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CU Earth Week 2015

You are invited to Creighton Earth Week 2015

 April 20th-24th: Join us to both celebrate and protect our Earth with a variety of events this week!

Monday, April 20th:

1) Dust Off Your Bike • 11 am-1 pm on the Mall

  • Come and tune up your bike on the Mall with students from the BikeNest.

2) Spring Cleaning and Soil Preparation • 1 pm at the Greenhouse (Hixson-Lied court yard)

  • Your hands are needed to get the Greenhouse ready for summer planting!

3) Mother Kuskokwim Mini-Documentary Screening • 5 pm Harper Auditorium

  • Come and see the latest Backpack Journalism Mini-Documentary. 

4) Climate Change Panel and an Advocacy Action • 7-8:30 pm in Harper 3028

  • Come and hear perspectives on both the effects of climate change and what we can do to save our planet from further degredation. Creighton Students, Faculty, and Staff: Dr. Richard Miller, Fr. John Shea SJ, Joey Wichep, and Fr. Michael Flecky SJ will be presenting.

Tuesday, April 21st:

1) Speaker: Bill Moore, Editor in Chief of EV (Electric Vehicle) World • 5 pm in Eppley 119

  • Come hear Bill Moore talk about Electric Vehicles and his work with EV World.

Wednesday, April 22nd:

1) Tea and Tai Chi • 1:30-3:30 pm on the Mall

  • Enjoy tea and learn Tai Chi from a local master on the Mall!

2) *We Matter Climate Walk • 3:30-5:00 pm, Gather on the Mall*​

  • Come and show your support to end climate change. Gather on the Mall for music and celebration before walking downtown for our big CU Earth Week event!

Thursday, April 23rd:

1) Plants for Progress • 10am-12:30 pm on the Mall

  • Come to the mall to pot a plant for your dorm or home with the Environmental Science Club!


For any questions please contact or 


CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Team, Energy Technology Program, Student Life, Program in Environmental Science, Environmental Science Club, Energy Technology Program, Theology Department, Cortina, Office of Multicultural Affairs, GreenJays, Sustainability Council


Northeast India: The Power of Ignatian Practice

11075219_662224310572554_5501144898135997879_n-1Over Spring Break, I visited Northeast India with a small delegation from Creighton and Marquette University. Going into the trip, I knew a few things: the Northeast India Jesuit Province is a sister province with the Wisconsin Jesuit Province (us), the flight from Chicago to Delhi would last roughly fifteen hours (nonstop), and that I should bring plenty of Dramamine on the trip because an authentic Indian diet was sure to upset my stomach (I survived).

Our vocation was a sharing mission of sorts; most of our trip revolved around bearing witness to the many good works that the Jesuits of Northeast India are responsible for in both urban and rural communities throughout the region. On one muggy morning in the small town of Williamnagar in Meghalaya we were presented with a description of a violent insurgency crisis manifested through kidnappings, extortion and murder, in the Garo Hills of Northeast India, and the response of faith communities, mostly Baptist and Catholic, to the violence. The name of the counter-insurgency movement is called “Shalom Meghalaya” and is actively involved in demanding accountability and peace from those involved in the insurgency. My brief words surely do not do justice to the power of this movement, but please visit the link at the end of this piece to learn more about Shalom Meghalaya.

Most of our trip was focused on Jesuit education and formation, and we had the opportunity to visit a primary/secondary school, a college and a Jesuit novitiate. This exposure helped me to truly understand how well the Jesuits do education, and how people from all over the world from all socioeconomic classes know the value of an Ignatian formation. The principal of Loyola Secondary shared with us the wide range of students who study at Loyola, and how the school assists low income families in paying for an education to which public education in India simply cannot compare. In NE India, a Jesuit education is available to almost anyone who wants one, regardless of a family’s ability, or lack thereof, to pay.

The night before we left Guwahati, our group of seven sat with a few of the Jesuits who accompanied us for the week. They asked us for reflections on our experience, and for us to share with them any constructive criticism or highlights from the week. We expressed our gratitude to the Jesuits for sharing their lives with us, and I asked them what stories they wanted us to bring back to our friends and loved ones in the states. Fr. Hector D’Souza, the coordinator for our trip, asked us to bring back the many cultures of Northeast India. He asked us to carry the poverty, simplicity and joy the people of NE India. On more than one occasion he asked us to notice the joy and the perseverance of Indians in spite of the reality that they are forgotten developmentally and economically by the rest of India. He asked us to carry their colors, their smiles and their pain, and to remember them and the bond we share as Ignatian communities being men and women for others.

These brief words are surely inadequate, but they are my memories of NE India, and I hope they have illustrated and shared my memories well.


Service and Justice Trips Coordinator Application

10429252_10152886371062372_2377613674375996696_nDid your previous Service and Justice trip empower your vocation of service? Applications are now out for Fall Break 2015 Service and Justice Trips Coordinators! Apply by March 30th.


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

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 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 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.


2014 Service & Justice Trips Newsletter

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Words of Wisdom: Dr. Roger Bergman

Dr. Roger Bergman of the Justice and Peace Studies Department.

Dr. Roger Bergman of the Justice and Peace Studies Department.

I often tell my Creighton friends that if I had time to take extra majors beyond my double-major in journalism and theology, I would probably tack on a psychology major, along with justice and society, English, and social work. I’m kind of a dork.

The beauty of my theology major is that it gave me the chance to incorporate the things I love about the justice and society and social work majors into my course repertoire. I could take theology classes that emphasized Catholic Social Teaching or the application of spirituality into ministry work.

One such class like this was Dr. Bergman’s Christian Ethics of War and Peace class, which conveniently overlapped with both the theology and justice and peace studies majors. Perfect.

Dr. Bergman began the Justice and Peace Studies program in 1995. Because he dedicated his professional life to teaching students how to work for social justice in their communities and the world, and because of my interest in continuing with some kind of social justice work beyond Creighton, I decided Dr. Bergman would be a good person to ask for words of wisdom.

I walked into Dr. Bergman’s office out of breath after climbing the four flights of stairs in Creighton Hall at record pace (I was running late after leaving the CCSJ later than I expected). If he noticed, he didn’t say anything, but simply greeted me with a friendly smile and asked the question all seniors love and hate to answer: “What are you doing after graduation?”

After catching up for a few minutes, I expected Dr. Bergman to dive into his words of wisdom with something profoundly social-justice oriented. I was surprised when, instead, he started talking about the Ignatian Examen.

“Pay attention to your deepest promptings, your deepest desires,” Bergman said. “If you can get to that truth about yourself then that’s ninety percent of the battle. It’s a vocational question: Who are you in the world?”

When I asked Dr. Bergman how we can keep up this practice of reflection in the midst of pressures to be practical, to have everything figured out and be focused on being successful (not bad things, but they can be if they consume us), he pointed to the Examen. The Examen is a Jesuit mode of reflective praying through your day.

“I’m a big fan of the Examen as a way to look at where your spirit was in the day and how it met other people’s spirits, it’s a way to look at highs and lows,” Bergman said. “You find the one time/moment of the day when it seemed like something happened and you think about why it stands out to you, why it’s significant.”

Bergman pointed to Fr. Dennis Hamm, S.J.’s article “Rummaging for God: Praying Backwards Through Your Day” as an example of a good way to approach the Examen.

Having done the Examen for many years, Bergman believes that if you reflect and pray with it consistently over time, you can start to see patterns developing, patterns that tell you who you are and where you’re headed. Bergman emphasized the way the Examen can lead to greater self-knowledge and awareness of what it is we are truly called to do with our lives, and the importance of realizing this first before looking at logistical questions of careers.

“Once you’re centered in that discernment, you can move on to the practical stuff and it doesn’t seem so stressful,” Bergman said. “It doesn’t happen all at at once. Sometimes you have to tell those who are pressuring you to make practical decisions to give you a break.”

Along with promoting greater self-awareness and discernment, the Examen can also help you carry an attitude of attentiveness throughout the day and can even lead to praxis-focused reflection, Bergman explained.

Praxis is the act of reflecting on hard social injustices, asking questions about them and then acting on the energy those questions raise. In the CCSJ, we do this by asking “What?” “So what?” “Now what?” What is the issue I’ve just encountered? Why does it matter? What am I going to do about it now that I care about it?

“Without this kind of deeper reflection that the Examen creates, action might not be as well-grounded,” Bergman said about the intersection of the Examen and Praxis.

“I would to say to students, especially, that it’s not about what you do tomorrow or next week, it’s about what you do for a lifetime,” Bergman said. “It’s about forming yourself by the things you participate in.”

For those specifically interested in pursuing social justice work as a vocation, Bergman had a couple of quotes to share:

1) When sharing the story of a friend who lost her house for resisting taxes as a form of social disobedience to promote peace, Bergman passed along a phrase she still lives by: “Be of good cheer. It’s better than being bitter and resentful.”

2) Along with this, Bergman shared a favorite Wendell Berry quote that speaks to staying positive in a world where so much work is needed: “Be cheerful, although you have considered all the facts.”

Finally, Bergman encouraged social justice workers to surround themselves with people of like commitments and goals.

“If [social justice work] becomes who who you are, than you can’t not do it,” Bergman said.

Bergman shared a quote with me from one of his former students, Holly Fuller (CU grad, ’03), that I think is appropriate to end with:

“It’s hard to be in solidarity with the poor but I can’t imagine not trying. If I don’t try then I am failing myself.”

Fun facts: Dr. Bergman has been a professor at Creighton for 25 years. If he could have one superpower of choice it would be that his knees were good enough to play basketball again.


Words of Wisdom is a blog series started by Student Coordinator Anna Ferguson, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences. Each blog is an interview that poses the question to various faculty, staff, Jesuits and friends: If you had to give words of wisdom to someone, or if there was one phrase or sentence you think people should live by, would would that be?




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.