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Breaking the Silence: Standing up for Life

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Silence.

It’s what I heard and felt and saw as I stared at the empty shoes sitting on the steps of St. John’s this morning. Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion in America, and these pairs of empty shoes represent roughly 25% of our peers that lost their lives to that decision.

Twenty-five percent. It doesn’t look like much, especially if you actually count the shoes on display today (which in no way match the real number) but if 57,042,823 lives have been lost since Roe v. Wade in 1973, that translates to a lot of people.

Today alone, at 1:00pm, 1,786 abortions had already been done in the United States.

But these shoes represent more than just big numbers. They are the students Creighton lost to abortion, they are shadows of people who could have been sitting next to us in our classes, who could have roomed with us on campus. They are people who could have been our future spouses, who could have cured cancer or composed the next greatest symphony. They could have been one of our best friends.

Who knows how each one of those 25% could have impacted us and our campus?

Today, I feel and remember their absence, especially in the silence. Creighton spends this week honoring social justice hero Martin Luther King, Jr., as we should. Interestingly, King’s niece, Alveda King, is a prominent Pro-Life activist in the U.S.

Despite this, despite the Catholic church’s strong call to defend life, despite the fact that the March for Life is going on RIGHT NOW in Washington, D.C., where two

shoes_1of my friends—the only two from Creighton—join the ranks of thousands marching through the snow, Creighton remains silent.

I have heard little to nothing said about what we commemorate and protest today. It makes me wonder, if not for the work of a small group of students—Creighton Students for Life—how and if Creighton would recognize today for what it is: A chance to remember those lost to abortion and an equal chance to stand up for life.

Would our campus, dedicated to being an institution of faith, let this day slip by in silence? Why does it seem that the state schools my friends go to have more support for, and bring larger groups to, the March for Life than Creighton does?

Why are we so silent?

These are hard questions to ask of my beloved Creighton University, but it’s the only way to shatter the silence. And these shoes, my fallen peers, demand answers.

I look at the shoes on display and feel the emptiness they represent. I reflect on how many ways our society has failed them, but I also give thanks for how the Pro-Life movement is evolving and growing. I look to the future in hope that next year, even more people will take a stance for life, particularly on campus.

And as I move forward, I know one thing for certain: I must give feet to those who never had the chance to use theirs. I must be the voice for the empty shoes.

 

Anna Ferguson
CCSJ Student Coordinator
Class of 2015

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application

Grounded in Jesuit values and Catholic social principles, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice is committed to building a community of faith, in service, for justice. The CCSJ, a department of University Ministry is open to Student Coordinators of all backgrounds. CCSJ Student Coordinators become knowledgeable about the work of the CCSJ and the needs, gifts and opportunities of the broader community. They coordinate weekly local service; act as liaisons to other student, campus and community groups; represent CCSJ at University functions; help with office duties; and often initiate, organize and lead special projects and advocacy efforts. The position exists to empower students to facilitate, extend and deepen the service, faith and justice mission of Creighton University. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students.

Qualifications
The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. Please see team descriptions for more detailed information.

Benefits

  1. Personal growth and mentoring in service and justice
  2. Leadership and ministry training
  3. Experience and supervision
  4. Occasional homemade fabulous goodies!

Application Process

  1. Read General Position and Team Descriptions
  2. Gather the following items before beginning the online application
    • Your calendar/school schedule to provide availability for interviews
    • A list of previous CCSJ Program participation dates
    • Contact information for a reference to list on your online application
  3. Submit the online application (please plan on the application taking approximately 45 minutes)

The CCSJ has teams with paid and volunteer positions available on each team.
If you are interested in applying for one of these positions (volunteer, paid, or federal work-study), please take a look over the Team Descriptions.

We have two paid employment options. Students who have a federal work study award can be assigned to our office if selected through this process. We other positions are available.

We encourage any one interested in working in the CCSJ to apply! The application will be available online by January 15, 2014 and is due on January 29, 2014.

We will be conducting interviews in the office on February 20-21, 2014 and will have final decisions out by March 7, 2014.

Service and Justice Trips coordinator application and selection is a separate process. Spring 2014 Coordinators are already selected. Fall 2014 coordinators will apply in April 2014.  Please contact JeffPeak@creighton.edu for more information.

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A Green Initiative

By: Andi Hinnenkamp

Father Schlegel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2010 and Fr. Lannon will now carry on this commitment. Considering that over 600 schools’ presidents signed the initiative, it is not a big surprise that Creighton, as a Jesuit institution, was one of the signatories. What is surprising about this initiative is how few people even know that Creighton is signed on to it, with a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.  That’s what this past Tuesday, September 25’s Green Bag lunch was all about. For a few days, two employees from the Brendle Group traveled around Creighton, displaying the findings they have about Creighton’s resource consumption, specifically sources of energy.

The reason why more people need to be educated on this initiative is not only because it is awesome, but because our school, along with many others, will be a leader in the United States, setting an example for other institutions that need to react to climate change. Most importantly, though, people need to know that this will mean some lifestyle changes for everyone on campus, specifically because the plan includes the amount of energy used by those who commute to Creighton every day as an energy expense by the university. In this case, there will need to be some deliberate changes on the part of everyone that works or studies at Creighton. Regardless of personal opinions of these lifestyle changes, it will be a great chance for the university to help everyone learn what personal effect they have on the climate. This also means that the university will do as much as it can to become climate neutral, but that everyone at Creighton will have to accept the initiative as well. What an exciting initiative Creighton has signed onto, it is great to see such a big institution stand up to do all it can to help our environment.

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.


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CCSJ Student Coordinator Applications

2011-12 CCSJ Student Coordinators

CCSJ Student Coordinators are students who want to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation, and direct service. Student Coordinators lead weekly service and reflection, help with vital office tasks and recruitment and promote the mission of the office. Many students have been involved in weekly service, Service Trips, or the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice and the Student Coordinator position is a great option for those who want to take the next step in their service and justice journey.

Student Coordinator Position Description & Application

Completed applications should be emailed to Wendy Maliszewski, wendymal@creighton.edu, by Tuesday January 31st at 4:00 pm

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2011 Staff Retreat

Anna & Christine 2

Anna & Christine

Katie, Daniella, & Laura

Carissa, Jenny, & Becca

Andrew & Kelsey

Will & Elizabeth

Melissa & Maureen

Professional Staff

Service Trips 2011-12 Core Team Jumping

Service Trips 2011-12 Core Team circle

Communications Team

Office Staff

Check out the pictures from our Staff retreat this weekend!
Or view the pictures in a flickr gallery

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