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Today is Nelson Mandela’s Birthday!

 

Today we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday! Here is a prayer from Education for Justice which was adapted from A Prayer for Justice, Brian McLaren.

Compassionate God, we honor Nelson Mandela who came from humble beginnings to help justice roll down upon those who were suffer. We ask that you will inspire in us today the resolve and courage, the compassion and passion, to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you as he has done.
Amen.

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April Wisconsin Province Social-International E-news

Jesuit Archbishop in Peru Receives Death Threats:
Jesuit Archbishop Pedro Baretto (Huancayo, Peru) has received death threats for his recent statement calling for responsible environmental regulation of a multi-metallic smelter in La Oroya. The smelter has been operated by Doe Run Peru a subsidiary of Renco Group (US privately held company) and was forced to shut down in 2009 after pressure from Church leaders. Recently there have been moves to re-open the operation without necessary environmental improvements, which prompted a letter from Archbishop Baretto and the ensuing threat.

Context: La Oroya is one of the 10 most polluted places on earth and a St. Louis University public health study found that 90% of children living there have excessive levels of lead. Abp. Baretto will be Washington, DC later this month for two World Bank meetings and a conversation with faith leaders. Jesuit Conference secretary for social and international ministry, Tom Greene, SJ, will also meet with him. Additional Resources/Links:

Environmental Education and Catholic Religious Education:
Exploring a Synthesis of Organizing Concepts, Standards and Best Practices is the title of a new special report prepared with support from the Jesuit Social and Pastoral Ministries Research Grant Program. The research report was commissioned by small grants from the Jesuit Commission for Social and International Ministries and The Congregation of Notre Dame and prepared by the interfaith ecology group Greenfaith. It is designed to be a practical resource for environmental education and sustainability practices with references drawing from Catholic sources and principles. Contact John Sealey for pdf of the report.

Jesuits and Religious leaders call for a Faithful Budget:
(March 22) The Jesuit Conference joined religious leaders and faith-based organizations unveiling a “Faithful Budget” proposal for congressional consideration. The Priorities for a Faithful Budget is a set of comprehensive budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual and help lift the burden on the poor. Read The Faithful Budget in its entirety.

Eastern Africa welcomes 16 New Novices:
AOR Provincial Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., has announced the acceptance of new novices to the Gonzaga Gonza Novitiate in Arusha. Countries of origin include: 9 Kenya, 3 Uganda, 2 Tanzania, 1 Ethiopia, 1 South Sudan. (AOR News April 13, 2012)

Immigration News:
USCCB President Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Gomez, who chairs the Committee on
Migration, sent a letter dated March 22 urging House Speaker John Boehner to “build consensus” on immigration reform.
Lamar Smith, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired hearings on March 28 regarding the new guidelines for immigration detention. The title of the hearing, “Holiday on ICE,” seems to moc the more humane treatment undocumented immigrants should now receive. See Detention Watch Network’s press release (DWN was created by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network in 1997).
The USCCB and several other Christian denominations filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arizona vs. United States, supporting the principle that the federal government controls the enactment and implementation of the nation’s immigration laws.
On April 20, PBS’s “Need to Know” program will air a half hour segment on the excessive use of deadly force by Customs and Border Protection.

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CCSJ Weekly Update: Apr 20 – Apr 29

Featured Events:

CCSJ Feedback & Survey
The CCSJ is seeking feedback regarding our media usage, communication methods, and social media usage. We want to see what you think about our Facebook, Twitter, and Flicker pages, as well as the CCSJ webpage. Please help us better inform and serve you by filling out this brief, 5 minute survey: https://www.blueq-surveys.creighton.edu/se.ashx?s=46BEEE7F2F4754C9

  Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about the many people who work on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh (melissahollabaugh@creighton.edu) or Jocelyn Wu (jocelynwu@creighton.edu).

Events this week:
Student Needed to Assist with Driving
Creighton University African Student Association Banquet
Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run
Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Ghandi
Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
Summer Bike Storage
Baby Shower to Celebrate LB 599
Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Worker Appreciation Dinner
Campus Garage Sale
Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Gourmet Gents

Events More than One Week Away:
Standing Bear’s Footsteps
Friday, April 20
Student Needed to Assist with Driving  The CCSJ recently received a phone call from a woman named Eleanor Caron. She is a senior citizen who is in need of a student (preferably female) who could drive with her (in her car) to Brunswick, Maine in early June, and then back again in late August or early September. Each trip would be split into three days, and return airfare and accommodations would be paid for. She would share in the driving and is primarily looking for companionship and a second driver. She would also be open to having the student stay for a few days and see the area (details to be worked out with Ms. Caron). If you are interested in this position, please call her at 402-553-7286.

Saturday, April 21
 Creighton University African Student Association Banquet 
Ubuntu Africa Banquet “I am because we are.” Ubuntu is a traditional African philosophy that roughly translates to “I am who I am because we are.” It is the essence of a human being based on the self-assurances that comes from knowing that we belong to the greater whole. The African Student Association invites you to experience the Ubuntu of Africa through cuisine, music, fashion, art, and folklore. Micere Mugo, Ph.D.., a renowned African activist, writer, and academic, will present on the meaning of Ubuntu in a 21st century context.

The ASA annual cultural banquet has come to be a tradition at Creighton University. Last year, the banquet was awarded “Undergraduate Event of the Year” by the Student Activities Office. We hope you will join us in making this year’s banquet even more successful.

This event will take place from 6-8:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty, and free for children under 5. Tickets are being sold in Skutt every day. For tickets or more information, please contact Amal Hamdan at amalhamdan@creighton.edu.

Sunday, April 22
 Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run 
This event is sponsored by the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, the PT Leadership Guild, and Phi Lambda Sigma. This is the 15th Annual 5k/10k Run-Walk. Registration on the day of the Race (Sunday, April 22) will be $20 and will begin at 11:30 am. The race will begin at 1 pm. Walkers are welcome for the 5k. For more information, please visit http://spahp2.creighton.edu/oasa/Sherman%20Steichen%20Run%20.aspx.

Monday, April 23
 Larger Than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi
This lecture is the Asian World Center Presidential Lecture. Rajmohan Gandhi presents “Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi.” Rajmohan Gandhi was born in New Delhi, India in 1935 and is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather for more than 50 years, pursuing trust-building, reconciliation, and democracy among nations. Gandhi continues to encourage dialogue among different people and has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution. This event will take place from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Harper center Auditorium. More information will be available at http://www.creighton.edu/publications/newscenter/news/2012/april2012/april122012/gandhinr041112/index.php.

 Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
One World Community Health Center is looking for volunteers to assist with a special project regarding referrals in the Electronic Health Records. No Spanish is required, and the center is hoping to begin as soon as possible. Volunteers would be assisting with the backlog of referrals pending a report, communicating with special facilities, and navigating the EHR. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Medical Information management or pre-med. Please contact Sarah Dworak at (402) 502-8896, or by sending an email to sdworak@oneworldomaha.org.

 International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
The International Peace and Security Institute is hosting a course on conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation in Bologna, Italy. This course includes training in international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing and more. Training is led by some of the world’s top academics and practitioners. The program runs June 16-July 14. Applications are due Monday, April 23, 2012. For more information and additional programs, please visit http://ipsinstitute.org/bologna2012/.

Thursday, April 26 
Summer Bike Storage 
Leaving Omaha this summer? Don’t have a place inside to keep your bike? Want a safe place to store your bike while you are gone? Store your bike in Creighton’s long-term bike storage. All you need is a lock. You will sign a liability waver when you come. There will be a designated day when school begins to take your bike out of storage, but you may remove your bike from storage anytime by simply contacting Public Safety, no need to walk to the storage unit (located at 21st and Cuming St.) Bring your bike to out table on the mall from 11:30 am
-1:30 pm and GreenJays will take care of the rest. Questions or concerns? Contact Morgan Balabanoff (morganbalabanoff@creighton.edu) or Anna Green (annagreen@creighton.edu).

Baby Shower to Celebrate LB599
The CCSJ will be hosting a baby shower to celebrate the passing of LB 599, which restores prenatal care coverage to all low-income women. Stop by the CCSJ (Harper Center 2067) all day, have a cookie, and bring a donation for a baby or expectant mother. For more details and information, please visit the CCSJ’s website, http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj.

Friday, April 27
 Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is offering a Disability Awareness Training entitled “Awareness: the Key to Friendship.” This program is directed towards elevating elementary students’ awareness of and sensitivity to the day-to-day obstacles faced by people with disabilities. Through the program, each student will experience a learning disability, hearing impairment, physical disability, and visual impairment by engaging in 4 different activity centers. Volunteers are needed to assist with running the centers. This event will take place from 1-3 pm at St. Robert’s School (118th and Pacific). To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org.

 Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about Danny Durry (who has worked at the Skutt Student Center for 5 years and won the 2010-2011 Division of Student Life “Outstanding Staff” Award) and other workers on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 pm in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh (melissahollabaugh@creighton.edu) or Jocelyn Wu (jocelynwu@creighton.edu).

Saturday, April 28 
Campus Garage Sale
Pick up some new-to-you stuff –household goods, fridges, TVs, microwaves, furniture. Who knows what treasures you might find? All items were donated by Creighton students, faculty, and staff. Proceeds to benefit charities chosen by the students. This event will take place in the Lower McGloin Parking Garage from 9 am-1 pm. For more information, please contact Nick Stukel at nicholasstukel@creighton.edu.

 Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to decorate, serve food, assist individuals with Bingo, and clean up. Lunch is provided. This event will take place from 12:15-3:15 pm at the Mockingbird Community Center. To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org.

Sunday, April 29
 Gourmet Gents
This 4th Annual Event features fabulous culinary delights expertly prepared and served by local celebrity chefs and those who boast of being super “gourmet chefs.” TIckets will be $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit women of color in Omaha through the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.- Omaha Metropolitan Chapter’s advocacy programs focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, leadership development, economic empowerment, political awareness, educational advancement and the NCBW Scholars Program. This event will take place from 2-5 pm at the Joslyn Castle. For more information, please visit http://www.ncbwomaha.com/indexhtml.

Upcoming Events:
 Standing Bear’s Footsteps
(Thursday, May 3)
In 1877, the Ponca people were exiled from their homeland and sent to Indian territory in present day Oklahoma. To honor his dying son’s wish to be buried in his homeland, Chief Standing Bear set off on a grueling, 600-mile journey home. Captured en route and held at Fort Omaha, Standing Bear sued U.S. Army General George Cook for his freedom- choosing to fight injustice not with weapons, but with words. The chief stood before the court to prove that an Indian was a person under the law.

A special screening of the documentary “Standing Bear’s Footsteps” will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30-8 pm at the Bryan High School Auditorium (4700 Giles Road, Omaha, NE). This high-definition documentary weaves interviews, recreations and present day scenes to tell a story about human rights- one that resonates powerfully in the present.

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Ubuntu Africa Banquet

Creighton University African Student Association presents-
Ubuntu Africa Banquet
: “I am because we are”

Saturday, April 21, 2012
6:oo pm – 8:30 pm
Skutt Student Center Ballroom


Ubuntu is traditional African philosophy that roughly translates to “I am who I am because we are.” It is the essence of a human being based on the self-assurances that comes from knowing that we belong to a greater whole. We invite you to experience the Ubuntu of Africa through cuisine, music, fashion, art and folklore. Micere Mugo, Ph.D., a renowned African activist, writer and academic, will present on the meaning of Ubuntu in a 21st century context.

The AFSA annual cultural banquet has come to be a tradition at Creighton University. Last year, the banquet was awarded “Undergraduate Event of the Year” by the Student Activities Office. We hope you will join us in making this year’s banquet even more successful.

Tickets: $10/student, $15/faculty, free/children under 5.
Tickets are being sold in Skutt EVERY day! Get yours today!
For tickets or more information, contact: Amal Hamdan (amalhamdan@creighton.edu)

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Africa and America: A Cultural Difference

Africa and America: A Cultural Difference

April 12, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Skutt Student Center (Room 104)

Come and join in an interactive learning experience focused on cultural differences. The night will also explore the culture within Central Africa and provide a forum for discussing cultural awareness. Desserts will be available.


Please contact Scott Quinn (scottquinn@creighton.edu) or Colin McDonald (colinmcdonald@creighton.edu) if you have any questions.

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CCSJ Weekly Update: Apr. 9 – Apr. 15

Featured Events:

Save the Date: Post-Graduation Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
Save the date for the 2012 Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony. The ceremony will take place from 10:30-11:15 am on Friday, May 11, 2012. Join Fr. Timothy Lannon, S.J., President of Creighton University and Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J., Vice President for University Ministry, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program in celebrating our graduates who are volunteering or entering religious life for the upcoming year. All are welcome, especially family and friends of these graduates. For more information, please visit http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/category/post-graduate-volunteering.

Fall 2012 Service and Justice Trips Applications Open
Online applications are now open for the Fall 2012 Service and Justice Trips. The first 200 “completed applications” (online app, deposit, and interview sign up) will be accepted, with the next 20 completed applications accepted as a wait list. Applications will be accepted until the interview spots are filled, or until April 12 at 4:30. For more information on the application requirements, please visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2012/03/fall-break-service-justice-trips-2012-application/.

Events this week:
Good Friday Walk for Justice
Summer Volunteers Needed for City Sprouts
Empty Bowls
Discovery Day
Africa and America: A Cultural Difference
Adopt-a-Block Conference and Summit
A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds
8th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow
Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archeologists Think About Armed Conflict

Events More than One Week Away:
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday, April 6
 Good Friday Walk for Justice
The Good Friday Walk for Justice serves as a public witness of the continuing crucifixion of Jesus in the sufferings of people today, and a communal prayer inviting people to live out their faith in a public way. You can read an article in the Catholic Voice Omaha about the walk by visiting: http://catholicvoiceomaha.com/main.asp?SectionID=7&SubSectionID=7&Article=16164.

The walk will begin at 1:00 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church at 19th and Dodge St, and will wind its way past the Federal Courthouse, Douglas County Jail, among other locations.

Saturday, April 7
 Summer Volunteers Needed for City Sprouts
City Sprouts needs volunteer instructors to conduct our Children¹s Garden programming. One head instructor and two associate instructors are desired. The programming runs from May to August, and teaches at-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 13 good nutrition practices integrated with gardening. Instructors would teach two classes per month, occurring every-other Saturday from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Additionally, each class would need 0 to 2 hours of prep work as outlined in the children¹s garden curriculum. Prep work would generally entail gathering supplies or setting up half an hour before class begins. This position would be ideal for a college student interested in cooking, nutrition, horticulture, elementary school education, and or middle school education. No experience with children is necessary; however you will need to pass a background check. A volunteer who speaks Spanish or Karen would also be greatly appreciated. If a student is interested, they should contact me directly to express their interest. My email is khamilton4@mccneb.edu and my office number is 402-559-9317. It would be excellent if students expressed their interests by May 1.

Wednesday, April 11
 Empty Bowls: A Benefit for the Siena Francis House of Omaha
From it’s humble beginnings as a meal for the staff of one high school, Empty Bowls has spread across the United States and raised tens of millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations. Please join us for dinner, lunch, or both at the Empty Bowls event at the Creighton University Lied Art Gallery. When you purchase a beautiful handmade ceramic bowl for $10, you will enjoy delicious soup and bread. Creighton University ceramics students, faculty, staff, and many volunteers created each one-of-a-kind piece of pottery. All proceeds from this event will go to the Siena Francis House of Omaha.

Empty Bowls will take place from 4-8 pm on April 11, and from 11:30-1:30 on April 12.

 Discovery Day
Sponsored by the Student Empowerment Network and the ADA Committee. To increase awareness, tables will be set up with activities to simulate what it is like to have various disabilities, including a physical disability, learning disability, auditory impairment, and visual impairment. People are welcome to stop by and try the activities and learn about various disabilities. Information and resources will be available. This event will take place on the Creighton Mall from 11am-1:30pm.

Thursday, April 12
 Africa and America: A Cultural Difference
Come and join in an interactive learning experience focused on cultural differences. The night will also explore the culture within Central Africa and provide a forum for discussing cultural awareness. Desserts will be available at this event. This event will take place from 7-9 pm in Skutt 104. For more information, please contact Scott Quinn (scottquinn@creighton.edu) or Colin McDonald (colinmcdonald@creighton.edu) if you have any questions.

Friday, April 13
 Adopt-a-Block Conference and Summit
The Adopt-a-Block Summit is sponsored by the Empowerment Network, and will take place at the OPS-TAC Building (3215 Cuming Street) from 7:30-10am. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a Crime Stoppers demonstration, participation from law enforcement, pastors, faith leaders, organizations, neighborhood associations, residents, interactive discussion, and more. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 11 by 5 pm. RSVP by contacting Vicki Quaites-Ferris at (402) 502-5153 or at vqferris@empoweromaha.com.

 A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds
Comedy has always played a role in building bridges across cultures and humanizing the other. In that spirit, the Muslim Student Association, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, the CCSJ, CSU, and others, present A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds. This event features Dean Obeidallah from Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil Comedy Special and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. This event will take place fro, 7-9 pm in the Harper Center Auditorium. This event is free to the Creighton Community with ID, $15 for the general public, and $10 for non-Creighton students. For more information, please contact Naser Alsharif at nalshari@creighton.edu.

Saturday, April 14
 8th Annual All Nations Pow Wow
Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Creighton’s Native American Association (NAA). The 8th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow is a wonderful opportunity for Creighton students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate with friends and guests of Creighton in this annual tradition for our campus and the community. This event will take place in the Kiewit Fitness Center from 1-10pm, with Grand Entries at 1 and 6 pm, and the community feed at 5 pm. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 280-2459.

Sunday, April 15
Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archeologists Think about Armed Conflict
The speaker for this event is Corine Wegener, of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. This lecture will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, April 15, in the Abbott Lecture Hall at the Joselyn Art Museum.

Upcoming Events:
 Holocaust Remembrance Day
(Thursday, April 19)
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Harper Center Auditorium, Creighton University will host an original live docudrama about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. This is the story of over 900 Jewish men, women, and children who, during the Holocaust were left adrift at sea for 30 days, denied entrance by Cuba, Canada, and the United States and sent back to Germany- a death sentence for many. Four Holocaust survivors of the SS St. Louis will be in attendance to share their stories. The saga of the SS St. Louis has been called one of the most significant and symbolic events in the Holocaust and American history speaks to the contemporary issues of ethics, social justice, immigration, human rights, refugee policy and anti-semitism. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. For more information, please contact Pam Yenko at pyenko@creighton.edu.

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