Weekly Update: April 25 to May 5

Welcome to the CCSJ’s Weekly Update!

Please note that this is the last Weekly Update for the semester. The Weekly Update will sent out again when school begins in the Fall. Also note that the Weekly Service Sites will be ending this week if they have not already ended.

Featured Events:

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

The Missioning Ceremony is a great way to celebrate a student’s choice to volunteer or enter religious life, and it is also a wonderful way to let family and friends know that Creighton supports these worthy paths. This will be the fourteenth annual Missioning Ceremony. Fr. Lannon, SJ, President of Creighton University will be present to bless the volunteers and Fr. Andy Alexander, SJ, Vice Provost forUniversity Ministry will also join us to bless their family/friends. This year our speaker will be Greg Wittenburg, a 2010 Creighton alumnus who volunteered for two years with Jesuit Volunteer Corps International in Peru. If you will be volunteering or entering religious life after graduation, please contact Jeff Peak. All are welcome to attend this event, especially friends and family of these graduates. This event will be from 10:30 to 11:15 am at St. John’s Church.

Events this week:

Rooted in Omaha – Planting for Poverty
Special Screening: Matewan
Community Health Meeting and Forum with Alegent Creighton Health
I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story Smithsonian Poster Launch
Privilege and Stereotypes
Bill McKibben Lecture
Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series
Taizé prayer

Events More than One Week Away:

Senior Retreat
OTOC Environmental and Sustainability Research and Action Team
Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
7th Anniversary Empowerment Network Conference
Sustainability Council Meeting
Omaha Heritage Festival
Omaha Gives!
“I was a Foreigner and You Welcomed Me” Poster Contest

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities

Saturday, April 26th
Rooted in Omaha – Planting for Poverty

Infinite 8 Institute, L3C, a social business focusing on creating productive and efficient individuals, organizations, and communities will partner with Omaha Housing Authority, Home Depot, Northwest Feed & Grain Co., VR Permaculture, and the Nebraska Forest Service to recognize the great Nebraskan tradition of Arbor Day. The organization will work with Omaha Housing tenants, volunteers, and partnering organizations to plant sustainable urban agriculture in a high poverty area, further addressing food scarcity and hunger. The project will involve the planting of apple trees and a community garden near the Park Towers from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The group will meet at 1340 Park Avenue Omaha, NE 68105 at 10:30am sharp. We welcome the company of all. For more information or questions contact Infinite 8 Institute, L3C at (402) 884-5995 or ean@mckenzieandporter.com.

Monday, April 28th
Special Screening: Matewan

For one night only at 6:30 pm, Film Streams, in collaboration with the Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, will present a special screening of Matewan, John Sayle’s monumental drama starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, and a teen-aged Will Oldham as towns-people caught up in a violent labor dispute. Immediately following this Workers Memorial Day screening, presented with Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a panel will be moderated by John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute of Labor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and will include retired Brennan Institute professor and Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Ambassador of Community Services Edgar Moore; Father Dan Wittrock of St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Neb., and former journeyman, Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464; and attorney Dave Domina. For more information about the film, please visit our website or facebook event.

Community Health Meeting and Forum with Alegent Creighton Health

Major changes are happening related to healthcare: affordable Health Care Law, access to Health Care, Insurance, etc. By now, you may have heard about the changes announced by Alegent Creighton Health regarding Creighton University Medical Center. Here is your opportunity to learn more, ask questions and share your thoughts on the most pressing health issues including what services are most needed in North Omaha. Please attend this very important community forum. Your thoughts and ideas are needed to help develop a plan for the future and improve health in our community. All ideas and suggestions will be documented and presented to Alegent Creighton Health, Creighton University, the Charles Drew Health Center and other health providers in North Omaha. This event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Omaha North High School Viking Center located at 4410 N 36th Street and includes a served dinner.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story Smithsonian Poster Launch

This 8-poster exhibit from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. The exhibit takes a sweeping look at this history from the very first Asian immigrants to today with compelling, often surprising stories. The exhibit features a downloadable App with supplementary audio, video, and images. Join us for a brief exhibit introduction and free Asian-themed lunch. This event will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Skutt Student Center Art Gallery starting April 28th until May 2nd.

Tuesday, April 29th
Privilege and Stereotypes

This presentation will consist of an hour presentation and discussion about the stereotypes and privileges that are prevalent in our culture today. Participants will be encouraged to examine their own stereotypes and privilege through an interactive activity and scholarly research. Participants will also examine how these stereotypes and privileges impact their work with students in a university setting. This event will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Harper Center Office of Multicultural Affairs (room 1109).

Thursday, May 1st
Bill McKibben Lecture

The Center for Faith Studies presents author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben, for a Skype lecture. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he is “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” Bill’s talk will describe the current state of global warming through an explanation of the basic math and science of climate change. He will give updates on the movement working to end our reliance on fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources. Bill will join Countryside Community Church via Skype in an effort to practice what he preaches, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Eric Elnes, Ph. D. will give a brief introduction and facilitate the discussion. This Skype lecture will be 6:00 pm at Countryside Community Church located at 8787 Pacific Street. Tickets currently available in the church office as well as at the door on the night of the event. Suggested donation $10.00.

Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Join Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with Central Community College, for a monthly presentation series on topics related to sustainability, energy, the environment and how they apply to individuals. MCC and CCC are committed to leading and fostering sustainable environments for our communities. This series topic is Sustainable Water Use and Management in Urban and Rural Landscapes: Applications for Homeowners, Institutions and Communities. Stormwater can be managed to mitigate flooding, enhance water quality and protect water resources while also benefiting your landscapes. Learn about water-wise plant types, planting design and other strategies to help your yard survive and stay beautiful even in drought. This event is free and open to the public and can be viewed from 3:30 to 5:00 pm live from MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus located at 30th and Fort streets Building 10 room 110 with Steve Rodie or watch online at mccneb.edu/cps/green/slps.asp.

Taizé Prayer

Taizé is an ecumenical prayer service with meditative music, silent prayer, and candlelight alongside short scripture readings. This month’s service is at 8:00 pm in St. John’s Church. To find out more, visit the Campus Ministry Taizé page and the Taizé Community website.

Upcoming Events:

Senior Retreat
Monday, May 12th

Seniors are invited to join us for this relaxing retreat: a final trip to Griswold. Share in small and large groups as you process your experiences at Creighton and contemplate your next steps. The retreat will be from May 12th at 2:00 pm until May 13th at 2:00 pm. The cost is $20 and registration must be completed and payments made in the Campus Ministry Office by May 5. Seniors will need to register on Campus Ministries website. For any questions or further information, please contact Craig Zimmer orMariana Miller in Campus Ministry.

OTOC Environmental and Sustainability Research and Action Team
Monday, May 12th

Omaha Together One Community has created a new Environmental and Sustainability Research and Action Team. The Environment and Sustainability Team will meet from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at First United Methodist located at 7020 Cass to determine which environmental issues the team will research for possible future action. The group will discuss the OPPD stakeholders process and also identify priorities from the other issues discussed in the Feb 22nd Issues Conference.

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
Friday, May 16th

Join Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., President of Creighton University, Andy Alexander, S.J., Vice Provost for University Ministry, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program in celebrating our graduates who are volunteering or entering religious life for the upcoming year. All are welcome, especially friends and family of these graduates. This event will be from 10:30 to 11:15 am at St. John’s Church. Dr. Roger Bergman, Director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program, will present the The Ellacuría Award at this event. The Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Outstanding Student Award is presented jointly to a graduating Justice & Peace Studies minor or Justice & Society major by the Justice & Peace Studies Program in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and the Creighton Center for Service & Justice, in University Ministry. As this collaboration suggests, the two selection criteria are of equal weight: excellence in the classroom and leadership in service and justice activities.

7th Anniversary Empowerment Network Conference
Friday, May 16th

Registration for the 7th Anniversary Empowerment Network Conference is now open. Enhance your leadership skills, build organizational capacity, access new tools and resources, explore opportunities to help improve the community, and expand relationships with local, regional, and national business, faith, civic and community leaders. Click here to register today. For more information, questions, or if you would like to purchase a table please call the Empowerment Network at 402-502-5153 or visit here. We look forward to seeing you next month at our 7th Anniversary Empowerment Network Conference.

Sustainability Council Meeting
Friday, May 16th

Recycling, social justice, energy and water conservation, events (Earth Day, St. Francis Day), alternative transportation (biking, buses, carpooling), gardening, composting, communications and outreach. These are just a few of the aspects of sustainability. Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to a Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved – as much or as little as you’d like. These meeting will be at 2:00 pm in Eppley 119, the Energy Technology Classroom Space, on May 16, June 20, and July 18. All are welcome! For more information visit the website or contact Mary Duda.

Omaha Heritage Festival
Saturday, May 17th

Enjoy cultural groups wearing the traditional customs of more than 30 different nations in floats for businesses and other organizations as we celebrate heritage in the greater Omaha area. The parade will at 10 am starting at 10th and Pacific. It will proceed north on 10th to Farnam St., turn east on Farnam St. to 8th St., and finally north on 8th St. to Lewis & Clark Landing. The festival will continue there until 10p.m. where you will find exhibitor tents, international food, children’s activities, and a cultural pavilion with live music. For more information visit their website or send an e-mail to BC Clark or call (402) 763-0540.

Omaha Gives!
Wednesday, May 21st

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties). The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Matching funds and prize money will be made available to amplify charitable donations. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Omaha Gives! supports many organizations that the CCSJ partners with so mark your calendars for May 21st (midnight to midnight) as a day to give here.

“I was a Foreigner and You Welcomed Me” Poster Contest
Saturday, May 31st

All students attending Jesuit colleges and universities are invited to participate in a poster design contest: “I Was A Foreigner And You Welcomed Me.” This poster contest is part of a larger Culture Of Hospitality Campaign of the Jesuit Network with Migrants of Latin America and the Caribbean (RJM-LAC). The campaign aims to build a citizenship that is inclusive, hospitable, supportive and tolerant towards migrants, internally displaced people, refugees, the deported and the culturally diverse people of the Americas and the Caribbean, by recognizing that migration is a universal human right. The author(s) of the winning poster will receive international recognition from the Central-North American Jesuit Network with Migrants and the corresponding Jesuit universities from each region, as well as a $500 prize. The due date for all submissions is May 31st and is open to students between the ages of 18-24. For further information, please contact both Dr. Lois Lorentzen and Dr. Maria Vidal de Haymes.

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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