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World Cafe Dialogue: “Dear White People”

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World Cafe Dialogue: “Dear White People”

A Dialogue on the Recent Film
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 9PM
CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067)

Film Streams is currently showing the movie, “Dear White People,” a movie about race, privilege, and identity at a college campus. In an attempt to provide a space for students, faculty, and staff to digest, share, and discuss the message of the film, we will be hosting a table dialogue this Tuesday at 9PM in the Creighton Center for Service & Justice (Harper 2067).

All are welcome. Those who have already seen the movie are invited to join on Tuesday, and if you have yet to see it Film Streams will be showing it until late next week. There is a showing on Tuesday at 6:45PM and will get over in time to come straight to the CCSJ to join at 9PM. Other show times can be found here:
http://www.filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?View=0&ID=1391

Watch a trailer for the film here:

For more information please contact LuzColon-Rodriguez@creighton.edu or MikeRios@creighton.edu

Co-Sponsored by:
The Center for Service & Justice, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Creighton University African American Student Association (CUASA), Cortina, and Campus Ministry
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Immigration: The Realities, Reflection, and Justice

vinnyblogThe discrepancy between hearing and experiencing an issue first-hand is so vast that each perspective seems like a completely different issue. Witnessing the issue of immigration reform in El Paso, Texas at the Columban Border Mission was one of the truest experiences I have ever had in my entire life.

On one of our first days at the border, we cooked a meal for thirty undocumented immigrants and had the chance to eat dinner with them. During the meal, I began talking to one of the migrants in Spanish about his stay in El Paso and why he was here. He told me that four months ago, he was deported from Miami back to Guatemala with no money or identification. Being that his wife and kids were still in Miami, he had no choice but to find a way to get reunited with them.

Four months later, there he was talking to me with the aspirations to save up money on a sub-minimum wage salary in order to get back together with his family. He showed me a photo of his daughter that had just been born three days prior to this encounter, whose birth he missed due to his deportation. This was one of the many touching stories I heard while on my journey at the border. It’s clear that this issue is not one to be taken lightly as it deals with the safety and separation of thousands of migrant families.

My El Paso group and I spent many nights and car rides discussing this issue’s complexity, wondering how exactly our country should deal with it. My group was so motivated to learn about immigration that our reflections truly developed our understanding of the issue while helping us to see the big picture. Many times, we would have “post reflection” where we would stay up until two or three in the morning, just talking about life, as well as immigration. One could say those reflections were our strongest pillar during this service trip.

Overall, we got to visit and help out at many of the community service organizations that help the migrants and poor in El Paso. It was inspiring to see so many people who have devoted countless years to try to better the lives of others who have crossed the border in search of a safer living. Through these visits we noted that there really is a lot of good in El Paso. However, there still is a vast amount of work to be done in regards to immigration reform as a whole. I have recently taken the opportunity to teach an English class to the Hispanic population in Omaha as a response to this enormously impactful service trip. By spreading the word about immigration to others and helping migrants in our local communities, my group and I hope to counter the injustices that we experienced first hand at the border in El Paso.

Vincent Nicchi
Class of 2016
College of Arts & Sciences
FBSJT 2014 Trip Coordinator

 

 

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

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Online Ministries Jesuit Martyrs Website

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On November 16th, 1989, six Jesuits at a Jesuit University in El Salvador, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, were murdered – with rifle shots to their brains – by an elite military group of the Salvadoran army.  They did what University Jesuits do.  They preached, taught about, and advocated for justice in their country.

Their witness continues to be a powerful example for all of us in Jesuit University education today.

See our anniversary website to learn the story and explore a number of resources to help better understand the power of this anniversary for us today.

The Martyrs of El Salvador – the 25th Anniversary of the University of Central American Martyrs
http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Martyrs/

Part of the Online Ministries of the Collaborative Ministry Office

The Campus Celebration will be on the anniversary date: Sunday, November 16th
Here is more information on those events: http://calendar.creighton.edu/event?id=45708

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Remembering the Saints

1965005_10201669012748689_1726178496_nWe who walked in the darkness of doubt;

Darkest and deepest

down,

down

down…

We who sought to catch just a moment of your presence; Chasing the wind, gasping for air, drowning, down, down, down…

You, Lord, have called us:  Voices and grandfathered whispers off yellowed pages, Guides in the desert, faceless faith still being shared, Up, Up, Up…

You, Lord, have lifted us up by your hand: Wrinkled strong hands of grandmother’s grace, Quiet prayers spoken, lifting us up from despair,

Up, Up, Up…

You, Lord, have shown us light: The light of a million candles sharing their faith.

The light of saints past, the living tradition of the redeemed, the resurrection retelling, the passing of this flame from generation to generation.

We Remember, We Remember, We Remember, and because of you in them, we walk in the candlelight of Christ.

All Saints Day is a day to remember those who have put God before themselves in all aspects of their life. They are what we strive to be in our moral obligations, to love and serve Christ.  It is also a day to come together to commemorate them on being role models of the church. 

Rachael Schwartz
CCSJ Student Coordinator

 

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

 

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Weekly Update: October 31-November 12

Friday, October 31

Health Science- Multicultural and Community Affairs: Open House
Come to the HS-MACA open house. The mission of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs is to promote Creighton University as a recognized leader in the training and development of a multicultural health care workforce that serves to reduce health disparities in underserved and diverse communities through research, culturally proficient education, community interaction and engagement.This will take place in the Hixon Lied Science Building, Suite G-13. Please contact Mervin Vasser with any questions.

Sunday, November 2

The Legacy of Vatican II event on campus
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. John Clabeaux will present on the topic of: “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Bible.” This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 3:00-5:00pm. Please contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

Monday, November 3

“According to Coyote”
A vibrant and entertaining anthology of tales featuring the legendary hero of American Indian mythology, “According to Coyote” is an encounter with the richness and vitality of Native American culture using age-old traditions of music, dance, and theatre. This production by the Mixed Blood Theater Company will warm the hearts of youngsters and adults alike. This will be held in the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the main stage from 7:00-8:00pm. Please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez with any questions.

November 3

“Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”
In this award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary, members of the DeWolf family discover that their New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The family retraces the Triangle Trade, uncovering how deeply the North was involved in slavery, and gaining fresh perspectives on race. Most white people have foresworn overt racism, but what remains? What are the structural inequities, and what kinds of racial baggage do many of us carry? There will be Q&A with Katrina Browne (director/producer) and James Dewolf Perry (the Tracing Center’s executive director) after the film. This will be in Hixson-Lied Science Building room G04 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact Jessi Maynard with any questions.

November 3

“Ahead of Their Time” by Matt Holland
A book reading by Matt Holland, author of Ahead of Their Time, the story of Creighton’s DePorres Club, an interracial group that worked to end segregation in Omaha in the 1940s and 50s. There will be refreshments following the reading. This will be held in the Skutt Student Center 104 at 3:30pm. Please contact Laurel McClure with any questions.

November 3

Film Streams Movies
Film Streams is currently showing “Dear White People” and “Pride.” On the first Monday of the month at Film Streams, movies are free to students with your ID. “Dear White People” is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut. “Pride” is inspired by a true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Click here to find out more information about these films.

Tuesday, November 4

CCSJ 2015 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Scholarship Applications Due
Need-based scholarship applications are due before the general applications. If you are interested in coordinating a Service & Justice Trip click here for the scholarship application. In order to be eligible to coordinate, you would have to have gone on at least one previous Service & Justice Trip. You will need to complete an online application, pay a $50 deposit and sign up for an interview. Payments can be brought to the CCSJ office in Harper Center, CCSJ (Harper 2067) between 8:00am-4:00pm on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7.. Please watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Thursday, November 6

Kenefick Humanities Chair Film Series Commemorating the Salvadoran Martyrs
In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs, “In the Name of the People” will be shown as the second of a four part film series this semester. “In the Name of the People”is an evocative vision of a nation and its tragic civil war. Four filmmakers who secretly entered El Salvador, marched with a guerrilla column across the troubled country, and followed it into combat against government force in San Salvador. The civil war is given a personal dimension as we meet the insurgents and their supporters—a guerrilla commander, a 12 year old messenger, a peasant family victimized by right wing death squads, and an American doctor working with the rebels. Post conversation facilitated by Ken Reed-Bouley. This will take place in Harper Center room 3029 at 7:00pm. All of the four films are free and open to the public. Please contact Colleen Hastings with any questions.

Friday, November 7

CCSJ 2015 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Applications Due
If you are interested in coordinating a Service & Justice Trip click here to apply. In order to be eligible to coordinate, you would have to have gone on at least one previous Service & Justice Trip. You will need to complete an online application, pay a $50 deposit and sign up for an interview. Payments can be brought to the CCSJ office in Harper Center, CCSJ (Harper 2067) between 8:00am-4:00pm on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7. Please watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Sunday, November 9

St. John’s Parish Partners
St. John’s Parish Partners is collecting good, used winter coats, gloves, hats and blankets for Sacred Heart Parish on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation There will be a box at the main entrance to the Church until Sunday, November 9. Several of the parishioners will be delivering the coats to the reservation on Saturday, November 15. Please cotnact Charlene Stender at 402-731-2296 with any questions or would like more information about the mission.

Upcoming Events:

Jesuit/ UCA Martyrs Memorial on St. John’s Steps
Wednesday, November, 12

November 16, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of 6 Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter by the US-trained Salvadoran Army at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. To honor their lives and raise awareness about peace and justice issues in Latin America, CCSJ and other campus partners will be displaying a martyrs memorial on the steps of St. John’s Church on Wednesday November 12, 2014. Please join us in honoring the UCA Martyrs and praying for peace and justice in our world by visiting the memorial. Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Girls Inc.

Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Click here for more information about Girls Inc. Please contact Fatema Graves with any questions.

All Saints Catholic School

All Saints Catholic School is looking for one or two people to help tutor a few 7th and 8th grade students twice a week from 12:40-2:10pm. Please contact Ruth Mumm if you are interested.
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: October 17 – November 2

Friday, October 17

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 Rigge G05 from 2:00-3:00pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Friday, October 24

Committee on the Status of Women Fall Forum
The Committee on the Status of Women will be hosting its annual Fall Forum, themed Strength Through Change. Come for a day of professional development, as well as conversation about what issues are important to women at Creighton. Click here to find out more information about the session topics. This event will be held in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 9:00am-2:30pm. Please contact Amanda Drapcho with any questions.

October 24

Ignatian Retreat for Faculty in the Health Professions
This is a silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition that will be held at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa. Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ and Fr. Greg Carlson will be leading this retreat, with brief presentations through out the weekend. Meals and housing provided. Participants are required to attend the full retreat. Contact your school Chaplain if you are interested in attending . It will take place from Friday at 8:00am to Saturday at 3:00pm. Please contact Diane Jorgensen with any questions.

Tuesday, October 28

Commemoration of the Salvadoran Martyrs
Join us for the screening of “El Salvador: Another Vietnam” as a part of the film series commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs. Click here to learn more about the UCA Martyrs. Join us in Harper room 3029 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact Wendy Wright with any questions.

Thursday, October 30

CCSJ Spring Break 2015 Service and Justice Trips Coordinator Information Meeting
Any student who has been on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip is eligible to apply. If you would like to coordinate a Spring Break Service and Justice Trip for your Creighton Peers, come hear more! There is a series of required formation to be ready to go this spring. This includes a 1 day retreat and 3 preparation meetings in addition to the participant preparation. The meeting will be in the Harper Center Ballroom from 8:15-8:45pm. Watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

October 30

CCSJ Fall Break 2014 Service and Justice Trip Reunion
If you went on a Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip, come to the reunion! You will be able to catch up with your trip group, listen to an awesome speaker, enjoy a slide show of trip pictures, and hear from other people about the trips they went on. This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 9:00-10:00pm. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Friday, October 31

Health Science- Multicultural and Community Affairs: Open House
Come to the HS-MACA open house. The mission of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs is to promote Creighton University as a recognized leader in the training and development of a multicultural health care workforce that serves to reduce health disparities in underserved and diverse communities through research, culturally proficient education, community interaction and engagement.This will take place in the Hixon-Lied Science Building, Suite G-13. Please contact Mervin Vasser with any questions.

Tuesday, November 2

The Legacy of Vatican II event on Campus
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. John Clabeaux will present on the topic of: “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Bible.” This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 3:00-5:00pm. Please contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Omaha Home for Boys
The Omaha Home for Boys is seeking a volunteer to teach a course on STD Awareness and Prevention to residents in our transitional living program. Commitment is approximately one hour per month. Responsibilities include researching and developing session material. Prior experience with STD education and working with at-risk populations is preferred. Please contact Brandi Kejr at (402) 457-7000 with any questions. or interest.

Girls Inc
Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Click here for more information. Please contact Fatema Graves 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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