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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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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.

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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Weekly Update: April 11 – 30

Featured Events:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Apps Due

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. 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. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Pipeline to Prison

Pipeline to Prison is an event that includes a screening of the movie “Pathway to Prison” and discusses prison legislation. NE Senator Bob Krist will be the guest speaker at this event. There will also be a panel for questions and answers following the film. Panelists include Kevin Lytle: VP of Programming for The Leadership Institute for Urban Education, Diane Amdor: Legal Counsel for Nebraska State Judiciary Committee, Dr. Rebecca Murray: Department Chair of Creighton School of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Justin Wayne: OPS School Board President, Attorney and Creighton Law Alumni, and Tracy Hightower: Representative of Nebraska Innocence Project and Partner at Hightower-Reff LLP. This event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. Sponsored by: Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS) and CCSJ.

Events this week:

3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet
Empowerment Network Monthly Meeting
OTOC’s Environment and Energy Presentation
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Participant Apps Due
Asian American in Films: Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded
Justice For Our Neighbors: Omaha Clinic Volunteers Needed
Pipeline to Prison
Holy Thursday Mass
36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice
inCommon Neighborhood Pick Me Up
Earth Day Omaha

Events More than One Week Away:

Earth Week

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities:

Friday, April 11th
3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet

This annual banquet organized by Justice Without Borders is one way to show appreciation for the Creighton workers and everything they do around campus. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to cook, greet guests, serve food, set up, clean up, and even just come and eat with the wonderful guests. Everyone is welcome to volunteer including students and faculty. The event will be in Skutt Ballroom from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Please fill out this document to get involved or email Haley Warren if you have any questions.

Saturday, April 12th
Empowerment Network Monthly Meeting

Please join us this Saturday at the Empowerment Network Community Meeting at North High School, Viking Center located at 4410 N. 36th Street. This month’s topic will be “Block-by-Block: Building Safe and Strong Neighborhoods in North Omaha.” Presentations will be given from the North Omaha Neighborhood Neighborhood Alliance, the Northeast & Northwest Precinct Advisory Groups, Adopt-A-Block/Village Stakeholders, and Omaha Police Department. Networking, breakfast, and table displays will begin at 8:45 am. Empowerment Network Update will be at 9:30 am, followed by presentations and major announcements at 10:00 am. This event is open to the entire community and more information about the Empowerment Network can be found here.

Monday, April 14th
OTOC’s Environment and Energy Presentation

Omaha Together One Community has created a new Environmental and Sustainability Research and Action Team. One of the actions this team has already undertaken is to learn about the Omaha Public Power District’s Stakeholder process where OPPD is asking for public input to determine their future energy production. OTOC has invited Omaha Public Power District officials and environmental experts to present on this topic on Monday, April 14th, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm at First United Methodist Church room 112 located at 7020 Cass Street. If you care about clean energy in general and/or if you wonder what is going to happen to the very old OPPD coal plant in North Omaha, you will want to be at this meeting. Visit OTOC’s website for more information.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Participant Apps Due

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. 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. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Asian Americans in Film: Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded

Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded is a 30-minute documentary that explores media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women. This film challenges its viewers to consider how images of exoticism and docility socially and psychologically impact Asian American women. “Reloaded” looks at the past 25 years of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media to explore what’s changed, what’s been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future. A brief discussion will follow the film with an expert panel of Creighton faculty and staff as well as KETV news reporter Chinh Doan. Refreshments provided. This screening will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3023. Co-sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Lieben Center for Women.

Tuesday, April 15th
Justice For Our Neighbors: Omaha Clinic Volunteers Needed

Justice For Our Neighbors – NE is seeking volunteers for their next Omaha clinic. Working together, we are able to welcome the many immigrant neighbors into our community and provide them with much needed legal services. Each volunteer is paired with a client (or two, depending on the availability of volunteers) to serve as his/her host from welcoming through consultation and debriefing. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 2:00 pm for a brief volunteer update with Shane.To help them plan the staffing, please rsvp if you are able to join us by emailing clinics@jfon-ne.org.

Pipeline to Prison

Pipeline to Prison is an event that includes a screening of the movie “Pathway to Prison” and discusses prison legislation. NE Senator Bob Krist will be the guest speaker at this event. There will also be a panel for questions and answers following the film. Panelists include Kevin Lytle: VP of Programming for The Leadership Institute for Urban Education, Diane Amdor: Legal Counsel for Nebraska State Judiciary Committee, Dr. Rebecca Murray: Department Chair of Creighton School of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Justin Wayne: OPS School Board President, Attorney and Creighton Law Alumni, and Tracy Hightower: Representative of Nebraska Innocence Project and Partner at Hightower-Reff LLP. This event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. Sponsored by: Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS) and CCSJ.

Thursday, April 17th
Holy Thursday Mass

Join the St. John’s Parish and Creighton University communities as we begin the celebration of the Easter Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm in St. John’s Church. Classes after 5:00 pm will be cancelled on Thursday as well as any classes Friday, April 18th until Monday, April 21st at 5:00 pm in celebration of the Easter season.

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.

Saturday, April 19th
inCommon Neighborhood Pick Me Up

The Neighborhood Pick Me Up includes working outside from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1340 Park Ave. Starbucks is willing to donate $10 for every volunteer that comes out to support inCommon, up to $2500. Learn more and RSVP by emailing inCommon.
If you are interested in knowing more about their work, check out their website.

Earth Day Omaha

This free event features exhibit booths, children’s activities, demonstrations and short speaker sessions, plus live music from top local bands and food from area vendors. All activities are designed to educate and inspire attendees to live green and healthy at home and at work. This event will be from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Elmwood Park located at 808 S 60th Street. For more information visit Earth Day Omaha’s website.

Upcoming Events:

Earth Week
April 21 – April 25

A number of events related to caring for our environment will occur during this week including Dust off Your Bike (April 22), Green WAC (April 23), Growing Cities documentary screening (April 24), and We Matter Walk (April 25).

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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Weekly Update: April 4 – 13

Featured Events:

Greenbag Sustainability Lunch

Did you know you can make an old t-shirt into a reusable bag? That’s what we’ll be doing at today’s Greenbag Sustainability Lunch. All are welcome to join us, just bring a simple lunch and an old t-shirt (or a few) to make into a bag. The lunch will be from 1:00 to 2:30pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose room. If you’ve already eaten you can still come and learn how to make the bag! Please contact Haley Warren or Hannah Mullally for more details.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting

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. 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 these information sessions to learn more about Service & Justice Trips as well as to learn about the application process. This meeting is from 9:00 to 9:30 pm on April 7th in the Harper Center Ballroom. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Toxic Manicures: The Fight for Healthy Nail Salons

Asian Americans own more than 1.5 million businesses in the United States across a range of industries. These businesses provide a vital source of economic support to these owners and their families. However, many small businesses are challenged to provide healthy environments for their employees while remaining profitable. Each day, some 375,000 nail technicians working in salons across the United States face possible health hazards that include exposure to chemicals, muscle strain, and risk of infection. More than 40% of these technicians are Asian Americans, most of them immigrants from Vietnam. This discussion will raise awareness about this issue and enable small business owners and students to support healthier nail salons. Presented by the Business Ethics Alliance, Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and Office of Multicultural Affairs. Refreshments provided. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3028.

Events this week:

Greenbag Sustainability Lunch
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting
Border Wall on Mall
12th Annual Women and Religion Lecture
Moved to Greater Love Sharing Session
Toxic Manicures: The Fight for Healthy Nail Salons
Expand your Horizons: The Environment and YOU
The Muslims are Coming
We Can Now Solve the Oldest Environmental Problem
3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet
Service Learning Lecture
Sundaes on Sunday
Burundians Choir

Events More than One Week Away:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Apps Due

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities:

Friday, April 4th
Greenbag Sustainability Lunch

Did you know you can make an old t-shirt into a reusable bag? That’s what we’ll be doing at today’s Greenbag Sustainability Lunch. All are welcome to join us, just bring a simple lunch and an old t-shirt (or a few) to make into a bag. The lunch will be from 1:00 to 2:30pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose room. If you’ve already eaten you can still come and learn how to make the bag! Please contact Haley Warren or Hannah Mullally for more details.

Monday, April 7th
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting

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. 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 these information sessions to learn more about Service & Justice Trips as well as to learn about the application process. This meeting is from 9:00 to 9:30 pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Tuesday, April 8th
Border Wall on Mall

There will be a Border Wall on the Mall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The “border wall” will be set up to raise questions about what the United States border looks like and means. There will be educational material about situations that immigrants go through and the broken system they face in the US. There will also be an opportunity to take an active role and determine whether the immigrant profile you are given will allow you to go through the door or force you to enter around the wall “without documents.” Stop by to learn and reflect!

Wednesday, April 9th
12th Annual Women and Religion Lecture

Professor Jane Doering will deliver the 12th annual Women & Religion Lecture, sponsored by the Kripke Center and the Women and Gender Studies Program. She will speak on “Simone Weil: Love of God, Affliction, and a New Saintliness,” on Wed, April 9th at 6:30 pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. Elizabeth Jane Doering is Professor Emerita of the University of Notre Dame, and has been reading French philosopher Simone Weil for over two decades with a particular interest in her social and political ideas and how that thought evolved after her mystical experience . As member and officer in both the American weil Society and the international Association pour l’etudé de la pensée de Simone Weil. Professor Doering strives to facilitate communication among Weil scholars around the globe. Her most recent book is Simone Weil and the Specter of Self-Perpetuating Force (2010). For more information please contact Colleen Hastings by email or at 280-2303.

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 on April 9th and April 23rd from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Thursday, April 10th
Toxic Manicures: The Fight for Healthy Nail Salons

Asian Americans own more than 1.5 million businesses in the United States across a range of industries. These businesses provide a vital source of economic support to these owners and their families. However, many small businesses are challenged to provide healthy environments for their employees while remaining profitable. Each day, some 375,000 nail technicians working in salons across the United States face possible health hazards that include exposure to chemicals, muscle strain, and risk of infection. More than 40% of these technicians are Asian Americans, most of them immigrants from Vietnam. This discussion will raise awareness about this issue and enable small business owners and students to support healthier nail salons. Presented by the Business Ethics Alliance, Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and Office of Multicultural Affairs. Refreshments provided. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3028.

Expand your Horizon: The Environment and YOU

This Expand Your Horizons is titled “The Environment and YOU”. Candy Bless, chair of the Sierra Group of Nebraska, will talk about “What is all this hype about the environment in recent years? Why should we care about it, and what can one person do anyway?” This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Seven Oaks at Notre Dame dining room located at 3439 State Street, Omaha. Use the North entrance by the flag pole, 35th and State. For more information or questions, call 402-614-0177.

The Muslims are Coming

Middle East Cultural & Educational Services – Omaha (MECES-Omaha) is partnering with Film Streams to screen the documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” which uses comedy to counter Islamophobes and to build bridges with other faiths. It is co-directed by Dean Obeidallah, a comedian we brought to Creighton University in 2010 and 2012. Dean will be available at the event for a Q&A after the screening. This funny, award-winning movie is rated PG-13 for some profanity. It features The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Russell Simmons, Lewis Black, plus other celebs, together with hilarious Muslim comedians fighting Islamophobia with laughter. The cost is $9 for general admission, $7 for seniors, students, and military, and $4.50 Film Streams Members. This event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, located at 1340 Mike Fahey Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102. Event information and tickets can be found and purchased on Film Streams’ Website. For questions, contact Naser Alsharif  at nalshari@creighton.edu and Jamal Jamil at JamalJamil@creighton.edu.

Friday, April 11th
We Can Now Solve the Oldest Environmental Problem

Dr. Wes Jackson is a leading thinker in the international sustainable agriculture movement and will be speaking at Creighton. Founder and president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, he has pioneered research in Natural Systems Agriculture — including perennial grains, perennial polycultures, and intercropping. The work of the Land Institute has been featured in many media outlets including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and All Things Considered. Life magazine predicted Wes Jackson will be among the 100 “most important Americans of the 20th century.” He is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award and a MacArthur Fellowship, and has been listed as one of Smithsonian’s “35 Who Made a Difference”. Wes has an M.A. in botany from University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies program at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He is the author of several books including Becoming Native to This Place (1994), Altars of Unhewn Stone (1987), and New Roots for Agriculture (1980). This event will be at 3:00 pm in Harper Center Ballroom. All are welcome to attend this presentation. Dr. Jackson’s visit to Creighton is being co-sponsored by: the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Department of Sociology, Department of Atmospheric Science, Program in Justice and Peace Studies, Center for Catholic Thought, Environmental Science Student Club and Biology Student Club. For more information or to set up individual or group meetings with Dr. Jackson, please contact Peggy Smith in the Environmental Science Program at 402-280-2811

3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet

This annual banquet organized by Justice without Borders is one way to show appreciation for the Creighton workers and everything they do around campus. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to cook, greet guests, serve food, set up, clean up, and even just come and eat with the wonderful guests. Everyone is welcome to volunteer including students and faculty. The event will be in Skutt Ballroom from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Please fill out this document to get involved or email Haley Warren if you have any questions.

Saturday, April 12th
Service Learning Lecture

Dr. Jason Taylor of Regis University in Denver, Colorado will present “Socratic Citizenship: A Role for Philosophy in Service-Learning.” This is the Keynote Address as a part of the 16th Annual Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. It will be at 4:30 pm in the Harper Center 3042 and sponsored by Creighton Philosophy Club. For more information or questions email Fr. Ross Romero, S.J.

Sunday, April 13th
Sundaes on Sunday

Come enjoy a free hot fudge sundae as a part of Campus Ministry’s Faith and Food. Held periodically throughout the semester, Faith and Food is a time for members of the Creighton community to come together over free goodies to discuss and share ideas on featured topics in religion and spirituality. Not a debate forum, nor a formal class, these events give people the opportunity to listen to the wide range of views of current issues. This ice cream sundae reception will be at 9:30 pm in lower St. John’s Church. All are welcome. Contact Jennifer Kennedy-Croft for any questions.

Burundians Choir

On Palm Sunday, the Omaha Burundians Choir will put together an incredible live music show at 5:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church located at 5410 Corby St, Omaha, NE 68104.

Upcoming Events:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Apps Due
Monday, April 14th

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. 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. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

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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Weekly Update: March 28- April 6

Featured Events:

Whispers from the Streets

Whispers from the Streets is a presentational play promoting social awareness on the issue of severe poverty and homelessness in America on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. More information on the Facebook event page.

Fall 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Apps and Payments Due

Applications, complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up, are due April 1st at 4:00 pm. For more information, check out the CCSJ website.

Fall 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting

Service & Justice Trips are during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. There will be two meetings from 9:00 to 9:30 pm on Thursday, April 3 in the CCSJ Multipurpose room and Monday, April 7 in the Harper Center Ballroom.

CCSJ Soup and Stories

Join us as we hear from students from our Spring 2014 Service & Justice Trips. The session lasts from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 105. We will have soup and bread while it lasts.

Events this week:

Lenten Luncheon
Annual African Student Association Banquet
Fair Trade Sale
Whispers from the Streets
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Apps and Payments Due
Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting
Toward a Global Catholic Church: Vatican II and its Reception in the Non-western World
Soup and Stories
Greenbag Sustainability Lunch
10th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow

Events More than One Week Away:

Kids Can Community Center Mentoring
Safe Kids Safety Event Volunteers Needed
Cinco de Mayo Volunteers Needed

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities:

Friday, March 28th
Lenten Luncheon

This is a series of four Lent workshops, with a presentation and small group discussion, that will take place on Fridays during Lent (March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11) from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Campus Ministry (lower Swanson Hall). Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, March 29th
Annual African Student Association Banquet

This year’s title is “Redefining Africa: What you Don’t Know”. Come and join Creighton University’s African Student Association (AFSA) for great African food, fun, and entertainment. This event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Skutt Student Center Ballroom. For more information please contact Theresa Ibekwe.

Monday, March 31st
Fair Trade Sale

For the past three semesters, the Peace and Justice Cooperative, in collaboration with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, has sponsored a Fair Trade Sale through Catholic Relief Services to promote the support of our brothers and sisters in other countries. We are once again hosting our Fair Trade Sale from March 31st-April 4th. We will be in Creighton Hall Room 106 on Monday, March 31st from 12-4. From Tuesday-Thursday, we will be in the KFC Spine from 10-2. Catholic Relief Services is partnered with SERRV, an organization dedicated to eradicating poverty through working with thousands of small-scale artisans and farmers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and other developing countries by marketing their handcrafts and foods. SERRV participates in a system that not only aims to pay fair wages, but also creates long-term, direct trading relationships with the communities in order to foster sustainable development. SERRV purchases their products at prices which are set by the artisan and farmer partners, and they mark up the prices a bit for business purposes. Most of the money raised, however, will go to the communities who created the products. Some of the products we will be selling include: handbags, jewelry, scarves, mugs, chocolate, coffee, and other home decor items. Our sale is a great place to look for Mother’s Day, Graduation, and Easter gifts! If you have any further questions, please contact Rachel Berry.

Tuesday, April 1st
Whispers from the Streets

Whispers from the Streets is a presentational play promoting social awareness on the issue of severe poverty and homelessness in America on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The play written by Damian Torres-Botello, nSJ is a culmination of a year-long research project with subsequent research over a decade to capture the routine trials and conflicts of the marginalized poor. With the assistance of CCSJ and Campus Ministry members, medical students, and formerly and currently homeless citizens of Omaha, this play has been revised to capture the lives of the local men and women combating lives of struggle and survival. Together we take a journey of transformation from intolerance to solidarity and the individuals and circumstances that bring us there. Through a series of monologues and song, stories are shared to encourage, advocate change, and generate awareness of those who are often whispers on the streets. Hosted in conjunction with CCSJ, Campus Ministry, and the Cortina Community. More information on the Facebook event page. Please share this event with your peers.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Apps and Payments Due

Did you enjoy your experience(s) on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip? Do you want to take that experience to a deeper level through helping to coordinate a trip? Become a trip coordinator! Applications are now being accepted for 2014 Fall and Spring Break trips. For more information, to see a full list of coordinator roles and responsibilities, and to apply to be a coordinator, check out the CCSJ website. Applications, complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up, are due April 1st at 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 2nd
Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser

Creighton Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites you to a Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser. Choose from Grape Leaves, Hummus, Taboleh Salad, Mediterranean Rice, Stuffed Zucchini, Dessert (Baklava, Haressa), and more. Cost is $6 per plate and $1 per dessert. Cash and Jaybucks will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit Spring Event: “The Muslims Are Coming”, featuring Dean Obeidallah at Films Streams, Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:00pm. This fundraiser will be from 11:30 to 1:00 pm on the Mall. Rain location is Hixson Lied Building, Mutual of Omaha Student Lounge, 1st Floor. For more information contact Jamal Jamil or Naser Alsharif at nalshari@creighton.edu.

Thursday, April 3rd
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting

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 these information sessions 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 9:30 pm on Thursday, April 3 in the CCSJ Multipurpose room and Monday, April 7 in the Harper Center Ballroom. The application will be on the CCSJ website after the information meetings. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Toward a Global Catholic Church: Vatican II and its Reception in the Non-western World

Three Internationally known theologians will speak at Creighton University’s 50th Anniversary of Vatican II: Year Two on April 3 and 4 in the ballroom of the Harper Center on Creighton’s campus. The conference is free and open to the public. Events and speakers include Fr. Peter Phan: “Vatican II in Asia: Received, Reformed, Returned” on Thursday at 6:30 pm, Taize Prayer Service on Thursday at 8:30 pm, mass at St. John’s Church on Friday at 12:00 pm, lunch on Friday, April 4, Agbonkhianmeghe Oroabot S.J. : “Vestiges and Legacies of Vatican II in the African Church” on Friday at 1:30 pm, and Stephen Judd M.M.: “Collegiality at the Peripheral Crossroads: The Vatican II Spirit in the Renewal of the Church in Latin America” on Friday at 4:00 pm. More information can be found at Creighton News and schedule of events can be found on Creighton’s Vatican II website.

Friday, April 4th
Soup and Stories

Join us as we hear from students from each of our 17 service and justice trips this Spring – including 2 from right here in Omaha. The students are invited to share something they learned on their trips- about themselves, the community they visited, or the people that touched their lives during their stay. The session lasts from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 105. We will have soup and bread while it lasts.

Greenbag Sustainability Lunch

Please join us for the next Greenbag Sustainability Lunch! The lunch is Friday, April 4th in the CCSJ Multi-purpose room from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Bring a simple lunch to learn more about why reusable bags are such a great accessory to have! Bring an old t-shirt (or two, or three, etc…) that you don’t want to wear as a shirt anymore, and learn how to make a reusable bag out of it! Hope to see you there. With any questions, please contact haleywarren@creighton.edu or hannahmullally@creighton.edu.

Saturday, April 5th
10th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow

The 9th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow is a wonderful opportunity for Creighton students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate with friends and guests of Creighton in this annual tradition for our campus and the community. Doors open, dancer registration, and princess registration will be at 12:00 pm. The first Grand Entry will be at 1:00 pm, Dinner will be at 5:00 pm, and the Grand Entry will be at 6:00pm. Closing Ceremony & Dancer Payout will be at 9:30pm. This event will be in the Keiwit Fitness Center. Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Creighton’s Native American Association (NAA).

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities:

Kids Can Community Center Mentoring

Kids Can Community Center mentoring is a site based mentoring program with all the mentoring taking place at our daycare facility which takes the liability off the mentors. They provide before and after school care to children 5-13 years of age and mentors are available to children 7-13 years of age. Mentors need to be able to commit to one year, meeting with their mentor once a week for about an hour. Mentors and mentees play games, make artwork and work on crafts, do homework, bake cookies and play outside. Mentoring during the summer will look a little different, maybe taking the form of letters or phone calls. For more information or to mentor contact Sara Galenbeck, Community and Parent Coordinator.

Safe Kids Safety Event Volunteers Needed
Saturday, April 12th

Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass needs volunteers to help with the 4th Annual Spring into Safety event on April 12th at the Plattsmouth Community Center. This is a free family event and we need help with activity booths, wearing mascots, and with the bike rodeo. Volunteers are needed from 9 am to ~1:30 pm (the event time is 10 am to 1 pm). Please contact Marilyn at the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness at mlarson@sarpy.com or 402-339-4334 ext. 207 to volunteer at this fun event. We need to get our volunteers set as soon as possible, so please respond early.

Cinco de Mayo Volunteers Needed
May 1st – 4th

Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place May 1 – 4, 2014. It has been our goal over the past years to make Omaha a destination for people around the region celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The festival will take place in South Omaha and will feature free live entertainment, carnival rides, a parade, booths, food, games, a car show, golf tournament, health fair, children’s section, kick-off reception and queen coronation. For more information about Cinco de Mayo Omaha please visit their website. General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean up, parking and youth areas. You can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day—it’s a great opportunity to get involved in South Omaha. Volunteers are needed Thursday, May 1st, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday, May 2nd, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday, May 3rd, 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday, May 4th, 9:00 am – 11:00 pm, and Monday, May 5th, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. If you’re interested in volunteering for Cinco de Mayo, please call Damariz at 402-734-3240 at your earliest convenience to make arrangements.

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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Weekly Update: March 21-30

Featured Events:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Coordinator Info Meeting

Find out what it means to be a coordinator for a CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trip as well as what the application process entails. Information meetings will be from 9:00 to 9:30 pm in the Harper Center in the CCSJ (room 2067) on Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th.

Spirituality Plus: Whispers from the Streets

Homelessness from many points of view is the focus of a powerful 30 minute play written by Damian Torres-Botello, nSJ. Damian is a Jesuit novice who is spending the semester working in the Creighton Center for Service & Justice. He co-authored this “readers’ theater” piece for a group in Kansas City and has updated it with Omaha information and references. Lunch will be included. All faculty and staff welcome. This event will be at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on March 26th in Skutt Ballroom. Please register online. This is a part of Spirit Plus lunch, sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office and Creighton’s Center for Service and Justice. Students are invited to view the play on April 1st at 7:00 pm in Skutt Ballroom.

Events this week:

Campus Ministry’s Lenten Luncheon Series
Documentary Screening: The Quilted Conscience
Volunteers Needed for Naturalization Clinic
Human Rights and International Migration: A Conversation with Dr. Roos Willems
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Coordinator Information Meeting
The Economics of Business Ethics: A Talk by Norman Bowie
RJ Mitte on Campus
Women’s Words of Wisdom
Spirituality Plus: Whispers from the Streets
CHPE Roundtable Discussion: The Catholic University and the Unfolding Climate Tragedy
Hand in Hand Partner Training Session
Campus Ministry Community Advisor Applications Due
Volunteer for Girl Scouts
Celebration of Community at Hot Shops
Annual African Student Association Banquet

Events More than One Week Away:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Coordinator Apps and Payments Due
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Participant Info Meeting

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities

Friday, March 21st
Campus Ministry’s Lenten Luncheon Series

This is a series of four Lent workshops, with a presentation and small group discussion, that will take place on Fridays during Lent (March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11) from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Campus Ministry (lower Swanson Hall). Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Documentary Screening: The Quilted Conscience

The Quilted Conscience documents the beautiful and important story of a group of sixteen Sudanese-American girls – refugees from the genocide in their troubled homeland – who are thrust into a new life in Grand Island, NE. It’s a story of a quilters’ guild of local white women, some of whom have had little previous contact with ethnic or racial minorities. It’s a story of a famed African-American quilt maker who travels a thousand miles to help “stitch” the groups together by means of a culture-blend fabric-art project. Finally, it’s a story about the making of a lovely well-sized mural, composed of dozens of dramatic “Dreams & Memories” story panels created by the Sudanese girls with the help of the local women. Presented by Montessori Parents’ Co-op for Children in partnership with the OPS ESL, Migrant and Refugee Education program. This screening will be at 6:00 pm in Benson High School Auditorium located at 5120 Maple Street. Please use the north parking lot. The auditorium is next to the main entrance on the north side of the building. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Open discussion will follow the screening with the filmmaker John Sorensen. For more information about film, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/legacy.php.

Saturday, March 22nd
Volunteers Needed for Naturalization Clinic

Catholic Charities Legal Immigration Clinic is preparing for another naturalization clinic on March 22 and they are still looking for volunteers to help with the clinic. Volunteers would need to arrive at their office at 8:30 am. An orientation on how to fill out the applications and light breakfast will be provided. It should be a commitment finishing approximately at 11:30 am. While they are always looking for English speaking volunteers, several of their registered applicants are Spanish speakers, and they are looking for at least 3 Spanish speaking volunteers. Please email Erin Fichter if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Monday, March 24th
Human Rights and International Migration: A Conversation with Dr. Roos Willems

The Belgian anthropologist Dr. Roos Willems will speak about “EUMAGINE – Imagining Europe from the Outside”, a collaborative European research project investigating the impact of perceptions of human rights and democracy on migration aspirations and decisions. Dr. Willems will describe the project, outline preliminary findings, and summarize implications for policy-making in the European Union as well as the United States. This event will be at 6:00 pm in Hixson-Lied Science Building room 244.

There will also be a small group discussion with Dr. Willems that is limited to fifteen students at 4:30 pm in CCSJ’s Multipurpose room located in Harper Center room 2067. Students interested in attending should RSVP to John Sarmiento at JohnSarmiento@creighton.edu . The event is jointly hosted by Creighton’s Center for Service and Justice and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Coordinator Information Meeting

Find out what it means to be a coordinator for a CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trip as well as what the application process entails. Information meetings will be from 9:00 to 9:30 pm in the Harper Center in the CCSJ (room 2067) on Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th.

The Economics of Business Ethics: A Talk by Norman Bowie

Professor Bowie has written in his most recent book, Business Ethics in the 21st Century (Springer) that there are serious ethical concerns to be raised in the face of some of the ‘efficiencies’ of certain business practices we see today. Efficiency and always-low prices do not always lead to the most ethical outcomes, and Professor Bowie has some provocative positions on these topics. In terms of ethical outcomes in the real world where we live, the assumption that economics is ‘value free’ is simply false, and ignores the human and ethical consequences of a myopic focus on efficiencies. Norman Bowie is the former Elmer L Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota. He has authored or edited 16 books and over 75 articles. Professor Bowie is the leading scholar in the application of Kant’s moral philosophy to business. This event will be at 5:00 pm in Harper Center room 3023 with a reception for students and faculty to follow. For more information please contact Andrew Gustafson.

Tuesday, March 25th
RJ Mitte on Campus

The CSU Program Board is bringing RJ Mitte to campus as an event featured under the “Creighton In Common” . RJ Mitte is the co-star of AMC’s Emmy Award Winning series Breaking Bad. RJ, an activist for equality and diversity, is coming to campus to speak about his personal experience being bullied because of his cerebral palsy, a disability he has. From bullying victim to TV star, he speaks about how he turned his disability into an asset. This event will be from 8:00 until 10:00 pm in Harper Center Auditorium.

Women’s Words of Wisdom

Women’s Words of Wisdom event is hosted each March during Women’s History Month by the Lieben Center. This event will allow members of the Creighton community to share wise and treasured words of women from the past and present. It is a time for celebration of women of character, courage, and commitment. This is a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to attend, or participate in. This event will be from 7:30 until 9:00 pm in Skutt Student Center at the Fireplace Lounge. If there is any more information you need about this event, feel free to contact: OziomaAloziem@creighton.edu or amandadrapcho@creighton.edu.

Wednesday, March 26th
Spirituality Plus: Whispers from the Streets

Homelessness from many points of view is the focus of a powerful 30 minute play written by Damian Torres-Botello, nSJ. Damian is a Jesuit novice who is spending the semester working in the Creighton Center for Service & Justice. He co-authored this “readers’ theater” piece for a group in Kansas City and has updated it with Omaha information and references. Lunch will be included. All faculty and staff welcome. This event will be at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on March 26th in Skutt Ballroom. Please register online. This is a part of Spirit Plus lunch, sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office and Creighton’s Center for Service and Justice. Students are invited to view the play on April 1st at 7:00 pm in Skutt Ballroom.

CHPE Roundtable Discussion: The Catholic University and the Unfolding Climate Tragedy

The Center for Health Policy and Ethics (CHPE) invites you to join in a Roundtable Discussion with Richard Miller, Ph.D., Department of Theology at Creighton University. He will be discussing “The Catholic University and the Unfolding Climate Tragedy”. What kind of world are we leaving our students and future generations? If we are going to remain true to the Creighton University Mission Statement, what are some possible ways our campus community should respond to the unfolding climate change tragedy? This event will be from 12:00 until 1:00 pm in CHPE Conference Room, located at 2616 Burt Street. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. Registration is not required for Roundtables; all are welcome. For more information about CHPE Roundtables, visit http://chpe.creighton.edu/ or contact the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at 402.280.2017.

Hand in Hand Partner Training Session

Creighton Campus Ministry welcomes you to join us for Hand-in-Hand 2014 on April 6th! Be part of the fun as we welcome Omaha-area adults with developmental disabilities for an afternoon of food, fun and being together. We are in need of 150 CU students to serve as Partners: Two-to-one or one-to-one companions for the Guests who will join us for Hand in Hand. It’s an exciting opportunity to give of yourself personally and touch someone’s life, while also enjoying games, crafts, bingo, food, and even some karaoke. All partners will need to attend a training session on March 26, at the Rigge Science Building Room 120 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. On the day of the event all partners will need to report by 12:30 pm to be ready for our guests to arrive, and stay for a short check in after the guests have left. The event will run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on April 6th in Skutt Student Center Ballroom. You will be finished no later than 5:00 pm. To register or for more information, visit Campus Ministry’s Website.

Friday, March 28th
Campus Ministry Community Advisor Applications Due

The Campus Ministry Community Advisor (CMCA) is a live-in, undergraduate or graduate student staff member of the Departments of Residence Life (DRL) and Campus Ministry (CM). The CMCA’s primary responsibility is to provide peer ministry for the residence hall community by enhancing the spiritual, social, intellectual and vocational formation of their residents. They are also expected to provide a ministry of presence and promote mission and ministry events, programs and resources in their respective hall (Kiewit or Swanson). The employment period is on a 9-month cycle that runs mid-August to mid-May, which may be renewed by mutual agreement for an additional year. For more information visit Campus Ministry’s website.

Volunteer for Girl Scouts

Volunteer for Girl Scouts Largest Fundraising Event of the Year!
Do you believe that girls can do anything? Do you love art? Do you love to volunteer? Girl Scouts is looking volunteers for the annual artVenture silent auction and reception. artVenture is a unique arts education-based program that matches Girl Scouts with professional artists. Using a variety of mediums, they collaborate to create original works of art that are placed in a silent auction. In addition to the collaborative pieces, works of art from the area’s most celebrated and talented artists are also auctioned. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. Girl Scouts is seeking up to 10 volunteers from the Junior League of Omaha to assist with the event including raffle ticket sellers and auction assistants/art wrappers. This event will be from 5:00 to 11:00 pm (with split shifts available) at UNO’s Mammel Hall, located at 6708 Pine Street. If you are interested,
please email Wendy Hamilton
or call her at (402) 779-8230.

Saturday, March 29th
Celebration of Community at Hot Shops

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) will host its fifth annual “Celebrating Community” fundraiser from 6:00 to 9:30 pm at the Hot Shops Art Center (1301 Nicholas Street). The evening will include a silent auction, live music by local artists, and appetizer buffet and gelato bar as well as a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets please call 402-344-4401. The Hot Shops Art Center will play host to this event for its fifth year. Many Hot Shops studio artists will remain open throughout the evening, including Crystal Forge, allowing attendees to visit three stories of local artwork. For more information email Debra Romberger or call her at 402-558-8992.

Annual African Student Association Banquet

Come and join Creighton University’s African Student Association (AFSA) for great African food, fun, and entertainment. This year’s title is “Redefining Africa: What you Don’t Know”. This event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Skutt Student Center Ballroom. For more information please contact Theresa Ibekwe.

Upcoming Events:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Coordinator Apps and Payments Due
Tuesday, April 1st

Did you enjoy your experience(s) on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip? Do you want to take that experience to a deeper level through helping to coordinate a trip? Become a trip coordinator! Applications are now being accepted for 2014 Fall and Spring Break trips. For more information, to see a full list of coordinator roles and responsibilities, and to apply to be a coordinator, check out the CCSJ website. Applications, complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up, are due April 1st at 4:00 pm.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip Participant Info Meeting
Thursday, April 3rd and Monday, April 7th

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 these information sessions 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 9:30 pm on Thursday, April 3 in the CCSJ Multipurpose room and Monday, April 7 in the Harper Center Ballroom. The application will be on the CCSJ website after the information meetings. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

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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