Latest Headlines
0

Spring 2015 Service & Justice Trips Applications

DSC_1430Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. Two trained student coordinators lead a group of 6-14 students. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students.

The application is on the CCSJ website, so hurry up and apply! Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on December 2nd in the CCSJ.

Click here to apply: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/serviceandjusticetrips/application/

For more information contact JeffPeak@creighton.edu

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare
0

Experiences at St. Mary of the Woods

GetFileAttachmentIt was a warm, windy morning. The van was loaded, and all the passengers were accounted for as we set off on I-80E. After a grueling eight hour van ride, we arrived to a dark “college looking” campus. We left the van and met Robin, our go-to person for questions and job reports over the week. The next morning we woke up in beautiful cabins that had an impeccable view of the lake. Thorough the next couple of days, we would perform a variety of farm-like and “Alpaca-related” tasks.

St. Mary of the Woods is a Community Supported Agriculture and Alpaca Farm.  However, the Alpaca’s were not as friendly as one would think. Sometimes even spitting and kicking at you, but after feeding and getting to know them over the week, I was finally able to pet an Alpaca. Which was one of my main goals on the trip.

My favorite experience over the week was in the garden area with one of my coordinators, Andrew.  We had been laying mulch in the garden, when the grounds manager walked by and told us how amazing the garden looked. This was beyond rewarding because it felt like all of our hard work was paying off.

Overall, I had a wonderful week and made a lot of new friendships. I learned about the farmers side of Community Supported Agriculture, which made me appreciate the amount of work that goes into Organic Farming.  Truly, I made life long friends and I think that it was a fantastic way to spend my Fall Break.

Jeff Altman
Class of 2016
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

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.

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare
0

The NOLA Experience

Cole blogThere is nothing that can adequately explain the bonds that were formed in the amazing city of New Orleans. These connections were established anywhere from cooking dinner as a group, reflecting about the day’s service late at night, or even jam sessions in a long van ride. It’s a bond that isn’t initially expected to form, or at least as strong and fast as it did between my group. More importantly the connections between my group were not the only one we brought back to Omaha. One of the specific bonds that we brought back was with sisters Shelly, Maureen and Anne. Who we so fortunately were able to share a home with for the week. Another tie remains with Athene, who was kind enough to bring a whole new first hand perspective about Hurricane Katrina.  Then Ernest, who we came across in the 9th ward. His story told of losing everything in the storm nine years ago, but how he has yet to fully recover. More powerful attachments were formed throughout the week with Brita and Jake, who led us in rebuilding the homes in our service. Lastly, who could forget dinner with Laura Jablonski, who enlightened us about her time at Creighton and the new experience she just started in New Orleans as a JVC. These are just a few of the bonds that we bring back as memories that bring us joy while humbling us at the same time here in Omaha.

Cole Frisbie
Class of 2015
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

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.

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare
0

Exhilarated

GetFileAttachmentMahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” That is exactly what happened on my service trip.  I served a community in Cleveland, Ohio and felt so humbled afterward. I found a passion for serving others so great, I’ve realized I want to spend my life doing it. We went on a service trip for one week, but that one week changed more inside of me than I ever imagined it would. I thought I would make new friends, help a group of people, and feel good about myself. Instead I made best friends, served a group of people, and I feel invigorated.

One of my specific favorite days was spent at a church in the area called St. Malachi. We assisted in giving food to the homeless, played with children in an after-school program, and cleaned A LOT of dust (they were remodeling their kitchen). Working in the kitchen was probably one of my most memorable days. There we met a man named Guy who not only made us delicious paninis, but also gave advice that resonated with me. He said, “You can work in the corporate world and go home happy on Fridays, or you can work to serve others and be happy everyday.” It was at this moment that I recognized how I want to spend my life in service to people in one way or another.

As we played and spent time with the children, I was reminded of my love for little kids and my dream job of being a teacher.  This experience during my service trip made me appreciate that happiness does not depend on money, but instead on living in solidarity, serving others, and doing what you love. Before, my life was focused on how to a achieve a stable, money-making job to be happy. Now I know that money really cannot buy my happiness.

One of the greatest things my trip gave to me was challenge. It made me question society, our culture, and our treatment of our underprivileged brothers and sisters. Most of all, it made me examine myself. In doing so, I understood more about who I am and who I want to become. In serving, you receive so much more than you could ever give.

Simply put, my service trip was life changing. I fell in love with Cleveland, my group, and the people we served. I am thankful for all the times I laughed, the conversations that made me reflect, the Catholic Workers who showed me how to be a friend to all, and especially, for the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience.

Chelsea Driscoll
Class of 2017
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

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.

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare
0

Weekly Update: November 12-16

Wednesday, November 12

Keneflick Salvadoran Martyrs Film Series: “Roses in December.”
Join us for the screening of ‘Roses in December,” third film in this series of commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs. The Kenefick Chair in the Humanities is proud to host a Film Series Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs. Each of the following four documentaries provides background on the Salvadoran Civil War. Following the films, guest facilitators will lead conversations to encourage reflection on the UCA/Jesuit martyrs. Post-film conversation facilitated by Fr. Paddy Gilger, S.J. The film will be showed in Harper Center 3029 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more about the film.

November 12

Jesuit/UCA Martyrs Memorial on St. John’s Steps
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 question.

Thursday,November 13

World Day of Prayer for Peace
On November 13, 2014 we are requesting a world day of prayer for peace! Because of the terrible fighting and killing, it is time to go ask God to intervene and put a stop to all these wars. Only HE can do this. The day will start at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. Fast after breakfast until 5:00pm (only missing noon meal). Pray as much as possible for peace in your own way and style. Do good works whenever you get a chance.

Friday, November 14

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice Trip Send-off
“The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. Now in its 17th year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989. This year’s gathering will have the special opportunity to honor the martyrs of El Salvador on the 25th anniversary of their assassination.” The delegation will leave Friday and return Tuesday morning. Please join the Creighton community to send the group off as they depart for Washington D.C. at 2:45pm in Deglman circle. Please contact Catherine Keating with any questions.

Saturday, November 15

Refugee Cultural Night
There will be dance, song, and culture from African and Asian refugees living in Omaha. Performing groups are from South Sudan, Darfur, Burundi, Bhutan, and several areas of Burma. Tickets are available for a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit the refugee groups, supporting their ongoing work to share their culture. This event will be held from 5:00-8:00pm at First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass). Please reserve tickets by calling 402-344-4401 or by emailing iplomaha@gmail.com.

Sunday, November 16

Salvadoran Martyrs: Mass, Dinner, and Documentary
Please help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs with mass, dinner, and a documentary. St. John’s Parish and Creighton Campus Ministry invite you to join us for this all university and community event! Mass is at 4:30pm and is followed by dinner of Salvadoran Pupusa Dinner, while they last, catered by a locally owned ethnic restaurant, Maria Bonita in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. Dinner will include a showing of “A Question of Conscience: The Murder of the Jesuit Priests in El Salvador” Film. The film is 47 minutes. Following the film, we invite those gathered to join us in reflection and conversation. Please contact Katie Kelsey for more information or with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

CCSJ Spring Break 2015 Service and Justice Trips Participant Information Meeting
Tuesday, November, 18
Interested in serving and learning with Creighton peers over Spring Break? Come learn about the program, where we go, required formation meetings and our application process. We would love to have 200 Creighton students participate, so bring your friends to this information meeting! The meeting will take place in Harper Center room 3028 from 9:00-9:30pm. Please contact Jeff Peak 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.

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare
0

World Cafe Dialogue: “Dear White People”

DearWhitePeoplePosterBanner

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
PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare