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Weekly Update: September 20-28

Friday, September 19
Sustainability Council Meeting
Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved- as much or as little as you’d like. The meeting will be held in Eppley Building Room 119 from 2:00-3:00pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions. Visit their website for more information.

Saturday, September 20
Super Cruiser Ride
Come out and support Make-A-Wish Foundation, while biking around and seeing the neighborhood and businesses of the midtown. It will be at 11:00am at Midtown Crossing. For more information click here or contact Kelsey.

Monday, September 22
March for Life Informational Meeting
Creighton students will be attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22, 2015. Come to the meeting to learn more about the March for Life and what these students will be doing there. The meeting will be held in Lower St. John’s Church at 7:00pm. Contact Malori Mattson with any questions.

September 22
Weekly Service Reminder No: Boys & Girls Club this week
The Boys & Girls Club weekly service site will not meet on this day. The next time we will meet is on Monday September 29 in Deglman Circle at 5.

Tuesday, September 23
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Scholarship Applications Due
The applications will be available online. Need-based scholarship applications are due and awards are made before the general application. Don’t miss out! Please contact Catherine Keating with any questions.

Thursday, September 25
Fall Break 2014 Service and Justice Trips: General Meeting #2
At this second of 3 required meetings you will continue to learn about the pillars of our program and hear from our student leaders. There will also be more required training at these sessions, so make sure you are there and that you complete all required paperwork! Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Friday, September 26
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Applications Due
Each fall Creighton students gather with thousands of people from Jesuit high schools, colleges, and parishes in Washington D.C, at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Come join this three-day learning experience where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression during a public witness in the nation’s capitol. Applications will be available online and payments are due in person in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice office, Harper 2067 between 8:00am-4:00pm. We accept credit/debit, checks, and cash. Please contact Catherine Keating with any questions.

September 26
Faith & Food on Leadership
Come hear talks about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope Francis, and leadership within your career by Rev. Kenneth Allen (pastor of Zion Baptist Church), Dr. Jay Carney (Theology Professor), and Rena Becker (Counselor in the Career Center). Come to the lobby of McGloin from 7:30-8:30pm. Put on by the Department of Residence Life and Campus Ministry.

Upcoming Events:
A Life Torn Apart: War Comes to a Salvadoran Village
Tuesday, September, 30
A lecture given by Guadalupe Montalvo who was catechist in her parish during and after El Salvador’s civil war. She is currently a staff member at the Casa de Solidaridad, Santa Clara University’s study abroad in El Salvador. Guadalupe’s husband, Gene Palumbo, will translate for her. A journalist, he teacher a course on El Salvador’s civil was at the Casa de Solidaridad. This will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 7:00-9:00pm. For more information click here. For more information about the our UCA/ Jesuit Martyrs 25th Anniversary website click here.

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 hereto find an upcoming training that works for you.

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Weekly Update: September 13 – 20

Welcome to the CCSJ’s Weekly Update!

We hope your summer break was relaxing and fun-filled with family and friends. As you get back into the swing of school, the CCSJ has resumed its fall office hours from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Harper Center Suite 2067 and the Weekly Update is returning with weekly reminders of volunteer opportunities happening around campus and the Omaha area.

The Weekly Service Sites will begin on the dates found here. All Weekly Service Sites ask that volunteers dress modestly and arrive promptly for departure from Deglman Circle at start time.

For more information about the Weekly Service Sites or the CCSJ, please visit our website by clicking “Creighton Center for Service and Justice” at the top of the page or drop by our office to meet and connect with staff and student coordinators.

Events This Week:

Saturday, September 13
The Legacy of the Vatican II Event

We invite all persons who want to know more about Vatican II or the Catholic Church’s teaching on Scripture to join us in studying, reflecting upon and celebrating the tremendous Legacy of Vatican II as a central expression of the Catholic character of the University’s identity and mission.

Co-sponsored by the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair, The Center for Catholic Thought, and The Graff Chair for Catholic Theology.  from  8am-12:30pm Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom

Please visit http://www.creighton.edu/vaticanii/ for the complete schedule or contact Carol Krajicek at 402.280.3056

Monday, September 15
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Information Meeting

This Monday or Tuesday, learn more about a four-day experience in Washington, D.C. where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally and have our voices heard by speaking with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Info meetings will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104, both Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-10:00pm. Please contact Catherine Keating with any questions.

Tuesday, September 16
Christian Life Communities Information Night

A student run faith sharing, reflecting in the Ignatian tradition with bi-weekly meetings throughout the semester. Building community with other CLC groups with masses, dinners, and game nights. Contact Jennifer Kennedy-Croft with any questions. Meet in Swanson Hall Lobby from 8:30-9:00pm

September 16
G-Dog: Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job Documentary Showing

Join the Center for Service & Justice for the documentary film showing of “G-Dog: Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium. The film tells the powerful, entertaining, hilarious, and unlikely story of how a Jesuit priest became an expert in gang lives. Called “G-Dog” by his homies, Fr. Greg Boyle works by a powerful idea: nothing stops a bullet like a job. G-Dog’s unstoppable compassion has transformed the lives of thousands of gang members and inspired thousands more through his ministry and popular book, Tattoos on the Heart.

Please contact RoselleAgdipa@creighton.edu with any questions. Co-sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office, Cortina Community, and Justice and Peace Studies Program.

September 16
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Information Meeting #2

This Monday or Tuesday, learn more about a four-day experience in Washington, D.C. where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally and have our voices heard by speaking with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Info meetings will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104, both Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-10:00pm. Please contact Catherine Keating with any questions.

Wednesday, September 17
Mass of the Holy Spirit

Join us for the mass of the Holy Spirit at 11:00am at St. John’s Church. 11am classes are canceled so students may attend.

Thursday, September 18
3rd Annual African American Leadership Conference

Join local, regional, and national leaders for a conference focused on transforming careers and communities through excellence, empowerment, and engagement. From Thursday September 18 at 7:00pm to Saturday September 20 at 5:00pm at the Hilton Omaha Downtown. For more information click here or contact Vicki Quaites- Ferris. 

September 18

Christian Life Communities Information Night #2

A student run faith sharing, reflecting in the Ignatian tradition with bi-weekly meetings throughout the semester. Building community with other CLC groups with masses, dinners, and game nights. Contact Jennifer Kennedy-Croft with any questions. Meet in Swanson Hall Lobby from 8:30-9:00pm

September 18
Jarana: Music on the Mall

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month the band Jarana will be playing energetic, danceable music blending South American, African, and Mediterranean beats. Their show includes Flamenco, Rumba, and Salsa styles with complex rhythms and infectious melodies. Brought to you by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and others. This event will be held on the KFC Lawn/ Patio frim 7:00pm-9:00pm. Contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez with any questions.

Friday, September 19
Sustainability Council Meeting 

Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Councol meeting and learn about how you can be involved- as much or as little as you’d like. The meeting will be held in Eppley room 119 from 2:00-3:00pm. Contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Saturday, September 20
Super Cruiser Ride

Come out and support Make-A-Wish Foundation, while biking around and seeing the neighborhood and businesses of the midtown area. It will at at 11:00am at Midtown Crossing. For more information click here or contact Kelsey.

Friday, October 3 
St. Francis Day Mass

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Francis at St. John’s Church.  Mass will be at Noon on Friday, October 3. Contact Mary Duda with any concerns.

Saturday, October 4 
Harvest for Hunger Day of Service

Join us for a new day of service event this October: field gleaning! We will spend the day  working on a farm outside of Omaha. After gleaning the fields, participants will help prepare the produce for delivery to local food pantries. The event will be from 9am -4pm at Hanscom Park UMC.

Contact info@bigmuddyumc.org or Jaimee at 402.898.9862 for more information.

 

 

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Weekly Update: September 5 – 13

Welcome to the CCSJ’s Weekly Update!

We hope your summer break was relaxing and fun-filled with family and friends. As you get back into the swing of school, the CCSJ has resumed its fall office hours from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Harper Center Suite 2067 and the Weekly Update is returning with weekly reminders of volunteer opportunities happening around campus and the Omaha area.

The Weekly Service Sites will begin on the dates found here. All Weekly Service Sites ask that volunteers dress modestly and arrive promptly for departure from Deglman Circle at start time.

For more information about the Weekly Service Sites or the CCSJ, please visit our website by clicking “Creighton Center for Service and Justice” at the top of the page or drop by our office to meet and connect with staff and student coordinators.

Events This Week:

Friday, September 5
Freshman Retreat
The first few weeks of college life can be full of challenges. There are many important questions, and the Freshman Retreat gives you the opportunity to explore them alongside other new students in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere. You can learn from on another and from the many student leaders who have a lot of wisdom to share about life at Creighton! Come join from Friday September 5 to Sunday September 7 at the Creighton University Retreat Center near Griswold, Iowa. If you are interested contact Campus Ministry at (402) 280-2779.

Tuesday, September 9
Christian Life Communities Information Night
What is CLC? A student run faith sharing group. Reflecting in the Ignatian tradition. Meeting bi-weekly throughout the semester. Building community with other CLC groups with joint masses, dinners, and game nights! Contact Jennifer Kennedy-Croft with any questions. Come to the meeting Tuesday or Thursday in Campus Ministry (Lower Swanson) at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, September 10
Service & Justice Volunteer Fair
Come visit during the one time of the year that 75+ local volunteer agencies will be on Creighton’s campus at the same time. Learn how you can get involved in the Omaha/ Council Bluffs community! Come to the Ahmanson Ballroom in the Harper Center from 1;00-4:00pm. Contact Wendy Maliszewski with any questions.

Thursday, September 11
PBK Colloquium “What Next? U.S.-Russia Relations after the Ukraine Crisis.”
“What Next? U.S- Russia Relations after the Ukraine Crisis.” Participants include Charles Braymen (Economics), Terry Clark (Political Science), Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel (History), James Wunsch(Polictical Science), and Michael Kelly (Law School), John McCoy (PLS Senior and Honors Program). This event will be held in Skutt Student Center- East Ballroom from 4:00-6:00pm. Contact Jim Wunsch with any questions.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips – General Meeting #1
The first of 3 required formation meetings will let your group, learn about the pillars of our program and hear from our student leaders. There will be required training at these sessions, so make sure you are there and that you complete all required paperwork!
The meeting if from 9:00-10:00pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. If you have any questions contact Jeff Peak.

Taize Prayer
What is Taizé prayer? Named for the ecumenical Christian community that developed it, Taizé Prayer is a simple and meditative form of worship which calls us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us. Mantra songs, prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer. Taizé will be held in St. John’s at 8:00 pm. For more information click here.

Saturday, September 13
The Legacy of Vatican II Event
The Legacy Year Three- Dei Verbum and its Descendants. We invite all persons who want to know more about Vatican II or the Catholic Church’s teaching on Scripture to join us in studying, reflecting upon and celebrating the tremendous Legacy of Vatican II as a central expression of the Catholic character of the University’s identity and mission. This event will be held in the Haper Center- Ahmanson Ballroom from 8:00 am- 2:30 pm. Contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

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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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