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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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Pedro Arrupe: An Exemplar We Can Relate To

pedro instaPedro Arrupe is the Jesuit that I know most about, thanks to Dr. Bergman, social justice exemplar himself. Arrupe’s relationship with God, and his relationship with people, is something that everyone can aspire to. Oftentimes social justice exemplars serve as these sort of out-of-this-world moral standards that are so obviously unachievable by the average person, but Arrupe is so much more human than that.

He suffered when those he was with suffered, he remained in solidarity to the fullest extent–to his fullest extent. Pedro Arrupe served some of his time Japan, which coincided with the beginning of World War II. He was accused of being a spy and thrown in jail. He witnessed an atomic bomb explosion and performed medical services on those injured during this attack. He saw the devastation humans were capable of committing, and in turn, committed himself to being a presence of light among those that were suffering.

Arrupe did all this in an extraordinarily relatable way–searching for the good in everyone and each moment, and keeping up a steady conversation with God. In reading excerpts about him–of which there are plenty- he remains an example easy to follow. A relatable social justice exemplar if there ever was one, placed in unexpected circumstances and delivering through prayer, patience and love–how easy is that?

 

Sage Ezell
CCSJ Student Coordinator
Class of 2015

 

 

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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In October of 2014, the CCSJ sent Graduate Assistant Mike Rios and Senior Nico Sandi on a journey to capture the story of the Creighton Center for Service and Justice‘s Service and Justice Trips Program. On Sunday, February 22nd at 3:30PM in the Harper Auditorium we will be premiering a mini-documentary entitled “Seeds,” the fruit of that project. We invite all who have ever been a part of this journey, near and far – participants, alumni, and supporters alike – to join us at the showing, with a reception to follow.

A very special thanks to all of those whose voices and stories that helped make this project happen, captured or not.

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Weekly Update: January 23-February 1

 

Friday, January 23

CCSJ 2015-2016 Student Team Leader Applications Due Today

Interested in working in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice using your work-study, as a paid student employee or volunteer? Check out our website for more details. Click here for the application. Applications are due TODAY. Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik with any questions.

 

Tuesday, January 27

African America-Mixed Blood Theatre Performance

In this insightful look at the modern African Diaspora, the unexpected appearance of a Pan-African woman leads a modern interracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the experience of immigrants from Somalis, Ethiopia, and Liberia and helps them consider how to connect with and celebrate one’s heritage. African America is a timely and eye-opening story, graced with humor. magic and the occasional Vikings reference. The production was warmly received by audiences during its two previous tours. The one-night-only performance of “African America,” opening the University’s celebration of Black History Month, will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. Please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 280-2459, with any questions.

 

January 27

Post-Grad Volunteer Table Talks

Come hear stories and ask questions of former volunteers from a variety of year-long post-graduate programs. Panelists will be able to address their own discernment process during senior year that led to post-grad volunteering, and be able to answer questions about topics including international versus domestic opportunities; taking care of finances while volunteering; the differences between programs that are and are not religiously based; and more. The event will be held in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067) from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to Jeff Peak by 3 pm today if you plan to attend.

 

Thursday, January 29

Connecting at Creighton: Networking for the Future

The All-University Committee on the Status of Women is hosting a panel discussion for students on the topic of networking and developing mentor relationships. For more information, please visit the Committee’s website. The event will take place in Skutt 104 from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Please contract Allison Taylor with any questions.

 

Saturday, January 31

Omaha Seed Share

Join the Omaha Seed Share with free seeds and free admission. Open to anyone who wants to grow their own food in the Omaha metro. Meet and visit with other local gardeners, sharing their excess seeds. You’ll find common seeds as well as organic, heritage or heirloom plant varieties. Invite your friends & neighbors, children are welcome. This event will take place from 12:00 noon- 2:00pm. The seed share will take place at Sheet Metal Workers Union Building in Omaha, Douglas County Extension Office in Omaha, LaVista Public Library, and Sump Memorial Library Papillion For more information please contact Patty Falcone, Douglas County Health Department at (402) 444-7146.

 

Sunday, February 1

World Cafe Dialogue: Unpacking Race

We invite students, faculty, and staff to join us at 3:00pm in the Skutt Ballroom to engage in a campus-wide dialogue on the implications of race in the Creighton community, facilitated by the Werner Institute. Following the words of our Vice Provost for Mission and Ministry, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, “As a Jesuit and Catholic University we must call for dialogue across all racial and ethnic groups, developing together new ways out of old problems…To fail to engage in dialogue, however, is to silently support behavior that contributes to a status quo of inequality in education, in economy, in justice and in so many other aspects of our American life.”

 

Upcoming Events:

Interfaith Prayer Service

Wednesday, February, 4

Please join us for an interfaith prayer service that reflects the diversity of our Creighton community.The service will be held in Saint John’s Church from 3:30-4:30pm. Please contact Campus Ministry with any questions.

 

Thursday, February 5

Spring Break 2015 Service and Justice Trips: General Meeting #1

This first of 3 required formation meetings will let you meet your group, learn about the pillars of our program and hear from our student leaders. There will be required training at these sessions, so make sure you are there and that you complete all required paperwork! The meeting will take place in Harper Center Ballroom at 9:00 – 10:30pm. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

 

Sunday, February, 8

Celebration of Saint Eulalia

Join us to celebrate the Saint Eulalia, Patron Saint Feast Day. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mat Xhun (Visiting from Huehuetenango Diocese) at St. John’s Creighton Parish at 2:00 pm. After the Mass, the Pixan Ixim Marimba group invites you to dance and enjoy their music in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on Creighton University’s campus (24th and Cass), from 3:30- 9 pm. There is no cost for admission to this cultural even. For more information contact Juana Marcos at 402-657-6681.

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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2015 Summer Faith-Justice Internships

2015 CCSJ Summer Faith-Justice Internships

Internships around the country, particularly focused in Washington D.C. and Omaha working with great partners including:

• Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
• Bread for the World Omaha
• Omaha Together One Community
• Interfaith Worker Justice

Students participating in these internships will:
• Become faith justice leaders among their Jesuit/Catholic University peers
• Lead others in engaging the legislative system to change structures with and on behalf of the poor and marginalized
• Gain connections for personal and professional development in social justice areas of research and policy
• Reflect on their own gifts, the needs of our world and their vocation
• Reflect daily using reflection guide from CCSJ and weekly with others in the internship program
Creighton University students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2015-2016 school year are eligible to apply.
Upon return to Creighton students will share their summer learning with the Creighton campus community by
• Taking on a leadership role on campus (e.g. CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Groups leadership)
• Presenting to the faculty/staff community about their summer internship during a lunch Fall 2015
• Helping recruit students for 2016 summer internships.

Spring 2015: 3 formation meetings with students in program and CCSJ staff member
Summer 2015: Minimum of 8 weeks commitment. Most placements are 40 hours a week with some evening and weekends required.
If you are interested, please apply by January 23, 2015. Those students selected by CCSJ staff will be eligible for CCSJ funding. A separate application and interview will be required for agency placement. For selected students up to $2,000 stipend with transportation to and from assignment covered. CCSJ application is available at https://www.blueq-surveys.creighton.edu/se.ashx?s=46BEEE7F1DAB3979

These internships have their own specific applications which will have to be completed and sent to the respective organization following interviews and acceptance by the CCSJ. These internships receive a limited stipend and may require some personal costs or fundraising. Applying to more than one internship is permitted. Preference will be given to students able to serve on the CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Team next year.

If you would like to apply for one of these internships, please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik korbik@creighton.edu  

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach:

Spend the summer learning how to advocate and organize for social change through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching in the Nation’s Capital. Each advocacy intern will follow a JPIC issue, learn how that issue affects the people and environment in countries where Columban missionaries serve, and how to respond! This is a unique opportunity to build a strong faith community of peers for reflection and action throughout the summer. Learn more here.

The internship is eight weeks. Our new office is right across from Catholic University and is within walking distance to communal housing for the interns at the Franciscan Mission Service house. Housing and a small stipend of $400/per month is provided as well as a travel stipend to off-site meetings and events. Students cover their own travel to D.C. Learn more and apply here.

Interfaith Worker Justice:

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.  As an intern, you’ll be placed at local unions, interfaith committees or workers’ centers across the country, where the responsibilities may include outreach to the religious community on labor issues to involve them in local and national campaigns, and organizing workers who want a voice in their jobs.  IWJ has affiliate networks in 17 cities throughout the US and requests can be made to IWJ in regards to placement.     Please see this link for the placements (http://www.iwj.org/network/students ).  You could choose to live at home if your near a worker center or be sent to another city.

To read about students’ past experiences with these summer internships, please go here.

Bread for the World: 

Work in Omaha with the Bread for the World regional affiliate. This will include working with congregations on education, leadership formation and legislative visits. Learn more about this organization at http://www.bread.org/ 

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC): 

Work in Omaha with the local IAF Affiliate working with congregational/broad-based community organizing. This summer the Community Action Teams that can use help and support include Mental Health, Medicaid Expansion, Immigration, and  Sustainability. Summer training in Omaha or California are possible. Students will work with OTOC leadership to use their skills in areas of training, accompaniment, and individual meetings. Office work and social media work is needed, but not the majority of this work. Reflection and check-in meetings with local leaders will help with reflection. http://otoc.org/ 

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Weekly Update: December 12 – January 30

Friday, December 12

Donations for Siena/Francis House
The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be collecting donations for our neighbors at the Siena/Francis House. Any items will be accepted especially toiletries, kitchen, clothing, paper products, and house-keeping/linen closest items. Visit their website for more information about specific items to donate. Donation items can be brought to the CCSJ in Harper 2067 by December 12.

December 12

Las Mananitas
The CU Latino Student Association cordially invite you to join us in our commemoration of Las Mananitas, Devotion to Mary in Latin America. Bilingual Mass will begin at 8:00pm followed by a reception in Lower St. John’s with traditional food. This will take place from 8:00-9:30pm at the St. John’s Church. Please contact CULSA@lists.creighton.edu with any questions.

December 12

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

Saturday, December 13

Accelerating the Pace of Progress
Come to the 8th Annual State of North Omaha Report and the 8th Annual State of African- Americans Report to hear guest speakers Mayor of Omaha Jean Storhert, Councilman Ben Gray, and Commissioner Chris Rodgers. It take place 9:00-11:30am at Metropolitan Community College – Swanson Conference Center Institute for the Culinary Arts – Fort Omaha Campus – North 30th Street. Visit the Empowerment Network website for more information.

Tuesday, December 16

Simbang Gabi / Posadas / Parranda Mass & Reception
Take a break from finals to join in the festive Christmas novena traditions of the Philippines (Simbáng Gabi), Mexico (Posadas), and Puerto Rico (Parranda) with a lively music filled Mass and a dessert reception in Lower St. John’s. Mass and the reception will take place from 9:00-10:30pm. More details to come. Please contact Kyle Shinswki, S.J. with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, December 23

Call for Nominations: The St. Ignatius Award
Each year, the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality recognizes members of Creighton’s faculty and staff who live the spirit of St. Ignatius. Their participation in the mission of Creighton and their involvements beyond university life reflect the Ignatian ideals of Magis, Cura Personalis, and being persons for and with others. To know a recipient of the St. Ignatius Award is to have experienced something of St. Ignatius, himself. Nominations should include: Name of the Nominee, Department and Position of the Nominee,Name, Phone Number, and E-mail Address of the Person Submitting the NominationPlease describe, in as much depth as you are able, your understanding of how the nominee lives out the ideals of Magis, Cura Personalis, and being a person for others. In this sense, Magis as “more” is not a quantity, but a quality of soul which desires God’s goodness to be seen, expressing God’s greatness through our littleness. Cura Personalis is a spirit of personally caring for others, who are themselves loved creations of God, and encouraging them to an awareness of God’s love. Please be as detailed as possible in your statement, and feel free to describe the graceful interactions you have witnessed in the nominee’s work life, family life, and other involvements. You may e-mail your nomination to juliecarlson@creighton.edu or send it to the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality, St. John’s Church Room 118. The deadline to nominate is December 23, 2014.

Wednesday, December 31

Teach with Magis
Are you over doing homework? Are you sick of writing papers? Are you tired of taking tests? Then why not give some? Teach with Magis. Visit the website to find out more information. Applications are open and due January 31! Please contact Scott McClure, M.Ed. with any questions.

Thursday, January 8

Ignatian Silent Retreat
Leave the busyness of everyday life to spend intentional time deepening your relationship with God through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ, will offer presentations on praying with the various steps of the Spiritual Exercises and these presentations will be accompanied by silent time for personal prayer and reflection, individual meetings with a spiritual director, and daily Mass and group prayer. The retreat if from January 8-11 at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE. There is $100 registration fee. Please contact Campus Ministry at (402) 280-2779.

Thursday, January 15

Standing Against Fear and Intolerance
Extremism has been aided by mainstream media figures and politicians who have spread the kind of paranoid conspiracy theories on which militia groups thrive. Ms. Lecia Brooks will not only detail the intransigence of hatred and intolerance in America.Hers is also to proclaim the signs of hope—actions that have dismantled debtor’s prisons, organized hate groups, and the mechanics of institutional racism. She will tell of the most important wins – the hearts that are changed by simple acts of building community and understanding in our schools, churches and neighborhoods that are truly our best hope. Tickets available for a $10 suggested donation by calling the office or at the door. Students with IDs always free. This even will tale place at 8787 Pacific Street Omaha NE 68114 402-391-0350. Click here to visit the website. Please contact kellyk@countrysideucc.org with any questions.

Friday, January 16

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

Friday, January 23

CCSJ 2015-2016 Student Team Leader Applications Due Today
Interested in working in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice using your work-study, as a paid student employee or volunteer? Check out our website for more details. Click here for the application. Applications are available December 8, 2014 and due January 23, 2014. Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik with any questions.

Friday, January 30

Global Health Conference Midwest
Creighton University Undergraduate, Professional and Graduate Programs would like to invite you to attend the 1st annual interdisciplinary Global Health Conference Midwest. The conference theme is “Changing perspectives in Global Health” and will be held January 30th-31st, 2015 at the Harper Ballrooms in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference will consist of a night of poster presentations followed by a day of panelists, workshops and presenters in many interdisciplinary fields. The conference will be held at 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. Please visit the website for registration, conference details and updated information Registration ends January 20, 2015. Please contact ghcmidwest@gmail.com 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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