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Weekly Update May 2 – May 15

Saturday, May 2

Mass in Spanish

Misa en español! Están todos/as invitados/as! Fr. Renzo Rosales, S.J., will preside. Please come and bring friends and family!There will be delicious appetizers and some social time in Campus Ministry after Mass. Todos/as son bienvenidos/as. Mass will take place in Swanson Hall Chapel at 6:00pm. Please contact Campus Ministry with any questions.

Wednesday, May 6

Managing to the Mission Part 1: Discernment

Leading people and teams requires the ability to discern, or to use insight or good judgment for the benefit of others. This can be done in a mission lens. Our facilitators from Mission and Ministry will help us define discernment and its place in leadership at Creighton. Look for a Part II session in June. If you are a manager or supervisor, make it a point to attend this great session as well as Part II in June! The event will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104 from 8:30 -10:00 am. To register for this event click here. Please contact Toni Parsley with any questions.

Saturday, May 9

Yates Service Opportunity

Yates has garden shed that needs painting, paint and rollers will be supplied. This event will take place at 9:00am. Students could also drop in and see their Citizenship class in action at that time. Please contact Veronica Hill with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 11 to Tuesday, May 12

Senior Retreat

Seniors are invited to join us for this relaxing retreat time – a final trip to Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa! Share in small and large groups as you process your experiences at Creighton and contemplate your next steps. This is NOT part of Senior Week, so you will need to register here! There is a $35 registration fee that should be brought to Campus Ministry in Lower Swanson. Please contact Campus Ministry at (402) 280-2779, with any questions.

Friday, May 15

Staff Advisory Council Service Project

The Staff Advisory Council is collecting black and blue ink pens in cooperation with the Salvation Army’s annual campaign to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need. From April 1-May 15, you can help by giving a donation to your SAC representative (cash, check or box of pens) or designated volunteer in your department. Or look for red Salvation Army kettles across campus in which to deposit your donation. For more information, click here. Please contact Charise Adams with any questions.

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Weekly Update: April 24 – May 15

Friday, April 24

Plant Trees on Campus-Part of CU Earth Week
Come and plant two elms and a white pine on campus! This event will take place on the west side of the Hitchcock building to the entrance of Eppley from 12:00-1:00 pm Please contact Jessica Sheldon with any questions.

Saturday, April 25

Legado de Compasión: Kids Against Hunger 2015
Join Legado de Compasión, a student organization comprised of students who studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Kids Against Hunger for our 2015 Meal Packing Event! Over the course of 3 hours, 150 Creighton students will work together to package a total of 40,000 meals. There will be two shifts for this event, shift one 12:00-1:30pm & shift two 2:00-3:30pm. It will be held in the Skutt Ballroom, with a cost of $5 per person. A portion of the meals will go to Heart Ministries in North Omaha. The rest will be distributed internationally by Kids Against Hunger. Sign-up individually or with a team of up to 10 people at legadokah.eventbrite.com.

April 25

Health Disparities Seminar: Chronic Disease Prevention and Management through Community Partnerships
The seminar is designed to bring community and academia together to eliminate health disparities. The goal of the conference will be to discuss chronic disease prevention and management through true community-based participatory programs and partnerships. At the end of this workshop, the participant should be able to: describe how to prevent and manage chronic diseases through true community partnerships and collaborations, explain collaborative strategies for modifying existing policies to address health disparities policies, summarize features of communities as centers of learning, discovery, and engagement. The event will be held at 8:00 am – 4:30 pm in Hixson-Lied Science Building, Auditorium G-04. Click here to visit the website for more information. Click here to register for the event. Please contact Juan Montoya with any questions.

Sunday, April 26

Asian/Pacific islander Heritage Mass & Potluck
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a multi-lingual Catholic Mass followed by a potluck dinner with members from the greater Omaha Asian/Pacific Islander community. The mass will be held in Saint John’s Church from 6:00- 8:30 pm. Please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 280-2459, with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 6

Managing to Mision Part 1: Discernment
Leading people and teams requires the ability to discern, or to use insight or good judgment for the benefit of others. This can be done in a mission lens. Our facilitators from Mission and Ministry will help us define discernment and its place in leadership at Creighton. Look for a Part II session in June. If you are a manager or supervisor, make it a point to attend this great session as well as Part II in June! The event will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104 from 8:30 -10:00 am . To register for this event click here. Please contact Toni Parsley with any questions.

Friday, May 15

Staff Advisory Council Service Project
The Staff Advisory is collecting black and blue ink pens in cooperation with the Salvation Army’s annual campaign to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need. From April 1-May 15, you can help by giving a donation to your SAC representative (cash, check or box of pens) or designated volunteer in your department. Or look for red Salvation Army kettles across campus in which to deposit your donation. For more information, click here. Please contact Charise Adams with any questions.

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Weekly Update: March 20-28

Friday, March 20

Weaving Our Stories of Faith
The Committee on the Status of Women invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with a lunch and event. Come to a panel discussion with student leaders who will share their five faith traditions with us and how all of our faith traditions form us as women. The event will be held in Skutt Student Center Ballroom East from 12:00-1:00pm. (Lunch available starting at 11:45am). Please RSVP by Wednesday March 18th by clicking here. Please contact Michele Bogard with any questions.

March 20

Research From all Angles: On Race
This is a discussion of race and the perspectives needed for effective research. Presenters include Dr. Burk, Biology, Dr. Graham, Philosophy, Dr. Irlbeck, Sociology-Criminal Justice, and Professor Strand, J.D., Werner Institute, School of Law. Faculty panelists from four disciplines help students think about the possibility of researching any topic within any school of thought: natural science, social science, philosophy, and law. The event will take place in Hixson-Lied Science Building, Room 188 at2:00 pm. For more information, please contact CURAS@creighton.edu.

March 20

Rocky-Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting
The Kripke Center is hosting the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain – Great Plains region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature (along with the American Schools of Oriental Research). The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 in Harper Center, third floor meeting rooms from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The conference is open to all those interested in the professional study of religion, Bible, and Near Eastern Studies. Please contact Colleen Hastings with any questions.

March 20

Justice Walking Applications Due Today
Join us in Justice Walking 2015-2016! Justice Walking is a year-long commitment to weekly service, education, immersion and faith sharing. Applications are due March 20th. Click here for more information. Please contact Jen Kennedy-Croft with any questions.

Sunday, March 22

50th Anniversary of The Legacy of Vatican II: Year 3
Please join us for the 50th Anniversary of The Legacy of Vatican II: Year 3 on the topic of Declaration on the Relation of the Christian Church to non-Christian Religions: Nostra Aetate. The schedule for the program is below. 2 p.m. Introduction, 2:15 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dennis Hamm, S.J., 3:00 p.m. Viewing of Mini-documentary Dialogue: Catholicism Beyond Tolerance produced by Mike Rios and Nico Sandi, 3:25 p.m. Response by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel and Dr. Syed M. Mohiuddin. The event will be held in Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium 2:00 – 5:00 pm. For more information and the full agenda, please click here for more information. Please contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

March 22

Hand-in-Hand
Hand-in-Hand is a one day campus wide event designed for adults with disabilities from the Omaha and Council Bluffs area partner with Creighton students. The event is a meaningful day of fun and partnership which includes activities, games, recreation, and socialization. The event will take place in the Skutt Student Center, Ballroom from 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Click here to find out more information and to to register. Please contact Jennifer Kennedy-Croft with any questions.

Monday, March 23

Clothing Drive- Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Some of the people who will be attending Project Homeless Connect on March 27, may need extra clothes to take with them. Campus Recreation will be collecting clothing for the event beginning Monday, March 23. You can drop off clean, gently used items at the Campus recreation office in the Kiewit Fitness Center beginning at 8 a.m. Most needed items are sweat pants, sweatshirts/t-shirts, socks and underwear (Larger sizes preferred). Please contact Cindy Workman with any questions.

March 23

Savor the Flavor-Project CURA
Project CURA is a Creighton student-run organization established in 2001 that sends medical students and supplies to Ghana, India, Romania, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The pillars and foundation of Project CURA are Cultural Immersion, Simple Living, and Service and Community. Our goal as an organization is to establish partnerships between students and host communities and give students the opportunity to grow personally and deepen understandings of health disparities through meaningful mutual service-learning experiences, simple living, and a sense of solidarity that reflects Creighton’s Jesuit values of Cura Personalis, Magis, and men and women for and with others. Since its foundation, Project CURA has provided service through medical assistance, public health education, English instruction, youth education, sanitation, infrastructure support, vocational training, and other forms of collaborative projects. Spend the evening with the students who will be traveling and immerse yourself in the various cultures and taste the cuisine of each country. AdvanceTickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students (includes meal, wine, and beer) and may be purchased from any Project CURA member. Tickets purchased at the door for $35. adults, $12. student. The event will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Ballroom from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Please contact Emily Lowry with any questions.

Tuesday, March 24

Behind the Swoosh
CSU Program Board Event: Listen to Jim Keady share his story of how he spent a summer trying to live off of Nike employee’s wages in Indonesia. He advocates for ethical wages for sweatshop employees. This event will be held in the Harper Center, Auditorium from 9:00 – 10:30 pm. Please contact CSU Program Board with any questions.

March 24

Women and Religion Lecture with Amy-Jill Levine
The annual Women and Religion lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom. This year’s guest lecturer is Professor Amy-Jill Levine. Professor Levine is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Director of the Carpenter Program in Religon, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She has published numerous works on Christian origins, Jewish-Christian relations, and sexuality, gender, and the Bible. This lecture will be held in Harper Center, Ballroom from 7:00- 8:00 pm. Please contact Colleen Hastings with any questions.

Thursday, March 26

Heart Ministry Center
If you would like to help out the Heart Ministry Center, their big need right now is personal hygiene products, dish soap, and laundry detergent. Please leave all donations in the side chapel. Also mark on your calendars our Lenten Reconciliation service on Thursday, March 26th and CUES’s annual fundraiser, Please contact Tim McTaggart with any questions.

Friday, March 27

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 the Skutt Student Center, Room 209 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Saturday, March 28

Women’s History Month- Elect Her
Elect Her: This year, for the first time, Creighton University’s Eileen B. Lieben Center for Women will be hosting Elect Her, a collaborative, day-long event with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. We will have exciting speakers and exercises to encourage women to run for office both on campus and in the future and help give our wonderful women tools to run for office with confidence! During this one-day training, participants will practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring speakers and discuss research on women in government. The skills learned in this workshop, like networking and building an elevator speech, will transfer to many leadership roles, not just student government. The event will be held from 10:30am-3:30pm. Please click here to register. Please contact Amanda Drapcho with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 31

Student Stories: Spring Break Service
Join us to listen to 10 students share about their service trips across the country. What moved them? What graces did they experience? How were they changed? A special Holy Week Spirit Plus lunch. Click here to register for the lunch. The event will be held in the Lower Level of Saint John’s Church, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm .Please contact Maureen Waldron with any questions.

Friday, April 3

Walk for Justice
Join the 37th Annual Good Friday, Walk for Justice. It will start at St. Mary Magdalene Church at 19th and Dodge Streets and will walk to the Federal Courthouse, Douglas County Jail, Douglas County Courthouse and City/County Building. It will be from 1:00-2:30pm.

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 01- March 27

Sunday, March 01

World Cafe Dialogue: Unpacking Race
All Creighton students, faculty and staff are invited to engage in a campus-wide dialogue on the implications of race in the Creighton community, facilitated by the Werner Institute. Due to the February winter storm, the event was rescheduled for 3:00pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on March 1st. You are an important part of this conversation and we hope to see you there! Please contact Mike Rios with any questions.

Tuesday, March 03

Prayer Service for Fr. Schlegel
Creighton’s 23rd president, Father John Schlegel, S.J., left a legacy of a beautiful campus that grew considerably during his tenure. The campus was transformed with the addition of many new buildings, the mall renovation and the gorgeous landscaping we enjoy every day. In support of Father Schlegel, the Staff Advisory Council with the support of the President’s Advisory Board invites you to join them Tuesday, March 3, at 11:45 a.m. at the fountain in front of St. John’s Church. You’ll receive a purple ribbon, in awareness of pancreatic cancer, and a group greeting will be videotaped to be shared later with Father Schlegel. Following, everyone is invited to attend the noon Mass which will be offered on his behalf. The service will include the prayer Father Schlegel has asked us to pray in support of Pedro Arrupe’s canonization. Following Mass, you will have a chance to send a smile, wave or comment on videotape to Father Schlegel. Let’s show him he is in our thoughts and prayers! Please contact Joann Crinklaw with any questions.

Wednesday, March 04

Cold Toes Warm Hearts
Cold Toes Warm Hearts is a drive to raise money for the biggest homeless shelter in Nebraska, the Siena/Francis House. Swanson Hall at Creighton University encourages you to build solidarity by giving you a perspective of our increasing homeless population. On March 4, please join us in going barefoot (or wearing sandals) throughout the day. There will be a Hospitality Room in the Swanson Lobby with food and drinks for those who have generously donated to our cause. A donation of $5 will purchase you a pin that guarantees you access to the Hospitality Room, though any donation will be graciously accepted. The event will take place throughout the day, with the hospitality room in Swanson Hall from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Donations can be made at the Swanson front desk. If you would like to learn more about Siena/Francis House you can visit their website. Please contact Katie Breedlove with any questions.

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold a Lobby Day on March 4. Registration and Orientation is at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church across from the Capitol. Lunch will be provided in Room 1023 of the Capitol. A bill to repeal the death penalty (LB 268) will be debated before the Judiciary Committee at their 1:30 meeting. All are invited to this free event. Take action to end the death penalty in Nebraska. RSVP at www.nadp.net/lobby or 402-477-7787.

Thursday, March 05

CCSJ Spring Break 2015 Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Please join us to pray with and send off the students participating in a week of service during spring break. There is a short ceremony then a short reception in Lower St John’s. Students participating in Service & Justice Trips, their friends and family, and the Creighton community are all invited! The Send-Off Service will be held in St. John’s Church from 9:00-10:00pm on Thursday, March 5. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 20

Justice Walking Applications
Join us in Justice Walking 2015-2016! Justice Walking is a year-long commitment to weekly service, education, immersion and faith sharing. Applications are due March 20th. Click here for more information. Please contact Jen Kennedy-Croft with any questions.

Friday, March 27

Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event (8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Kiewit Fitness Center) that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals to needed services, including: employment, housing, healthcare, legal resources, haircuts, Social Security, etc. There are many opportunities for Creighton students, staff, faculty, alumni/ae, and friends to volunteer. General volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, greeting, directing, registering, serving food, or whatever else is needed to help the day flow. Most volunteers will also serve as “navigators” by helping our guests to fill out a basic in-take form and by staying with our guests through the process of accessing professional services offered that day. You can sign up online to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. All Volunteers will register for a one hour training session, and you are invited to join fellow volunteers for a follow-up session of reflection, social analysis, and ways to become more involved. To register to volunteer click here. For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, Contact Ken Reed-Bouley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-2754 or visit the website.

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Weekly Update February 20-27

Friday, February 20

Spring Career & Internship Fair
Career Fairs are the easiest way for recruiters and students to meet face-to-face and discuss students’ goals and information to reach those goals in the corporations, organizations, available internships, graduate volunteer and full-time positions represented at the fair. The fair will be held in the Harper Center, 4th Floor Ballroom from 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm . Please contact Cheri Jackson with any questions.

February 20

Graduate Student Government Food Drive
A Food Drive hosted by the Graduate Student Government. Proceeds will benefit the Open Door Mission’s Feed Omaha Now drive. Along with the Lydia House the Open Door Mission provides 2,000 meal every day to those who are hungry and homeless in the Heartland. Help support this great organization by donating some of your non-perishable food items and dropping them off at one of our boxes located across campus. Boxes located in Harper, Skutt Student Center, Creighton Hall, Criss II, and Hixson Lied.

Saturday, February 21

International Student Association Banquet
The International Student Association Annual Banquet is the most significant annual event that furthers ISA’s objective of celebrating the diversity and promoting the rich heritage of international world at Creighton University. During the banquet there will be food from all around the world and many cultural performances. This is annually a great chance for students and faculty at Creighton to exchange different cultures represented on campus, fostering our ever growing diversity on campus. The event will be held in the Harper Center, Ballroom from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Please contact Prem Vichienwanitchkul with any questions.

February 21

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax preparation services to people who make less than $53,000 a year. This service is offered by IRS-certified volunteers to students and the community. Please bring all relevant tax documents when you come. The dates and times are located below. This event will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Harper Center 3023 and on Sunday March 1st. For more information, please contact Fang Zheng or Brian Kuehner.

Tuesday, February 24

Post-Grad Volunteering- Financial Fitness Workshop
Perhaps you’ve wondered about the following when thinking about post-graduate volunteering:“What do I do about my loans during my volunteer year? Is there a difference between deferment, forbearance, and income-based repayments?” “What is public service loan forgiveness? Is this a good option for me?” “I heard that faith based programs no longer get the Segal Americorps Education Award. Is that true?” “At my program I know my room and board will be covered, but how am I supposed to survive on $100 a month?” Dean Obenauer from Creighton’s Financial Aid Office and Jeff Peak from the CCSJ are teaming up for a Financial Fitness Workshop to provide answers to these questions and more. Don’t let your desire to do a post-graduate volunteer program be derailed by questions about finances. Space is limited. Don’t miss out. It will be from 5:00-6:00pm in CCSJ (Harper 2067). Please RSVP to Jeff Peak.

February 24

Justice for Sale Documentary
Justice for Sale follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price? The film will be shown in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Harper at 6:00pm.

Friday, February 27

A Certain Grace: Ignatian Spirituality Through the Eyes of Women
Lunch with Sr. Julia Prinz, VDMF. Sr. Prinz, a faculty member of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and director of the Women of Wisdom and Action initiative at the School. Sr. Prinz is also the Provincial of the US branch of her religious community, Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity which was founded in 1963. Lunch will be served at the event. It will take place in the Skutt Student Center, East Ballroom from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm. Please contact Maureen Waldron with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 4

Cold Toes Warm Hearts
Cold Toes Warm Hearts is a drive to raise money for the biggest homeless shelter in Nebraska, the Siena-Francis House. Swanson Hall at Creighton University encourages you to build solidarity by giving you a perspective of our increasing homeless population. On March 4, please join us in going barefoot (or wearing sandals) throughout the day. There will be a Hospitality Room in the Swanson Lobby with food and drinks for those who have generously donated to our cause. A donation of $5 will purchase you a pin that guarantees you access to the Hospitality Room, though any donation will be graciously accepted. The event will take place throughout the day, with the hospitality room in Swanson Hall from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Donations can be made at the Swanson front desk. If you would like to learn more about Siena-Francis House you can visit their website. Please contact Katie Breedlove with any question

Sunday, March 22

Hand in Hand
Campus Ministry is 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. What is a partner? A CU student who is matched with one of our guests from the Omaha community that has a developmental disability to share an afternoon at the Hand-In-Hand Event. Together they get to enjoy games, crafts, bingo, food,and even some karaoke! Be part of the fun as we welcome Omaha-area adults with developmental disabilities for an afternoon of food, fun and being together! Click here for more information.

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: February 6-13

Friday, February 6

Ignatian Retreat for Faculty in the Health Professions
This is a silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition that will be held at the CU Retreat Center in Griswold, IA. Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ and Fr. Greg Carlson will be leading this retreat, with brief presentations throughout the weekend. Meals and housing provided. Participants are required to attend the full retreat. Contact your school Chaplain if you are interested in attending. The retreat will take place at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa from Friday at 6:00pm through Sunday at 1:00pm. Please contact Diane Jorgensen with any questions.

Saturday, February 7

Catholicism in Dialogue: Relating to Other Believers
The Legacy of Vatican II continues with a lecture on: Unitatis Redintegratio, the decree on Ecumenism. The keynote speakers are Dr. Steven R. Harmon – Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, Dr. William G. Rusch – Yale Divinity School, and Fr. John Crossin, OSFS – Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. These speakers will address the importance of the document in spurring a vision for ecumenism within their denominations and Christianity as a whole. After lunch the speakers will be joined by local ecumenical leaders for conversation and Q&A. These panelists are Gary Eller (Westminster Presbyterian), Jane Florence (First United Methodist) and Scott Jones (First Central Congregational Church). All lectures are free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch is provided. The event will take place in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 8:30am – 3:00pm. To learn more, please visit the website or contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

February 7

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax preparation services to people who make less than $53,000 a year. This service is offered by IRS-certified volunteers to students and the community. Please bring all relevant tax documents when you come. The dates and times are located below. This event will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. For more information, please contact Fang Zheng or Brian Kuehner.

Tuesday, February 10

Spirit Plus Lent: The History of CU’s Courageous Students & The DePorres Club
From 1947 to 1960 an interracial group of Creighton students, led by Fr. John Marcoe, S.J., worked for justice in the earliest days of the Civil Rights Movement. Author, Matthew Holland, traces the club’s evolution and tells the story in his new book “Ahead of Their Time.” The event will take place in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105 from 12:00-1:15pm. Lunch will be served. Please contact Maureen Waldron with any questions.

Friday, February 13

CCSJ’s Annual Soup Luncheon and Auctions
This Friday, February 13, is our Annual Soup Luncheon and Auctions to support the Service and Justice Trips program. The silent auction will begin at 11 am (Ends at 12:00 pm), lunch will be served at 11:30 am, and the Oral Auction begins at 12:10 pm. Click here to check out the silent and oral auction items. Tickets & Reservations: A limited number of individual tickets are available for $20 each. Check with your area to see if they have a table and open seats Please contact Wendy Maliszewski with questions about tables and individual tickets.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February, 17

Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club- Book Club
In the 1940s and 1950s Omaha was sometimes called the “Birmingham of the North” because of the racial discrimination its minority citizens faced. Fr. John Marcoe, S.J., a Jesuit priest at Creighton, inspired a group of students to start a club to do something about civil rights – many years before the Civil Rights movement really began. The DePorres Club was an interracial group of young people who used non-violent methods to confront and change discriminatory policies in stores, factories and businesses who refused to serve minorities. The riveting story has been told in a new book Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club by Omaha author Matt Holland, whose father was the student leader of the club. The book will be discussed at either breakfast or lunch three Tuesdays in Lent: February 17 and March 3 and 17. Breakfast groups meet in Harper 3027 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Lunch groups meet in Skutt Student Center Ballroom East from 11:30 – 12:45. To confirm your place for all three gatherings of the Breakfast group, register here by Wednesday, Feb. 11. To confirm for all three gatherings of the Lunch group, register here by Wednesday, Feb. 11. The books will be available at the Creighton Book Store on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Thursday, February, 19

Symposium on Religion and Identity
This symposium will bring together scholars from Creighton and around the country to address the many ways in which religion and identity interact, whether it be the formation of a specific religious identity, or the many ways in which religion contributes to or is shaped by Identity. The symposium will take place in the Harper Center, Room 3029 from 8:30am-5:30pm. Please contact Colleen Hastings with any questions.

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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