magdalene Church located at 19th and Dodge Streets at 1:00 pm. The walk will continue to the Federal Courthouse, Douglas County Jail, Douglas County Courthouse and City/County Building. It is estimated to end around 2:30. All are welcome to join. Sponsored by Holy Name, Holy Family, Sacred Heart, and St. Pius Catholic Churches; Creighton Prep, Duchesne, Marian, Mercy, Roncalli, and Skutt Catholic High Schools; Creighton University Center for Service and Justice; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; and Archdiocesan Office of Missions & Justice.

We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

Please join the Creighton Greenjays and the Creighton Center for Service and Justice for the second annual We Matter Walk. This will be a fun filled afternoon to promote climate change awareness and to show that younger generations have a voice on the issue. Live entertainment and refreshments will be served before the walk beginning at 3:00 pm on the KFC Lawn and on the mall. The walk will be from 4:15 until 5:30 pm. The route includes walking to the 24th and Dodge corner, around Central High, and to Harper Center for group pictures.

Growing Cities Documentary

A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. This event will be at 7:30 pm in Harper Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work department, the Cortina Community, and the CCSJ.

Events this week:

36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice
Dust Off Your Bike
Refugee Camp Simulation
Speakers from Jesuit Refugee Service
Moved to Greater Love Sharing Session
Poverty Simulation Program Coming to Campus
Nāwahī: A Solution to the U.S. High School Dropout Crisis
Growing Cities Documentary
We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future
Asian/Pacific Islander Culture Fest: A Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan
Immokalee Summer Internship
Safe Housing for Refugees: Volunteers Needed

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities

Friday, April 18th
36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice

This Stations of the Cross walk will start at St. Mary Magdalene Church located at 19th and Dodge Streets at 1:00 pm. The walk will continue to the Federal Courthouse, Douglas County Jail, Douglas County Courthouse and City/County Building. It is estimated to end around 2:30. All are welcome to join. Sponsored by Holy Name, Holy Family, Sacred Heart, and St. Pius Catholic Churches; Creighton Prep, Duchesne, Marian, Mercy, Roncalli, and Skutt Catholic High Schools; Creighton University Center for Service and Justice; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; and Archdiocesan Office of Missions & Justice.

Tuesday, April 22nd
Dust Off Your Bike

Bring your bike and get it ready for riding this spring! This event will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the mall near Skutt Student Center. Sponsored by The Bike Nest, Creighton’s Co-operative Bike Shop.

Refugee Camp Simulation

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a refugee camp? Would you like an insider’s view of the day-to-day life of a refugee? Come join us for a refugee camp simulation and experience firsthand the hardships that refugees experience every day. This event will be from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on KFC Patio. Sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Services in partnership with Eyes Wide Open.

Speakers from Jesuit Refugee Service

Join us to hear from two speakers, Erin Stabile and Fr. Kevin White, who work with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. They will present the situations of refugees around the world and describe the international work of JRS. This event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Harper Center room 3023 and 3023A. Sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Services in partnership with Eyes Wide Open.

Wednesday, April 23rd
Moved to Greater Love Sharing Session

Optional prayer, reflection and sharing session for national Jesuit Lent & Easter program “Moved to Greater Love.” All colleagues at Jesuit universities are invited to join the Jesuits across the country praying “to ask for the graces we need to discern the Lord’s presence in the many changes coming to Jesuit ministries.” This sharing will occur in Saint John’s Church from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Thursday, April 24th
Poverty Simulation Program Coming to Campus

The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to
understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by individuals in low-income situations. The experience lasts from two and a half to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty. This event will be from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Lower St. John’s Church. Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma, CSU Program Board, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Nāwahī: A Solution to the U.S. High School Dropout Crisis

Every year, nearly one million school-aged children in the U.S. do not graduate high school with their peers. Nāwahī is a documentary film that presents the success story of a school that utilizes native language and culture as a foundation for modern education, achieving a 100 percent graduation rate. In the early 1980’s, Hawaiian language had been banned from schools for over 90 years and fewer than 50 children were fluent in Hawaiian. As a result of the Hawaiian language revitalization movement, today Nāwahī and other schools like it in Hawai‘i are internationally recognized for demonstrating successful indigenous language revitalization combined with quality academics. Join us to watch the film and take part in a lively panel discussion about the importance of culture and identity in providing high-quality education to students of diverse backgrounds. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3029.

Growing Cities Documentary

A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. This event will be at 7:30 pm in Harper Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the Social Work and Sociology/Anthropology departments, the Cortina Community, and the CCSJ.

Friday, April 25th
We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

Please join the Creighton Greenjays and the Creighton Center for Service and Justice for the second annual We Matter Walk. This will be a fun filled afternoon to promote climate change awareness and to show that younger generations have a voice on the issue. Live entertainment and refreshments will be served before the walk beginning at 3:00 pm on the KFC Lawn and on the mall. The walk will be from 4:15 until 5:30 pm. The route includes walking to the 24th and Dodge corner, around Central High, and to Harper Center for group pictures. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and a reusable water bottle for refreshments.

Asian/Pacific Islander Culture Fest: A Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan

Join a humorous conversation on Asian/Pacific Islander stereotypes with guest comedian Uncle Ngo. His conversation will be followed by performances that showcase the unique artistic talents of Creighton’s Asian/Pacific Islander students as well as members from the greater Omaha Asian/Pacific Islander community, including both traditional and modern dance and song. Then, end the evening by dancing to some of the best in Asian Pop music. Refreshments will be provided. Donations collected at the event will go to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This event will be from 8:00 to 11:00 pm in Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

Immokalee Summer Internship

Intern with the ally team in Immokalee this summer or fall. Summertime in Immokalee is a crucial piece of the work we do: strategizing the campaign, strengthening our organizations, planning for the fall Encuentro, and setting the stage for the season ahead. Applicants should be flexible to organize with each of the three CIW ally organizations — SFA, Interfaith Action, and Just Harvest USA — in a variety of tasks including logistical support for the CIW, office and administrative work, and national and local campaign coordination. Interns will receive free housing and a modest monthly stipend. Given our commitment to developing a diverse leadership, we strongly encourage people of color, women, working-class, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming and differently-abled people to apply. Applications for the 2014 Summer Internship are accepted on a rolling basis. For a detailed description of intern roles and responsibilities and to download the application, visit the SFA site. All summer applications are due by the end of Friday, April 25, 2014. All fall applications will be due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Completed materials should be mailed to organize@sfalliance.org.

Saturday, April 26th
Safe Housing for Refugees: Volunteers Needed

The Benson Area Refugee Task Force needs volunteers to help revitalize a Benson apartment complex in order to assure refugee families have safe housing. BART needs volunteers every Saturday from April 26 to August 9 from 8:00 to 9:00 am, noon to 1:00 pm, and 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Volunteers will be moving furniture from refugees’ apartment units to a heat garage and then back again. The heat garage will exterminate bed bugs. Volunteers may come for just one hour one day or as often as they would like. Volunteers will meet with the BART Coordinator or trained student leader to learn bed bug prevention techniques before they begin volunteering. That meeting would take 15 minutes and could be arranged based on personal schedules. If you are interested please contact Shannon Linehan at BensonRefugeeTF@gmail.com or by phone at (703) 244-1143 . BART will be able to provide transportation on most Saturdays.

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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