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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.

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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.

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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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